MetroWest Legal Services seeks a full-time staff attorney to primarily represent undocumented immigrant youth in a variety of immigration matters including, but not limited to, petitions for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, U-Visas and applications for asylum before the USCIS and EOIR.
Qualified candidates will have 1-3 years of relevant legal experience; experience working with immigrants, strong writing and oral advocacy skills, and strong administrative skills. Applications should have a demonstrated experience working in the public interest or legal aid environment, be passionate about achieving justice and overcoming barriers facing low-income clients, and be a creative team player committed to securing lasting results for immigrant clients. In addition, qualified candidates should have excellent organizational skills, time management and record keeping skills, including the ability to work independently, assess priorities, take initiative, handle multiple assignments in a fast paced environment and meet deadlines.
Ability to speak Spanish or Portuguese is required. Admission to the Massachusetts State Bar is required.
Additional Salary Information: Excellent benefits offered including medical and dental insurance, life and LTD insurance, and 403b plan with employer contribution.
Internal Number: 2019-2
About MetroWest Legal Services
Incorporated in August 1976, MetroWest Legal Services (MWLS) provides legal advocacy to protect the rights and improve the lives of poor, elderly, disabled and otherwise disenfranchised individuals and families in the 45 cities and towns in our service area. MWLS is the only provider of free civil legal aid in our geographic region. In FY18, MWLS handled 2,917 legal cases for clients. MWLS conducted 27 outreach or training events benefitting 1,065 attendees and held 109 legal clinics where 620 participants received legal advice or assistance completing pleadings or paperwork related to their legal case.
MWLS provides a full range of legal services, including advice, brief service, negotiation, and representation in court and administrative law proceedings. In addition to individual representation, MWLS pursues impact cases in order to use its resources for the greatest possible benefit for low-income people. The 2017 American Community Survey indicates that over 45,000 residents of the MWLS service area are at or below 125% of the federal poverty level and qualify for free legal services if they were to request them.
The current priority areas handled by MWLS are housing, g...overnment benefits, access to health coverage, consumer, domestic violence, education, immigration relief for victims of domestic violence and children, elder law, representation for victims of crime in civil legal matters, and wage and hour disputes.
MWLS’ staff includes 15.8 FTE attorneys (including the Executive Director); 2 FTE AmeriCorps volunteers; 2 FTE support staff, 1 FTE Finance Director, 1 FTE Intake Supervisor, and 1 FTE Development Director. An Advocacy Director and a Supervising Attorney for Immigration supervise the legal staff as well as handling reduced caseloads.
MWLS operates a Pro Bono Panel of local attorneys who provide legal assistance with domestic relations cases, bankruptcies, wills, and small claims defense. 140 volunteer attorneys worked on 223 cases providing 2,002 hours of legal work worth $540,490 to our clients. Volunteer attorneys also staff the Lawyer for the Day Programs (Family Law and Small Claims) and the Immigration Clinic, all designed to assist pro se litigants navigate the court system when full representation is not available.