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ProfileParalegal The candidate collaborate with existing staff to propel the work of the office in defending the rights of persons with mental health concerns. Approaches to solving client problems depend on the issue itself and the best strategy for accomplishing results. Tactics include class-based and targeted individual litigation, as well as legislative, administrative, and public advocacy. Work with attorneys in the pursuit of litigation efforts, including conducting formal discovery, processing and maintaining factual information obtained in discovery in formats allowing for quick access as needed, and communicating with class representatives and class members in the course of class litigation; Travel to meet with clients and client groups throughout the Commonwealth as necessary to provide representation, collect information, strategize and assist in resolving client community concerns, and provide information to clients; Provide informal legal advocacy to leverage services that enable clients to remain autonomous in community settings and out of hospitals, jails and prisons; Field requests from legal advocates and attorneys in Massachusetts seeking technical assistance in cases they are handling for eligible clients and provide assistance in cooperation with attorneys; Attend trainings and other conferences and events relevant to priorities in order to stay up to date on mental health law; Provide backup assistance in responding to requests for assistance (“intake”) from potential clients.
Qualification and Experience
A Bachelor’s degree preferred. Experience in the delivery of legal services to indigent persons preferred. Knowledge of and/or experience in the mental health care delivery system helpful. Should have proficient writing, communication and time-management skills. Must have ability to work effectively and collaboratively with clients and co-workers in a team environment. Ability to communicate in Spanish or another language common among potential clients preferred.
Deadline: June 22, 2018.
Submit resume and cover letter.
Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee
294 Washington Street,
Boston, MA 02108