Senior Staff Attorney

Sexual Assault Legal Institute(SALI)

Location

Silver Spring, MD + Temporarily remote

Category

Attorney

Posted

November 9, 2022

Type

Full-Time

Description/Duties

The Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MCASA) is Maryland’s sexual assault coalition and includes the State’s rape crisis centers and others concerned with ending sexual violence. Our mission is to help prevent sexual assault, advocate for accessible, compassionate care for survivors of sexual violence, and work to hold offenders accountable.

We believe we cannot successfully serve others if we do not take care of ourselves. MCASA staff are encouraged to practice self-care and are supported in finding a positive work-life balance. This position, along with the rest of the agency, will entail significant virtual work and allows for flexible scheduling.

Employees are expected to be available to travel to the MCASA office in Silver Spring within 90 minutes or live within the State of Maryland. While many job duties may be performed virtually, some are in person.  This may include on-site meetings, meetings with stakeholders or community members, court proceedings, or other in-person events. Employees may choose to work in the MCASA offices subject to COVID risk reduction protocols.

Position Overview

The Sexual Assault Legal Institute (SALI), a program within MCASA, provides comprehensive legal services to survivors of sexual violence, and technical assistance and training to professionals working with survivors. SALI is part of the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault and contributes to the overall mission of the agency, working on training, outreach, and systems advocacy as well as helping individual survivors.

MCASA’s SALI includes both staff attorneys and senior staff attorneys.  Senior staff have substantial experience and may be hired for a specific subject matter area.  MCASA is currently seeking a full-time Senior Staff Attorney to assist victims of sexual assault and contribute to the development and administration of SALI services, outreach, and training.  Attorneys with Maryland family law experience and experience managing attorneys are encouraged to apply.  A minimum of five years of experience is required for a senior position.  This position reports to the Managing Attorney.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Provide legal services to victims of sexual assault, including assessment and referral, legal consultation, and representation in protective and peace order proceedings, family law cases, victim compensation proceedings, victim/witness representation in criminal cases, and other matters
  • Develop and utilize skills to provide high quality and sensitive legal services that reflect a thorough assessment and awareness of clients’ social and cultural needs
  • Assist with mentoring, management, and supervision of other staff working on family law cases or other area of expertise.
  • Provide or assure provision of safety planning for victims
  • Maintain reasonable caseload in compliance with grant requirements and needs of office
  • Review cases with SALI Managing Attorney and seek assistance when needed
  • Conduct legal research
  • Provide community outreach, technical assistance, and training
  • Assist in production of training and technical assistance materials
  • Assist in coordination and development of low bono/pro bono attorney network
  • Collect data needed for grant reports or other reasons; assist in grant report preparation
  • Assist in recruiting and supervision of legal interns and other SALI staff
  • Prioritize and fulfill responsibilities in accordance with available funding and grant requirements
  • Comply with Maryland Rules of Professional Conduct
  • Such other duties as assigned by the Managing Attorney or Executive Director

Full description: https://mcasa.org/who-we-are/jobs-internships

Skills/Qualifications

  • J.D. from accredited law school
  • Must be admitted to Maryland bar–Attorneys currently licensed in another State may be eligible for admission under Maryland Rule 19-218 (temporary admission for public interest attorneys licensed out of state) and must promptly seek permanent admission
  • Access to a car and valid driver’s license; this position requires some travel within the State of Maryland
  • 5 years litigation experience and/or judicial clerkship preferred
  • Management experience preferred.
  • Performing arts or debating experience preferred
  • Knowledge and/or previous work experience with sexual assault related issues preferred
  • Family law experience preferred

Full description: https://mcasa.org/who-we-are/jobs-internships

Compensation

High 60’s to 70’s, DOE and bar status. Salary negotiable for attorneys with more than 10 years experience. A part-time schedule is negotiable.

How To Apply

Send cover letter, resume and writing sample to jobs@mcasa.org. Please include your name and position title in the subject.