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Staff Attorney 

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About the Organization The mission of Fenway Health is to enhance the wellbeing of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community and all people in our neighborhoods and beyond through access to the highest quality health care, education, research, and advocacy. Fenway Health was founded in 1971 and has grown from a less than 10 person operation in the basement of a building near the Boston Fens to one of the largest LGBT-focused organizations in the world. It consists of three main centers:

• Fenway Community Health Center, our clinical arm, which is a federally qualified health center that operates three clinic sites (Fenway:1340, Fenway:South End, and the Sidney Borum, Jr. Health Center) in the Boston area and provides over 30,000 patients with primary and specialty medical care, behavioral health care, optometry care, and dental care;

• The Fenway Institute, our research/training/education/policy development arm, which houses numerous research initiatives as well as the National LGBT Education Project, the LGBT Aging Project, the National Center for Innovation in HIV Care, and the Center for Population Research in LGBT Health; and

• AIDS Action, our HIV/AIDS service organization, which provides nonclinical services (case management, housing and legal assistance, outreach, peer support) to people living with HIV/AIDS and operates numerous programs focusing on HIV/STD prevention/testing/treatment, including the Access (drug user health program), TransCEND (transgender peer support and risk reduction program), and Youth on Fire (drop-in center for homeless and street-involved youth) programs.
 
Position Staff Attorney - Fenway Legal/75 Amory St  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Description

Function:
Reporting to the Director of Legal Services at AIDS Action Committee, under the supervision of the Associate Vice President for Public Health Programs, the Staff Attorney provides legal assessment, counsel and representation to clients. Working with a team of three other attorneys, the Staff Attorney addresses the legal needs of two distinct groups: 1) LGBTQ survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking and 2) HIV+ individuals in need of assistance with housing, public benefits, and estate planning.

Primary Responsibilities:

1. Provide legal services to clients:

  • Perform client intakes and assessments to determine clients' legal needs.
  • Provide legal representation and counsel to clients in matters within scope of the program.
  • Refer clients to other legal services and community services as appropriate.
  • Provide administrative support to the Legal Team, including, but not limited to: answering the Legal Line, drafting, filing, and collaborative project tasks.
  • Other duties as required.

2. Help expand the capacity of attorneys and legal service providers in Massachusetts to provide culturally competent services to LGBTQ survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking:

  • Build and maintain referral relationships with all legal service agencies, law firms, attorneys and allied survivor-serving organizations around Massachusetts.
  • In conjunction with the GLBT Domestic Violence Coalition, recruit/train/manage a pool of pro bono attorneys.
  • Provide periodic educational forums/trainings for mainstream legal service providers and court personnel in Massachusetts to increase cultural competency regarding issues facing LGBQ/T survivors.

3. Participate in program outreach, public relations and development activities.

  • Collaborate with fellow members of the legal team and staff of the Violence Recovery Program to provide occasional educational/outreach presentations.
  • Prepare required reports for managers and funders, including internal monthly reports summarizing activity and outcome data to evaluate program performance and inform continuous improvement strategies;
  • Assist in developing and drafting content for articles, grant proposals or promotional materials.

4. Meet Fenway Health Professionalism and Participatory Expectations

  • Adhere to all agency and departmental policies and procedures;
  • Adhere to the highest principles of legal professionalism and patient/client confidentiality;
  • Adhere to all Fenway Health policies and procedures, including established safety protocols; identify potential or actual unsafe situations in the environment and takes measures to rectify the situation;
  • Attend all required agency and departmental meetings, in-services and professional trainings.

We offer competitive salaries, and for those who qualify, an excellent benefits package; including comprehensive medical and dental insurance plans, and a retirement plan with employer match. We also provide 11 paid holidays, paid vacation, and more.
LGBTQ-identified persons, people of color, and others from historically underrepresented communities are encouraged to apply.

 
Number of Openings 1  
Position Requirements

Qualifications:

  • Juris Doctorate or other law degree from a U.S. law school.
  • Licensed to practice law in Massachusetts.
  • 1 – 3 years legal practice experience.
  • Excellent written (legal writing and other) and oral communication skills.
  • Proficiency in public speaking; prior experience conducting training a plus.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail and ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Comfort with, and working knowledge of, LGBTQ communities, communities living with and at-risk for HIV/AIDS, principles of safety planning for survivors of violence, and public health harm reduction principles.
  • Driver’s license and access to a car strongly preferred.
  • Sit at a computer station for extended periods of time Ability to keyboard for extended periods of time Ability to travel regularly to various program offices, courthouses and other off-site locations throughout Greater Boston as necessary to meet the needs of clients.

Physical Requirements:
Ability to meet the following physical requirements with or without reasonable accommodations:

 
Category Legal  
Number Filled 0  
Location Fenway Legal - Amory St  
Shift -not applicable-  
Req Number LEG-19-00001  

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