The Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School (LSC) has an immediate opening for a Clinic Attorney in the Veterans Legal Clinic. The Clinic—through which Harvard Law students also receive hands-on training in lawyering skills—provides free legal representation to low-income veterans with disabilities who have been denied the benefits and supports they need and have earned through their service. The Clinic's docket includes both individual representation cases and initiatives that seek to create systemic reform. The Clinic Attorney will carry his/her own docket of cases that focus on advocacy for veterans with mental health needs and other underserved veteran populations. The docket will include, but not be limited to, representation of veterans with less-than-honorable discharges, LGBTQ veterans, and survivors of Military Sexual Trauma (MST). The Attorney will: represent clients in a variety of case types, including discharge upgrade cases and veterans benefit appeals that require or include a character of service determination; screen cases for merit and law reform opportunities; refer veterans to other relevant resources in the community; lead community outreach efforts; serve as a liaison to partner organizations; present legal workshops to service providers and community members; and support the Clinic's Veterans Justice Pro Bono Partnership, which links pro bono attorneys in the private bar to veterans who have less-than-honorable discharges. The position represents a unique opportunity to work in a dynamic public interest law office within Harvard Law School's clinical program. Salary is commensurate with experience. The position is for an initial two-year appointment. The possibility of reappointment depends on the availability of funding and project requirements.
For term appointments only: This is a term appointed position, currently expected to continue for two years from appointment, with renewal subject to project needs and funding.
Located at the crossroads of Jamaica Plain and Roxbury in the City of Boston, we are a community-based clinical law program of Harvard Law School. Through five clinical offerings—Family Law/Domestic Violence Clinic, Predatory Lending/Consumer Protection Clinic, Housing Clinic, Veterans Legal Clinic, and Federal Tax Clinic—and numerous pro bono initiatives we provide essential legal services to low-income residents of Greater Boston and in some instances, where cases present important law reform opportunities, to clients outside our service area. Our longstanding mission is to educate law students for practice and professional service while simultaneously meeting the critical needs of the community. Since 1979, we have engaged in cutting-edge litigation and legal strategies to improve the lives of individual clients, to seek systemic change for the communities we serve, and to provide law students with a singular opportunity to develop fundamental lawyering skills within a public interest law setting. To these ends, we actively partner with a diverse array of organizations, including healthcare and social service providers and advocacy groups, and continually adapt our practice areas to meet the changing legal needs of our client communities. We encourage diversity, value unique voices, and pursue with passion our twin goals of teaching law students and advocating for clients. To learn more, please visit http://www.legalservicescenter.org/ .
All offers will be made by HLS HR.
Salary Grade: 090
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Candidates must have received a J.D. within the last three (3) years. Current Massachusetts bar admission—or the ability to receive temporary admission pursuant to Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Rule 3:04 followed by admission via waiver or via Massachusetts bar passage—required.
The successful candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to the needs of the veteran community, experience representing veterans in access to benefit matters, and a passion for social justice advocacy.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. Harvard faculty are engaged with teaching and research to push the boundaries of human knowledge. For students who are excited to investigate the biggest issues of the 21st century, Harvard offers an unparalleled student experience and a gen...erous financial aid program, with over $160 million awarded to more than 60% of our undergraduate students. The University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, offering a truly global education. Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world.