FAMILY PRESERVATION STAFF ATTORNEY

MetroWest Legal Services aims to provide legal advocacy to protect and advance the rights of the poor, elderly, disabled and other disenfranchised people and to assist them in obtaining legal, social and economic justice. MWLS is an exciting workplace with dedicated social justice advocates—join us!

Responsibilities include:

  • Launch a new pilot project to provide civil legal aid to families at risk of removal and separation by Department of Children and Families (DCF).
  • Represent clients in child welfare-related civil legal matters to prevent out-of-home placement of children or reunify children with their families, thereby increasing client choice, safety, and family preservation.
  • Educate clients about their legal options so they can be empowered to make their own informed decisions, with the goal of minimizing the risk of outcomes that jeopardize child safety and wellbeing.
  • Liaison with Department of Children and Families (DCF), schools, community partners, and mental health providers to provide wrap around services to stabilize families in crisis.
  • Advocate for clients and their children in collateral legal matters such as housing, benefits, special education, and immigration.
  • Performs additional duties as assigned.

Qualifications/Competencies include:

  • Admitted to Massachusetts bar (or a bar of another state**).
  • Two plus years’ experience in providing legal services preferred; with a focus on representing survivors of domestic violence, individuals with substance use disorders, or individuals with mental health diagnosis preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to utilize appropriate, non-judgmental communication techniques when responding to clients that illustrates sensitivity to their experiences and needs. Prior experience interviewing and counseling survivors of trauma or individuals with mental health conditions preferred.
  • Ability to work and advocate in a collaborative style with diverse ethnic, cultural, linguistic, and socio-economic groups, as well as diversity based on ability/disability, sexual orientation and religion.
  • Spoken fluency in a second language (Spanish or Portuguese) preferred. Language competencies will be tested during the interview process.
  • Excellent writing and oral advocacy skills. Strong organizational skills and ability to multi-task.
  • Fully vaccinated pursuant to Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.
  • Sense of humor and willingness to be a team player.

**An applicant who is admitted to the bar of another state must be eligible to practice as a foreign lawyer under SJC Rule3.04 and become a member of the Mass. bar within 2 years.

Salary/Benefits: Salary is based on a union scale with a base wage of $60,000 plus experience credit if

applicable. Benefits package include generous PTO leave, 100% employer paid medical, dental, and vision insurance, employer match on retirement contributions, student loan repayment assistance program for eligible attorneys and extensive professional development opportunities.

To Apply: Email a cover letter addressing your interest and experience in poverty/public interest law, resume, and writing sample to MetroWest Legal Services, at jobs@mwlegal.org. Please send and attach PDFs only. Applicants are encouraged to apply early, as applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

MWLS is an Equal Opportunity Employer and strives to ensure that our staff members reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. MWLS encourages applicants from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences.

 

STAFF ATTORNEY  – High Quality for All Students Education Project

The mission of MetroWest Legal Services is to provide legal advocacy to protect and advance the rights of the poor, elderly, disabled and other disenfranchised people in our service area and to assist them in obtaining legal, social and economic justice.

Responsibilities:              

  • Through direct legal representation and impact work, challenge and remove systemic barriers that impede students from low-income families from obtaining a high-quality education.
  • Represent the parents of children with special needs in all phases of special education and school discipline cases.
  • Conduct outreach and work closely with community and parent groups of school-aged children to identify areas where systemic advocacy to improve educational services is needed.

 

Qualifications/Competencies include:

  • Proven interest in and commitment to advocacy for the legal rights of low-income and other vulnerable populations.
  • Experience representing clients in special education proceedings and school disciplinary cases preferred.
  • Demonstrated understanding and commitment to anti-bias principles, cultural competency and addressing systemic racism and other forms of oppression.
  • Enthusiasm, creativity, good judgment, initiative, and willingness to work collaboratively.
  • Bilingual in Spanish or Portuguese helpful.
  • One to three years of legal experience preferred. Admitted to Massachusetts bar or entitled to practice under SJC Rule 3:04.

 

**An applicant who is admitted to the bar of another state must become a member of the Mass. bar within 2 years.

Salary/Benefits: Salary is based on a union scale with a starting wage of $60,000. Benefits package include generous PTO leave, 100% employer paid medical, dental, and vision insurance, employer match on retirement contributions, student loan repayment assistance program for eligible attorneys and extensive professional development opportunities.

To Apply: Candidates should submit a cover letter addressing your interest and experience in poverty/public interest law, resume, and brief writing sample via email to jobs@mwlegal.org. Applicant applications will be considered on a rolling basis. 

 

MWLS is an Equal Opportunity Employer and strives to ensure that our staff members reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. MWLS encourages applicants from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences. 

 

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE STAFF ATTORNEY

MetroWest Legal Services aims to provide legal advocacy to protect and advance the rights of the poor, elderly, disabled and other disenfranchised people in our service area and to assist them in obtaining legal, social and economic justice. MWLS is an exciting workplace with dedicated social justice advocates—join us!

Responsibilities include:       

  • Represents immigrant survivors in domestic violence-related civil legal matters including divorce, custody, paternity, and protection order cases, thereby increasing survivor choice, safety, and economic independence.
  • Educates immigrant survivors about their legal options so they can be empowered to make their own informed decisions, with the goal of minimizing the risk of outcomes that jeopardize safety and wellbeing.
  • Advocates for clients in collateral legal matters such as housing, benefits, and immigration. Screen clients for immigration relief, and coordinate with MWLS immigration unit to provide VAWA, U-Visa, and SIJS relief to immigrant survivors of domestic violence and their children.
  • Performs additional duties as assigned.

Qualifications/Competencies include:

  • Admitted to Massachusetts bar (or a bar of another state**).
  • Two plus years’ experience in providing family law services required; focus on representing survivors of domestic violence preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to utilize appropriate, non-judgmental communication techniques when responding to survivors that illustrates sensitivity to their experiences and needs. Prior experience interviewing and counseling survivors of trauma and abuse preferred.
  • Ability to work and advocate in a collaborative style with diverse ethnic, cultural, linguistic, and socio-economic groups, as well as diversity based on ability/disability, sexual orientation and religion.
  • Spoken fluency in a second language (Spanish or Portuguese) required.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to multi-task.
  • Excellent writing and oral advocacy skills. 
  • Sense of humor and willingness to be a team player.

 

**An applicant who is admitted to the bar of another state must be eligible to practice as a foreign lawyer under SJC Rule 3.04 and become a member of the Mass. bar within 2 years.

Current work environment is hybrid and Covid-19 vaccination is required.

Salary/Benefits: Salary is based on a union scale with a starting wage of $60,000. Generous benefits package include three weeks of vacation, flexible compensation time, 100% employer paid medical, dental, and vision dental insurance, employer match on retirement contributions, and extensive professional development opportunities.

To Apply: Email a cover letter addressing your interest and experience in poverty/public interest law, resume, and contact information for three references to Betsy Soule, Executive Director, MWLS, Email address: jobs@mwlegal.org Applicants are encouraged to apply early, as applications will be considered on a rolling basis. 

 

MWLS is an Equal Opportunity Employer and strives to ensure that our staff members reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. MWLS encourages applicants from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences.