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Current job listings:

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.

 

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
SALARY: Starting at $36,000 commensurate with experience

 

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. 

 

QUALIFICATIONS/EDUCATION/TRAINING:
REQUIRED:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Bilingual; fluent 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.
  • 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
 

MENTAL ABILITIES/SKILLS:
REQUIRED:

  • Ability to conduct legal analysis and apply the law to client’s case facts under the supervision of attorneys
  • Ability to utilize case management supervision to deliver information and legal advice accurately under the supervision of attorneys
  • Strong writing skills
  • 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 software and phone systems


PHYSICAL ABILITIES/SKILLS:
REQUIRED:

  • Heavy use of computer and phone
  • Ability to effectively and efficiently communicate over the phone


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

 

 

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

Volunteer Lawyers Project is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce.