Staff Attorney – Statewide Advocacy Support

Maryland Legal Aid


Baltimore, MD




November 29, 2021




Maryland Legal Aid’s (MLA) Statewide Advocacy Support Unit announces an immediate opening for a full-time staff attorney position reporting to the Director of Advocacy for Children’s Rights. This is a floater position that handles all duties related to casework, from initial intake through representation of child clients before all relevant agencies and/or courts. Maintain case files in accordance with MLA standards. Represent indigent residents residing in certain child-focused Mental Hygiene Administration (MHA) inpatient facilities. Work with other attorneys, law graduates, paralegals, social workers, and students on cases and/or projects. Tasks assigned to staff attorneys may include any or all of, but are not necessarily limited to the following:

Duties and Responsibilities:

Child Advocacy/Children in Need of Assistance cases:

  • Screen clients for eligibility and make referrals, as appropriate;
  • Conduct preliminary and subsequent interviews with clients;
  • Conduct factual investigations and analyses, and legal research;
  • Advise clients of results of investigations and research and counsel clients about their options;
  • Prepare pleadings, including, but not limited to, complaints, answers, memoranda of law, and briefs;
  • Develop case theories and strategies for the representation of clients;
  • Prepare cases and represent clients in negotiations, hearings, trials and appeals;
  • Work with community groups and accept speaking engagements as assigned by supervisor; and
  • Participate in professional development and education through attendance at MLA sponsored trainings and other programs.

MHA related cases:  

  • Represent clients in a wide range of proceedings, including, but not limited to, admissions hearings, reviews of annual re-evaluations, the filing of writs of habeas corpus or petitions for release, transfer hearings, appeals of denial for benefits/entitlements, and administrative appeals of Clinical Review Panel decisions;
  • Represent residents within the Resident Grievance System (RGS) and in Rights Issues;
  • Assist in referring residents for general civil claims; and
  • Assist with annual case reviews and quarterly informational meetings of the facility population.



The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 2 years of legal experience representing children and/or family law litigants and experience handling matters with the MDH.  Excellent litigation, administrative, and written and oral communication skills are required, as is a mastery of basic computer skills and technology.  Must be able to travel throughout the state to represent clients and have the means to do so. Must be admitted to practice in the State of Maryland, or admitted in another jurisdiction, graduate of an ABA approved law school, and eligible for admission in the State of Maryland and willing to take first available bar examination following date of employment.


$56,765.00 and up depending on experience.

How To Apply

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Equal Opportunity Employer