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POSITION: Bilingual Paralegal – Consumer Bankruptcy

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

REPORTS TO: Senior Staff Attorney, Colin Harnsgate

UNIT: Bankruptcy and Consumer

STATUS: Full-time, Non-exempt
LOCATION: 7 Winthrop Square, Floor 2, Boston, MA 02110 and Remote*

SALARY: $48,410
*Operations are currently hybrid during COVID-19

Click here to apply!

 

This position requires fluency in English and Spanish. Please be advised that selected candidates will be required to take a Spanish Language Proficiency exam.

 

This position will remain open until filled. 

 

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.
  • Paralegal experience at Volunteer Lawyers Project

PREFERRED:

  • Knowledge of MA laws surrounding Bankruptcy and Consumer

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:

 

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.
  • Report to supervisor when bankruptcy intakes and referrals need to be adjusted.
  • Organize and compile reports on intake and referral statistics.
  • Schedule clients and attorneys 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
  • Delegate case processing tasks to interns as needed.
  • Assist with bankruptcy grant requirements.
  • Prepare cases for closing weekly.

Consumer Unit (shared with the Economic Fairness Project Coordinator).

  • Attend Consumer case review, assist with client follow up and case processing
  • Conduct intakes of new clients at the small claims clinics (shared with the Economic Fairness Paralegal).
  • Conduct post-clinic follow-up with clients and case processing to ensure documents and notes are accurate and current.
  • Follow up with clients on cases after clinics that need further assistance or representation.
  • Draft case referral memos to be reviewed by staff attorney.
  • Assist with the recruitment of attorneys who will accept bankruptcy cases.
  • Attend trainings as needed for professional development.
  • Delegate case processing tasks to interns as needed.
  • Track and report statistics (i.e., defaults) from consumer clinics to the Economic Fairness Project Coordinator for reports and outreaches.
  • Prepare cases for closing weekly.

Participate in other projects as needed to continue the VLP mission.

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

respectful of an inclusive work environment.

POSITION: Bilingual Paralegal – Family Law and Guardianship

DAYS/HOURS:  Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM- 4:30 PM with one unpaid hour for lunch  

REPORTS TO: Supervising Attorney  

LOCATION: Remote and 7 Winthrop Square, Floor 2, Boston, MA 02110*

STATUS: Full-time, Non-Exempt

SALARY: $48,410

*Operations are currently hybrid during COVID-19

Click here to apply!

This position requires fluency in English and Spanish. Please be advised that selected candidates will be required to take a Spanish Language Proficiency exam.

This application will remain open until the position has been filled.

SUMMARY OF POSITION:

The Family Law and Guardianship unit paralegal supports our busy team working on Family law and Guardianship issues including legal clinics and Call Center support.  The paralegal will manage both legal and administrative functions of these units, including meeting and following up with staff and clients, communicating with other members of the team internally and externally, providing support to the call center on a rotating basis, and other duties as necessary to carry out the mission of the organization.  The paralegal will manage various court-based clinics both on a virtual platform and in-person clinics located in Boston (Suffolk Probate and Family Court) and Woburn (Middlesex Probate and Family Court).


REQUIRED EDUCATION/TRAINING/KNOWLEDGE: 
 

  • Completion of bachelor’s degree and/or Paralegal Certification program
  • Fluency in Spanish and English – oral and written              

REQUIRED MENTAL/PHYSICAL ABILITIES/SKILLS: 

  • Heavy use of computer programs and applications
  • Ability to communicate in person, by telephone, and by computer
  • Ability to travel to various locations in Greater Boston
  • Strong oral and written communication skills in English and Spanish
  • Ability to collect and present information
  • Careful attention to detail
  • Reliable and organized
  • Customer service-oriented
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, prioritize, and meet deadlines
  • Compassionate and able to work with low-income populations and be sensitive to their legal needs and socioeconomic status
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office and Zoom
  • Ability to be flexible and work independently
  • Ability to navigate through the Internet, research, and locate and interpret information
  • Able to learn new computer software and systems quickly

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO:

  • Develop a deep understanding of the organization’s programs and projects and substantive areas of law, especially those substantive areas of law in which you will be assisting clients
  • Develop a deep understanding of the abuse prevention law in MA (Chapter 209A), the legal standard and the court process for obtaining an abuse prevention order
  • Handle day-to-day case management administrative functions
  • Attend weekly legal clinics and case review meetings
  • Transcribe/document case updates and next action steps during meetings for cases
  • Provide intake support at the call center twice per month.
  • Attend weekly meetings and transcribe information discussed at legal unit meetings
  • Attend trainings as needed for professional development
  • Participate in other assigned projects, as needed, to continue the VLP mission

Volunteer Lawyers Project is committed to a diverse work environment and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our ideal candidates are respectful of an inclusive work environment. VLP strives to ensure that those working in our organization reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. VLP encourages applicants from a broad spectrum of backgrounds to apply for positions.

POSITION: Consumer & Bankruptcy Law Staff Attorney  

DAYS/HOURS: Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM- 4:30 PM with one unpaid hour for lunch   

REPORTS TO: Cindy Palmquist, Managing Director 

LOCATION: 7 Winthrop Square, Boston, MA 02110 and Remote* 

STATUS: Full-time, Exempt 

SALARY:Starting at $60,000, commensurate with experience

*Operations are currently hybrid during COVID-19

Click here to apply!

   

SUMMARY OF POSITION:    

The Consumer and Bankruptcy Staff Attorney will represent clients in civil and small claims debt collection cases and in bankruptcy cases, mentor pro bono attorneys, and supervise interns who support the Consumer and Bankruptcy units. The Staff Attorney will conduct trainings, answer substantive questions from volunteers, identify appropriate referrals as well as participate in weekly Consumer Small Claims clinics and a monthly Bankruptcy clinic when it resumes.   

 

REQUIRED EDUCATION/TRAINING/KNOWLEDGE:   

  • Law degree from an accredited law school
  • Admission to and good standing in Massachusetts bar 
  • One or more years of substantive experience as a practicing attorney 
  • PREFERRED EDUCATION/TRAINING/KNOWLEDGE:  
  • Experience with Legal Server case management software 
  • Experience with Consumer and Bankruptcy law 
  • Prior experience serving low-income populations and communities 

 

REQUIRED MENTAL/PHYSICAL ABILITIES/SKILLS: 

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills  
  • Ability to absorb and retain new information quickly  
  • Strong interpersonal skills  
  • Strong organizational and time management skills  
  • Ability to excel working independently and within a team  
  • Ability to learn and navigate computer, case management software, and phone systems  
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt to various client situations and changes in program procedures  
  • Strong data entry and typing skills  
  • Ability to manage stress and identify self-care as needed  
  • High level of attention to detail and accuracy  
  • Ability to analyze and problem solve quickly  
  • Ability to effectively and efficiently communicate over the phone, by computer, and in person 
  • Ability to use a computer several hours per day   

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO: 

  • Represent clients in civil and small claims debt collection cases at various District Courts and provide supervision at Consumer Debt Collection Clinics (shared with another staff attorney) 
  • Represent clients in bankruptcy cases and mentor pro bono attorneys (shared with staff attorney) 
  • Identify appropriate cases for referral to pro bono attorneys 
  • Train and mentor pro bono attorneys in consumer and bankruptcy law 
  • Other program duties as assigned 
     

Volunteer Lawyers Project is committed to a diverse work environment and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our ideal candidates are respectful of an inclusive work environment. VLP strives to ensure that those working in our organization reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. VLP encourages applicants from a broad spectrum of backgrounds to apply for positions. 

POSITION: Supervising Attorney Housing and Appeals 

DAYS/HOURS:   8:30 – 4:30, Monday – Friday plus occasional evening trainings / events 

REPORTS TO: Cindy Palmquist, Managing Director  

UNIT(S): Housing and Appeals  

STATUS: Full-time, Exempt
LOCATION: 7 Winthrop Square, Second Floor, Boston, MA 02110 and Remote* 

SALARY: $90,000.00 

 *Operations are currently hybrid during COVID-19

Click here to apply!


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.   

 

The Housing Unit is the largest unit at VLP.  The Supervising Attorney will provide general oversight to the Housing and Appeals units, substantive supervision at in-person and remote legal clinics as well as for staff LAR and full-rep cases and provide mentoring and supervision to pro bono attorneys.  The supervision and support provided will elevate the skills of the Housing unit and improve the consistency, accuracy, and depth of the advice and mentoring given to both VLP staff as well as to our pro bono attorneys, to better serve our clients and community.   

  

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS/EDUCATION/TRAINING:  

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

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE/EXPERIENCE/ABILITIES/SKILLS:  

  • 7+ years in full-time housing law, 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

PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE/ EXPERIENCE / ABILITIES/SKILLS:  

  • Experience with Massachusetts appellate procedure 
  • Bilingual in a second language, preferably Spanish   

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: 

  • Maintain expertise in housing law 
  • Lead weekly unit case reviews and provide oversight on follow-through 
  • Supervise weekly housing clinics 
  • Supervise the Appeals Clinic, including attending the Appeals Clinic and closing Appeals Clinic cases 
  • Provide substantive housing supervision at clinic and as needed to housing unit staff attorneys, including answering questions and reviewing advice and drafts of documents 
  • Develop trainings for staff on housing law and litigation 
  • Supervise and mentor paralegals, interns, and pro bono attorneys
  • Review cases for merit and alignment with priorities 
  • Recruit and maintain relationships with volunteers from the private bar
  • Conduct trainings for volunteers, often during evening hours
  • Prepare cases for pro bono assignment, including reviewing memos and documents
  • Assist in placement of cases with pro bono attorneys 
  • Monitor pro bono cases to ensure quality and competent representation 
  • Participation in legal aid coalitions and collaborations 
  • Assist with grant applications and reports 
  • Other responsibilities as needed 

 

Volunteer Lawyers Project is committed to a diverse work environment and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our ideal candidates are respectful of an inclusive work environment. VLP strives to ensure that those working in our organization reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. VLP encourages applicants from a broad spectrum of backgrounds to apply for positions. 

POSITION: Temporary Housing Bilingual Paralegal (Landlord) – COVID Project

DAYS/HOURS: Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM- 4:30 PM with one unpaid hour for lunch  

REPORTS TO: Supervising Attorney

LOCATION: Remote and 7 Winthrop Square, Boston, MA 02110 (local candidates only)

STATUS: Full-time, Exempt

SALARY/WAGES: $49,862

 

SUMMARY OF POSITION:

Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) is seeking a temporary bilingual paralegal to manage aspects of the legal and administrative functions for a Statewide Project related to COVID-19 evictions. Fluency in both English and Spanish languages is required. However, we encourage those interested to apply who are versed in other languages (oral and written), specifically those who speak Haitian Creole, Cape Verdean Creole, Portuguese, Cantonese, or Vietnamese as a large percentage of our client population is limited English proficient.

 

The Department of Housing & Community Development (DHCD) has engaged the Volunteer Lawyers Project to participate in a coordinated legal services delivery system to deliver free legal assistance to income eligible tenants and owner occupant landlords facing eviction issues due to COVID-19. The Project seeks to ensure that legal assistance is available to all who are eligible.

 

The Project will provide referrals, legal information, assistance and limited legal representation in all sittings of the Massachusetts Housing Court to preserve or achieve housing stability. The initiative will serve tenants in the greater Boston areas and income eligible owner-occupied landlords of up to a 3-family home in a statewide. The Project will provide legal assistance statewide to low-income tenants and owner-occupants who are at 200% or below the Federal Poverty Level in COVID-related eviction cases. Through the Project, trained staff and pro bono attorneys will help owner occupants and tenants as they navigate the eviction process.

 

This is a grant-funded position through June 30, 2024

 

 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS/EDUCATION/TRAINING:

  • Completion of bachelor’s degree and/or paralegal certification program
  • 1-3 years of direct paralegal or program management experience preferred

 

REQUIRED PHYSICAL ABILITIES/SKILLS:

  • Ability to commute/travel to and from courthouse locations and/or office, as needed
  • Heavy use of computer programs and applications
  • Ability to sit for long periods
  • Ability to communicate in person, by telephone and by computer

 

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE/EXPERIENCE/ABILITIES/SKILLS:

  • Fluency in English and Spanish (oral required and written desired/preferred)
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written, in English and Spanish
  • Careful attention to detail
  • Reliable and organized
  • Customer service-oriented
  • Ability to independently manage multiple tasks, prioritize and meet deadlines
  • Compassionate and ability to work with low-income populations and be sensitive to their legal needs and socioeconomic status
  • Proficiency in use of Microsoft Office
  • Ability to be flexible with a sense of initiative
  • Ability to navigate through the Internet, research, and locate information
  • Ability to gather and present information
  • Ability to independently manage caseloads of rental assistance cases
  • Ability to independently manage and oversee large projects


ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

  • Develop a deep understanding of housing and landlord/tenant Law
  • Manage all aspects of case management, coordination of clinics, communication with partners, clients, volunteers, interviewing of clients and fact gathering.
  • Handle day-to-day administrative functions of the project, including but not limited to:
    • Intake and screening for eligibility;
    • Managing incoming referrals, data entry, client follow up, drafting documents;
    • Managing caseload;
    • Attending meetings and trainings; and
    • Collaborating closely with other members of the project
  • Perform other duties as needed or as directed

 

Volunteer Lawyers Project is committed to a diverse work environment and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our ideal candidates are respectful of an inclusive work environment. VLP strives to ensure that those working in our organization reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. VLP encourages applicants from a broad spectrum of backgrounds to apply for positions.

 

To be considered for this position you must submit an application through Wufoo. Applications received on Indeed will not be considered.

 

Please visit the following website to apply:
https://vlpprobono.wufoo.com/forms/temporary-housing-bilingual-paralegal-landlord/

 

To be considered for this position, applicants must submit a resume and cover letter here:

https://vlpprobono.wufoo.com/forms/temporary-housing-bilingual-paralegal-landlord/
No other submissions will be considered. This application will remain open until the position has been filled.

VLP is committed to a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Our ideal candidates are respectful of an inclusive work environment. VLP strives to ensure that those working in our organization reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. VLP encourages applicants from a broad spectrum of backgrounds to apply for positions. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity and expression, pregnancy, national origin, veteran status, and military status or any other characteristic protected by applicable local, state, or federal law.

To be considered, candidates applying for permanent positions must be authorized for permanent employment in the United States.