Employment Opportunities

Legal Advocate

DAYS/HOURS: Mon – Fri, 8:30 AM- 4:30 PM

REPORTS TO: Chris Neighbours, Supervisor

UNIT: Eastern Region Legal Intake (ERLI) of the Volunteer Lawyers Project

LOCATION: 197 Friend St., 9th Floor, Boston, MA 02114
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SUMMARY OF POSITION: 

The Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association (VLP) provides free civil legal assistance to low-income residents of Greater Boston, primarily through the pro bono services of private attorneys.  Eastern Region Legal Intake is a project of VLP that provides callers with information, advice, and referrals; screens clients for legal aid eligibility; and conducts intakes in legal aid priority cases.

This is a permanent, full-time staff position on the intake phone line.  This is an excellent position for anyone considering attending law school or interested in civil legal or social services.

QUALIFICATIONS/EDUCATION/TRAINING:

REQUIRED:

  • Bachelor’s Degree

PREFERRED:

  • Bilingual, fluent in English and Portuguese, Mandarin and/or Cantonese. 

  • Prior experience working in legal aid, the court system or a law office that handles civil cases.

  • Prior experience with an organization serving low-income populations.

  • Prior experience working with victims of crimes.

KNOWLEDGE/EXPERIENCE:

REQUIRED:

  • Microsoft Office Suite

PREFERRED:

  • Knowledge of MA laws surrounding Housing, Family Law, Benefits and Consumer
PHYSICAL ABILITIES/SKILLS:

REQUIRED:

  • Heavy use of computer and phone
  • Ability to effectively and efficiently communicate over the phone
MENTAL ABILITIES/SKILLS:

REQUIRED:

  • Ability to learn and retain information quickly
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to learn and use case management and phone systems
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
  • Conduct intakes and provide legal information and referrals over the intake line.
  • Coordinate and manage Advice Panels (scheduling volunteer attorneys to call and advise clients)
  • Staff VLP court based clinics
  • Update changes to Intake Priorities and Questionnaires
  • Conduct community outreach
  • General administrative work such as data gathering, scanning and filing
  • Other duties as determined by Program needs
Click here to apply online.

The Volunteer Lawyers Projec is an Equal Opportunity Employer and seeks to employ a diverse staff.