Paralegal, Community Lawyering Initiative

Maryland Legal Aid

Location

Baltimore, MD

Category

Paralegal

Posted

May 13, 2021

Type

Full-Time

Description/Duties

A RESUME AND COVER LETTER ARE REQUIRED TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION

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.

Job Summary:

This position under supervision of attorneys, performs outreach, community education and intake. The successful candidate will handles all functions related to casework in all general practice areas from client intake and consultation through representation of clients in administrative hearings and before the court, as permitted by law. Areas of practice include, but are not limited to, elder law, public benefits, housing law, and employment law.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Screen clients for eligibility.
  • Conduct preliminary and subsequent interviews with clients.
  • Make referrals, as appropriate.
  • Schedule appointments, hearings, etc.
  • Conduct factual investigation and legal research.
  • Prepare documents and correspondence.
  • Assist in or develop case theory and strategy for the representation of clients.
  • Provide community and institutional outreach and education.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Skills/Qualifications

Paralegal certificate or 4-year degree and prior paralegal experience preferred. Must have basic written and oral communications skills. Must demonstrate potential to perform duties of a paralegal. Ability to travel statewide in Maryland is required. Use of a personal vehicle to travel between worksites or other locations is required. Ability to work outside of normal business hours including evening and weekend is required. Spanish language proficiency is preferred.

Compensation

$39,414 and up depending on education and experience.

How To Apply