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  • 14 May 2018 3:33 PM | Stephanie Giancola (Administrator)

    PRACTICAL SKILLS SEMINAR

    BIAS IN THE COURTROOM:

    HOW TO IDENTIFY AND AMELIORATE ITS IMPACT IN COURT

    FOR DISTRICT COURT AND SUPERIOR COURT PRACTITIONERS

    FREE TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE BAR

    NO PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED

    ALL ATTORNEYS WELCOME

    Wednesday, June 6, 2018 – 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

    Main Courtroom, Norfolk Superior Court

    THE PROGRAM

    -Cognitive Bias and its Effect on Expert Testimony

    -A View from the Bench: The Judiciary’s Efforts to Reduce the Impact of  Race and Implicit Bias

    -Trial Lawyers addressing Bias in the Courtroom Today: Voir Dire and other Strategies 

    FEATURED PANELISTS

    Hon. Thomas Connors,

    Norfolk Superior Court Regional Administrative Justice

    Hon. Julieann Hernon, Circuit Justice, District Court

    Hon. Peter Krupp,  Associate Justice, Superior Court

    Hon. Rosalind Miller, Associate Justice, Superior Court

    Ira Gant, Esq., Innocence Program, Committee for Public Counsel Services  

    Charlotte Glinka, Esq.,  Keches and Mallen

    Mark Lee, Esq., Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office

    Francis J. (Jay) Lynch, III, Esq., Lynch and Lynch 

    Christian Williams, Esq., Committee for Public Counsel Services

    Hosted by the Superior Court and District Court Bench-Bar Committees

    of the Norfolk Bar Association

    Please come prepared with questions, or email them in advance to mary.hickey@jud.state.ma.us

    3 CLE Credits available to Bar Advocates


  • 11 Apr 2018 3:34 PM | Stephanie Giancola (Administrator)

    Immigration Attorney Position Available

    ApplicationDeadline: As soon as possible

    Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis; interested & qualified applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible

    Position Background and Description: Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI), a nationally-recognized nonprofit statewide poverty law and policy center, seeks an experienced attorney with a strong background in immigration law to address significant immigration law changes under the current federal Administration.

    About MLRI: MLRI’s mission is to advance economic, racial, and social justice through legal action, advocacy, coalition building, and community outreach. MLRI is cross-substantive and specializes in large- scale legal initiatives and systemic reforms that address the root causes of poverty, remove barriers to opportunity such as immigration status and race, and create a path to economic stability and mobility for low-income individuals, families and communities. For 50 years, MLRI’s advocacy has been responsible for groundbreaking laws, policies and court decisions that have advanced the legal, economic and social rights of low-income people in Massachusetts. MLRI also serves as the statewide poverty law support center for the Massachusetts civil legal aid delivery system, providing expertise and support to local legal aid programs and also to a large number of local and statewide social service agencies, health care and human service providers, and community based organizations that serve low income people.

    About the Opportunity: Since 2017, federal changes to immigration laws, policies and regulations have had and will continue to have very harmful effects on immigrant communities, particularly low income immigrants. Systemic advocacy, such as affirmative and appellate litigation and federal, state, and local policy advocacy, are critical to prevent or mitigate harmful impacts, prevent discrimination, and/or delay the effects of harmful policies until fairer ones can be attained. This project offers a unique opportunity for creative and strategic lawyering on a statewide and national basis, in partnership with diverse and dedicated immigration legal services providers and immigrant-serving community organizations, to make a lasting impact on the lives of low-income immigrants in Massachusetts.

    Key Responsibilities: The Immigration Attorney will partner with MLRI’s Senior Immigration Attorney Iris Gomez to develop and support systemic advocacy, including impact litigation and administrative advocacy, aimed at mitigating and/or challenging adverse policies at the federal, state, and/or local level that harm low-income immigrants communities, including: Haitian and Salvadoran Temporary Protected Status beneficiaries, DACA grantees, mixed-status families facing adverse consequences because they received critical safety net benefits in the past, and immigrants at risk of removal despite significant family ties and/or other hardships if deported. The Immigration Attorney will engage in additional related legal advocacy and community lawyering activities and provide training, expertise, and support to advocates and policymakers as the need arises in this volatile new federal policy environment. 

    Desired Background & Qualifications:

    •   J.D. and licensed to practice law in Massachusetts or any other state

    •   Minimum 7 years post-law school immigration law experience, including litigation experience

    •   Experience or knowledge of issues affecting low-income immigrants in Massachusetts, particularly of color populations

    • Knowledge of issues affecting the intersection of federal immigration law with other laws, policies, programs, and/or agencies affecting low income people
    •   Ability to strategically advocate in cross-substantive legal areas

    •   Ability to lead and coordinate coalitions and advocacy campaigns

    •   Excellent oral communication and interpersonal skills

    •   Excellent writing and legal research skills

    •   Demonstrated commitment to MLRI’s mission of addressing poverty, advancing racial equity, and ensuring access to justice

      Compensation: Position is full-time, though part-time employment may be negotiable. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Excellent benefits package.

      Application Process:

      Qualified applicants must electronically submit the following: 1) cover letter explaining interest in and qualifications for the position, 2) resume, 3) one short writing sample, 4) three professional references.

      Electronically submit application materials to ImmAtty@mlri.org with “Immigration Attorney” in the subject line. [No telephone calls please.] 


    The Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI) is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of age, class, color, disability, ethnicity, faith, gender, national origin, race, sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. MLRI strives for racial and ethnic diversity because it is critical both to achieving MLRI's mission and to operating in a way that is consistent with MLRI's organizational values. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

  • 11 Apr 2018 8:43 AM | Stephanie Giancola (Administrator)

    The Judicial Nominating Commission has requested Applications:

     ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    Superior Court* - Application Deadline: May 21, 2018                           

    Various 2018 Vacancies           

     

    *In anticipation of mandatory and potential voluntary retirements in 2018, we are posting Superior Court as open for applications. 

    ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    The following has been reposted:

    Probate and Family Court – Application Deadline: April 17th   

    Barnstable 
    The Honorable Robert A. Scandurra
    (July 13, 2018)

     

    Contact for Questions:

    Olga Shulman

    Deputy Director

    Judicial Nominating Commission

    Office of the Governor

    olga.shulman@state.ma.us  

    (617) 725-4031

  • 09 Apr 2018 11:22 AM | Stephanie Giancola (Administrator)

    Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS) seeks to hire two attorneys to fill temporary, full time positions in its Family Law Unit; one attorney to provide family law legal services to and on behalf of victims of domestic violence in contested matters in the Probate and Family Courts in GBLS services area (Suffolk, Middlesex, Norfolk, and Plymouth Counties) and in related legislative, administrative and systemic efforts; and one generalist attorney to work with a team that provides civil legal aid under a grant supporting the collaborative delivery of services to victims of crime across Massachusetts. LTT Generalist Attorney: April 1 – December 31, 2018. The Generalist Attorney will provide legal services in multiple areas of substantive law including but, not limited to, landlord/tenant, public benefits, employment benefits, consumer law, and family law. The attorney will also act as the coordinator of all services delivered pursuant to this grant and play a role in the greater collaboration with other legal services programs across the state. Employment requirements: Admitted to the Massachusetts Bar; Minimum three (3) years’ and no more than five (5) years’ experience in at least three of the noted subject areas. Job Code: LTT-GA Family Law Attorney: May 1, 2018 – April 30, 2019.The attorney will work in the Family Law Unit to provide legal services to and on behalf of victims of crime in contested matters in the Probate and Family Courts in GBLS’s service area (Suffolk, Middlesex, Norfolk, and Plymouth Counties) and in Abuse Prevention Proceedings in all courts in the GBLS service area. Employment requirements: Admitted to the Massachusetts Bar; minimum three (3) years’ but not more than five (5) years’ experience in Family Law; experience working with low income clients. Job Code: LTT-ATT Other information: The time period for these positions have the potential to be extended depending on program needs. Bilingual capacity a plus. Must be able to drive to courts and events in other counties and parts of the state. Salary is based on a union scale. Generous benefits package, including 100% paid health and dental for full-time employees and student loan repayment assistance plan for eligible attorneys. Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and brief writing sample to Sonia Marquez, Director of Human Resources, via e-mail at jobs@gbls.org. Please refer to the Job Codes as stated above when applying for these positions. Deadline is April 10, 2018 or until the position is filled.

  • 09 Apr 2018 11:19 AM | Stephanie Giancola (Administrator)

    The Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association is hiring for 4 positions: a full-time Legal Advocate at our Eastern Region Legal Intake (ERLI) unit; a part-time Technology Project Assistant (24-month position); and two full-time Staff Attorneys to work in our Family Law, Housing, and Bankruptcy units.

     Jobs descriptions are posted at https://www.vlpnet.org/about/item.8158-Employment_Opportunities


  • 30 Jan 2018 10:11 AM | Stephanie Giancola (Administrator)

    Colleagues,

    We are still far short of the number of judges we need to run this tournament.  

    This is the tournament to decide which New England law school teams will represent us in the National Championships in Texas, the Superbowl of law school trial advocacy competitions.  Thirteen New England Law Schools are competing.  These students have practiced and trained for months for this moment.  Please give three or four hours of your time to make this event a success.

    On February 8-11, 2018, thirteen of the 15 ABA-accredited law schools in New England will compete for the New England Championship of the National Trial Competition.  

    As in past years, we need your help to score the advocates.  We need trial lawyers to act as presiding judges and to score  from the jury box.  Without your help, this competition cannot go on.

    Trials will be in the Suffolk County Superior Courthouse on Thursday Feb 8 and Friday Feb 9 at 4 pm and Saturday Feb 10 at 9 am and 1 pm.  

    Here is a link to the website for you to sign up:

    http://www.suffolk.edu/law/student-life/75302.php

    I really appreciate your help.  

    See you there!

    Professor Timothy Wilton

    Suffolk University Law School

    120 Tremont Street

    Boston, MA 02108-4977

    617-573-8214

    Director, Trial and Appellate Advocacy Concentration

    Head Coach, National Trial Team


  • 27 Jul 2017 3:53 PM | Stephanie Giancola (Administrator)

    PART-TIME PARALEGAL POSITION

    Asian Outreach Project                                             

    Greater Boston Legal Services is looking to hire a part-time (60%) paralegal to work in the Asian Outreach Project.

    Deadline for applications is August 7, 2017 or until the position is filled.

    The Asian Outreach Project, housed in the Employment Unit,  works closely with community based organizations to educate and advocate for the legal rights of indigent clients and in particular, immigrant clients.

    The paralegal will conduct outreach/intake activities, provide community legal education, represent individual clients in administrative proceedings, and represent community-based client groups.  The paralegal will be a generalist, providing legal assistance in substantive law areas such as housing, employment, family, immigration, and public benefits. 

    GBLS is looking for a paralegal who is bilingual in Chinese (Mandarin and/or Cantonese fluency is required; additional dialects are welcome).  An understanding of Asian/Asian American history and culture, and experience working with Asian immigrant communities is preferred.  Strong interpersonal skills and a commitment to working with low-income immigrants with limited-English proficiency are required.

    GBLS is an AA/EO/Handicapped accessible employer committed to diversity in the workforce. Salary is based on union scale. Generous benefits package includes pro-rated (60%) paid health and dental insurance.

    Interested candidates should submit a resume with a cover letter describing any prior public interest legal work and/or experience working with the Asian immigrant community to:  Sonia Marquez, Director of Human Resources, at Greater Boston Legal Services, 197 Friend Street, Boston, MA 02114 or via email at jobs@gbls.org

    Please refer to Job Code: AOU/EU- Para.  Deadline for applications is August 7, 2017 or until the position is filled.

  • 14 Jul 2017 11:00 AM | Stephanie Giancola (Administrator)

    STAFF ATTORNEY POSITIONS

    Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS) seeks three full time staff attorneys to work as a team to provide civil legal aid under a grant supporting the collaborative delivery of services to victims of crime across Massachusetts.

    Deadline is July 25, 2017 or until positions are filled.

    Generalist Attorney: The Generalist Attorney will provide legal services in multiple areas of substantive law including but, not limited to, landlord/tenant, public benefits, employment benefits, consumer law, family law, and immigration law. The attorney will also act as the coordinator of all services delivered pursuant to this grant and play a role in the greater collaboration with other legal services programs across the state. Employment requirements: Admitted to the Massachusetts Bar for no more than 5 years; and at least 3 years of experience in multiple substantive practice areas.  Job Code: CLAVC-GA

    Family Law Attorney: The attorney will work in the Family Law Unit to provide legal services to and on behalf of victims of crime in contested matters in the Probate and Family Courts in GBLS’s service area (Suffolk, Middlesex, Norfolk, and Plymouth Counties) and in Abuse Prevention Proceedings in all courts in the GBLS service area. Employment requirements: Admitted to the Massachusetts Bar for no more than 2 years; and experience working with low income clients. Job Code: CLAVC-FLA

    Immigration Attorney: The attorney will provide a wide variety of immigration law services to victims of crime including, but not limited to, VAWA petitions; U-Visa; adjustment of status; Special Immigrant Juvenile matters. Employment requirements: Admitted to the Massachusetts Bar for no more than 3 years; and at least 2 years of Immigration Law experience. Job Code: CLAVC-IMMA

    Other information: These positions are guaranteed for two years with a strong possibility of a third year of grant funding. Bilingual capacity in Spanish, Haitian-Creole, Cantonese, Mandarin, or Portuguese strongly desired. Must be able to drive to courts and events in other counties and parts of the state.

    GBLS is an AA/EO/Handicapped accessible employer committed to diversity in the workforce and regards differences as assets.  Salary is based on union scale. 

    Generous benefits package, including 100% paid health and dental for full-time employees and student loan repayment assistance plan for eligible attorneys. 

    Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and brief writing sample to Sonia Marquez, Director of Human Resources, via e-mail at jobs@gbls.org.  Please refer to the Job Codes as stated above when applying for these positions. 

    Deadline is July 25, 2017 or until the position is filled.

  • 28 Jun 2017 12:39 PM | Stephanie Giancola (Administrator)

    Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS) seeks a staff attorney to work in the CORI & Re-entry Project. The position will be available on September 1, 2017.  

    Applications accepted by July 10, 2017 or until position is filled.

    The attorney will provide legal services to people who face barriers stemming from their criminal records related to housing, occupational licensing, employment, training and other opportunities following involvement in the criminal justice system.

    The attorney will provide direct legal representation and assistance to low-income clients, including but not limited to: petitioning for criminal record remedies (sealing of  records, correcting inaccurate public and private criminal record reports and recall of incorrect warrants; enforcing federal and state protections that mandate accurate and fair criminal history reporting in the commercial criminal background checks ; advocate with the court or governmental agencies  for people charged with or convicted of offenses that affect their driver's or occupational licenses;  address other collateral consequences of criminal histories. In addition the attorney will engage in legislative and systemic law reform activity, including but not limited to reform of the criminal justice system, occupational licensing, barriers to housing, and record sealing time limits; will collaborate and coordinate with community organizations to connect clients with other services needed to remove barriers to housing, training, employment, and other opportunities and perform community outreach and community legal education.

    Requirements: Admission to the Massachusetts Bar;  4 or less years of experience assisting indigent clients in court in expungement matters; experience conducting community outreach events and assisting diverse low income clients  on criminal record sealing issues; experience managing independent projects or assignments; knowledge of Massachusetts CORI laws, EEOC and HUD guidelines related to CORI, and Massachusetts anti-discrimination laws related to criminal records; strong writing, communication, interpersonal, organizational skills; and the ability to work as a team member in a variety of contexts. Bi-lingual ability in a language commonly spoken by GBLS’ clients is preferred but not required.

    GBLS is an AA/EO/Handicapped-accessible employer, committed to diversity in the workforce and regards differences as assets. 

    Candidates should submit letter of interest and resume to: Sonia Marquez, Director of Human Resources, at Greater Boston Legal Services, via e-mail at jobs@gbls.org. Please refer to Job Code: CORI-ATT when applying for this position. 

    Applications accepted by July 10, 2017 or until position is filled.  


  • 28 Jun 2017 12:35 PM | Stephanie Giancola (Administrator)

    Greater Boston Legal Services seeks an attorney for a long-term temporary position (two years) to work jointly in the program’s employment and housing law units. 

    Deadline for application is July 10, 2017 or until position is filled.

    Job Description: The attorney will represent primarily Spanish speaking clients and client groups such as tenant organizations and workers centers in the Chelsea and East Boston areas. The position will use a community lawyering approach to advocacy that involves working closely with worker centers and other community based organizations to help them combat wage theft and displacement. In addition to maintenance of an individual caseload of wage and hour cases and eviction defense cases, the position will include the creative use of other advocacy tools such as impact litigation, administrative advocacy on the state and municipal levels, potential affirmative and defensive legislative campaigns, and support for the preservation of affordable housing. This position requires regular attendance at evening meetings to accommodate workers’ schedules. The successful candidate must be able to work with diverse coalitions.

    Qualifications: This position is for an attorney with at least one year of legal experience in employment or housing law. In addition, civil legal aid or other advocacy on behalf of workers and tenants, litigation experience, and a strong and demonstrated commitment to worker rights, civil/human rights, community lawyering is also required. The attorney must have strong legal writing and research skills and the ability to work well with a diverse coalition. Proficiency in spoken and written Spanish is required.

    GBLS is an AA/EO/Handicapped-accessible employer, committed to diversity in the workforce and regards differences as assets. 

    Interested candidates should submit a resume with a cover letter detailing qualifications and reasons for interest in this position to:  Sonia Marquez, Director of Human Resources, at Greater Boston Legal Services, 197 Friend Street, Boston, MA 02114 or via email at jobs@gbls.org. Please refer to Job Code: EU/HOU-ATT.  

    Deadline for application is July 10, 2017 or until position is filled.


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