Staff Attorney

HopeWorks of Howard County

Location

Columbia, Maryland

Category

Attorney

Posted

January 4, 2021

Type

Full-Time

Description/Duties

The Staff Attorney is a member of the agency’s legal team, responsible for assisting the Director of Legal Services and providing support and representation to our clients. HopeWorks’ staff are invested and engaged in altering the systems and imbalances of power that maintain the status quo and are root causes of sexual and intimate partner violence – including racism, transphobia, poverty, xenophobia, ableism, and other forms of oppression.  The successful candidate will have a commitment to social justice.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

• Provide support to the Director of Legal Services as needed

• Assist with discovery as directed by the Director of Legal Services

• Represent Clients in Peace and Protective Order hearings – finals, rescissions, modifications, shieldings, and contempt

• Provide Clients with Consultations/Advice as to their rights and options regarding divorce, custody, child support, modifications, peace and protective orders, and criminal cases

• Draft ghost pleadings for family law cases, review paperwork for clients in family law cases, draft and review separation and custody agreements

• Limited family law representation

• Criminal advocacy – work with SAO, defense attorneys, police officers, and other agencies to make sure Client is informed of what is going on, her voice is being heard, and her/his rights are being upheld

• Accompany clients to criminal trials to provide support and advocacy. Limited victim rights

• Civil accompaniment as needed

• Form assistance

• Civil Legal Advocacy

• Maintain accurate and up-to-date contact logs and statistical information for electronic files, grants and departmental reports

• Compile team stat reports and complete all grant reports

• Assist in the writing and completion of grant applications

• Audit Files for accuracy

• Maintain accurate databases

• Assist with quarterly VLAP meetings/trainings

• Attended trainings as needed/directed

• Maintain accurate list of trainings and up to date training manual

• Assist in recruiting, training, and supervising interns

• Maintain and develop relationships with community partners

• Administrative tasks as assigned

• Pro se prep

• Attend local bar association functions and meetings

• Assist with advocate duties as necessary

• Technical assistance to attorneys, Judges, and community partners

• Maintains best practices for trauma informed legal practices

• Stay up to date on current laws and proposed amendments

• Ensure legal departments licensures and fees are up to date

• Present to other departments and agencies as needed

Skills/Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications: 

• Juris Doctorate degree from an ABA accredited law school

• Admitted to practice in the State of Maryland

• Passionate about and committed to the mission, vision and values of HopeWorks

• One year of experience involving protective order and peace order law, intimate partner violence and sexual assault law (civil and criminal), and family law

• Awareness and understanding of the dynamics of sexual and intimate partner violence

• Understanding of the impact of intersectional oppressions on survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence

• Ability to advocate for survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence in the community, with state leaders and decision makers

• Excellent oral and written communication skills; outstanding interpersonal and supervisory skills

• Experience providing survivor-centered and trauma-informed services

• Experience with outcomes and evaluation, grant compliance, and program development

• Proficiency in data collection and reporting

• Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)

• Oral and written fluency in one or more languages in addition to English (strongly preferred but not required)

• Current, valid driver’s license and insurance and/or reliable transportation to travel between office and court

Compensation

$50,000

How To Apply