Immigration & Family Law Staff Attorney (Full-time, One Year Position)
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 temporary, full time position for one (1) year beginning June 1, 2020. MWLS is an exciting workplace with dedicated social justice advocates—join us!
• Family Law Practice: Provide advice and representation to low income survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and other similar crimes in their family law matters, including divorce, custody, paternity, and protection order cases, before the Probate and Family Court and state District Courts.
• Immigration Law Practice: Provide advice and representation to immigrant survivors seeking immigration relief in the form of VAWA self-petitions, T and U Visa applications, Asylum and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status before the Immigration Court and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
•Develop and provide trainings to community partners and client communities about immigration and family law, the rights of immigrant survivors, and the intersection between immigration, family law and domestic violence, sexual assault and other criminal issues.
•Develop and maintain collaborations with community partners to address systemic barriers facing MWLS’ immigrant client communities.
• Engage in other tasks and projects that further MWLS’ mission and operations.
• Admitted to Massachusetts bar or entitled to practice under SJC Rule 3:04.* Applicants who are third year law students, entitled to practice under SJC Rule 3:03 and planning to sit for the September 2020 bar exam will be considered.
• Experience providing immigration and/or family law services to immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault or human trafficking and/or immigrant populations is strongly preferred.
• Demonstrated commitment to serving low-income people is strongly preferred.
• Experience interviewing and providing legal advice to survivors of trauma and abuse is strongly preferred.
• Ability to work and advocate in a collaborative style with diverse ethnic, cultural, linguistic, and socio-economic groups, as well as diversity based on ability/disability, sexual orientation and religion.
• Fluency/near fluency in spoken Spanish or Portuguese is required.
• Strong organizational skills, an ability to multi-task, and to work collaboratively with a dynamic team.
• Excellent writing, research, and oral advocacy skills.
*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: Email a cover letter addressing your interest and experience in poverty/public interest law, resume, and and writing sample to MetroWest Legal Services, firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send all materials as PDFs only. Applicants are encouraged to apply early, as applications will be considered on a rolling basis.