The Project on Predatory Student Lending seeks to hire an attorney to implement the strategic litigation agenda of the Project in close collaboration with the Project Director, Director of Litigation, colleagues, students, and community partners. Attorneys will engage in both direct, individual representation and affirmative impact litigation on behalf of low-income student loan borrowers. This position presents the singular opportunity for an attorney to become a key member of a dynamic and innovative legal practice that provides much-needed services, the benefits of which will extend beyond our local community. Some travel may be required.
About the Project on Predatory Student Lending: Established in 2012 as part of the Legal Services Center's Predatory Lending/Consumer Protection Clinic, the Project on Predatory Student Lending represents low-income student loan borrowers who have experienced predatory lending in connection with for-profit schools. In addition to representing low-income borrowers in courts and arbitration, it has been a leading advocate for improving state and federal policies that affect low-income borrowers. In 2016, the Project expanded, and has since brought a number of important cases to protect the rights of borrowers. To learn more, please visit http://www.legalservicescenter.org/category/project-on-predatory-student-lending/.
About the Legal Services Center: The Project continues the Legal Services Center's distinguished record of cutting-edge consumer advocacy. From nationally important victories for consumers in cases such as U.S. Bank vs. Ibanez to the first-of-its-kind Project on Predatory Student Lending, its attorneys have pioneered new areas of practice and clinical teaching. Located at the crossroads of Jamaica Plain and Roxbury in the City of Boston, the Legal Services Center is a community-based clinical law program of Harvard Law School. Through five clinical offerings—Family Law/Domestic Violence Clinic, Predatory Lending/Consumer Protection Clinic, Post-Foreclosure Eviction Defense Housing Clinic, Veterans Law and Disability Benefits 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, to clients outside our service area. 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. To learn more, please visit http://www.legalservicescenter.org/.
The Project is committed to building and maintaining a diverse staff and an inclusive environment.
This is a term appointment currently expected to extend to June 30, 2019, with renewal subject to funding and departmental need.
All offers to be made by HLS Human Resources.
Salary Grade: 057
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Candidates must have a J.D. and be admitted to the Massachusetts bar or have the ability to receive temporary admission pursuant to Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Rule 3:04. Minimum of 3 years of litigation experience required.
Candidates must have the ability to thrive in a demanding, mission-driven environment, and a commitment to serving low-income communities.
The ideal candidate will have:
At least 5 years of litigation experience—background in the fields of civil rights, consumer protection, and/or administrative law are especially relevant to this position;
Exceptional listening skills and a strong ability to convey information orally and in writing;
A commitment to serving low-income communities;
A passion for the Project's mission;
Strong attention to detail;
Flexibility and the ability to handle multiple priorities; and
The ability to work well independently and as part of a team.
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. 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. T...he 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.