Prisoners' Legal Services of Massachusetts Staff Attorney Position

Job Type

Full Time



Application Deadline



United States


Prisoners’ Legal Services of Massachusetts (PLS) is pleased to announce a full-time staff attorney position with our organization.

PLS is a nonprofit public interest law firm founded in 1972 that provides free legal services to individuals incarcerated in Massachusetts prisons and jails. The core mission of PLS is to protect the human and civil rights of Massachusetts prisoners. With a small and dynamic staff of sixteen including attorneys, paralegals and support personnel, we engage in individual and class action impact litigation; provide direct administrative advocacy relating to incarceration and parole; initiate and support legislation to reform the correctional system, and work with the media and community organizations to educate the public about criminal justice issues. 

PLS priority areas include medical and mental health care, correctional staff use of excessive force, reform of solitary confinement practices, and redressing unlawful conditions of confinement. Recent litigation has focused on PLS priority areas and discrimination against prisoners with disabilities.  More detailed information is available at


·      All phases of affirmative litigation concerning prison and jail conditions, including factual investigation, discovery, document review, written and oral advocacy, settlement and trial practice, and enforcement and compliance monitoring.

·      Client representation and advocacy with prisons, jails and other state agencies.

·      Visits to, telephone contact and correspondence with clients.

·      Policy advocacy on issues affecting incarcerated persons.


·      Admission to (or eligibility to become a member of) the Massachusetts bar.

·      Three or four years of litigation experience preferred, one year of which may be a judicial clerkship, that should include a combination of significant litigation experience including depositions, examining witnesses, motion practice, or engaging in oral arguments at the trial or appellate level.

·      Excellent analytical, legal research, and writing skills. 

·      Excellent verbal communication skills; bilingual skills in Spanish, Portuguese, American Sign Language, or other language preferred. 

·      Ability to multi-task and strong time management skills.

·      Collegiality and an ability to work both independently and in teams, which may include co-workers, pro bono lawyers, and other organizations.

·      People of color, LGBTQI individuals, formerly incarcerated and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.


Compensation includes a competitive salary, plus generous benefits. 

Level of Language Proficiency

·      Excellent verbal communication skills; bilingual skills in Spanish, Portuguese, American Sign Language, or other language preferred. 

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Please send all documents attached to a single email to with the subject line “Permanent Staff Attorney Application” no later than August 7, 2018. No phone inquiries, please.