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  • 14 Jul 2017 11:00 AM | Stephanie Giancola (Administrator)

    STAFF ATTORNEY POSITIONS

    Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS) seeks three full time staff attorneys to work as a team to provide civil legal aid under a grant supporting the collaborative delivery of services to victims of crime across Massachusetts.

    Deadline is July 25, 2017 or until positions are filled.

    Generalist Attorney: The Generalist Attorney will provide legal services in multiple areas of substantive law including but, not limited to, landlord/tenant, public benefits, employment benefits, consumer law, family law, and immigration law. The attorney will also act as the coordinator of all services delivered pursuant to this grant and play a role in the greater collaboration with other legal services programs across the state. Employment requirements: Admitted to the Massachusetts Bar for no more than 5 years; and at least 3 years of experience in multiple substantive practice areas.  Job Code: CLAVC-GA

    Family Law Attorney: The attorney will work in the Family Law Unit to provide legal services to and on behalf of victims of crime in contested matters in the Probate and Family Courts in GBLS’s service area (Suffolk, Middlesex, Norfolk, and Plymouth Counties) and in Abuse Prevention Proceedings in all courts in the GBLS service area. Employment requirements: Admitted to the Massachusetts Bar for no more than 2 years; and experience working with low income clients. Job Code: CLAVC-FLA

    Immigration Attorney: The attorney will provide a wide variety of immigration law services to victims of crime including, but not limited to, VAWA petitions; U-Visa; adjustment of status; Special Immigrant Juvenile matters. Employment requirements: Admitted to the Massachusetts Bar for no more than 3 years; and at least 2 years of Immigration Law experience. Job Code: CLAVC-IMMA

    Other information: These positions are guaranteed for two years with a strong possibility of a third year of grant funding. Bilingual capacity in Spanish, Haitian-Creole, Cantonese, Mandarin, or Portuguese strongly desired. Must be able to drive to courts and events in other counties and parts of the state.

    GBLS is an AA/EO/Handicapped accessible employer committed to diversity in the workforce and regards differences as assets.  Salary is based on union scale. 

    Generous benefits package, including 100% paid health and dental for full-time employees and student loan repayment assistance plan for eligible attorneys. 

    Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and brief writing sample to Sonia Marquez, Director of Human Resources, via e-mail at jobs@gbls.org.  Please refer to the Job Codes as stated above when applying for these positions. 

    Deadline is July 25, 2017 or until the position is filled.

  • 28 Jun 2017 12:39 PM | Stephanie Giancola (Administrator)

    Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS) seeks a staff attorney to work in the CORI & Re-entry Project. The position will be available on September 1, 2017.  

    Applications accepted by July 10, 2017 or until position is filled.

    The attorney will provide legal services to people who face barriers stemming from their criminal records related to housing, occupational licensing, employment, training and other opportunities following involvement in the criminal justice system.

    The attorney will provide direct legal representation and assistance to low-income clients, including but not limited to: petitioning for criminal record remedies (sealing of  records, correcting inaccurate public and private criminal record reports and recall of incorrect warrants; enforcing federal and state protections that mandate accurate and fair criminal history reporting in the commercial criminal background checks ; advocate with the court or governmental agencies  for people charged with or convicted of offenses that affect their driver's or occupational licenses;  address other collateral consequences of criminal histories. In addition the attorney will engage in legislative and systemic law reform activity, including but not limited to reform of the criminal justice system, occupational licensing, barriers to housing, and record sealing time limits; will collaborate and coordinate with community organizations to connect clients with other services needed to remove barriers to housing, training, employment, and other opportunities and perform community outreach and community legal education.

    Requirements: Admission to the Massachusetts Bar;  4 or less years of experience assisting indigent clients in court in expungement matters; experience conducting community outreach events and assisting diverse low income clients  on criminal record sealing issues; experience managing independent projects or assignments; knowledge of Massachusetts CORI laws, EEOC and HUD guidelines related to CORI, and Massachusetts anti-discrimination laws related to criminal records; strong writing, communication, interpersonal, organizational skills; and the ability to work as a team member in a variety of contexts. Bi-lingual ability in a language commonly spoken by GBLS’ clients is preferred but not required.

    GBLS is an AA/EO/Handicapped-accessible employer, committed to diversity in the workforce and regards differences as assets. 

    Candidates should submit letter of interest and resume to: Sonia Marquez, Director of Human Resources, at Greater Boston Legal Services, via e-mail at jobs@gbls.org. Please refer to Job Code: CORI-ATT when applying for this position. 

    Applications accepted by July 10, 2017 or until position is filled.  


  • 28 Jun 2017 12:35 PM | Stephanie Giancola (Administrator)

    Greater Boston Legal Services seeks an attorney for a long-term temporary position (two years) to work jointly in the program’s employment and housing law units. 

    Deadline for application is July 10, 2017 or until position is filled.

    Job Description: The attorney will represent primarily Spanish speaking clients and client groups such as tenant organizations and workers centers in the Chelsea and East Boston areas. The position will use a community lawyering approach to advocacy that involves working closely with worker centers and other community based organizations to help them combat wage theft and displacement. In addition to maintenance of an individual caseload of wage and hour cases and eviction defense cases, the position will include the creative use of other advocacy tools such as impact litigation, administrative advocacy on the state and municipal levels, potential affirmative and defensive legislative campaigns, and support for the preservation of affordable housing. This position requires regular attendance at evening meetings to accommodate workers’ schedules. The successful candidate must be able to work with diverse coalitions.

    Qualifications: This position is for an attorney with at least one year of legal experience in employment or housing law. In addition, civil legal aid or other advocacy on behalf of workers and tenants, litigation experience, and a strong and demonstrated commitment to worker rights, civil/human rights, community lawyering is also required. The attorney must have strong legal writing and research skills and the ability to work well with a diverse coalition. Proficiency in spoken and written Spanish is required.

    GBLS is an AA/EO/Handicapped-accessible employer, committed to diversity in the workforce and regards differences as assets. 

    Interested candidates should submit a resume with a cover letter detailing qualifications and reasons for interest in this position to:  Sonia Marquez, Director of Human Resources, at Greater Boston Legal Services, 197 Friend Street, Boston, MA 02114 or via email at jobs@gbls.org. Please refer to Job Code: EU/HOU-ATT.  

    Deadline for application is July 10, 2017 or until position is filled.


  • 21 Jun 2017 4:02 PM | Stephanie Giancola (Administrator)


                Grace Garcia & Greg Sneed


        Jack Ryan, Emily Coughlin, Scott Tucker.      Barbara Caparell & Grace Garcia.      Grace Garcia with Greg Sneed

  • 10 Apr 2017 10:27 AM | Stephanie Giancola (Administrator)

    Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS) seeks a full time staff attorney. The attorney will work in the Elder, Health, and Disability Unit to staff its School to Prison Pipeline Intervention Project, representing low-income students in school discipline and related special education cases, as well as engaging in policy advocacy and systemic litigation.

    DEADLINE:  April 19,2017

    Responsibilities include: Partnering with student organizers to achieve organizers’ goals related to school discipline and school-based rights; conducting intensive outreach efforts with mental health care providers, attorneys in other practice areas, social workers, homeless shelter staffs, etc; managing an active caseload of at least 25 full representation cases plus additional advice and brief service matters; collaborating with legal services, civil rights organizations, and child-focused organizations across the state to advocate for policy changes; advocating for the interests of low-income students of color and students with disabilities across state agencies, school districts, and school associations; maintaining up-to-date knowledge and skills in education law and other poverty law substantive areas as needed and relevant; and performing other unit duties as needed.

    Requirements: Admission to the Massachusetts Bar or comity; 2-4 years of experience in school discipline, special education, or related education work; Excellent writing, research, and organization; Demonstrated commitment to racial justice and antipoverty legal work; Culturally competent and able to respectfully serve clients of color with a wide range of experiences, abilities, and backgrounds; Experience effectively collaborating with community organizers and community groups, ideally student organizers and youth groups.

    GBLS is an AA/EO/Handicapped accessible employer committed to diversity in the workforce and regards differences as assets. Salary is based on union scale. Generous benefits package, including 100% paid health and dental for full-time employees and student loan repayment assistance plan for eligible attorneys. 

    Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and brief writing sample to Sonia Marquez, Director of Human Resources, via e-mail at jobs@gbls.org. Please refer to Job Code: EHD-ATT when applying for this position. Deadline is April 19, 2017 or until the position is filled.


  • 10 Apr 2017 10:21 AM | Stephanie Giancola (Administrator)

    Interested candidates should submit a resume and writing sample (unedited by others) by mail or email ideally prior to April 24th, to:

    Constance V. Vecchione

    Bar Counsel

    99 High Street, 2nd Fl.

    Boston, MA 02110

    c.vecchione@massbbo.org

    The Office of the Bar Counsel has an opening for an attorney to be director of the Attorney and Consumer Assistance Program (ACAP).  ACAP is the intake division of the Office of Bar Counsel and is responsible for responding to calls and communications from consumers who have complaints or questions about attorneys, for determining whether complaints should be opened for formal investigation, and for resolving issues that are not disciplinary matters.  The director reports to bar counsel and is responsible for managing and supervising the ACAP staff of experienced attorneys, investigators, and administrative assistants.  Admission to Massachusetts bar or eligibility to obtain admission on motion required.  Minimum ten years of legal experience preferred, with knowledge of bar discipline and the rules of professional conduct.  Outstanding writing and interpersonal skills, as well as an ability to effectively supervise, investigate, evaluate, and resolve a high volume of inquiries concerning potential attorney misconduct and to manage a large database, are essential.  Fluency in Spanish or other foreign language(s) is a plus.  Standard benefits, salary commensurate with experience.  Interested candidates should submit a resume and writing sample (unedited by others) by mail or email to:

    Constance V. Vecchione

    Bar Counsel

    99 High Street, 2nd Fl.

    Boston, MA 02110

    c.vecchione@massbbo.org

    Interviews will be scheduled after April 24, 2017.  Position will remain open until filled. For more information, see https://www.massbbo.org/Who_We_Are_OBC_ACAP#OBC.  The full job description is available at massbbo.org/employment.  The Office of Bar Counsel of the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers is an equal opportunity employer. 


  • 04 Apr 2017 12:32 PM | Stephanie Giancola (Administrator)

    Greater Boston Legal Services, Inc. (GBLS) will sponsor a limited number of applicants for two national fellowship programs: Equal Justice Works and the Skadden Fellowship Program.  Both programs require applicants to develop a proposed project with a sponsoring legal agency.  Selections for the fellowships are made by the national programs and not by GBLS.  Because of the time needed to develop projects acceptable to GBLS and the applicants, interested persons should contact GBLS as soon as possible. Earlier applicants will have an advantage. 

    GBLS is an AA/EO/Handicap-accessible employer, committed to diversity in the workforce and regards differences as assets.  Interested individuals must submit a cover letter and resume to Sonia Marquez, Director of Human Resources by email at jobs@gbls.org with the subject line “Fellowship Opportunities”.  Please include in your cover letter a proposed project and indicate unit of interest. For more information contact: Ms Marquez, at (617) 603-1805. 

    GBLS is the oldest and largest legal services program in New England. Throughout its history, GBLS has been committed to providing aggressive high-quality civil legal services to as many poor people as possible.  The people who seek our assistance most often are women and children who need protection from abuse; families and elderly who face eviction from their homes; the homeless who have been denied temporary or permanent shelter; and single parents who have been inappropriately refused welfare, food stamps, or medical benefits.  GBLS also provides assistance to client groups such as the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, the Massachusetts Senior Action Council, and the tenants of the Boston Housing Authority. 

    GBLS' main office, located at 197 Friend Street in downtown Boston, houses the administrative staff and the following specialized units:  Family, Elderly, Health & Disability, Mass. Medicare Advocacy Project, Housing, Immigration, Harvard Immigration Clinic, Employment, CORI & Re-entry Project, Welfare, Asian Outreach and Consumer Rights.  GBLS’ Cambridge office consists of advocate teams comprised of Family, Housing, Elder, Income, Mental Health & Disability Rights.


     


  • 27 Feb 2017 1:05 PM | Stephanie Giancola (Administrator)

    The MassDLA Insurance Coverage & Bad Faith Committee is pleased to announce a Brown Bag Luncheon: 

    Topic:  Great Divide v. Lexington Insurance

    When:   12:30 p.m.on Monday, March 20 

    Where:  Offices of Prince Lobel

    One International Place, 37th Floor

    The discussion will be led by Adam Doherty of Prince Lobel and Kim Hartman of Nicolaides Thorpe (Chicago) who will be arguing Great Divide v. Lexington Insurance, SJC-12164 in the SJC on March 6.

    Great Divide involves “other insurance” issues and the priority of auto insurance coverage for a fatal bicycle accident.   The SJC has been asked by Judge Stearns to answer the following question: 

    “Where there is a motor vehicle accident and the primary commercial automobile liability insurance policy issued to the owner of the vehicle involved in the accident is exhausted, what is the priority of coverage between (1) a second primary commercial automobile liability insurance policy insuring the driver of the vehicle, which contains an other insurance/non-owned vehicle clause providing (a) that, with respect to motor vehicles the insured owns, this insurance is primary, (b) that, with respect to motor vehicles the insured does not own, this policy is excess and (c) that "when this coverage form and any other coverage form or policy covers on the same basis, either excess or primary, we will pay only our share" and (2) a true excess liability insurance policy insuring the owner of the vehicle that contains an other insurance clause providing that "if other valid and collectible insurance applies to damages that are also covered by this policy, this policy will apply excess of the 'other insurance'"?.”

    Please contact Bill Mekrut or Michael Aylward if you'd like to attend.

  • 21 Dec 2016 2:31 PM | Stephanie Giancola (Administrator)

    ATTORNEY POSITION OPEN

    ASIAN OUTREACH/EMPLOYMENT LAW UNIT

    Deadline for application is January 18, 2017

    Send cover letter, resume and brief writing sample to Sonia Marquez, Director of Human Resources, via e-mail at jobs@gbls.org.  Please refer to Job Code: AOU/EU-ATT

         Greater Boston Legal Services is seeking an experienced attorney to assist in the work of the Asian Outreach/Employment Law Unit. Our mission is to utilize a community lawyering approach to advocacy which includes direct representation, systemic advocacy including class action and administrative advocacy, affirmative and defensive legislative campaigns and other client-centered work in the areas of unemployment, wage and hour, and tax law, including the creation of community cooperatives in low wage communities of color.

    The unit seeks an attorney to engage in all of the above work.  Additionally, the attorney will be expected to supervise junior staff, interns and volunteers and assist with securing grants. 

    Qualifications should include: 5 or more years of legal experience that includes legal services or other advocacy on behalf of workers, litigation experience, a strong and demonstrated commitment to worker rights, civil/human rights, community lawyering and the ability to work well with a diverse clientele.  Additionally, the attorney must have strong writing and research skills. Bi-lingual ability in a language commonly spoken by GBLS’ clients is preferred, but not required.

    GBLS is an AA/EO/Handicapped employer committed to diversity in the workforce and regards differences as assets.  Salary is based on union scale. Generous benefits package, including 100% paid health and dental for full-time employees and student loan repayment assistance plan for eligible attorneys.


    Candidates must submit a cover letter describing qualifications and reasons for interest in the position, resume and brief writing sample to Sonia Marquez, Director of Human Resources, via e-mail at jobs@gbls.org.  Please refer to Job Code: AOU/EU-ATT when applying for this position. Deadline is January 18, 2017 or until the position is filled.


  • 31 Oct 2016 1:56 PM | Stephanie Giancola (Administrator)

    October 28, 2016                                                                                     

    Greater Boston Legal Services

    STAFF ATTORNEY
    ELDER, HEALTH AND DISABILITY UNIT

    INTERNAL/EXTERNAL JOB POSTING

    Interested candidates should submit a cover letter indicating your reason for interest in this position, resume, and brief writing sample to:  Sonia Marquez, Director of Human Resources via email at jobs@gbls.org. Please refer to Job Code: EHD-ATT.  

    Deadline for application is November 10, 2016 or until position is filled.

    The Elder, Health and Disability Unit (EHDU) at Greater Boston Legal Services seeks an entry level staff attorney. The Unit represents elders, people with disabilities and families to ensure that they have income, health care and services needed to live independently in the community. Our work promotes affordable housing for seniors, access to quality health care for all, and access to SSI income for children and adults. Our special projects include: Medicare Advocacy Project, Elder Abuse Prevention Project, Children’s Disability Project, and School to Prison Pipeline Intervention Project. We work to keep people out of institutions and to improve the quality of life for those who live in institutions. We empower people to make decisions about their lives and support people with disabilities in their fight for accessibility.

    During the first six months, the attorney’s primary responsibility will be to represent children and adults with disabilities in disputes with the Social Security Administration and MassHealth. After the first six months, the attorney will also advise and represent elderly and disabled clients on a variety of nursing home and long-term care related issues.
     

    The unit seeks an attorney to engage in individual client representation, community outreach and education, legislative and administrative advocacy.  This may include participation in various coalitions. Areas of responsibilities include: representation of individual clients at Administrative Hearings and in U.S. District Court; defending nursing home residents from eviction/discharge from nursing homes; advocating for community-based care alternatives, including advocacy to maintain housing and health-care benefits and other related duties as assigned. The attorney is expected to work as part of the team with other unit staff and may be required to supervise interns and volunteers.

    Requirements: Admission to the Massachusetts Bar or comity;  0-3 years of legal experience; strong research and writing abilities; legal services or similar advocacy experience; strong and demonstrated commitment to poverty issues; community lawyering, civil/human rights, and the ability to work with a diverse clientele, including seniors and people with disabilities. Bi-lingual ability in a language commonly spoken by GBLS’ clients is preferred, but not required.

    GBLS is an AA/EO/Handicapped-accessible employer committed to diversity in the workforce and regards differences as assets.  Salary is based on union scale. Generous benefits package, including 100% paid health and dental for full-time employees and student loan repayment assistance plan for eligible attorneys. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter indicating your reason for interest in this position, resume, and brief writing sample to:  Sonia Marquez, Director of Human Resources via email at jobs@gbls.org. Please refer to Job Code: EHD-ATT.  Deadline for application is November 10, 2016 or until position is filled.


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