Maryland Legal Aid
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 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 a full-time Supervising Attorney position in the Anne Arundel/Howard office located in Annapolis, MD. The Supervising Attorney is assigned to a unit or office to assist the Chief Attorney in managing the office and/or a specialized unit. The Supervising Attorney is responsible with the Chief Attorney for planning the work of the office/unit, implementing the priorities, assigning work, hiring, supervising, and evaluating staff to ensure high-quality legal representation.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Plan and assign the legal work of the office/unit in consultation with the Chief Attorney.
Develop and evaluate strategies to accomplish the work of the office/unit.
Supervise attorneys and paralegals and, where applicable, manage clerical employees.
Monitor substantive legal work and provide consultation and advice to staff attorneys and paralegals.
Represent clients by maintaining a caseload and co-counseling with staff attorneys.
Assign cases and tasks to the attorney(s)/paralegal(s).
Implement a case management system for the people supervised.
Monitor and supervise case handling of persons supervised and direct appropriate action to ensure quality representation.
Develop a leadership role in legal services organizations, bar associations, and community groups.
Identify, develop, and implement advocacy strategies for systemic legal problems.
Ensure grant compliance and prepare and draft required grant funder reports.
Screen and interview candidates for employment and effectively recommend hiring decisions.
Train, coach, and develop staff.
Assume the duties of the Chief Attorney when the Chief Attorney is absent for any reason.
Perform other duties as assigned within the scope of the position’s essential functions.
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. Federally Barred Attorneys are desirable.
Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree from an accredited law school.
Knowledge of principles of civil law, judicial procedures, and rules of evidence.
Excellent research, critical thinking, writing, and communication skills.
Ability to provide quality legal advocacy and representation for low-income, diverse client base.
Prior experience and/or interest in public-interest litigation or providing nonprofit legal services is a plus.
The salary range for this position is $85,000.00 – $115,000.00. 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 possible after the onboarding period. Eligibility to 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. Certain 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 employees 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.
How To Apply
Apply for Supervising Attorney using the link below: