Staff Attorney-Guardianship/Administrative Law

Maryland Legal Aid


Annapolis, MD




January 2, 2024




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 have
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

MLA announces an immediate opening for a full-time Guardianship/Admin Law staff attorney position in the Anne Arundel/Howard County office in Annapolis, MD. This position handles all functions related to legal advocacy with a primary focus on adult guardianship cases and a secondary focus on assisting clients in other administrative law and income security matters. The staff attorneys’ responsibilities are to represent Indigent Adults involved in Petitions for Guardianship, and the Adult Public Guardianship Review Board (APGRB) reviews hearings, appeals, and other related matters in the various Circuit Courts.  The staff attorney must attend required training for the APS practice and participate in outreach activities and clinics. Participation in APS 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 or the chief and/or supervising attorney.

Represent clients in court and/or in administrative proceedings.

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, hearings, trials, and appeals.

Work with various community groups and accept speaking engagements as assigned by supervisors and chiefs.

Advocate for clients in appellate practice with support from senior staff.

Continue professional development and education by attending trainings and other programs sponsored by Maryland Legal Aid and/or other programs.

Maintain case records for clients in the LegalServer case management system.

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


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

A minimum of three (3) years of experience in Maryland-specific adult guardianship legal experience or ten (10) years of general litigation experience is highly preferred.

Applicants for this position without this experience will still be considered but would be subject to additional supervision requirements per the conditions of the applicable grant.

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 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 in accordance with MLA’s Workers Union current salary scale, which is subject to revision annually through collective bargaining negotiations. For example:

one (1) year of experience is $75,695.

five (5) years of experience is $80,175.

ten (10) years of experience is $85,009.

The current salary range for the staff attorney classification is $74,575.00 – $115,112.00.

In addition, MLA provides employees with a generous benefits package that includes health, dental, vision, life insurance, a 401(k)-retirement plan that includes employer contributions, 2 weeks paid time off, sick leave, 14 annual paid holidays, a standard 35-hour work week, a hybrid work arrangement, and more. MLA staff are also eligible to apply for the Maryland Janet L. Hoffman Loan Assistance Repayment Program (LARP).

Work Environment 

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. Certain work duties may be performed in community settings. MLA’s Anne Arundel/Howard County office is a hybrid workplace, and telework is both encouraged and expected.

How To Apply

Please submit a resume, legal writing sample, and cover letter describing your interest and qualifications with your online application.

A final offer in this position is contingent on passing a background check that meets the requirements of the applicable grant.

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.