7 Winthrop Square
POSITION: Full-Time Staff Attorney
DAYS/HOURS: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (w/ some evening trainings)
REPORTS TO: Cindy Palmquist, Esq. Legal Director
LOCATION: Volunteer Lawyers Project, 7 Winthrop Square, Second Floor, Boston, MA 02110
SUMMARY OF POSITION
The Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association (VLP) is a non-profit legal services organization which provides free civil legal assistance to low-income residents of Greater Boston, primarily through the pro bono services of private attorneys. We are seeking a full-time staff attorney who is committed to serving low-income clients and to working with the private bar to expand access to justice. The staff attorney will work in at least two subject areas spread among our housing, family law, bankruptcy, and consumer and employment law units. This is a great opportunity to learn other areas of law. The responsibilities and requirements in each of these units are described below.
VLP is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ a diverse staff. Fluency in a second language is preferred, specifically Spanish, Haitian Creole, Cape Verdean Creole, Portuguese, Cantonese, or Vietnamese as a large percentage of our client population is limited English proficient.
CRITERIA APPLICABLE TO ALL UNITS
- Law degree from an accredited law school.
- Admission to and good standing in Massachusetts bar
- For bankruptcy unit, also admission to and good standing in Federal District Court for the District of Massachusetts is also required.
- 2-5 years in full-time law practice, including litigation.
- Proficiency in use of Microsoft Office Suite.
- Prior work with organization serving low-income clients.
- Prior experience supervising legal work of others.
- Prior experience recruiting and supporting volunteers.
- Prior experience planning and conducting trainings or presentations.
- Prior experience with grant writing and reporting.
REQUIRED PHYSICAL ABILITIES/SKILLS:
- Ability to use a computer several hours per day.
- Ability to communicate in person, by telephone and by computer.
- Ability to travel to courthouses and other clinic locations in Greater Boston.
- Ability to sit or stand for long periods of time.
REQUIRED MENTAL ABILITIES/SKILLS:
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Strong organizational skills and ability to effectively manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
- Ability to communicate effectively with colleagues and with staff at outside organizations.
- Ability to effectively engage with private bar to recruit, train and mentor volunteer attorneys.
- Ability to supervise attorney, paralegal and intern staff.
- Ability to work independently.
- Ability to engage in critical thinking and problem solving.
- Ability to learn and apply federal eligibility requirements.
- Ability to quickly learn and effectively use case management system.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
- Maintaining expertise in two or more subject areas.
- Effectively and efficiently handling a small caseload.
- Managing at least two court-based clinics each week.
- Providing weekly supervision at call center.
- Weekly case review meetings.
- Reviewing cases for merit and alignment with priorities.
- Supervising paralegals, interns, and pro bono attorneys.
- Interacting with and recruiting volunteers from the private bar.
- Conducting monthly or bimonthly trainings for volunteers, often during evening hours.
- Preparing cases for pro bono assignment, including reviewing memos and documents.
- Assisting in placement of cases with pro bono attorneys.
- Answering substantive questions from staff members and pro bono attorneys.
- Monitoring pro bono cases to ensure quality and competent representation.
- Participation in legal aid coalitions and collaborations.
- Assisting with grant applications and reports.
CRITERIA SPECIFIC TO CONSUMER / BANKRUPTCY UNIT
- Two or more years of bankruptcy law experience.
- Two or more years of consumer law experience
- Familiarity with consumer and bankruptcy law and issues affecting low-income clients including consumer debt defense and homeownership preservation.
- Ability to use bankruptcy filing software.
CRITERIA SPECIFIC TO HOUSING UNIT
- Two or more years practicing landlord/tenant law.
- Knowledge of Massachusetts landlord-tenant laws and regulations.
- Knowledge of public and subsidized housing law and regulations.
- Experience with public and subsidized housing evictions and administrative proceedings.
CRITERIA SPECIFIC TO EMPLOYMENT LAW UNIT
- Two or more years practicing employment law
CRITERIA SPECIFIC TO FAMILY LAW UNIT
- Three or more years practicing family law
- Experience with all aspects of family law cases
SUPERVISION TO BE EXERCISED: 1 paralegal, 1-3 interns
SUPERVISION TO BE RECEIVED: Weekly meeting with legal director.
Volunteer Lawyers Project is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Please submit resume and cover letter here by November 9, 2018.
Competitive benefits package.
Minimum Education Required