Staff Attorney

Maryland Legal Aid

Location

Landover, MD

Category

Attorney

Posted

September 24, 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 provides advice and representation for clients for a variety of civil legal matters in administrative proceedings and court hearings throughout Prince George’s County of Maryland, under the supervision of a chief attorney and a supervising attorney. Successful candidates will demonstrate an ability to handle a broad range of duties in a timely manner. Please find below a summary of the job description.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Screen clients for eligibility and make referrals, as appropriate.
  • Conduct preliminary and subsequent interviews with clients.
  • Conduct factual investigation and analysis as well as legal research.
  • Advise clients of results of investigation and research and counsel clients regarding their options.
  • Draft pleadings to include complaints, answers, and counter-complaints, etc.
  • Draft memoranda of law, briefs, etc.
  • Develop case theory and strategy for the representation of clients.
  • Prepare cases and represent clients during negotiations and in hearings, trials, and appeals.
  • Work with various community groups and accept speaking engagements as assigned by the supervisor and chief.
  • Continue professional development and education through attendance at trainings and other programs sponsored by Maryland Legal Aid.
  • Act as a liaison between clients and private attorney involvement (PAI) programs.
  • Maintain case records for clients in the LegalServer case management system.
  • Perform other duties as assigned within the scope of the essential functions of the position.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER 

Skills/Qualifications

Admitted to practice in the State of Maryland, or admitted in another jurisdiction and eligible for admission in the State of Maryland. Legal experience in the areas of family/child welfare, housing, elder and/or consumer law strongly preferred. Strong knowledge of WestLaw Edge research. Familiarity with case management software and Office 365. Spanish or other foreign language proficiency desirable.

Compensation

$56,765 and up depending on experience.

How To Apply