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TEMPORARY STAFF ATTORNEYS – COVID Eviction Legal Help Project

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South Coastal Counties Legal Services Inc.
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Southeastern Massachusetts, MA

South Coastal Counties Legal Services Inc.


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Published 26 days ago

November 21, 2020
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South Coastal Counties Legal Services, Inc. (SCCLS), 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 for up to 1 year 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 more than 60, 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. Due to Covid-19, it is expected that much of the project will be implemented remotely.

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;

6. Fluency in a second language which reflects our client communities (Spanish, Portuguese, Cape Verdean Creole, Haitian Creole, Vietnamese, Khmer) preferred; 

7. Experience with shifting to remote environment including familiarity with different technology platforms, ability to establish remote client and colleague relationships. 

South Coastal Counties Legal Services, Inc. (SCCLS), 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…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • Temporary
  • J.D. Required
  • Professional

Benefits

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS: SCCLS offers 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. 

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS: SCCLS offers competitive compensation based on comparable public interest salaries and commensurate with experience. Multi-lingual annual…

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluency in a second language which reflects our client communities (Spanish, Portuguese, Cape Verdean Creole, Haitian Creole, Vietnamese, Khmer) preferred; 

Fluency in a second language which reflects our client communities (Spanish, Portuguese, Cape Verdean Creole, Haitian Creole, Vietnamese, Khmer) preferred; 

Location

Southeastern Massachusetts, MA

How to Apply

APPLY: Submit letter of interest and resume by email to: jmarcotte@sccls.org with Subject Line: COVID Staff Attorney

APPLY: Submit letter of interest and resume by email to: jmarcotte@sccls.org with Subject Line: COVID Staff Attorney

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