Employment Opportunities

Staff Attorney

Pro Bono Manager


VLP IS HIRING A FULL-TIME STAFF ATTORNEY

POSITION: Staff Attorney

STATUS: Full-Time, Exempt

DAYS/HOURS: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 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 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, 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
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:
  • 2-3 years in full-time law practice, including litigation.
  • Proficiency in used of Microsoft Office Suite.
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.
  • Prior experience supervising legal work of others.
  • Prior experience recruiting and supporting volunteers.
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 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, 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
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE/EXPERIENCE:
  • Two or more years of bankruptcy law experience.
  • Two or more years 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
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE/EXPERIENCE:
  • Two 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.
CRITERIA SPECIFIC TO EMPLOYMENT LAW UNIT
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE/EXPERIENCE:
  • Two or more years practicing employment law.
SUPERVISION TO BE EXERCISED (direct reports):

1 attorney 1 paralegal, 1-3 interns.

SUPERVISION TO BE RECEIVED:

Weekly meeting with legal director.

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INTERNAL CANDIDATES, IF INTERESTED IN APPLYING FOR THIS POSITION, PLEASE SUBMIT A PROMOTION/TRANSFER APPLICATION TO THE HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT WITHIN 10 DAYS OF POSTING.

Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer and seeks to employ a diverse staff.

Posted 5/24/18

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PRO BONO MANAGER

POSITION:   Pro Bono Manager

DAYS/HOURS:  Monday – Friday / 8:30am – 4:30pm

POSITION STATUS: Full-time, Exempt

REPORTS TO:  Executive Director

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

SALARY:  Starting at $50,000 (commensurate with experience)

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  June 15, 2018

SUMMARY OF POSITION

Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association (VLP) seeks an outgoing, energetic, organized person to coordinate all aspects of our pro bono case assignments, recruitment, recognition and retention of pro bono volunteers, and social media and other communications aimed at volunteers. 

VLP's mission is to provide high quality, pro bono legal services in a broad range of civil matters to eligible residents of the greater Boston area, including “Metro-West”; to engage and support the efforts of the private bar in providing pro bono legal services in civil matters; and to engage in constructive collaboration with other legal services organizations. 

QUALIFICATIONS

REQUIRED EDUCATION/TRAINING:
• Completion of Bachelor Degree or higher
• 3-5 years’ experience

REQUIRED PHYSICAL ABILITIES/SKILLS:

• Heavy use of computer and web-based programs and applications
• Ability to stand and/or sit for long periods of time
• Ability to communicate in person, by telephone and via electronic media
• Ability to travel to multiple locations in the Boston area

KNOWLEDGE/EXPERIENCE

REQUIRED:
• Experience with recruiting, orienting, and retaining volunteers
• Experience with business professional communication (written and oral)
• Experience and commitment to working with a broad range of people, including clients, private attorneys, people with disabilities and court personnel
• Commitment to access to justice
• Experience working with Microsoft office, databases, spreadsheets, online surveys, scheduling tools, web content editors and other office applications
• Experience working independently and coordinating efforts with colleagues.
• Experience managing multiple projects
• Experience generating social media content in a professional setting

PREFERRED:
• Experience producing a newsletter or similar publication.
• Experience in a customer service environment.

REQUIRED MENTAL ABILITIES/SKILLS:

• Ability to problem solve and troubleshoot
• Ability to be flexible with a sense of initiative
• Ability to learn new systems and applications quickly and efficiently
• Ability to prioritize and meet deadlines
• Careful attention to detail
• Excellent judgment, professionalism, reliability, and interpersonal skills.
• Excellent organizational skills

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

• Administer all aspects of case assignment process to pro bono attorneys, interpreters, and mentors.
• Serve as the point of contact and administer all aspects of recruiting and retaining potential volunteers with the assistance of senior staff members.
• Field questions from volunteer attorneys and interpreters.
• Coordinate and attend volunteer recruiting, training, and outreach events with senior staff members. 
• Coordinate and oversee production of quarterly e-newsletter and periodic communications to volunteers.
• Coordinate and oversee all aspects of content for our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.)
• Run reports from case management system as needed.
• Provide administrative and logistical support for the Summer Unemployment Insurance Project.
• Provide support and coordination for Senior Partners for Justice, including organizing monthly meetings and trainings, drafting correspondence, organizing students for SPJ Internship, monitoring court projects, and other tasks as needed.
• Coordinate Spring Break student interns.
• Serve as member of the Language Access Committee
• Perform other duties as needed or as directed.

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VLP is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ a diverse staff. 

Posted 5/24/18

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