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Temporary Staff Attorneys – CELHP – Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts

The Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts (JCSM), a subsidiary of South Coastal Counties Legal Services, Inc.(SCCLS), located in downtown Brockton, MA. is a non-profit legal services program providing free civil legal assistance to eligible low-income and elder residents, seeks to hire temporary Staff Attorneys with a range of experience to join the COVID Eviction Legal Help Project funded to address housing matters resulting from the cessation of the statewide pandemic eviction moratorium.  The project will focus on legal representation and housing stability support for the region’s most vulnerable residents, many of whom are elderly, disabled, of limited English proficiency and who face numerous barriers to navigating the court process effectively, especially with virtual formats.

The Organization: SCCLS and its subsidiary, the Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts (JCSM), with a staff of staff of nearly 80, is the principal provider of free, civil legal aid to low-income residents of Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod, and the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. SCCLS’ core mission is to achieve justice for eligible clients through community-based advocacy. The organization prioritizes legal services in:  housing, public benefits, elder law, domestic relations, employment, education, immigration, and consumer matters. SCCLS and its subsidiary support four law offices located in Brockton, Fall River, New Bedford and Hyannis. SCCLS provides legal assistance in over 4000 cases each year, sponsors numerous community legal education and outreach events, and nurtures strong relationships with community groups and human service organizations from which to serve eligible clients and address emerging needs.

Duties Include:  Attorneys and paralegals will work collaboratively across SCCLS and JCSM offices to provide high-volume eviction defense legal representation, community outreach and education and impact advocacy in sessions of the Metro South and Southeast Housing Courts.

Qualifications:

  1. Admitted to practice or eligible for admission in MA; prior housing law and/or litigation experience preferred; supervisory and/or leadership experience desirable;
  2. Experience working with and/or representing vulnerable populations desirable; commitment to working with clients who may have experienced poverty, trauma or discrimination required;
  3. Ability to work independently and as a team member; goal and detail oriented with ability to prioritize; ability to be flexible and multi-task;
  4. Commitment to race equity, anti-racism and economic justice in the workplace and in the provision of legal services;
  5. Ability to work effectively with people from diverse cultures, with diverse opinions and values, including with staff, volunteers, students, community members and funders;
  1. Fluency in a second language which reflects our client communities (Spanish, Portuguese, Cape Verdean Creole, Haitian Creole, Vietnamese, Khmer) preferred;
  1. Experience with shifting to remote environment including familiarity with different technology platforms, ability to establish remote client and colleague relationships.

Compensation and Benefits: Competitive compensation based on comparable public interest salaries and commensurate with experience. Multi-lingual annual increment to base salary may be added for demonstrated language skills. Generous benefits and leave offered.

Apply:  For full consideration, submit: letter of interest, resume, writing sample and references by July 12, 2021 to boconnor@justicema.org with subject: Housing BR. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

South Coastal Counties Legal Services and its subsidiary are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate on the basis of age, class, color, disability, ethnicity, faith, gender, national origin, race, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. We welcome applicants from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences. We strive to foster a healthy, inclusive environment where all staff, clients, and community members are valued, empowered and recognized.