Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation
The COVID Eviction Legal Help Project is accepting applications for Paralegal positions to provide legal support to staff attorneys representing income eligible tenants in Massachusetts facing eviction due to the impact of COVID-19. These are grant-funded positions through June 30, 2021. Extension of an additional nine months of employment beyond this date is contingent on the availability of funding.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
The COVID Eviction Legal Help Project was formed to expand the capacity of existing legal aid organizations in Massachusetts to respond to the increased eviction filings expected with the lifting of the Massachusetts eviction moratorium. Teams of non-lawyer advocates and lawyers will be hired by local legal aid programs and guided by a supervising attorney to provide support and legal representation at different stages of the eviction process. Paralegals will be an integral part of this statewide initiative.
SUMMARY OF THE PARALEGAL POSITION
Under the oversight of a supervising attorney, the paralegal shall perform his/her duties within the parameters of the project to which he/she is assigned in accordance with the project’s guidelines and priorities.
- 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 systems consistent with program needs and policies.
- Triage cases and identify imminent or urgent deadlines.
- Assist with tracking deadlines and court events, and monitor court dockets.
- Under the oversight of an attorney, provide simple legal information or self-help packets.
- Under the supervision of an attorney, provide legal advice and assist clients in completing legal pleadings, court forms, and other litigation-related paperwork.
- Under the oversight of an attorney, assist tenants to connect with financial assistance for rental arrearages and other stabilization resources.
- Under the oversight of an attorney, 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.
BACKGROUND AND QUALIFICATIONS
- 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.
Compensation, including benefits, is competitive, depending on experience.
To Apply: Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter in PDF. Positions are available at six legal aid organizations across the state: Greater Boston Legal Services, Community Legal Aid, De Novo Center for Justice and Healing, MetroWest Legal Services, Northeast Legal Aid, and South Coastal Counties Legal Services.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided upon request to individuals with disabilities.
Thursday, January 21, 2021