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Legal Aid Family Law Staff Attorney

Community Legal Aid (CLA) is the non-profit legal services program providing free civil legal assistance to low-income residents of central and western Massachusetts. CLA has over 150 dedicated, talented staff working across multiple offices. Our core work includes effective client-centered advocacy and robust outreach to and partnerships with our client communities.

CLA seeks an attorney to join its Family Law Unit. The attorney will be based in CLA’s Northampton office and will assist clients with cases involving family law matters including divorce, child support, visitation, and custody. It is anticipated that most of the attorney‘s clients will be survivors of domestic violence. The attorney will have significant client contact and will assume an active caseload while continuing to accept new cases. The attorney will also engage in community outreach and education and will work closely with community partners including domestic violence service providers. Some grant-reporting activities are required.

QUALIFICATIONS: Law students currently in their third year of law school, recent law school graduates, and more experienced attorneys are eligible to apply. Prior family law experience, particularly with survivors of domestic violence, preferred. Excellent oral and written communication skills. A demonstrated dedication to social justice and commitment to working with low-income communities.

COMPENSATION: The starting salary for this position is $65,500, which is based on a union scale and adjusted upward depending on experience. CLA offers a very generous benefits package that includes 401(k) with employer-paid contribution; low-cost health insurance (medical, dental, and vision) for employees and their dependents; malpractice insurance; paid leave (4 weeks vacation, 3 personal days, 12 sick days, and 13 holidays); and relocation stipend.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Please apply online. Alternatively, you can submit your cover letter and resume to [email protected] or mail to Alicia Vaughan, Human Resources Director, Community Legal Aid, 370 Main Street, Worcester, MA

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Legal Heroes | The Law Society

Being named as a Legal Hero is a rare honour reserved for the most impactful and inspiring solicitors – only a small number will be recognised each year.

Legal Heroes are solicitors who, through a particular piece of work, have:

  • made a demonstrative, lasting and tangible difference to the life or lives of others, their local community or society as a whole
  • brought distinction to the legal profession

Some examples could be someone who:

  • identified a need in their wider community and took the initiative to create solutions or support – for example, setting up a legal advice centre, a shelter or a campaign group in support of a local cause
  • established colleague networks on diversity, inclusion or mental health and was recognised within their place of work as inspiring change and delivering positive support
  • took forward and developed a new area of law or legal rights to support and protect a vulnerable community, undertaking work to right a miscarriage of justice
  • raised significant money for important legal-related causes
  • has a track record of volunteering and making a difference within their community

Within this work, the individual must have demonstrated the values at the heart of the profession of:

  • helping others in need
  • putting the interest of others first
  • outstanding leadership
  • strong and consistent teamwork

Nominations are equally welcomed for:

  • those who have carried out work as part of their paid employment or practice, for example, by acting in an important leading case
  • those who have carried out pro bono work

Eligibility is not impacted by whether an individual’s work has already received publicity.

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Legal Aid Staff Attorney: Veterans Advocacy

Community Legal Aid (CLA) is the non-profit legal services program providing free civil legal assistance to low-income and elderly residents of central and western Massachusetts. CLA has over 150 dedicated, talented staff working across multiple offices. Our core work includes effective client-centered advocacy and partnerships with our client communities.

CLA seeks an attorney to assist veterans with a range of civil legal issues. The focus of the attorney’s work will be on housing, including representing tenants in eviction cases and assisting tenants facing denials or terminations from public and subsidized housing programs. The attorney may also assist clients with family law issues, income support, and discharge status upgrades. In addition to representing individual clients, the attorney will engage in extensive community outreach and education and will work closely with community partners. The attorney will be based in CLA’s Springfield office.

QUALIFICATIONS: Law students currently in their third year of law school, recent law school graduates, and more experienced attorneys are eligible to apply. Top candidates will have prior experience working with veterans, providing legal representation to tenants, and conducting community outreach. Excellent organizational, communication, and writing skills required.

COMPENSATION: The starting salary for this position is $65,500, which is based on a union scale and adjusted upward depending on experience. CLA offers a very generous benefits package that includes 401(k) with employer-paid contribution; low-cost health insurance (medical, dental, and vision) for employees and their dependents; malpractice insurance; paid leave (4 weeks vacation, 3 personal days, 12 sick days, and 13 holidays); and relocation stipend.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Please apply online on our website. Alternatively, please submit your cover letter and resume to [email protected] or mail to Alicia Vaughan, Human Resources Director, Community Legal Aid, 370 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608.

CLA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and strives to

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