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POSITION: Supervising Attorney of Family Law & Guardianship Units  

DAYS/HOURS: Mon-Fri 8:30 am – 4:30 pm  

REPORTS TO: Geraldine Gruvis-Pizarro, Esq. Director of Advocacy and Pro Bono 

LOCATION: 7 Winthrop Square, Second Floor, Boston, MA 02110 * Hybrid 

SALARY: $97,850  

   

SUMMARY OF POSITION: 

The Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association (VLP) is a non-profit legal services organization that provides free civil legal assistance to low-income residents of Greater Boston, primarily through the pro bono services of private attorneys.    

 

The Family Law and Guardianship unit at VLP is one of the busiest units at VLP. The supervising attorney will provide oversight and support in substantive law and general litigation practice. A clearly defined substantive supervisory structure will elevate the skills of the attorneys in the Family Law and Guardianship unit and improve the consistency, accuracy, and depth of the advice and mentoring given to both VLP staff and pro bono attorneys, to better serve our clients and community.   The supervising attorney will also rotate as an on-call attorney at our call center.  

 

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

   

REQUIRED EDUCATION/TRAINING/KNOWLEDGE:    

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

 

REQUIRED MENTAL/PHYSICAL ABILITIES/SKILLS:   

  • 7+ years in full-time family law and/or guardianship law, including litigation.    
  • Proficiency in 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 the private bar to recruit, train, and mentor volunteer attorneys 
  • 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  

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO: 

  • Maintain expertise in family law and guardianship law  
  • Lead weekly unit case reviews and provide oversight on follow-through  
  • Effectively and efficiently handle a small caseload  
  • Supervise weekly family law and guardianship clinics  
  • Provide substantive family law and guardianship supervision at clinics and as needed to unit staff attorneys, including answering questions and reviewing advice and drafts of  

documents and closing cases  

  • Develop training for staff on family law and guardianship and general litigation  
  • Supervise staff attorneys in the Family Law & Guardianship unit and the DotHouse Unit, including reviewing and approving time for payroll, approving time-off requests, and approving training requests  
  • Provide oversight of the DotHouse Unit  
  • 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 training 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: Staff Attorney – Consumer & Bankruptcy

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

REPORTS TO: Natasha Lewis, Supervising Attorney Economic Fairness Unit

LOCATION: 7 Winthrop Square, Boston, MA * hybrid

SALARY:  Starting at $70,000-$80,000, commensurate with experience

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


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 training, answer substantive questions from volunteers, identify appropriate referrals as well as participate in weekly Consumer Small Claims clinics and a monthly Bankruptcy clinic as well as rotate as an on-call attorney at our call center.

 

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
  • 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

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.

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.