The Disability Law Center (DLC) has an immediate opening for a full time Staff Attorney. DLC is the federally authorized Protection and Advocacy agency for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
|Attorney Job Description|
|Reports To||Director of Advocacy|
|The successful applicant will provide legal services and engage in individual and systemic advocacy on behalf of individuals with disabilities. In addition, the successful applicant will share responsibility with other legal and advocacy staff for providing technical assistance, consultation, outreach and training to clients, family members, and advocates.|
- Represent clients consistent with DLC’s priorities, objectives and selection criteria, including the development and implementation of all phases of case strategies and activities (individual and impact litigation, systemic advocacy, etc.) in consultation with the Director of Advocacy/Director of Litigation;
- Engage in monitoring and investigations of facilities, schools and community programs. Draft findings and public and private reports.
- Analyze statutes, regulations, and agency policies/procedures;
- Provide information and short-term assistance to DLC clients, including writing letters and memoranda;
- Prepare written materials and conduct activities for the education and training of individuals with disabilities, members of the public, professionals, and others consistent with the DLC’s priorities;
- Cultivate and maintain relationships with subject area professionals and advocates, including state officials and agency staff, providers, advocacy organizations, pro bono attorneys, and community advocates;
- Participate in outreach activities to un-served and under-served populations;
- Represent DLC at coalition meetings, public hearings, stakeholder groups, and/or task forces, as requested;
- Develop staff training programs in substantive issues;
- Assist in the planning and development of DLC’s program priorities; and
- Compile information and prepare activities reports.
- Must possess a JD;
- Be a member in good standing of the Massachusetts Bar or be eligible to become a member within a reasonable time after employment, and maintain such standing throughout employment with DLC;
- Five (5) or more years of experience in legal practice, including either:
- Two (2) or more years of experience advocating for clients with psychiatric disabilities to secure services or programs from the Department of Mental Health or its vendors, or issues of wrongful treatment or abuse within such programs; OR
- Two (2) or more years of experience advocating on behalf of individuals with disabilities who have been subjected to abuse or neglect or investigating incidents of such abuse or neglect;
- Ability to work efficiently, independently, and collaboratively;
- Ability to travel throughout the Commonwealth.
- Ability to occasionally work long hours and/or weekends when necessary to adequately perform job duties.
- Ability to communicate effectively, with particular emphasis on written communication.
- Ability to identify facts and analyze pertinent legal authority and develop creative solutions.
- Working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
Other Desirable Qualifications
- Particular interest in working with individuals with lived experience in the mental health system;
- Experience in a legal services, nonprofit or public interest environment; and
- Ability to communicate in ASL, Spanish, or another non-English language.
Salaries of staff attorneys are tied to the level of experience and governed by the Law Center’s Collective Bargaining Agreement. DLC has a very generous benefits package. For details, please see www.dlc-ma.org/careers.
In order to be considered for this position, applicants must submit the following materials in Microsoft Word format through the form below.
- Cover Letter, which must indicate: a) your personal and professional motivation for seeking this position; and b) a discussion of how you meet each of the minimum qualifications and any of the desirable attributes for these positions; and,
This position will remain open until filled. All applications received by COB on Friday, October 25, 2019 will be given full consideration.
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION MISSION STATEMENT
DLC is committed to protecting the fundamental human rights of its clients by providing zealous advocacy and excellent representation. We are dedicated to understanding our clients’ diverse circumstances and to meeting their needs. In fulfilling our mission, DLC is committed to fostering diversity at all levels of the agency. DLC’s leadership is responsible for ensuring diversity, inclusion, and equity. We are committed to maintaining an inclusive environment and equitable treatment for all.
The Disability Law Center strongly encourages applications from individuals from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.