Supervising Attorney- ACE Program – Baltimore City (2082)

Maryland Legal Aid

Location

Baltimore, MD

Category

Attorney

Posted

September 21, 2022

Type

Full-Time

Description/Duties

Supervising Attorney – Access to Counsel in Evictions (ACE)

Full Time

Baltimore City – Housing/Consumer, Baltimore, MD, US

Requisition ID: 2082

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.

JOB SUMMARY:

MLA is committed to fully expanding the right to counsel to all Marylanders facing eviction and is proud to announce its participation in the Access to Counsel in Eviction (ACE) Program.  ACE has a Supervising Attorney position available for an admitted attorney who is passionate about public interest law and social justice and want to work closely with communities burdened by systemic socioeconomic barriers to prevent eviction and homelessness. Because the COVID-19 pandemic has disparately impacted the communities we represent, eviction prevention legal services are more critical now than ever. Maryland Courts have reopened  and cases are being scheduled at an explosive pace and there has never been a greater need for tenant representation in landlord-tenant cases than now. The ACE supervising attorney is extremely committed, collegial, and hard-working team. This is a great place to advance your legal career while gaining valuable litigation skills combating the threat of eviction and homelessness.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Supervise the team of ACE attorneys and paralegals in Baltimore City.
  • Handle a full caseload of full representation and same-day representation for Failure to Pay Rent, Tenant Holding Over, Escrow, Wrongful Detainer, and Breach of Lease cases. This work involves extensive communication with clients, negotiations with opposing counsel, frequent motion practice, discovery, and significant advocacy with outside agencies on behalf of clients.
  • Supervise team in court, including supervising litigating paralegals.
  • Assist supervisory team with hiring, data reporting, developing internal resources, and training.
  • Handle litigation before administrative agencies as necessary, including HABC, HUD, and Section 8 termination of tenancy proceedings and other proceedings where clients’ housing subsidies are being terminated.
  • Participate and lead client intake in person, online, by phone and attend client and community outreach initiatives.
  • Continue professional development and education through attendance at trainings and other programs sponsored by Maryland Legal Aid.
  • Maintain positive relationships with the Judiciary, local pro bono organizations, and social support agencies.
  • Represent MLA in inter-agency workgroups, task forces, and other ad hoc bodies.
  • Determine case assignments and referrals for extended or pro bono representation.
  • Maintain and review case records for clients in the LegalServer case management system.
  • Prepares and submits grant reports for the Legal Services Corporation and Maryland Legal Services Corporation.
  •  Perform other duties as assigned within the scope of the essential functions of the position.
  • All of the above duties and responsibilities are essential job functions subject to reasonable accommodation.

Skills/Qualifications

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.
  • Three or more years of landlord tenant litigation experience and demonstrated supervisory experience.
  • 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 provide quality legal advocacy and representation for low-income, diverse client base.
  • Ability to travel locally and regionally in Maryland as needed.
  • Knowledge of Westlaw Edge or other legal research software is a plus.
  • Prior experience and/or interest in public-interest litigation or providing nonprofit legal services is a plus.
  • Spanish language proficiency is desirable.

Compensation

The salary range for this position is $78, 987.00 – $103, 105.00. 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).

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