STAFF ATTORNEY JOB OPENING – Special Education & Elder Law

MetroWest Legal Services (“MWLS”) provides 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 seeks to hire a staff attorney to fill a full time position which is grant funded for one (1) year with the possibility of permanence. MWLS is an exciting workplace with dedicated social justice advocates—join us!

 

Responsibilities:              

  • Represent the parents of children with special needs in all phases of special education and school discipline cases.
  • Represent elders in a variety of civil substantive areas including housing and benefits. 
  • Work closely with community-organizations that serve elder communities to identify legal issues important to clients and provide advice via community-based legal clinics.
  • Conduct outreach and work closely with community and parent groups of school-aged children to provide advocacy for special education services.

 

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 is required.
  • Interest in and some experience working with elder populations providing assistance with housing matters and benefits issues, with Durable Powers of Attorney, Health Care Proxies, and Conservatorships, Nursing Home issues, bankruptcies and consumer rights and domestic relations.
  • 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. (Recent Law School Graduates who are planning to sit for the October 2020 bar exam will be considered).

 

**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 $50,000. 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. 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. 

WAGE AND HOUR/ HOUSING/BENEFITS STAFF ATTORNEY

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 include:     

  • Representing clients in Small Claims Court, District Court, and Superior Court proceedings involving client’s private right to actions on minimum wage violations, retaliation, and misclassification as independent contractions, domestic worker violations, and wage theft issues. Coordinating with the Attorney General’s Fair Labor Division, participating in coalitions, and conducting outreach and community legal education. (Approximately 50% of caseload)
  • Representing clients in judicial and administrative proceedings involving evictions, access to public and subsidized housing, enforcement of tenant rights, and termination of housing subsidies.
  • Representing clients in government benefits (MassHealth, SNAP, DTA cash benefits, SSI/DI) appeals from initial appeal through administrative proceedings or judicial review.
  • Screening wage theft clients for immigration relief, and referring to MWLS immigration unit determine if T and U-Visa relief available.

Qualifications/Competencies include:

  • Admitted to Massachusetts bar (or a bar of another state**).
  • Bilingual in Spanish or Portuguese required.
  • One to three years of legal experience preferred.
  • Experience representing low-income people in court and administrative proceedings required.
  • Experience representing low-income people in wage theft and housing cases desired. 
  • Experience representing low-income people in government benefits cases desired.
  • Experience working with and/or representing a broad range of people from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, people with disabilities, and people with low incomes.
  • 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.

Salary/Benefits: Commensurate with Experience. Generous benefits package include three weeks of vacation, health and dental insurance, matching 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 three references to Betsy Soule, Executive Director, MWLS, Email address: bsoule@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.