Staff Attorney

Maryland Legal Aid

Location

Baltimore, MD

Category

Attorney

Posted

April 7, 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.

Essential Functions:

The attorney will work at health facilities statewide to deliver onsite legal services. The project attorney will conduct on-site “legal check-ups” of clients at health-care facilities, file petitions to expunge criminal records where appropriate, address other civil legal needs of participants, and develop expertise in child support, housing and other substantive matters that impact patient and community health.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Screen training program participants for eligibility and make referrals, as appropriate.
  • Conduct preliminary and subsequent interviews with participants and administer “legal check-ups” to comprehensively assess participants’ needs for civil legal services.
  • Conduct factual investigations, analysis, and legal research.
  • Advise clients of results of investigations and research and counsel clients about their options.
  • Prepare legal documents, including, but not limited to, correspondence, pleadings, motions, discovery, memoranda of law, briefs, and other legal documents;
  • Develop case theories and strategies for the representation of clients.
  • Prepare cases and represent clients in negotiations, hearings, trials, and appeals.
  • Work closely with non-profit organizations, representatives of local government, community groups and other legal providers to conduct trainings of participants, and community outreach and education and to support appropriate strategies that benefit the target population.
  • Support Maryland Legal Aid’s Community Lawyering Project by assisting with expungements and other clinic needs when feasible.
  • Conduct “Know Your Rights” legal information sessions with job training program attendees.
  • Work with pro bono attorneys, students, and volunteers to collaborate on clinics and initiatives.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Skills/Qualifications

Qualifications:
Admitted to practice in the State of Maryland, or admitted in another jurisdiction and eligible for admission in the State of Maryland. Out-of-State attorneys must be able and available to take next scheduled bar exam following date of employment. Spanish language proficiency desirable.

Compensation

$58,465.94 per year

How To Apply

Apply for Staff Attorney-SAS-RJAM-1849 using the link below:
https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=9156664a-1a51-4897-90b5-51213a0ce138&ccId=19000101_000001&jobId=397785&lang=en_US&source=CC4