LONG TERM TEMPORARY STAFF ATTORNEY - HOUSING

MetroWest Legal Services (“MWLS”) 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! This is a grant-funded position through June 30, 2021. Extension of an additional nine months of employment beyond this date is contingent on the availability of funding.

Responsibilities include:       

  • Represent tenants in eviction cases including: interviewing clients and assessing, researching, strategizing, and negotiating cases; preparing pleadings or other documents; representing clients in court, at administrative proceedings, and in other forums as necessary; and closing cases.
  • Completion of administrative tasks in accordance with the policies as provided.
  • Attend and participate in all meetings related to this project, as appropriate.
  • As directed, engage in community outreach activities, including presentations to stakeholders.
  • Work collaboratively with others on project team to promote effective communication, coordination and teamwork.
  • Perform other duties as needed, consistent with the provision of quality client service
  • Fulfill grant requirements and obligations, including data reporting.
  • Engage in other tasks and projects that further MWLS’ mission and operations.

Qualifications/Competencies include:

  • J.D. required.
  • Must be admitted to the Massachusetts bar or provisionally hired pending October 2020 bar results.
  • Experience in landlord-tenant law strongly preferred.
  • A demonstrated sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse backgrounds, and commitment to working with low-income people. 
  • Strong legal writing skills, including the ability to write briefs, pleadings and other legal documents.
  • Strong collaborative, organizational skills and computer skills.
  • Strong oral advocacy and negotiation skills.
  • Able to represent clients effectively.
  • Maintain strict confidentiality regarding all client information.
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively with staff, clients, members of the bar, and the local community.
  • Experience working with interpreters or fluency in language(s) in addition to English preferred.

Salary/Benefits: Salary is based on a union scale with a base wage of $50,000. Generous benefits package include generous PTO leave, 100% employer paid medical, dental, and vision dental insurance, employer match on retirement contributions, 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. Please send and attach in PDF format. 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.  

 

 

LONG-TERM TEMPORARY PARALEGAL - HOUSING

MetroWest Legal Services (“MWLS”) 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! This is a grant-funded position through June 30, 2021. Extension of an additional nine months of employment beyond this date is contingent on the availability of funding.

Responsibilities include:       

  • Become knowledgeable with substantive areas of practice.
  • Screen and interview prospective clients, assess client eligibility under existing program income and geographic guidelines and program/unit priorities.
  • Make referrals to other agencies, as appropriate.
  • Record client information using computerized record-keeping system.
  • Triage cases and identify imminent or urgent deadlines.
  • Assist with tracking deadlines and court events, and monitor court dockets.
  • Provide simple legal information or self-help packets.
  • Provide legal advice and assist clients in completing legal pleadings, court forms, and other litigation-related paperwork.
  • Assist tenants to connect with financial assistance for rental arrearages and other stabilization resources.
  • Draft correspondence to clients, the court, and opposing party
  • Attend and participate in scheduled meetings where client eligibility, advice, information and referrals are reviewed.
  • Participate in trainings and engage in community education and outreach, including targeted outreach to identified households facing eviction
  • Provide administrative support to lawyers to prepare cases for court events.
  • Perform such other duties as assigned consistent with the provision of quality client services.
  • Engage in other tasks and projects that further MWLS’ mission and operations.

Qualifications/Competencies include:

  • Paralegal studies/Certificate or Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Ability to relate to professionals as well as community groups and individuals.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment.
  • Capacity to identify and analyze legal and other problems.
  • Ability to do basic word processing for own needs and perform data entry.
  • Demonstrated concern for and commitment to the goals of legal services and to working for low-income people.
  • Experience working with interpreters or fluency in language(s) in addition to English preferred.
     

Salary/Benefits: Salary is based on a union scale. Generous benefits package include generous PTO leave, 100% employer paid medical, dental, and vision dental insurance, employer match on retirement contributions, and extensive professional development opportunities.

To Apply: Candidates should submt a cover letter addressing your interest and experience in poverty/public interest law, resume, brief writing sample to MetroWest Legal Services, 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. 

 

 

LONG-TERM TEMPORARY INTAKE WORKER - HOUSING

MetroWest Legal Services (“MWLS”) 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!

This is a grant-funded position through June 30, 2021. Extension of an additional nine months of employment beyond this date is contingent on the availability of funding.

Responsibilities include:

  • Client intake (screen applicants for eligibility for services).
  • Explain intake and related procedures to potential and current clients and ensure compliance with standard procedures.
  • Enter all relevant information into the agency client database.
  • Conduct a conflict-of-interest check on all potential clients.
  • Set up necessary client files, and forward intake and related information on to the appropriate attorney or paralegal for follow-up action.
  • Provide face-to-face and phone translation services for clients as needed.
  • Translate letters, documents, etc. as needed.
  • Answer and transfer telephone calls.
  • Attend and participate in project team meetings.
  • Work collaboratively with others on the project team to promote effective communication, coordination and teamwork.
  • Perform other duties as needed consistent with the provision of quality client services.
  • Engage in other tasks and projects that further MWLS’ mission and operations.

Qualifications/Competencies include:

  • High school degree or equivalency required; Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Capacity to identify and analyze legal and other problems.
  • Ability to do word processing, spreadsheet and data entry.
  • Demonstrated concern for and commitment to the goals of legal services and to working for low-income people.
  • Experience working with interpreters, or fluency in Spanish or Portuguese strongly preferred.
  • Good telephone and reception skills.

Salary/Benefits: Salary is based on a union scale. Benefits package include generous PTO leave, 100% employer paid medical, dental, and vision dental insurance, employer match on retirement contributions, and extensive professional development opportunities.

To Apply: Candidates should submit a cover letter addressing your interest and experience in poverty/public interest law and a resume, to MetroWest Legal Services, jobs@mwlegal.org. Please send and attach PDF’s 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.