The Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation is the largest funding source for civil legal aid programs in Massachusetts. MLAC uses a peer review model and recruits attorneys outside Massachusetts to periodically assess the legal aid programs it funds. We use a set of performance standards based on the ABA Standards for the Provision of Civil Legal Aid and we are interested in recruiting attorneys who have experience working in legal aid programs; previous experience in conducting organizational assessments is helpful but not required. Due to the pandemic, MLAC is currently conducting its peer review process remotely.
MLAC funds a variety of legal aid organizations and is interested in attorneys who are generalists as well as attorneys who have knowledge of, or experience with, specific substantive and/or topic areas or populations, e.g., immigration/asylum services, services to veterans, consumer law, disability law, education law, technology (case management, intake, etc.) and workplace diversity.
MLAC is committed to workplace diversity. A crucial part of MLAC’s vision is supporting cultural and linguistic competence, as well as ensuring diversity of staff and volunteers so clients can be best served. Women, individuals with disabilities, LGBTQ individuals, people of color, and people who speak English as a second language are encouraged to apply. Compensation is comparable to other organizations that perform similar duties. Depending on the size of the organization, peer review contracts range from five to twelve days total. The number of peer reviewers assigned to each organization ranges from one to three individuals.
For more information about MLAC, please see our website: mlac.org.
As part of your letter of interest, please include the following:
• A current resume.
• A writing sample similar to the writing style found in peer review reports.
• A brief narrative of your skills, abilities and experience in peer reviewing legal aid organizations as it pertains to legal aid in general or as it pertains to our needs listed above.
• Three references from people or organizations with whom you have worked in a peer review capacity .
• A summary of how you have incorporated your commitment to and investment in diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives in your past work.
If you are interested in serving as a peer reviewer, please email Patricia Swansey, Director of Program Monitoring and Evaluation (email@example.com). There is no application deadline. MLAC conducts peer review throughout the year.