Staff Attorney, Child in Need of Assistance

Maryland Legal Aid

Location

Landover, MD

Category

Attorney

Posted

October 27, 2022

Type

Full-Time

Description/Duties

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.

MLA announces an immediate opening for three (3) full-time Child In Need of Assistance (CINA) staff attorney positions in the Prince George’s County office. This position handles all functions related to legal advocacy with a focus on CINA cases. The staff attorney’s responsibilities range from handling cases in the juvenile court, appeals and other related forums.  The staff attorney must attend required trainings for the CINA practice and participate in outreach activities and clinics. Participation in CINA workgroup court meetings, Legal Aid Task Forces, and other internal Maryland Legal Aid committees is required. Tasks assigned to staff attorneys may include any or all of, but are not necessarily limited to the following:

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Represent clients as assigned by the court.
  • Conduct preliminary and subsequent interviews/visits with clients.
  • Conduct factual investigation and analysis and 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 supervisors and chiefs.
  • Continue professional development and education through attendance at trainings and other programs sponsored by the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau.
  • 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.

Full description: https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=9156664a-1a51-4897-90b5-51213a0ce138&ccId=19000101_000001&jobId=446751&lang=en_US&source=CC4

Skills/Qualifications

  • Admitted to practice in the State of Maryland, or admitted in another jurisdiction and eligible for admission in the State of Maryland.
  • Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree from an accredited law school.
  • 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 with ability to juggle multiple priorities and meet regular deadlines in a fast-paced environment while balancing a full workload.
  • Ability to travel locally and regionally in Maryland as needed.
  • Knowledge of Westlaw Edge or other legal research software is a plus.
  • One (1) to three (3) years of post-bar admission legal experience is preferred but not required.
  • Prior experience in public-interest litigation or providing nonprofit legal services is a plus.
  • Use of manual dexterity, tactile, visual, and audio acuity.
  • Use of repetitive motion of hands, wrists and feet, prolonged periods of sitting and standing, and sustained visual and mental applications and demands.
  • Occasional lifting up to 10 pounds, bending, kneeling pulling, and carrying.

 

 

Compensation

The salary range for this position is $57, 900.00 – $92, 060.00. In addition, MLA provides employees with a generous benefits package that includes health, dental, vision, life insurance, a 401(k) retirement plan, 2 weeks paid time off, paid sick leave, 14 annual paid holidays, and more! Future flexibility regarding a hybrid work arrangement is a possibility after the onboarding period. Eligibility to apply for the Maryland Janet L. Hoffman Loan Assistance Repayment Program (LARP).

 

How To Apply

  • Please submit a resume, legal writing sample, and cover letter describing your interest and qualifications with your online application.
  • References will be required at time of the final interview.
  • No telephone calls please. 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 are reflective of the communities we serve, including people with disabilities, people of color, women and members of traditionally underrepresented groups.

Apply for Staff Attorney using the link below:

https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=9156664a-1a51-4897-90b5-51213a0ce138&ccId=19000101_000001&jobId=446751&lang=en_US&source=CC4