Volunteer Opportunities

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Margaretta Homsey Kroeger
Health and Disability Law
Elder, Health and Disability
“Kelly” was abused as a child and entered the foster care system at age 13. She spent the next five years in and out of various foster families and group homes, until she turned 18 and “aged out” of the system. She tried to make it on her own, but had serious mental health issues and was unable to hold a job. Alone and without anyone to advocate for her, she soon lost the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability benefits which had provided her with something to live on, and she stopped receiving much-needed mental health treatment.

Deferred Associates | AmeriCorps | Fellowships |

Deferred Associates

GBLS hosted 10 Deferred Associates last year and is interested in hosting others who are looking to join GBLS in its mission providing high-quality free civil legal assistance for poor people in Greater Boston.

Deferred Associates will work with and be supervised by experienced GBLS staff, many of whom are considered national experts in their respective areas of poverty law.  Their responsibilities will involve direct representation of clients and  provision of advice, referrals, brief service, participation in community education and outreach activities, as well as other related work.

Interested individuals should email a cover letter and resume to Sonia Marquez, Director of Human Resources at jobs@gbls.org.

GBLS is an AA/EO/Handicapped-accessible employer, committed to diversity in the workforce and regards differences as assets.


Make a difference by becoming a member of AmeriCorps and being placed at Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS)

There is 1 AmeriCorps Opportunity available for lawyers, law students or aspiring law students

The Massachusetts Legal Assistance for Self-Sufficiency AmeriCorps Program (MLASSP) is recruiting one college or law school graduate with an interest in public service law to serve in a Boston area organization. The member will serve in the Elder Health & Disability Law Unit under professional supervision. Candidates with language skills (Spanish, Portuguese, or Mandarin) are encouraged to apply. Position is part-time intake, client interview and referral, and 2) case load development in housing, nursing home law, and masshealth. Excellent position for client contact.

This is a full-time national service position requiring 1,700 hours of service over 46 weeks, beginning immediately. The selected candidate will also receive an $18,500 stipend, loan forbearance on qualified student loans, an education award of $5,730 upon completion of service term, child care assistance, and health benefits. Eligible student loans can be placed in forbearance for the term of service.

Information on AmeriCorps, the education award, loan forgiveness and more is available at www.AmeriCorps.gov. MLASSP is an equal opportunity project, available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or religion; we are committed to the inclusion of people with disabilities as members and will provide reasonable accommodations for interviews and service placement upon request.

Interested individuals must submit a cover letter, resume and a signed application which may be downloaded at www.mlassp.org to Sonia Marquez, Director of Human Resources by email at jobs@gbls.org. Please use job code: "AmeriCorps" when applying. For more information, please contact Ms. Marquez at jobs@gbls.org.

GBLS is an AA/EO/Handicapped accessible employer, committed to diversity in the workforce and regards differences as assets.



Greater Boston Legal Services, Inc. (GBLS) will sponsor a limited number of applicants for two national fellowship programs: Equal Justice Works and the Skadden Fellowship Program. Both programs require applicants to develop a proposed project with a sponsoring legal agency. Selections for the fellowships are made by the national programs and not by GBLS. Because of the time needed to develop projects acceptable to GBLS and the applicants, interested persons should contact GBLS as soon as possible. Earlier applicants will have an advantage.

GBLS is the oldest and largest legal services program in New England. Throughout its history, GBLS has been committed to providing aggressive high-quality civil legal services to as many poor people as possible.  The people who seek our assistance most often are women and children who need protection from abuse; families and elderly who face eviction from their homes; the homeless who have been denied temporary or permanent shelter; and single parents who have been inappropriately refused welfare, food stamps, or medical benefits. GBLS also provides assistance to client groups such as the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, the Massachusetts Senior Action Council, and the tenants of the Boston Housing Authority. 

GBLS' main office, located at 197 Friend Street in downtown Boston, houses the administrative staff and the following specialized units:  Family, Elderly, Health & Disability, Mass. Medicare Advocacy Project, Housing, Immigration, Harvard Immigration Clinic, Employment, Welfare, Asian Outreach and Consumer Rights. GBLS’ Cambridge office consists of advocate teams comprised of Family, Housing, Elder, Income, Mental Health & Disability Rights.

GBLS is an AA/EO/Handicap-accessible employer, committed to diversity in the workforce and regards differences as assets.  Interested individuals must submit a cover letter and resume to Sonia Marquez, Director of Human Resources by email at jobs@gbls.org with the subject line “Fellowship opportunities”.  Please include in your cover letter a proposed project and indicate unit of interest. For more information contact: Ms. Marquez, at (617) 603-1805.

Equal Justice Works Fellowship Program

The goals of the Equal Justice Works Fellowship Program are to serve under represented communities; create new public interest law positions; select a diverse group of highly qualified fellows; and develop future leaders in public interest law.

Terms:  Salary provided for two full years, loan repayment assistance, national training programs; fringe benefits to be paid by GBLS.

Eligibility: Must be a third-year law student, a recent graduate from an Equal Justice Works law school or an experienced attorney who is committed to public interest law.  Please check the website: www.equaljusticeworks.org for a list of current law school members.

Application procedure:  The application and instructions are available online at www.equaljusticeworks.org.  In addition to submitting an application and other related information, applicants should develop, in conjunction with GBLS, a new project to benefit under represented communities.  Applications must be submitted online through the Equal Justice Works website at www.equaljusticeworks.org.  Hard copies or email copies of the application will not be accepted.

Application and Selection Timetable:

GBLS deadline: July 17, 2015
EJW Application deadline: September 18, 2015
Interviews Begin for Selected Candidates November 2015
Interviews continued; fellowships are offered on a rolling basis December 2015 - April 2016
Fellows commence work: September 2016*

*date to be determined

For more information on the EJW Fellowship Program please go to www.equaljusticeworks.org.

Skadden Fellowship Program

The goal of the Skadden Fellowship Program is to provide support to 2016 law school graduates and outgoing judicial law clerks who want to work at an organization that provides civil legal services to the poor, including the homeless, the elderly, the disabled, or those deprived of their civil or human rights.

Terms:  Salary and fringe benefits provided for two full years.

Eligibility: 2016 law school graduates or outgoing law clerks who are not receiving any other fellowship or prize monies for the Skadden Fellowship duration are eligible.  The worthiness of the proposed project's goals as well as the applicant's competency, character, and commitment will be considered by the grant making panel.

Application procedure:  Applicants should submit an application, a proposed project, and additional information in conjunction with GBLS, the sponsoring organization.  Applications can be found online at www.skaddenfellowships.org.

Application and Selection Timetable:

GBLS deadline:     July 17, 2015
Application deadline:  October 05, 2015
Finalists notified: December 03, 2015
Fellows commence work: September 2016*

*date to be determined

For more information on the Skadden Fellowship Program, please go to www.skadden.com