December 16, 2022
FreeState Justice seeks an analytical, kind, and experienced staff attorney to advocate for civil rights for vulnerable LGBTQ+ Marylanders. The position is grant funded through the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention. The staff attorney reports directly to FreeState’s Managing Attorney. This is a full‐time, newly‐created experienced staff attorney position, with approximately 75% of the attorney’s time dedicated to litigation and the balance focused on policy advocacy and outreach. A deep commitment to working in partnership with transgender and gender‐non conforming people and communities of color is required.
The staff attorney will primarily maintain a diverse caseload of cutting edge, complex cases relating to civil matters arising out of one’s gender identity or sexual orientation, including civil rights, healthcare, family law, elder law, conditions of confinement, and other matters. In addition, the attorney will advocate for legal and policy change to advance the rights of LGBTQ+ Marylanders; engage with our community through establishing equitable relationships and community education; and work with the Managing Attorney and litigation team to continue building FreeState into a national model for state‐level LGBTQ+ issue and LGBTQ+‐specific direct legal services and impact litigation.
Direct Civil Legal Services
• Maintain a diverse caseload of cutting edge, complex cases relating to civil matters arising out of one’s gender identity or sexual orientation, including civil rights, healthcare, family law, elder law, conditions of confinement, and other matters.
• Conduct litigation in a variety of state, federal, and administrative forums with a high degree of independence.
• Maintain or develop subject matter expertise on issues relating to civil rights for LGBTQ+ Marylanders.
• Work with the litigation team in responding to requests for assistance, case development, case management, and identifying potential issues for impact litigation.
• Assist with grant reports.
• Assist with FreeState’s policy advocacy as necessary through policy research, attending meetings and hearings, and working with coalition partners. Public Education
• Develop presentations, written resources, and other educational materials for community members on various LGBTQ+ legal issues, including conducting teach‐ins, presenting at meetings and webinars, and other community education.
• Staff legal clinics and other community outreach events, including on evenings and weekends, as needed.
An ideal candidate will possess the following qualities:
• Demonstrated commitment to working within marginalized communities, including experience working with transgender people, people of color, and other marginalized people is required.
• Juris Doctor degree, with at least five years of complex civil litigation experience, including development and management of cases. Law school clinical work, a judicial clerkship, working within marginalized communities, or relevant journal, trial team, or moot court experience may be considered as part of the requisite amount of experience.
• Admission to practice law in Maryland or willingness to take the Maryland Bar at next sitting.
• A creative legal thinker who loves to write, with exceptional analytical, writing, legal research, negotiation, and oral advocacy skills.
• An ability to serve individuals across lines of difference, and who may also be in crisis, with empathy and kindness.
• A love for lawyering, a consistent desire to improve your craft, and a passion to serve clients well.
• Experience practicing in areas of law involving complex statutory and/or administrative schemes.
• Highly self‐motivated, keen attention‐to‐detail, and well‐organized, especially under tight deadlines.
• Collaborative and flexible attitude, with a heavy dash of grit, and a sense of humor.
$63,000 to $71,000 based on experience
FreeState Justice offers a competitive benefits package. Benefits include comprehensive medical, dental, and vision insurance, 403(b) retirement savings account, and 42 days of PTO (12 paid holidays, 20 days of vacation, and 10 days of sick and safe leave).
How To Apply
Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, resume, and list of 1-3
references utilizing our online form found at www.freestate-justice.org/careers. More
information about the organization can be found at www.freestate-justice.org.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Candidates will receive an email confirming
receipt of their application. Interviews will begin on a rolling basis.