Baltimore Paralegal for Maryland Immigrant Legal Assistance Project (MILAP)
Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland
September 11, 2023
The Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland, Inc. (PBRC) is seeking a highly motivated, organized and bright individual who is fluent in Spanish to support the Maryland Immigrant Legal Assistance Project (MILAP). MILAP gives free legal advice to people living in Maryland who must appear before the immigration court because they are at risk of deportation. In certain cases, MILAP steps-in to provide limited and concrete legal services to help vulnerable families and children meet the deadlines in their cases (e.g., help complete application for asylum or assist the family with changing their court location to one that is closest to where they live).
Staff weekly legal clinics in Baltimore City and occasional clinics in Hyattsville to assist with registration, intake, obtain necessary client paperwork, manage flow of clients, direct immigrants to additional resources, interpret for volunteer attorneys, and other support.
Conduct brief Know Your Rights presentations.
Track and summarize data related to clients served and effectiveness of legal clinics.
Share referral information and resources with immigrants who contact PBRC seeking legal help.
Increase community awareness about relevant resources, including brief legal advice clinics, case placement services and relevant city and state programs and social service resources.
Work with MILAP Team to maintain and develop a network of community partners.
Develop and implement creative outreach strategies that will connect unrepresented immigrants in removal proceedings to available legal services and resources.
Create outreach materials for volunteer recruitment and translate documents as needed.
Conduct client follow up and compile data regarding the impact of the MILAP.
Coordinate and execute interpreter volunteer sign-ups and assess fluency of volunteer interpreters.
Provide support to Project Director for grant reporting duties as needed.
Spanish language fluency required.
Bachelor’s Degree (paralegal or law-related experience preferred).
Experience in community organizing/activism and/or public outreach.
Must be available some evenings and weekends when community legal clinics occur.
Access to reliable transportation for frequent travel to PBRC’s office, Baltimore Immigration Court, Hyattsville Immigration Court, and occasional travel to other locations in Maryland for outreach events and community clinics.
Strong attention to detail and excellent organizational and record-keeping skills.
Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook).
Proficiency in data collection and tracking preferred (prior Salesforce experience preferred)
Ability to work well with people, including other staff, volunteers, clients, public interest organizations, governmental entities, Board members, and donors.
Experience working with children and/or the immigrant community is preferred.
Strong commitment to helping the community and ensuring equal access to justice.
Competitive salary ranging from $49,000 – $53,000 depending on experience
FULL-TIME position with excellent benefits package including paid health insurance, disability insurance, and employer matched 401k plan; paid sick and vacation leave; and paid holidays
Hybrid in person/remote work
How To Apply
Interested candidates should send, via email
1) a cover letter describing interest and qualifications for the position.
2) a resume
3) the names and contact information for three professional references to:Cate Scenna at email@example.com with the subject line “MILAP Paralegal – Last Name, First Name.”
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis; applicants encouraged to apply promptly.
PBRC’s mission is to engage and support the Maryland legal community in meaningful and impactful volunteer service to ensure equal access to justice for those in need.
PBRC is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity. We encourage all interested persons to apply including applicants of color, people with disabilities, and others historically underrepresented