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Legal Aid Staff Attorney - Benefits Unit

Company: Community Legal Aid & Affiliate
Location: Worcester
Posted on: September 25, 2022

Job Description:

Central West Justice Center (CWJC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Community Legal Aid, provides high-quality free legal assistance in civil matters to low-income and elderly individuals and families throughout Central and Western Massachusetts.

CWJC seeks a staff attorney to join a vibrant, talented team that provides legal assistance in public benefits matters, including TAFDC, EAEDC, SNAP (food stamps), MassHealth, and Emergency Assistance shelter. In addition to handling cases before administrative agencies and in court on appeal, the attorney will engage in community outreach and education. The attorney will be based in CWJC's Worcester office in central Massachusetts.

QUALIFICATIONS: Law students currently in their third year of law school, recent law school graduates, and more experienced attorneys are eligible to apply. Applicants should have a demonstrated commitment to poverty law and social justice work. Experience working with diverse communities, strong interpersonal skills, and an ability to work in a collaborative setting are important. Experience advocating for low-income clients seeking public benefits and/or other administrative agency advocacy experience, including law school clinical experience, preferred. Fluency in Spanish, Portuguese and/or Vietnamese is a plus.

COMPENSATION: The starting salary for this position is $62,500, which is based on a union scale and adjusted upward depending on experience. CWJC 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 cover letter and resume to: avaughan@cla-ma.org OR mail to Alicia Vaughan, Human Resources Director, Community Legal Aid, 370 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608.

CWJC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and strives to ensure that our staff members reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. CWJC encourages applicants from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences.

CWJC has a hybrid workplace and requires all employees to be fully vaccinated or undergo weekly testing.

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