Staff Attorney – Administrative Law Unit

Maryland Legal Aid


Baltimore, MD




August 3, 2023




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 fundamental 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 can be a voice to tens of thousands of economically disadvantaged and vulnerable Marylanders every year.


MLA announces an immediate opening for a full-time general staff attorney in the Administrative Law Unit in Baltimore, MD. Staff attorneys handle all functions related to casework, from initial intake through representation of clients in all relevant courts and proceedings. Staff attorneys may be expected to work on cases or projects with other attorneys, law graduates, law clerks, legal assistants, paralegals, social workers, and students. Staff attorneys must maintain all case files by MLA standards and may be required to participate in community outreach and education, including collaborations with other attorneys at community outreach sites to identify clients who need representation in court. Tasks assigned to staff attorneys may include any or all but are not necessarily limited to the following:


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 the results of investigation and research and counsel clients regarding their options.

Draft pleadings to include complaints, answers, 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, hearings, trials, appeals, and administrative proceedings.

Continue professional development and education by attending Legal Aid-sponsored training and other programs.

Perform other duties as assigned within the scope of the position’s essential functions.


Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree from an accredited law school.

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

Knowledge of principles of civil law, judicial procedures, and rules of evidence.

Ability to use a computer, web-based applications, and computer programs such as Office 365, including Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Excellent research, critical thinking, writing, and communication skills.

Self-starter who can juggle multiple priorities and meet regular deadlines in a fast-paced environment while balancing a full workload.

Ability to provide quality legal advocacy and representation for a low-income, diverse client base.

Ability to travel locally and regionally in Maryland as needed.


Staff attorneys will be paid by MLA’s Workers Union’s current salary scale, which is subject to revision annually through collective bargaining negotiations. For example:

  • The salary for an attorney with one (1) year of experience is $67, 585.
  • The salary for an attorney with five (5) years of experience is $71, 585.
  • The salary for an attorney with ten (10) years of experience is $76, 585.

Salary placements for attorneys are on the earliest date of admission to a U.S. state bar, assuming eligibility to practice (either under the Maryland bar or under Rule 15 if another state bar) and continuous full-time legal work experience following the date of admission.  The current salary range for the staff attorney position is $66,585.00 – $106,585.00.

In addition, MLA provides employees with a generous benefits package that includes health, dental, vision, life insurance, a 401(k)-retirement plan, two weeks paid time off, sick leave, 14 annual paid holidays, a standard 35-hour work week, a hybrid work arrangement, and more. Attorneys can also apply for the Maryland Janet L. Hoffman Loan Assistance Repayment Program (LARP).


Work duties are typically performed in a general office setting with regular interaction via telephone, videoconference, instant messaging, and email, in-person, and in a courtroom. Specific work duties may be performed in community settings.


  • References will be required at the time of the final interview.
  • No telephone calls, please. The position will remain open until filled.

Maryland Legal Aid is committed to equity, justice, and inclusion. As an equal opportunity employer, MLA seeks to hire individuals from diverse backgrounds and perspectives that reflect the communities we serve, including people with disabilities, people of color, women, and members of traditionally underrepresented groups.

How To Apply