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ERLI Legal Advocate

Access to Justice Technology Project Assistant

Staff Attorney (2 Positions)

 


Eastern Region Legal Intake (ERLI) - Full-Time Legal Advocate

POSITION: Legal Advocate

DAYS/HOURS: Mon – Fri, 9am-5pm

REPORTS TO: Stephen A Russo, Esq. Director of ERLI

UNIT: Eastern Region Legal Intake

LOCATION: ERLI unit of the Volunteer Lawyers Project, 197 Friend St. Boston, MA 02114

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 unit of VLP that provides callers with information, advice, and referrals; screens clients for legal aid eligibility; and conducts intakes in legal aid priority cases. In addition to serving the general population, VLP has special grants to provide intake for seniors and victims of crime. 

This is a permanent, full-time staff position handling intake calls on ERLI's phone line and responding to online intake requests. The position is 35 hours per week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. 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:

  • Proficiency in a second language used in client communities
  • 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:

  • Familiarity with legal issues in Housing, Family Law, Benefits, Consumer and other types of civil cases
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:
  • Screen callers for eligibility for legal aid, conduct intakes, and provide legal information and referrals by phone and online.
  • Schedule volunteer attorneys to call and advise clients.
  • Update Intake Priorities and Questionnaires as needed.
  • Conduct community outreach.
  • General administrative work such as data gathering, scanning and filing.
  • Other duties as determined by Program needs.

All work will be performed under the supervision of Staff Attorneys.

Click here to apply online.

Preference given to applications received by April 20th.

The Volunteer Lawyers Project/Eastern Region Legal Intake is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Posted 3/26/18

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Access to Justice Technology Project Assistant (Part-Time for 24 Months)

POSITION: Technology Project Assistant (24 months, Temporary)

DAYS/HOURS:  17.5 hours/week, schedule TBD

REPORTS TO:  Legal Director Cindy Palmquist

LOCATION: VLP Main Office, 99 Chauncy St., Suite 400 Boston MA 02111
 

THE PROJECT

VLP received a Technology Initiative Grant (TIG) from the Legal Services Corporation to create user-friendly online interviews that people without lawyers can use to generate forms that can be filed with government agencies. The interviews will focus on 3 areas: 1) requests for relief filed with the Department of Revenue Child Support Enforcement division; 2) requests for waivers and appeals of SSI and SSDI (disability benefits from the Social Security Administration) overpayments; and 3) reports to Social Security that help parents of children on SSI properly spend and account for benefits and avoid overpayments.

SUMMARY OF POSITION

This is a 24-month position for a part-time Project Assistant to work with the project team to develop the materials and conduct outreach to the community about them. The Project Assistant will spend about ¼ of his/her time helping expand VLP’s social media and online presence generally. 

QUALIFICATIONS
EDUCATION/TRAINING:

REQUIRED:

  • Bachelor’s Degree, but will consider current undergraduate in junior or senior year.

PREFERRED:

  • Current graduate or law school student
KNOWLEDGE/EXPERIENCE:

REQUIRED:

  • Experience coordinating or managing a project
  • Experience creating and using online surveys to collect user feedback
  • Experience with using GoToMeeting or other web conferencing tools
  • Experience conducting outreach and/or publicity, including through social media
  • Facility with Microsoft Office programs

PREFERRED:

  • Experience using web-based project management or other collaborative tool
  • Experience with user testing
  • Familiarity with automated forms
  • Familiarity with plain language
  • Experience conducting trainings or other presentations
  • Experience drafting Requests for Proposals
  • Work with low-income populations and people with disabilities
  • Familiarity with Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability benefits
  • Knowledge of Massachusetts social service providers
PHYSICAL ABILITIES/SKILLS:

REQUIRED:

  • Ability to use a computer
  • Ability to work at a desk for extended periods
  • Ability to communicate in person, by telephone, and by computer
  • Ability to travel occasionally within the state
MENTAL ABILITIES/SKILLS:

REQUIRED:

  • Ability to work and communicate effectively with others
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing
  • Ability to work on a multi-faceted project with a technological component
  • Ability to research and write reports
  • Ability to learn and synthesize new information
  • Flexibility and ability to solve problems
  • Attention to detail
  • Reliability
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
  • Draft agenda for and take notes at weekly team meetings.
  • Work with project manager to track and meet grant deliverables.
  • Work with project attorneys at VLP and the Disability Law Center to develop interview scripts.
  • Assist project manager in process to select vendors for tech development, translation, and other aspects of the project.
  • Work with project manager to develop specifications for tech developer and monitor progress of development.
  • Gather and help analyze user feedback as interviews are developed.
  • Work with project manager to develop outreach and training plan, and help conduct outreach and training for service providers, volunteer attorneys, and the client community.
  • Assist project manager in writing semi-annual milestone reports to funder.
  • Assist project manager in drafting final evaluation of the project.

SUPERVISION TO BE EXERCISED (number of direct reports): 0

SUPERVISION TO BE RECEIVED (indicates nature of supervision to be exercised over this position in terms of types of guidance and control and instructions given): Supervised by VLP Legal Director; weekly meetings with project team.

Click here to apply online

Preference given to applications received by April 27th.

Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Posted 3/26/18

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VLP IS HIRING 2 FULL-TIME STAFF ATTORNEYS


POSITIONS: 2 Full-Time Permanent Staff Attorneys

DAYS/HOURS: Monday - Friday, 35 Hours

REPORTS TO: Cindy Palmquist, Esq. Legal Director

UNIT(S): Multiple

LOCATION: Volunteer Lawyers Project, 99 Chauncy St., Suite 400, Boston, MA 02111

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 two full-time staff attorneys who are committed to serving low-income clients and to working with the private bar to expand access to justice. 

Each staff attorney will work in two subject areas spread among our housing, bankruptcy, and family law units. The specific responsibilities and requirements in each of these units are described below after the criteria common to all the units. 

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
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS/EDUCATION/TRAINING:
  • 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.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE/EXPERIENCE:
  • 5-6 years in full-time law practice, including litigation.
  • Proficiency in used of Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Prior experience supervising legal work of others.
  • Prior experience recruiting and supporting volunteers.
PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE/EXPERIENCE:
  • Prior work with organization serving low-income clients.
  • 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.
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 subject areas.
  • Effectively and efficiently handling a small caseload.
  • Managing at least one court-based clinic each week.
  • Weekly case review meetings.
  • Reviewing cases for merit and alignment with priorities.
  • Supervising paralegals, interns, and possibly staff attorneys.
  • Interacting with and recruiting volunteers from the private bar.
  • Conducting monthly or bimonthly trainings for volunteers.
  • 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.
UNIT-SPECIFIC CRITERIA
1) BANKRUPTCY UNIT
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE/EXPERIENCE:
  • 2 or more years of bankruptcy law experience.
  • Familiarity with bankruptcy law and issues affecting low-income clients including homeownership preservation.
  • Ability to use bankruptcy filing software.
2) HOUSING UNIT
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE/EXPERIENCE:
  • Five or more years practicing landlord/tenant law.
  • Knowledge of Massachusetts landlord-tenant laws and regulations.
PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE/EXPERIENCE:
  • Knowledge of public and subsidized housing law and regulations.
  • Experience with public and subsidized housing evictions and administrative proceedings.
3) FAMILY LAW UNIT
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE/EXPERIENCE:
  • Five or more years practicing family law.
  • Experience with all aspects of family law and guardianship, including trial advocacy.
SUPERVISION TO BE EXERCISED (direct reports):

1-2 attorney 1-2 paralegals, 1-3 interns.

SUPERVISION TO BE RECEIVED:

Weekly meeting with legal director.

Click here to apply online

Preference given to applications received by April 18th.

Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Posted 3/27/18

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