Chief Attorney

Maryland Legal Aid

Location

Salisbury, MD

Category

Attorney

Posted

February 23, 2022

Type

Full-Time

Description/Duties

Maryland Legal Aid (MLA) provides life-changing civil legal assistance to eligible residents in every part of the State. Since 1911, MLA has provided high-quality legal services to low-income, and marginalized individuals and communities–helping them remedy their civil legal issues and become empowered to overcome challenges, achieve stability and independence, and an overall better life.

MLA is dedicated to preserving the basic human needs and basic human rights of clients, particularly as they navigate the justice system. MLA staff, pro bono attorneys, community partners, and general supporters all play important roles in ensuring that the legal playing field is leveled so that those most in need achieve equal access to justice. It is because of this diverse support that MLA is able to be a voice to tens of thousands of economically disadvantaged and vulnerable Marylanders every year.

Essential Functions:

Coordinate the delivery of legal advice and counsel with staff and advocates in both the Upper and Lower Shore offices, in the areas of family, veterans, consumer, elder law, public benefits, housing, Child in Need of Assistance, and behavioral and mental health law in an efficient, effective, client-centered, and compassionate manner.

Responsibilities:

Staff Supervision and Development

  • Provide positive leadership to a staff that consists of 2 supervising attorneys, staff attorneys, paralegals, law clerks, and administrative staff;
  • Lead hiring efforts to attract talented staff who are committed to the mission and work of Maryland Legal Aid;
  • Build a cohesive, supportive team that works well with one another, develops objectives and priorities for the office; and maintains open communication;
  • Ensure that effective, competent legal assistance is provided to low-income clients in an efficient, zealous, client-centered, and compassionate manner;
  • Conduct impactful advocacy designed to address systemic problems affecting persons with low-income;
  • Guide the professional development of staff, including co-counseling of cases; reviewing substantive legal work; providing meaningful assessments and evaluation of advocacy efforts, caseloads and productivity; engaging the community through outreach and education; and addressing training needs;
  • Carry a caseload commensurate with the Chief’s expertise and that accounts for managerial responsibilities for two offices located in Easton, MD and Salisbury, MD;
  • Balance the significant demand for services with the need to engage in impactful and effective advocacy for clients; and
  • Conduct case reviews and assign cases to staff consistent with Maryland Legal Aid’s case and matter acceptance guidelines.

Strategy and Leadership

  • Participate in statewide task forces and statewide advocacy efforts;
  • Develop expertise in the communities served by the office and all resources available to address client needs;
  • Engage community leaders to enhance Maryland Legal Aid’s reputation in the communities served;
  • Cultivate effective relationships with the judiciary and private bar;
  • Lead efforts to increase pro bono representation of clients;
  • Carry-out Maryland Legal Aid’s strategic plan, which includes the integration of a Human Rights Framework to all aspects of the offices’ work, including litigation and advocacy, communications, and community education and relations;
  • Ensure administrative and regulatory requirements are met;
  • Be part of a statewide management team and strive to improve the overall quality of Maryland Legal Aid’s service delivery throughout the state;
  • Assist with the firm’s resource development efforts, including, but not limited to, the identifying of possible funding sources, making presentations to funders, and the drafting of grant applications and progress reports; and
  • Address client grievances.

Skills/Qualifications

Qualifications: B.S./B.A. Degree; a J.D. or L.L.B. Degree; admission to a State Bar and/or qualify for admission to Maryland Bar; plus at least seven (7) years of experience in legal services and/or law firm management.   Excellent verbal and written communications skills, command of technology, especially Microsoft Office and case management systems; appellate experience, involvement in the community, and leadership experience a must.

Compensation

$90,515.00 and up depending on experience.

How To Apply

Requisition ID: 1989

Apply for Chief Attorney using the link below:

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