Staff Attorney, Protective Order Advocacy & Representation Project (POARP) Baltimore and Carroll Counties
Women's Law Center of Maryland
August 7, 2023
The Women’s Law Center of Maryland, Inc., is a statewide non-profit legal services
organization dedicated to ensuring the physical safety, economic security, and bodily
autonomy of women in Maryland. Our three direct services projects provide free attorneys
to survivors of intimate partner violence in family law, protective order, and immigration
cases. Meanwhile, our hotlines assist callers in family and employment law matters, and
our leadership team advocates for legislative policies and judicial selections that support
our mission. Learn more on our web site: www.wlcmd.org.
This is a full-time litigation position within our POARP project, representing
survivors of intimate partner violence in protective order, contempt, and modification
hearings. Hearings will primarily be in Carroll and Baltimore Counties, and occasionally
Baltimore City. While there is opportunity and a policy regarding remote work, the
position requires frequent in-person court appearances at both County locations (circuit
and district courts), as well as time in the courthouse offices.
Duties and Responsibilities Include:
Provide full representation to clients in final protective order, modification, and
contempt hearings, as well as appeals, in Circuit and District Court.
Conduct in-depth client interviews and gather evidence as part of trial preparation.
Draft legal documents including, but not limited to, Motions, Orders, Answers, and
In coordination with the project’s two Legal Advocates, provide client-management,
follow-up services, and referrals.
Build and maintain strong working relationships with courthouse personnel,
especially within the Family Law Administration in each court system.
Provide training, orientation, and educational materials related to POARP and
domestic violence for members of the courthouse staff, the domestic violence
prevention community, and other community groups.
Utilize MDEC and our cloud-based case management system, Legal Server.
Provide technical assistance and training to Family Division judges and their staff as
Engage in administrative support, including reporting on grant funds, assisting the
agency at various events subject to availability, representing the agency at trainings as
necessary and available.
Other related duties as assigned.
J.D. from accredited law school and an attorney in good standing in Maryland.
Experience in Maryland law related to domestic violence and family law preferred.
Must be committed to expanding this knowledge through on-the-job and continuing
Must support gender justice and have an understanding of trauma-informed
Excellent judgment and interpersonal skills, as well as creativity, empathy, and
Strong written and oral communications skills; fluency in English required.
A demonstrated ability to handle multiple professional projects simultaneously and
Knowledge of or willingness to learn Legal Server, our case management software.
Basic tech skills required; experience with the Microsoft Office suite preferred.
Must complete tasks promptly and thoroughly without close supervision.
Spanish fluency helpful but not required.
Status: Full Time, Exempt, Grant Funded
Location: Towson, Maryland (with travel between Baltimore and Carroll
Benefits: Unlimited PTO, paid family leave, simple IRA, parking, and more;
hybrid-remote work policy after a probationary period. Our office
climate is progressive, flexible, business casual, and committed to
excellence, inclusion, and service to others.
How To Apply
Send cover letter and resume via e-mail to: Laure Ruth, Legal Director firstname.lastname@example.org
Position open until filled. Accepting applications until filled.
Equal Opportunity Employment
The Women’s Law Center of Maryland considers the diversity of its workforce to be vital
to our organization’s success in meeting its mission. We strongly encourage applicants
from all cultures, races, life experiences, socio-economic classes, sexual orientations, age,
gender, and physical abilities to apply. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, it is our
policy not to discriminate against any employee or applicant due to race, color, religion,
gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, familial status, marital status,
predisposing genetic characteristics, actual or perceived domestic violence victim status,
unemployment status, caregiver status, or any other category protected by law.
If you require accommodations during our hiring process, email email@example.com.