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  • 23 Mar 2020 4:29 PM | Stephanie Giancola (Administrator)

    As many of you know, on March 10, 2020, Governor Charlie Baker declared of a State of Emergency to support the Commonwealth’s response to the Coronavirus. Organizations such as the MassDLA have been urged to limit or eliminate large events where possible. To that end, the MassDLA is suspending all programming through April 15, 2020. That programming includes the following:

     

    1. Lawyer Well-Being: Join the Movement to Improve the Legal Profession and Your Quality of Life (March 25, 2020)
    2. MassDLA, MBA and BBA Young Lawyers Divisions’ Fifth Annual Survive & Thrive (March 26, 2020); and  
    3. MassDLA and MATA’s Seventh Annual Both Sides of the Bar (April 2, 2020).

     

    We will continue to monitor the advice of state and local health officials and reassess the situation as we approach April 15, 2020, to determine whether further cancellations are prudent. 

     

    We apologize for any inconvenience and wish everyone good health.

     

    Sincerely,


    John Felice,

    President, MassDLA


  • 06 Jun 2019 11:09 AM | Stephanie Giancola (Administrator)

    BBA Extreme Weather Events

    June 18, 2019

    Boston, Massachusetts

    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

    SUBSCRIBE TO EXPONENT UPDATES

    The Boston Bar Association (BBA) will host an Extreme Weather Events: Aspects of Risks, Liabilities, and Resiliency at Industrial and Municipal Facilities on Tuesday, June 18, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EDT in Boston, Massachusetts. The panel explores risk assessment advances and inputs to resiliency efforts associated with these types of facilities, including regulatory and litigation risks, and potential mitigation techniques.


  • 15 May 2019 8:52 AM | Stephanie Giancola (Administrator)

    STAFF ATTORNEY POSITION

    (Housing/Benefits)

    Cambridge and Somerville Legal Services

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

    GBLS has an opening for a staff attorney at its Cambridge and Somerville Legal Services (CASLS) office which serves Cambridge, Somerville, Arlington, Belmont, Woburn, and Winchester.  The anticipated start date is the end of July 2019.   

    The staff attorney's responsibilities will include the full range of housing and state and federal public benefits work at CASLS.  The housing work will include representing tenants facing eviction in local district and housing courts, representing tenants facing Section 8 terminations, and representing tenant groups seeking to preserve the affordability of their housing.  The staff attorney will also handle some EA shelter terminations/denials, SSI/SSDI hearings, and denials and terminations of SNAP, EAEDC, TAFDC, and MassHealth.  The responsibilities will involve administrative advocacy and maybe legislative work on housing and/or public benefits issues.

    Qualifications: Candidate must be admitted to the Mass. Bar with between 3 and 10 years of legal experience.  Knowledge of housing law is required and some eviction trial/motion experience is preferred.  Experience in federal (SSI/SSDI) and/or state benefits (TAFDC, EAEDC, SNAP, EA shelter, MassHealth) is required.  Fluency in Spanish or Haitian/Creole is preferred but not required.

    Salary is based on a union scale.  Generous benefits package.  Candidates should submit cover letter, resume and a brief writing sample to:  Sonia Marquez, Director of Human Resources, via e-mail at jobs@gbls.org.  Please refer to Job Code: CASLS-Atty when applying for this position.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled but applicants are encouraged to submit applications by May 20, 2019.


  • 15 May 2019 8:50 AM | Stephanie Giancola (Administrator)

    PART-TIME PARALEGAL POSITION

    Asian Outreach Program

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

    Greater Boston Legal Services is looking to hire a part-time (60%) paralegal to work in the Asian Outreach Program.

    The Asian Outreach Program provides bilingual and bicultural legal services and support for movement building to Asian Americans and Asian immigrants seeking access to justice. Asian Outreach uses a community lawyering model to work with clients and grassroots organizations to advocate for the legal rights of indigent and Asian immigrant communities. We believe that understanding the role of the community is critical to the partnership between the legal and community arms of any movement. Under the supervision of an attorney, case handlers may provide legal counsel and guidance, but clients often know the needs of their community best and can be their own fiercest advocate. Our model enables us to respond to the day-to-day needs of the Asian American community and inspires our broader work against systemic inequality and oppression.

    The paralegal will conduct community outreach and intake, provide community legal education, collaborate with existing community partners and foster new relationships with grassroots groups, represent individual clients in administrative proceedings, and support grassroots groups. The paralegal will be a generalist, providing legal assistance in substantive law areas such as housing, employment, family, immigration, and public benefits. 

    GBLS is looking for a paralegal who is bilingual in Chinese (Mandarin and/or Cantonese fluency is required; additional dialects are welcome). An understanding of Asian/Asian American history and culture, and experience working with Asian immigrant communities is preferred. Strong interpersonal skills and a commitment to working with low-income immigrants with limited-English proficiency are required.

    Salary is based on union scale. GBLS provides excellent benefits, including health and dental insurance. Interested candidates should submit a resume with a cover letter describing any prior public interest legal work and/or experience working with the Asian immigrant community to: Sonia Marquez, Director of Human Resources via email at jobs@gbls.org. Please refer to job code: AOP-Para when applying for this position. Deadline is May 20, 2019 or until position is filled.


  • 27 Mar 2019 11:25 AM | Stephanie Giancola (Administrator)

    Court Vacancy

    District Court Clerk Magistrate – Application Deadline: Friday, March 29, 2019

    Clerk Magistrate – Nantucket District Court

    Donald P. Hart

    (December 14, 2018)

    If you have any questions, please contact:

    Emily Gauthier, Esq.

    Deputy Director

    Judicial Nominating Commission

    Office of the Governor

    Phone: (617) 725-4031

    Email: emily.gauthier@state.ma.us


  • 15 Oct 2018 10:51 AM | Stephanie Giancola (Administrator)

    Litigation Associate

    Tucker, Dyer & O’Connell seeks to hire an associate with 3-6 years litigation experience.  Must be licensed in MA.  RI bar admission a plus.  Email cover letter, writing sample & resume to info@tdolaw.com.

    Salary commensurate with experience.


  • 27 Jun 2018 11:47 AM | Stephanie Giancola (Administrator)

    JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

    Equal Justice America Immigration

    Post-Graduate Fellowship at Greater Boston Legal Services

    The deadline for applications is February 2, 2019 or until position is filled. The position will begin fall 2019 and will end fall 2021

    Since 1993, Equal Justice America has provided opportunities for law students and lawyers to work with legal aid programs across the country.

    For more than 100 years, Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS) has provided free civil legal assistance to people living in poverty in the Greater Boston area.   Each year GBLS’s attorneys, staff, and volunteers help resolve legal problems, including immigration, domestic violence, consumer fraud, unfair evictions, and juvenile expungements.

    THE JOB

    Equal Justice America (EJA) is funding a two-year fellow from Harvard Law School to  be responsible for representing clients in a variety of immigration matters, including removal defense, defensive and affirmative asylum claims, special immigrant juvenile status petitions, VAWA self-petitions, U and T visas, as well as other immigration matters before the USCIS, EOIR and federal and state courts. In addition, the fellow will assist in coordinating pro-bono representation; conduct outreach to various community based organizations and attend trainings and maintain up-to-date knowledge of current legal issues surrounding immigration law.

    The Fellow will also work closely with GBLS Immigration advocates by collaborating on inter-practice group projects, which could involve shared outreach or legal casework, or developing new strategies for servicing our common clients. The Fellow will be required to provide detailed quarterly reports to Equal Justice America and to blog on at least a weekly basis about their work for EJA’s website.

    Qualifications:  Applicants must have graduated with a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School by May 2017, but no later than May 2018; must be a member of the Massachusetts Bar or sit for the Massachusetts Bar Exam no later than July 2018; have a demonstrated commitment to immigration issues affecting GBLS clients; strong oral and writing skills; and team-centered work experience. Prior work experience with matters of immigration law is a plus.  Fluency in Spanish, Haitian Creole or another language spoken by GBLS’s clients is highly desirable. The successful applicant will be collegial, well-organized, and demonstrate a commitment to working with people living in poverty in Greater Boston’s’ large and diverse immigrant community.

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

    To Apply:  Candidates should email a resume, cover letter describing any prior public interest legal work and a writing sample to: Sonia Marquez, Director of Human Resources at jobs@gbls.org.  Please refer to Job Code: IMM/EJA Fellow. The deadline for applications is February 2, 2019 or until position is filled. The position will begin fall 2019 and will end fall 2021.


  • 20 Jun 2018 2:06 PM | Stephanie Giancola (Administrator)


    L-R:  Lindsay Gilman, Cathy Spaulding, Greg Sneed, Marie Chafe, Christine Knipper and Michelle Schaffer 

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