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Careers

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Current job listings:

To apply, please submit resume and cover letter here.

 

DAYS/HOURS: Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm, 35 hours per week (with 1 evening clinic)

REPORTS TO: Staff Attorney
UNIT: Bankruptcy/Consumer/Unemployment Insurance

LOCATION: 7 Winthrop Square, Floor 2, Boston, MA 02110

 

SUMMARY OF POSITION:

Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) represents low-income people in the Greater Boston area on a variety of civil legal problems, including housing, consumer issues, and family law matters. Many cases are referred to volunteer private attorneys who handle the cases with VLP providing training and ongoing support. This role supports the organization’s attorneys as well as the pro bono panel in all aspects of the legal and administrative functions of the unit, case management for the unit, and other duties as necessary to carry out the mission of the organization. Must be motivated and committed to public interest work and access to justice.

 

QUALIFICATIONS/EDUCATION/TRAINING:

REQUIRED:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Fluency in English and Spanish

PREFERRED:

  • 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

 

KNOWLEDGE/EXPERIENCE:

REQUIRED:

  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite, database and web content management systems, and collaborative project tools.
  • Ability to effectively engage with the private bar in recruiting and retaining volunteer attorneys.  

PREFERRED:

  • Knowledge of MA laws surrounding Bankruptcy, Consumer and Unemployment Insurance

 

PHYSICAL ABILITIES/SKILLS:

REQUIRED:

  • Ability to use a computer and phone for several hours a day
  • Ability to travel to courthouses and other clinic locations in the Greater Boston area

 

MENTAL ABILITIES/SKILLS:

REQUIRED:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent administrative and organizational skills and ability to effectively manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently and have the ability to be detail oriented.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with colleagues and staff at outside organizations.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment, be reliable and flexible.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:


Consumer Clinics

  • Conduct intakes of new clients at the small claims clinics, as needed.

Bankruptcy Paralegal Duties

  • Develop and maintain the administrative support for screening new cases to ensure client eligibility for VLP services and completion of files for screening by staff attorneys in a timely manner
  • Draft case referral memos to be reviewed by staff attorney
  • Provide the main telephone support for fielding questions from clients seeking to file bankruptcy.
  • Follow up with clients on cases after clinics that need further assistance or representation.
  • Provide administrative and technical support for volunteer attorneys during the duration of their bankruptcy case.
  • Assist with the recruitment of attorneys who will accept bankruptcy cases.
  • Maintain and update the bankruptcy listserv and panel attorney database.
  • Report to supervisor when bankruptcy intakes and referrals need to be adjusted.
  • Organize and compile reports on intake and referral statistics.
  • Schedule clients and attorney and intern volunteers for monthly bankruptcy clinics.
  • Set up monthly bankruptcy clinics in the office or at DotHouse.
  • Conduct intake of new clients at the Bankruptcy clinics to ensure eligibility; collect required documentation for bankruptcy cases and assist with obtaining credit reports
  • Attend trainings as needed for professional development.
  • Maintain Bankruptcy case reports
  • Assist with bankruptcy grant requirements

Unemployment Insurance Paralegal Duties 

  • Develop and maintain the administrative support for screening new cases to ensure client eligibility for VLP services and completion of files for screening by staff attorneys in a timely manner
  • Conduct intake of new clients when needed to ensure eligibility.
  • Draft case referral memos to be reviewed by staff attorney
  • Provide the main telephone support for fielding questions from clients seeking assistance with their unemployment insurance matter.
  • Follow up with clients on cases after clinics that need further assistance or representation.
  • Provide administrative and technical support for volunteer attorneys during the duration of their unemployment insurance case.
  • Assist with the recruitment of attorneys who will accept unemployment insurance cases.
  • Maintain and update the unemployment insurance listserv and panel attorney database.
  • Report to supervisor when unemployment insurance intakes and referrals need to be adjusted.
  • Organize and compile reports on intake and referral statistics.
  • Schedule trainings for volunteer attorneys and interns as needed, including law firms for the Summer Unemployment Insurance Project.
  • Attend trainings as needed for professional development.
  • Maintain Unemployment Insurance case reports.
  • Assist with unemployment insurance grant requirements
  • Participate in other projects as needed to continue the VLP mission. 

To apply, please submit resume and cover letter here.

 

DAYS/HOURS: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (w/ some evening trainings) 

REPORTS TO: Cindy Palmquist, Esq. Legal Director 

UNIT(S): Family Law and Guardianship 

LOCATION: Volunteer Lawyers Project, 7 Winthrop Square, Second Floor, Boston, MA 02110 

 

SUMMARY  

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 with a dedicated commitment to the communities and people we serve to work in our family law and guardianship units.  

 

VLP is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ a diverse staff.  Our ideal candidate is respectful of an inclusive work environment.  Fluency in a second language is required, specifically Spanish, Haitian Creole, Cape Verdean Creole, Portuguese, Cantonese, or Vietnamese as a large percentage of our client population is limited English proficient. 

 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS/EDUCATION/TRAINING: 

  • Law degree from an accredited law school 
  • Admission to and good standing in Massachusetts bar 

 

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE/EXPERIENCE/ABILITIES/SKILLS: 

  • 1-3 years in full-time family law and guardianship practice, including litigation.  
  • Proficiency in use of Microsoft Office Suite.  
  • Strong 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. 

 

 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. 

 

To apply, please submit resume and cover letter here by September 13, 2019 at 5pm.

 

 

DAYS/HOURS:   Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with one unpaid hour for lunch (35 hours)

REPORTS TO:     Director of Project Management              

LOCATION:         7 Winthrop Square, 2nd Flr., Boston, MA

DEADLINE:          September 13, 2019 at 5pm

  

SUMMARY OF POSITION:

The Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association (VLP) is seeking a Bilingual Administrative Assistant to provide administrative support to both of its locations. 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 and through our call center (aka Eastern Region Legal Intake).  The ideal candidate will demonstrate compassion for low-income populations and be sensitive to their legal needs and socioeconomic status; demonstrate strong cultural sensitivity and awareness; be reliable, motivated, and committed to public interest work and access to justice; and communicate effectively.  

 

EDUCATION/TRAINING REQUIRED:

  • Associate’s or bachelor’s degree
  • At least 2 years of consecutive experience working in an administrative assistant capacity or similar role
  • Fluency in a second language (Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, Chinese, or Vietnamese)

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

  • Have a meaningful understanding of the organization’s programs and services
  • Direct callers and visitors
  • Handle the day-to-day administrative functions, tasks, and assignments for both locations
  • Review and monitor multiple calendars
  • Prepare materials, computer equipment, and set up for trainings and meetings
  • Prepare reports
  • Provide support to other staff members in the main office and the call center as needed
  • Maintain and oversee all aspects of our inventory database
  • Other tasks as needed
 

PHYSICAL ABILITIES/SKILLS REQUIRED:

  • Heavy use of computer
  • Ability to travel and sit or stand for long periods of time
  • Ability to communicate in person, by telephone and via electronic communication

MENTAL ABILITIES/SKILLS REQUIRED:

  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Reliable and flexible with a sense of initiative
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
  • Ability to keep workspace, projects, and tasks in order
  • Ability to work with diverse cultures, professionals, and personalities
  • Ability to stay focused and on task in a fast-paced, busy environment
  • Ability to prioritize, manage multiple tasks, and meet deadlines
  • Ability to pay focused attention to detail
  • Ability to problem-solve
  • Ability to work independently and coordinate with colleagues
  • Ability to review, update and manage multiple calendars, projects, and tasks
  • Ability to navigate through the internet, research, and locate information
  • Ability to quickly learn the use of other software and equipment

VLP is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ a diverse staff.  Our ideal candidate is respectful of an inclusive work environment.