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ALA-MA member Stephanie in court, 2015.
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MLK Day, 2020.

ALA-MA Partners

ALA-Massachusetts members serve at partner sites located statewide. Some of our partners are regional legal services organizations, some are faith-based organizations, and some are statewide programs specializing in a particular area of law. All are staffed by committed legal professionals who supervise ALA-Massachusetts advocates. During the application process, ALA-Massachusetts members are chosen to serve at a specific partner site. 

As of July 1, 2022, ALA-MA is seeking to fill positions in Greater Boston, Western Massachusetts, and Northeast Massachusetts. 

Our site partners for the 2022-2023 program year will be:

Catholic Social Services of Fall River
Fall River

Catholic Social Services is a multi-service organization serving Southeast Massachusetts which provides legal assistance on immigration matters, with a priority focus on the residents of their housing programs. Region: Southeast Massachusetts. 

  • 2022-2023 Opening: Immigration Advocate (1 position filled)

 

Community Legal Aid, Central West Justice Center
Worcester, Springfield, Northampton

Community Legal Aid is the state-funded civil legal aid program serving central and western Massachusetts. Central West Justice Center is a wholly-owned subsidiary of CLA. These programs provide free legal assistance to low-income clients in the areas of elder law, housing law, immigration law, government benefits and unemployment compensation, family law, and discrimination. Regions: Central and Western Massachusetts. 

  • 2022-2023 Opening: Immigration Advocate (1 position filled)
  • 2022-2023 Opening: Generalist/Medical Legal Partnership (1 position filled)
  • 2022-2023 Opening: Education Advocate (1 position filled)
  • 2022-2023 Opening: Intake Specialist for Victims of Crime (1 position filled)

 

De Novo Center For Justice And Healing
Cambridge

De Novo provides client-driven integrated legal and mental health services to overcome the impacts of poverty, inequity, and trauma. De Novo provides legal help in the areas of housing and homelessness prevention, family law/domestic violence, immigration law, and disability benefits, as well as a full range of mental health services and case management to help clients cope with the emotional impact of trauma. Our holistic model of care means clients not only receive effective legal assistance, but they are also better able to navigate the enormous struggles they face. Region: Greater Boston. 

  • 2022-2023 Opening: Immigration Advocate (1 position filled)

Greater Boston Legal Services, Cambridge and Somerville Legal Services
Boston, Cambridge

Greater Boston Legal Services is the lead civil legal aid program serving Greater Boston, and includes Cambridge and Somerville Legal Services. Both programs provide free legal assistance for low-income clients in the areas of employment, family law, particularly domestic violence, health law, disability law, housing law, immigration law, welfare-related law, elder law, and special outreach to Asian populations with limited English proficiencies. Region: Greater Boston. 

  • 2022-2023 Opening: Consumer Advocate (1 position filled)
  • 2022-2023 Opening: Employment Advocate (1 position filled)
  • 2022-2023 Opening: Emergency Shelter/Housing Advocate (1 position filled)
  • 2022-2023 Opening: Welfare Advocate (1 position filled)
  • 2022-2023 Opening: Immigration Advocate (1 position filled)
  • 2022-2023 Opening: Criminal Records Advocate (1 position filled)
  • 2022-2023 Opening: Housing/Benefits Advocate (1 position filled, Cambridge)

 

Massachusetts Fair Housing Center
Holyoke

The Massachusetts Fair Housing Center serves Berkshire, Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester Counties. MFHC provides free legal services and accepts housing discrimination complaints based on race, national origin, color, ancestry, religion, sex, disability, presence of minor children, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, marital status, military or veteran status, receipt of public assistance, including Section 8 housing assistance, receipt of housing subsidies or rental assistance, and genetic information. MFHC also preserves homeownership, by advocating for distressed homeowners in mortgage lending cases, and by assisting victims of foreclosure rescue scams. Region: Western Massachusetts. 

  • 2022-2023 Opening: Fair Housing Advocate (1 position filled)

 

Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Boston

Massachusetts Law Reform Institute is the statewide legal services support center. MLRI advocates for low-income people, minorities, immigrants, elders, and people with disabilities in their struggles for basic human needs; defend against measures that harm people living in poverty; advocate for systemic reforms that achieve social justice; and provide support that will enable others to carry out these objectives. Region: Greater Boston. 

  • 2022-2023 Opening: Community Advocate (1 position filled)
  • 2022-2023 Opening: Family/Benefits Advocate (1 position filled)

 

Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee
Quincy

The Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee is a state agency within the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts charged with advising and advocating for indigent individuals with mental health issues on a range of legal matters. MHLAC does legal work in areas including mental health law, rights in institutional settings, restraint, education and special education law, juvenile justice law, family law, guardianship matters, access to mental health care, mental health insurance reform, and insurance discrimination. Region: Greater Boston. 

  • 2022-2023 Opening: Mental Health Law Advocate (1 position filled)

 

MetroWest Legal Services
Framingham

MetroWest Legal Services is the primary civil legal aid agency in Framingham and surrounding areas. MWLS’s priorities include income maintenance, housing, domestic relations (including domestic violence), education, elder law, and health law. Region: MetroWest Massachusetts. 

  • 2022-2023 Opening: Immigration Advocate (1 position filled)
  • 2022-2023 Opening: Elder Law Advocate (1 position filled)
  • 2022-2023 Opening: Family Law Advocate (1 position filled)

 

Northeast Legal Aid
Lynn, Lowell, Lawrence

Northeast Legal Aid is the primary civil legal aid program serving Northeast Massachusetts. NLA represents low-income clients, elders and veterans in the areas of housing evictions and foreclosures, consumer debt, public benefits, immigration, community development, health law, and domestic violence. Region: Northeast Massachusetts. 

  • 2022-2023 Opening: Housing Advocate (2 positions filled)
  • 2022-2023 Opening: Family Advocate (1 position filled)

 

South Coastal Counties Legal Services, Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts
Fall River, New Bedford, Brockton, and Hyannis

South Coastal Counties Legal Services is a non-profit corporation which provides free civil legal services to low-income and elderly residents in Barnstable, Bristol, Dukes, Nantucket, and Plymouth Counties, and the towns of Avon and Stoughton. The Justice Center is a wholly owned subsidiary of SCCLS. The programs provide civil legal assistance to low-income residents, elders, and veterans in the areas of housing, family law, benefits, immigration/asylum law, elder law, and education law. Region: Southeast Massachusetts. 

  • 2022-2023 Opening: Benefits Advocate (1 position filled, New Bedford)
  • 2022-2023 Opening:  Elder Law Advocate (1 position filled, Hyannis)
  • 2022-2023 Opening:  Elder Law Advocate (1 position filled, Fall River)
  • 2022-2023 Opening:  Generalist for Victims of Crime (1 position available, Fall River)
  • 2022-2023 Openings: Immigration Law Advocate (2 positions filled, Brockton)

 

Veterans Legal Services
Boston

Veterans Legal Services helps Massachusetts veterans overcome adversity by providing free civil legal aid that honors their service, promotes well-being, and responds to their distinctive needs.  Region: Greater Boston.

  • 2022-2023 Opening:  Generalist (1 position filled)