GLAD is at the cutting edge of the historic fight for full equality and justice. Through impact litigation, education and public policy work, GLAD’s precedent-setting work has established anti-discrimination laws for transgender, gay, lesbian and bisexual people and protected the rights of those with HIV throughout New England.
GLAD is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from transgender persons, people of color, and individuals with disabilities, including HIV.
GLAD has a commitment to communication, diversity, team work, results orientation, and collaboration and has classified these as core values that are integral to fulfilling our mission. The core values apply to all levels and positions in the organization. Each employee is encouraged to find ways to integrate the core values in their day to day work.
- Communicates in a clear, concise manner, communicates effectively verbally and in writing as required; and learns through listening.
- Promotes diversity at GLAD through practice and example and seeks ways to foster diversity within the framework of the position.
- Works in a team dynamic demonstrating leadership, offers good “followship”, offers insight, and shows flexibility in all areas.
- Creates results, meets deadlines, completes tasks in a timely manner, is dependable and accountable for his/her work and requests help for tasks as needed.
- Collaborates well across job lines, increases lines of communication and fosters cooperation among departments and outside organizations.
Senior Staff Attorney
GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), New England’s LGBTQ and HIV public interest legal organization, seeks a full-time Senior Staff Attorney for its work in the six New England states. This attorney will be involved in handling matters in the full range of GLAD’s core litigation work, as well as our priorities of racial and economic justice, access to justice and state public policy advocacy.
From its founding in 1978 in response to a police sting operation against gay men at the Boston Public Library, GLAD has spent nearly four decades working in New England and nationally – through strategic litigation, public policy advocacy and education – to create a just society free of discrimination based on gender identity and expression, HIV status and sexual orientation. For example, GLAD worked to bring marriage equality to all six New England states – with court victories in MA and CT in 2003 and 2008, respectively; legislative victories in VT (2009), NH (2010) and RI (2013); and a victory at the ballot box in ME in 2012.
Time after time, GLAD has broken through resistance and prejudice to make real progress, whether fighting against HIV discrimination and stigma; ending sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination through litigation and legislation; increasing legal rights and protections for transgender people; and promoting the safety and well-being of LGBTQ youth and elders.
In this paradoxical time of both great progress and ongoing threats, GLAD is committed to staying on the cutting edge of LGBTQ rights and keeping our eyes on the counter-movement, including any improper use of religion to discriminate against our communities. GLAD is also committed to raising up the needs of LGBTQ people of color, low-income individuals, immigrants, prisoners, youth and elders.
GLAD seeks to transform New England into an “Equality Zone,” serving as a model to the nation.
About the Position
GLAD seeks an attorney with a minimum of 5-7 years of litigation, legal research and writing, and policy experience who has a passion for and interest in LGBTQ and/or HIV work. Other qualifications include: strong analytical skills; open-mindedness; and public speaking. Independence, as well as the ability to work as part of an integrated team, is a must.
New England bar admission preferred. Salary depends on experience; excellent benefits.
Send confidential resume, cover letter and writing sample to Gary Buseck, GLAD, 30 Winter St., Suite 800, Boston, MA 02108 or by email to email@example.com.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
GLAD is committed to building and maintaining a diverse staff. People of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds and language abilities, transgender individuals, people living with HIV and people living with disabilities are particularly encouraged to apply.
GLAD’s Legal Assistants provide key support for GLAD’s six attorneys in advancing the mission and goals of the organization. The Legal Assistant performs legal and social science research, drafts research memoranda, prepares court documents and correspondence, and proofreads and checks citations for complex legal documents. In addition, the Legal Assistant performs regular administrative tasks such as coordinating meetings and travel, filing and maintaining records, scanning, copying, preparing expense reports, and providing phone coverage. This position offers an excellent opportunity to learn about the litigation process and the legal issues affecting the LGBTQ community and people living with HIV.
Qualified candidates will have a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent professional work experience; strong written and oral communication skills; proven research abilities; and proficiency in Microsoft Office. The ideal candidate will be proactive, organized, and attentive to details. The ability to work cooperatively in a team is essential to the Legal Assistant work setting. In addition, the ideal candidate will be able to prioritize multiple activities in a fast-paced environment and read, analyze, interpret, and summarize legal and social science documents, including case law and statutes. Familiarity with the legal system is helpful but not required.
$33,200 plus excellent benefits: three weeks of paid vacation, fully paid health and dental insurance, and disability insurance.
To apply, please send the following materials (One combined PDF format preferred):
2) Cover letter (no more than one page) addressed to Ben Klein, Senior Attorney and AIDS Law Project Director. Please do not restate your resume.
3) Writing sample (no more than 5 pages)
Please send materials to firstname.lastname@example.org. Emails should contain the subject line “Legal Assistant Application.” Please indicate in your application specifically where you learned of the position. Applications will be considered until July 30 on a rolling basis, or until position is filled. No phone calls, and no video résumés please.
Interns are hired on an academic schedule — for the entire school year, an individual semester, or the summer. Summer internships are full time; academic year internships are part time (10-15 hrs/wk). All GLAD internships are unpaid.