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Opportunities in Massachusetts

The Victim Rights Law Center’s Massachusetts office is growing!
As the issue of sexual assault continues to be on the forefront of the national dialogue, more survivors are coming forward for legal assistance with their safety, privacy, education, housing, employment, financial stability, and immigration needs. We need four smart, compassionate attorneys and one paralegal to join the Victim Rights Law Center to increase access to free legal services for sexual assault survivors throughout the Commonwealth.

The Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC) is a nonprofit law center that provides free legal representation to victims of sexual assault in Massachusetts and Oregon, and national training and support for lawyers and advocates on the civil legal needs of rape and sexual assault victims. The VRLC’s mission is to provide legal representation to victims of rape and sexual assault to help rebuild their lives; and to promote a national movement committed to seeking justice for every rape and sexual assault victim. All applicants must be familiar and agree with the VRLC’s mission statement and philosophy regarding our commitment to improving the response to sexual violence, empowerment, and inclusiveness. We are hiring for four attorney positions. Two attorneys will be located in western Massachusetts and two attorneys will be located in southeastern Massachusetts. These positions will be filled by attorneys with a strong work ethic, a good sense of humor, and a commitment to increasing access to legal services for sexual assault survivors.

Title:               Victim Rights Law Center Attorney (multiple positions)
Status:             Full-time
Location:         Western Massachusetts (exact location TBD)

The Victim Rights Law Center’s Massachusetts office is growing! As the issue of sexual assault continues to be on the forefront of the national dialogue, more survivors are coming forward for legal assistance with their safety, privacy, education, housing, employment, financial stability, and immigration needs. We need two smart, compassionate attorneys to join the Victim Rights Law Center to help increase access to free legal services for sexual assault survivors in western Massachusetts (locations TBD).

Organization:

The Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC) is a nonprofit law center that provides free legal representation to victims of sexual assault in Massachusetts and Oregon, and national training and support for lawyers and advocates on the civil legal needs of rape and sexual assault victims. The VRLC’s mission is to provide legal representation to victims of rape and sexual assault to help rebuild their lives; and to promote a national movement committed to seeking justice for every rape and sexual assault victim. All applicants must agree with the VRLC’s mission statement and philosophy regarding our commitment to improving the response to sexual violence, empowerment, and inclusiveness. These positions will be filled with attorneys with a strong work ethic, a good sense of humor, and a commitment to serving marginalized or underserved populations. Attorneys will work out of an office in western MA with regular office hours to be held at local rape crisis centers (locations TBD).

Responsibilities:

  • Provide sexual assault survivors with comprehensive legal consultations, representation, and referrals
  • Provide sexual assault victims with emergency legal services in the areas of safety, privacy, education, employment, immigration, and/or financial stability
  • Participate in weekly intake and case assessment meetings (in person and remotely)
  • Conduct strategic outreach to community partners throughout western Massachusetts
  • Participate in the collection of accurate client services data
  • Work collaboratively with a team of lawyers throughout the Commonwealth
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications:

  • Admitted to practice law in Massachusetts and in good standing
  • Minimum of four (4) years’ experience as a practicing attorney
  • Valid driver’s license and comfort driving throughout the Commonwealth

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with sexual assault survivors
  • Guardianship experience to help increase access to legal services for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities
  • Courtroom experience
  • Demonstrated interest in education law (K-12/campus sexual assault), housing law, and/or employment law
  • Experience working with trauma survivors and marginalized communities (e.g. LGBTQ individuals, communities of color, people with disabilities, youth)
  • Fluency in Portuguese and/or Spanish preferred

TO APPLY: To apply, e-mail us with both your last name and “Western MA Attorney” as the subject of your email. Be sure to include your cover letter, resume, and salary requirements. Applications that do not contain all required items will not be considered. No phone calls, please.

Title:               Victim Rights Law Center Attorney (multiple positions)
Status:             Full-time
Location:         Southeastern Massachusetts (exact location TBD)

The Victim Rights Law Center’s Massachusetts office is growing! As the issue of sexual assault continues to be on the forefront of the national dialogue, more survivors are coming forward for legal assistance with their safety, privacy, education, housing, employment, financial stability, and immigration needs. We need two smart, compassionate attorneys to join the Victim Rights Law Center to help increase access to free legal services for sexual assault survivors in southeastern Massachusetts (locations TBD).

Organization:

The Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC) is a nonprofit law center that provides free legal representation to victims of sexual assault in Massachusetts and Oregon, and national training and support for lawyers and advocates on the civil legal needs of rape and sexual assault victims. The VRLC’s mission is to provide legal representation to victims of rape and sexual assault to help rebuild their lives; and to promote a national movement committed to seeking justice for every rape and sexual assault victim. All applicants must agree with the VRLC’s mission statement and philosophy regarding our commitment to improving the response to sexual violence, empowerment, and inclusiveness. These positions will be filled with attorneys with a strong work ethic, good sense of humor, and a commitment to serving marginalized or underserved populations. Attorneys will work out of an office in southeastern MA with regular office hours to be held at local rape crisis centers (locations TBD).

Responsibilities:

  • Provide sexual assault survivors with comprehensive legal consultations, representation, and referrals
  • Provide sexual assault victims with emergency legal services in the areas of safety, privacy, education, employment, immigration, and/or financial stability
  • Participate in weekly intake and case assessment meetings (in person and remotely)
  • Conduct strategic outreach to community partners throughout southeastern Massachusetts
  • Participate in the collection of accurate client services data
  • Work collaboratively with a team of lawyers throughout the Commonwealth
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications:

  • Admitted to practice law in Massachusetts and in good standing
  • Minimum of four (4) years’ experience as a practicing attorney
  • Valid driver’s license and comfort driving throughout the Commonwealth

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with sexual assault survivors
  • Fluency in Portuguese
  • Immigration law experience
  • Demonstrated interest in education law (K-12/campus sexual assault), housing law, and/or employment law
  • Experience working with trauma survivors and marginalized communities (e.g. LGBTQ individuals, communities of color, people with disabilities, youth)
  • Courtroom experience

TO APPLY: To apply, e-mail us with both your last name and “SE MA Attorney” as the subject of your email. Be sure to include your cover letter, resume, and salary requirements. Applications that do not contain all required items will not be considered. No phone calls, please.

 

Title:                Paralegal
Status:             Full-time
Location:         Boston, MA

Job Description:
The paralegal, under the supervision of Victim Rights Law Center attorneys, will provide support to victims of sexual assault in Massachusetts. This position will often be the first point of contact for clients and, after extensive training, will conduct client intakes. The paralegal will also help staff attorneys prepare various applications, assist with casework, and provide support with other administrative tasks. The person hired will work with our direct services team in Massachusetts to assist in providing free, comprehensive legal assistance for sexual assault survivors. Applicants will have an interest in being a key member of a legal team, be comfortable working with attorneys in different practice areas, and have a desire to serve survivors of sexual violence.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct initial phone screening with potential clients to assess eligibility for VRLC services
  • Schedule client intakes and appointments with staff attorneys
  • Work with clients to gather assault-related information and documentation
  • Assist with preparation of immigration filings; work with clients on evidence gathering for various forms of immigration relief, including U visas, T visas, DACA and VAWA self-petitions, and asylum
  • Conduct legal research
  • Assist with data management
  • Assist in implementing an outreach plan to increase access for services for survivors throughout the Commonwealth
  • Other administrative tasks as directed

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Two (2) years relevant experience in the legal profession, immigration law experience strongly preferred
  • Paralegal certification strongly preferred
  • Demonstrated commitment to protecting the rights of underserved populations (experience working with sexual assault survivors strongly preferred)
  • Fluency in Spanish or Portuguese and English preferred
  • Ability to handle and resolve recurring problems in a courteous and professional manner
  • Excellent writing, verbal, computer, and data management skills
  • Able to establish priorities, work independently, and proceed with objectives without supervision
  • The ideal candidate must be detail-oriented, highly flexible, and self-motivated

TO APPLY: To apply, e-mail us with both your last name and “MA Paralegal” as the subject of your email. Be sure to include your cover letter, resume, and salary requirements. Applications that do not contain all required items will not be considered. No phone calls, please.

Opportunities in Oregon

Title:                          Administrative Assistant
Status:                      Full-Time, Non-Exempt
Location:                  Portland, OR

Description:

The Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC) is hiring an administrative assistant to join its national privacy technical assistance and training team. The VRLC is a nonprofit law center that provides legal representation to victims of sexual assault in Portland, OR, and Boston, MA, and promotes a national movement to seek justice for every sexual assault survivor. The privacy training and technical assistance administrative assistant will be part of a team that works nationally to help victim services providers protect the rights of sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, and stalking survivors. The privacy team provides training and technical assistance at state and national conferences, through webinars, in person, and by telephone and email.

Minimum Qualifications:

The VRLC seeks a self-directed person with excellent writing and organizational skills to fill a full-time administrative assistant position in Portland, OR. Minimum qualifications include:

  • BA or BS, and minimum of one-year office work experience
  • Ability to problem-solve, take initiative, exercise sound judgment, and work both independently and as a team player
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to complete assignments and responsibilities accurately, efficiently, and in a timely manner, while prioritizing projects and managing tight deadlines
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook

Helpful but not required: Bilingual applicant and/or experience in event-planning or working with underserved people.

Salary: Depends on experience. The VRLC also provides excellent vacation and holiday benefits.

TO APPLY: Pease e-mail us your cover letter and resume. Please note the job title (Privacy Admin Assistant) in the subject line of your email. No phone calls please.

 

Title:                          Contract Attorney, Nat’l Privacy Technical Assistance Project
Status:                       Full-Time through September 30, 2018
Location:                  Portland, OR; Working Remotely May Be Possible.

Description:

The Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC) is hiring a full-time contract attorney to fill a national privacy training and technical assistance (TA) position through September 30, 2018. This contract attorney will be part of a team that equips lawyers, advocates, and other Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) grantees who serve sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, and stalking survivors (survivors), to identify and protect survivors’ privacy needs. The training and technical assistance attorney will help OVW grantees identify and protect survivors’ privacy interests, meet VAWA confidentiality requirements, comply with mandatory reporting obligations, and follow other federal and jurisdiction-specific privacy law. They will also conduct legal research, draft advice memos, and help create VRLC trainings, tools, and other TA products. This position is based in the VRLC’s Portland, Oregon office; working remotely may be possible.

The VRLC is a nonprofit law center that provides legal representation to victims of rape and sexual assault in Oregon and Massachusetts, and promotes a national movement to seek justice for every sexual assault victim.

Responsibilities

Responsibilities for this contract attorney position include:

  • Provide legal consultation, training, and technical assistance to lawyers, advocates, and other OVW grantees on survivors’ privacy.
  • Conduct legal research.
  • Draft, edit, and review tools and resources that help victim services providers meet survivors’ privacy needs.
  • Assist with research and writing projects including grant applications, product updates, etc. as requested.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Experience representing or providing services to survivors.
  • Strong writing skills.
  • Effective verbal communication skills.
  • J.D. and active bar membership.
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check.

Spanish fluency and familiarity with victims’ privacy protections preferred.

Contract rate depends on experience.

TO APPLY: Please e-mail us your cover letter, resume, and writing sample. Please note the job title (PRP Contract Attorney) in the subject line of your email. No phone calls please.

 

Title: Legal Assistant
Status: Full-time, non-exempt
Location: Downtown Portland, Oregon

Description:

The Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC) is hiring a legal assistant to support the work of the staff attorneys in its Portland, OR, office, who provide free legal services to sexual assault survivors.

Under the supervision of VRLC staff attorneys, the legal assistant will support a team of attorneys who provide free legal services to adult and minor sexual assault survivors with immigration, safety, housing, employment, education, privacy, financial stability, criminal justice advocacy, and identity document/gender marker changes. The legal assistant will often be the first point of contact for our survivor-clients.  They will help communicate with VRLC clients and partners, prepare documents, assist with grant reporting, coordinate outreach efforts, and help recruit and promote engagement of law student volunteers. The legal assistant is also expected to collaborate effectively with grant and community partners.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Draft and file legal documents
  • Maintain client files
  • Conduct legal and other research
  • Help compile documents, draft personal declarations, and prepare applications for immigration relief, including, U Visas, T Visas, and VAWA Self-Petitions, for both principal and derivative applicants
  • Draft, edit and review VRLC products
  • Track data and assist with federal and state grant reporting
  • Coordinate VRLC community outreach and education events
  • Conduct other administrative tasks such as scheduling, mailings, copying, communicating with clients, etc.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • 2 years relevant experience in the legal profession
  • Excellent writing, verbal, and computer skills
  • Detail-orientated, professional, and self-motivated
  • Ability to establish priorities, multi-task, and work both independently and as part of a team

Strongly Desired Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated commitment to protecting the rights of underserved populations
  • Experience working with sexual assault survivors
  • Fluency in Spanish
  • Immigration law experience

Salary: Depends on experience. The VRLC also provides excellent vacation and holiday benefits.

TO APPLY: Please e-mail us your cover letter and resume. NOTE: Please include the job title (OR Legal Assistant) in the subject line of your email.

 

Title:              Senior Attorney, Victim Rights Law Center
Status:           Full-time, Exempt
Location:      VRLC Portland, Oregon, Office

Description:

The Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC) Portland, Oregon, office seeks a smart, dynamic, compassionate, and creative Senior Attorney with litigation, courtroom, and management experience to supervise and inspire our staff attorneys, and to help us lead a new response to sexual violence.

Applicants should support the VRLC’s mission as well as our commitment to improving the legal response to sexual violence, to providing trauma-informed survivor-centered services, and to pursuing justice through an anti-oppression lens. We seek a Senior Attorney to inspire our team and help us build upon the success of our current programs. The ideal candidate will have a litigation background; strong management experience, work ethic, and leadership skills; passion and compassion; a good sense of humor; flexibility; and a commitment to working with survivors from underserved communities.

Responsibilities

  • Supervise the direct legal services team in the VRLC’s Oregon office
  • Represent sexual assault survivors on civil matters, including but not limited to safety, privacy, education, housing, employment, immigration or financial issues, as well as criminal justice advocacy
  • Provide mentoring, skill building, and leadership to promote staff growth, team cohesion, and individual professional development among VRLC legal staff
  • Lead effective outreach efforts and promote access to VRLC services, especially among marginalized and under-served communities
  • Collaborate with VRLC grant and other community partners, allied organizations, and VRLC Massachusetts staff
  • Lead intake and case assessment meetings with VRLC staff attorneys

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum of 6 years legal experience; at least 4 years as a practicing attorney in Oregon
  • Current member in good standing of the Oregon State Bar
  • Courtroom and litigation experience
  • Commitment to providing trauma-informed, survivor-centered services
  • Experience managing a team of attorneys and support staff
  • Valid driver’s license, good driving record, and willingness to drive throughout the state and engage in limited travel

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working with sexual assault survivors
  • Demonstrated commitment to serving marginalized and under-served communities

Salary: Depends on experience. The VRLC also provides excellent vacation and holiday benefits.

TO APPLY: Please e-mail us your resume, writing sample, and cover letter with the email subject line “OR Senior Attorney.” Please note: If you are interested in applying for multiple positions, please send separate emails with the relevant attachments for each position.

 

Title:                          Staff Attorney, National Privacy Technical Assistance Project
Status:                       Full-time, Exempt
Location:                  Portland, OR; Telecommuting May Be Possible.

Description:

The Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC) is hiring a full-time staff attorney to fill a new, national campus and minor survivors’ privacy training and technical assistance position. The privacy TA staff attorney will be part of a team that equips lawyers, advocates, sexual assault nurse examiners (SANEs) and other Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) grantees who serve sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, and stalking survivors (survivors), to meet those survivors’ privacy needs. The staff attorney will work on a project to help OVW grantees meet VAWA confidentiality requirements, provide Title IX privacy protections, address mandatory reporting expectations, and follow other federal and jurisdiction-specific privacy law. This three-year, federally-funded project will focus on the privacy rights of minors, victims of campus sexual assault, and survivors served by SANEs. The project will also develop Spanish-language privacy resources for survivors and those who serve them. Technical assistance will be provided at national conferences and webinars, and by telephone and email. Some travel will be required. This position will be based in the VRLC’s Portland, Oregon office, though the VRLC will consider applications from qualified candidates who want to work remotely.

The VRLC is a nonprofit law center that provides legal representation to victims of rape and sexual assault in Oregon and Massachusetts, and promotes a national movement to seek justice for every sexual assault victim.

Responsibilities

Responsibilities for this attorney position include:

  • Respond to OVW grantees’ requests for assistance by phone, email or in person.
  • Draft, edit, and review tools and resources that help victim services providers meet survivors’ privacy needs.
  • Assist with research and writing projects including grant reports, product updates, legal research, etc.
  • Work well with the rest of the privacy team and VRLC staff.
  • Maintain data and assist with grant reports.
  • Help create, update, and deliver adult-learning informed in-person and webinar trainings.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements

  • Experience representing or providing services to survivors.
  • Exceptional writing skills.
  • Strong verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to travel.
  • Experience designing and delivering trainings or related events.
  • J.D. and active bar membership.
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check.

Spanish fluency, experience working with underserved people, and familiarity with victims’ privacy protections is preferred.

Salary: Is DOE. The VRLC provides excellent vacation and holiday benefits.

TO APPLY: please e-mail us your cover letter, resume, and writing sample. Please note the job title (CAMPP Attorney) in the subject line of your email. No phone calls please.

 

Title:              Staff Attorney (Direct Services), Victim Rights Law Center
Status:           Full-time; Exempt
Location:       The VRLC Portland, Oregon, Office

Description:

The VRLC seeks two (2) staff attorneys to join our growing legal services team!  The VRLC provides free, comprehensive, legal services to adult and minor sexual assault survivors in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties, and limited assistance statewide.  Our statewide services include helping transgender survivors seeking identity document /gender marker changes, campus survivors filing Office of Civil Rights appeals, and immigrant victims of non-intimate partner sexual assault on U-visa matters. The attorneys will work collaboratively, as part of a team, to deliver survivor-centered legal services at our downtown Portland office and at the Family Justice Centers in Hillsboro and Oregon City.  A staff attorney will also be responsible for helping to recruit, train and mentor lawyers and law students. 

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct holistic, comprehensive legal intakes with adult and minor sexual assault survivors
  • Provide survivor-centered legal services to sexual assault victims in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties on matters including but not limited to privacy, safety, employment, housing, financial stability, immigration, education, and advocacy in the criminal justice system
  • Assist with the delivery of statewide legal services on limited immigration and/or education matters if consistent with prior experience
  • Help recruit, train and supervise law students and lawyers assisting transgender survivors statewide with gender marker/identity document changes, and represent transgender survivors on these same matters
  • Conduct outreach and work collaboratively with grant and community partners, including but not limited to assisting with intensive outreach and networking in Washington County, to increase awareness of and promote access to VRLC services
  • Conduct client intakes and meetings at the Clackamas and Washington County  Family Justice Centers
  • Participate in weekly intake and case assessment meetings with VRLC staff
  • Assist with grant management including client services data collection and grant reporting
  • Work collaboratively with a team of VRLC lawyers, support staff, and volunteers
  • Some travel required

Required Qualifications:

  • Admitted to practice law in Oregon
  • Minimum 1 year legal experience
  • Strong writing skills
  • Effective verbal communication skills
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check
  • Valid driver’s license, good driving record, and willing to drive throughout the state
  • Experience working with vulnerable populations

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience in immigration law
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish
  • Experience creating and delivering effective trainings
  • Demonstrated commitment to serving victims of gender-based violence
  • Courtroom experience

Salary: Is DOE. The VRLC provides excellent vacation and holiday benefits.

TO APPLY: Please e-mail us your resume, writing sample, and letter of interest with “OR Staff Attorney” in the subject line. Please note: If you are interested in applying for multiple positions, please send separate emails with the relevant attachments for each position. 

 

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