Position: Staff Attorney, Immigration
Description: The staff attorney will provide direct immigration legal representation in a variety of immigration matters, based in the Silver Spring office. For a detailed description, click here.
Responsibilities/Duties: Provide direct immigration legal representation in a variety of immigration matters including representation of clients in administrative and judicial proceedings; asylum-seekers; victims of trafficking seeking a T-visa; victims of crimes seeking a U-visa; victims of domestic violence seeking relief under VAWA; minors seeking Special Immigrant Juvenile Status; individuals seeking family unification through the family-based immigration process, and those seeking other forms of immigration relief and representation in immigration matters. Attend and provide mentorship to volunteer attorneys at Ayuda’s pro bono immigration clinics. Mentor pro bono attorneys taking cases for long-term representation through Ayuda’s pro bono case pipeline. Stay current on relevant laws and policies by attending trainings and conferences and reviewing new laws, regulations and court rules. Represent Ayuda at meetings and collaborations with other agencies. Conduct trainings and community outreach on immigration issues. Collaborate with Ayuda’s social services staff to ensure the provision of holistic services. Support Ayuda’s fundraising efforts through attendance at, and providing client stories and client speakers for events.
Qualifications/Skills: J.D. or LL.M. from accredited law school required. Member in good standing of the State Bar of Maryland (preferred), or member in good standing of any jurisdiction in the United States, with immediate eligibility to waive into the MD bar (without examination). Fluency in Spanish or another language relevant to Ayuda’s client community. Demonstrated commitment to social, racial and economic justice. Experience in and/or study of immigration law preferred (although entry level candidates are encouraged). Strong legal, organizational and time-management skills. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to work independently and as part of a diverse, multidisciplinary team. Experience working with survivors of family violence, domestic violence, sexual assault or other trauma a plus.
Salary/Benefits: Attorneys are paid consistent with Ayuda’s salary scale and commensurate with relevant experience. Entry-level attorneys will earn $52,500, with second-year attorneys earning $60,000. Compensation also includes a benefits package with 100% employer-covered medical and dental insurance for employees, as well as an employer-provided retirement match which is available and vests immediately. All federal holidays and closures are observed and paid leave for the week of Christmas through New Year’s Day is provided, in addition to generous sick, vacation, personal, and parental leave depending on length of tenure with Ayuda. This position is exempt for overtime purposes.
To Apply: Interested candidates should apply online here with resume and cover letter. Writing samples may be requested. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Apply early for full consideration. No phone calls, please.
Company/Agency: Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland
Position: Staff Attorney, Courtroom Advocacy Project
Description: The Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland, Inc. (PBRC) is seeking a bright, highly competent and conscientious attorney with a commitment to public interest lawyering to join its Courtroom Advocacy Project (CAP). CAP is an innovative, highly effective pro bono program providing day-of-court, limited scope representation to consumers and tenants in district court with the support of staff and volunteer attorneys.For a detailed description, click here.
Responsibilities/Duties: In coordination with CAP staff and volunteer attorneys, responsible for staffing PBRC’s district court pro bono clinics (“CAP Clinics”)—comprised of PBRC’s Tenant Volunteer Lawyer of the Day (TVLD) Clinic and Consumer Protection Project (CPP) Clinic—held multiple times per week at Baltimore City District Court. In coordination with CAP staff and volunteer attorneys, provide direct legal services to tenants and consumers assisted at CAP district court clinics and manage a small in-house caseload of consumer and LL/T cases. Assist CAP Director with recruiting new volunteer attorneys to staff CAP clinics and to represent tenants in rent escrow hearings through CAP’s new reduced-fee (low bono) rent escrow case placement program. Assist CAP Director with managing existing pro bono panel and provide mentorship, guidance, and support to CAP volunteer attorneys. Ensure accurate data collection for clinic clients and consistently strive to meet CAP goals performance measures. Maintain organized records for Project and contribute to grant applications and reports as assigned by CAP Director. Collaborate with Project partner organizations, local law schools, and other legal services and community organizations on consumer and tenant advocacy efforts. Participate in advocacy, stakeholder, and coalition meetings as well as other
collaborative groups as assigned by CAP Director.
Qualifications/Skills:Admission to the Bar in the state of Maryland (or will be admitted in December 2019). 0-3 years of relevant experience. Self-motivated, highly organized with exceptional time management and task
prioritization skills. Excellent written and verbal communication skills and strong public speaking ability. Strong attention to detail with excellent record-keeping skills. Experience with data collection and case management databases (Salesforce a plus). Ability to cooperate and build camaraderie with a variety of people, including other staff, volunteers, clients, public interest organizations, governmental entities, Board
members, and donors. Demonstrated commitment to public interest law and an interest in promoting access to justice.
Salary/Benefits: Full time exempt position. Competitive salary, dependent on experience, and an excellent benefits package including paid health insurance and employer-matched 401k plan.
To Apply: Interested candidates should send, via email, a cover letter describing interest and qualifications for the position, a resume, a short writing sample (no more than five pages), and the names and contact information for three professional references to Sydney Dunning at email@example.com with the subject line “CAP Staff Attorney – Last Name, First Name”. Applicants will be accepted as long as the job is posted.
Company/Agency: House of Ruth Maryland
Position: Staff Attorney
Description: The Staff Attorney advises and represents victims of intimate partner violence in protective order proceedings, and in related matters such as contempt, modification, extension and shielding proceedings. Positions available in Prince George’s and Montgomery County courthouses. For detailed descriptions, click here.
Responsibilities/Duties: The Staff Attorney delivers client-focused legal services by working with clients to determine their objectives and develop realistic strategies for achieving those objectives, through assessment and awareness of clients’ particular social and cultural needs, by developing safety plans specific to clients’ particular circumstances, and by seeking and processing clients’ feedback. Position located in courthouse.
Qualifications/Skills: Must be a member of the Maryland bar or have taken the bar exam in July 2019.
To Apply: Submit a cover letter and résumé to Dorothy Lennig, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Company/Agency: Free State Justice
Position: Managing Attorney
Description: FreeState Justice seeks a visionary, experienced Managing Attorney, who cares deeply about LGBTQ+ people, to lead our legal services team in providing direct representation to LGBTQ Marylanders with low and limited incomes. The Managing Attorney will work directly under the supervision of the Executive Director. They will lead all aspects of FreeState’s legal services program, including managing the legal team, representing clients in our most complex cases, and overseeing case selection and docket management. We seek a candidate with a deep passion for social justice, a commitment to empowering clients, and enthusiasm for joining our small team of dedicated, engaged, and energetic individuals working to bring lived equality to Maryland’s LGBTQ population with low or limited incomes. For a detailed description, click here.
Responsibilities/Duties: Represent LGBTQ clients with low incomes in a variety of legal venues, including judicial and administrative settings, including in complex/impact litigation. Coach, supervise, professionally develop, and provide feedback to the legal team consisting of two staff attorneys and a case manager. Ensure a positive, collaborative culture on the legal team and lead the team through annual strategic planning and goal-setting activities. Manage and supervise legal team processes including outreach, client intake and screening, and assignment of cases to in-house staff and pro bono panel attorneys to ensure excellent client service. Help build and maintain key partnerships with other legal service nonprofits, private counsel, local and national LGBTQ organizations. Lead the drafting of media statements, blog posts, and other public education materials about the issues FreeState engages in, including speaking to media about clients we represent. Lead the development of written resources, presentations, and other education materials for clients and attorneys on various LGBTQ legal issues, including presenting at conferences, meetings, and webinars. Identify and pursue opportunities for filing amicus briefs on issues of concern to Maryland’s LGBTQ community. Supervise and manage law student internship program. Support grant reporting for funders of legal services. Work closely with the Executive Director to support legislative and administrative public policy advocacy on behalf of the LGBTQ community in Maryland. Assist with grant reporting, public education, and the development of other written materials. Participate in strategic planning, goal-setting, evaluation, and professional development activities. Participate in and support FreeState’s annual fundraising efforts.
Qualifications/Skills: Active membership in good standing in the Maryland Bar (or active membership in good standing in the bar of another state, and ability to achieve admission to the Maryland Bar at the next feasible opportunity within a year after hire and to practice under supervision until admission). Minimum of five years of legal experience. Demonstrated commitment to serving communities with low incomes, including experience working with transgender people, people of color, and other marginalized populations. Demonstrated ability to manage a team, including an ability to clarify roles and responsibilities, delegate work, promote collaboration, and hold others and themselves accountable. Demonstrated ability to coach and develop others toward goals, recognize accomplishments, provide and receive feedback that is timely, relevant, and constructive. Demonstrated problem-solving skills and ability to identify areas for improvement within processes and implement solutions. Demonstrated familiarity with and commitment to advocacy regarding legal issues concerning the LGBTQ community both nationally and in Maryland. Significant experience in complex civil litigation in one or more of the following areas: LGBTQ civil rights; family law litigation; employment discrimination and statutory and constitutional civil rights litigation; health law and policy, and/or ERISA insurance benefits litigation; prisoner rights litigation; or other civil legal aid for low-income persons. Demonstrated ability in written and oral communications, public speaking, and interpersonal relations. Flexibility in work schedule. Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite. Well-developed time management skills and strong attention to detail. Ability to travel throughout the state of Maryland.
Salary/Benefits: FreeState Justice offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience. The salary range for this position is $65,000-$75,000 annually. FreeState Justice offers a competitive benefits package. Benefits include: medical, dental, and vision benefits; 403(b) retirement savings account; 11 paid holidays, 20 days of paid time off annually, and 10 days of paid sick leave.
To Apply: Interested candidates should (1) prepare a cover letter, resume, writing sample and (2) complete an application form and upload by clicking the link in the “How to Apply” section of the job description here.
If necessary, questions may be directed via email to email@example.com; no calls please.
Company/Agency: Maryland Legal Aid
Position: Staff Attorney, Baltimore City Child Support – Temporary, Full-Time
Description: The Baltimore City office announces a full-time, temporary staff attorney position to qualified applicants.
Responsibilities/Duties: Provide extended representation to low income Baltimore City residents facing child support matters, including initial filings, contempt and modification actions. Work with other attorneys, law graduates, legal assistants/paralegals, social workers, and students on cases or projects. Maintain case files in accordance with Maryland Legal Aid standards. Participate in community outreach and education, including collaborations with other attorneys at community outreach sites with the goal of identifying clients that need representation in court. Tasks assigned to staff attorney may include any or all but are not limited to the following: Screen clients for eligibility and make referrals, as appropriate. Conduct preliminary and subsequent interviews with clients. Conduct factual investigation, analysis, and legal research. Advise clients of results of investigation and research; counsel clients about their options. Prepare legal documents, including but not limited to, correspondence, pleadings, memoranda of law, briefs, etc. Develop case theory and strategies for the representation of clients. Prepare cases, manage files and represent clients in negotiations, hearings, trials, and appeals. Develop relationships with the Baltimore City Office of Child Support Services. Work with various community groups and accept speaking engagements as assigned by supervisor on child support issues. Continue professional development and education through attendance at trainings and other programs sponsored by Maryland Legal Aid. Act as liaison between clients and PAI programs. Maintain LegalServer case management records for clients. Perform other duties, as assigned within the scope of the essential functions of the position.
Qualifications/Skills: 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. Out-of-State attorneys must be able and available to take next scheduled bar exam following date of employment. Knowledge of domestic law and ability to effectively manage a challenging case load. Familiarity with case management software and Office 365.
To Apply: Apply online with résumé and cover letter to Gary Herwig, Supervising Attorney at https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=9156664a-1a51-4897-90b5-51213a0ce138&ccId=1997542647_11688&jobId=224175&lang=en_US&source=CC4.
Company/Agency: Maryland Legal Aid
Position: Staff Attorney for Special Populations, Statewide Advocacy Support Unit
Description: Maryland Legal Aid seeks a full-time attorney to work with clients from special populations – specifically veterans and migrant farmworkers throughout Maryland and Delaware.
Responsibilities/Duties: This attorney will provide legal assistance to low-income veterans and migrant farmworkers from initial intake through representation before all relevant agencies and courts. The attorney will work with legal and non-legal staff on cases and/or projects, and maintain case files in accordance with Maryland Legal Aid standards. Duties include: Providing support and advice on substantive civil legal issues facing special populations. Assisting with the recruitment, orientation, and training of volunteers. Conducting outreach in the veterans community statewide and, with paralegal assistance, to the migrant farmworker communities throughout Maryland and Delaware. Screening clients for eligibility and making referrals, as appropriate; conducting preliminary and subsequent interviews with clients; conducting factual investigations and analysis and advising clients of results of investigations; conducting legal research; and counseling clients about their options pursuant to standards established by Maryland Legal Aid. Maintaining a caseload for persons within the special populations served. Cases may involve veterans’ benefits, wage protections for agricultural workers, substandard housing, overtime claims, unemployment insurance, and other legal issues affecting the populations served. Providing excellent representation to clients in various forums and preparing and/or responding to pleadings and motions, discovery requests, appellate briefs, and memoranda. Performing other duties, as assigned within the scope of the essential functions of the position.
Qualifications/Skills: Admitted to practice in the State of Maryland or admitted in another jurisdiction. Certified to practice in Veterans Administration proceedings or able to become certified immediately after hire. Graduated from an ABA-approved law school and eligible for admission in the State of Maryland. Experienced in working with pro bono lawyers and volunteers. Demonstrated commitment to working in a public interest law firm assisting low-income persons. Able to spend time traveling throughout Maryland and Delaware, especially on the Eastern Shore. Out-of-State attorneys must be able and available to take next scheduled bar exam following date of employment. Spanish-speaking fluency is preferred, but not required.
To Apply: To apply, submit an updated resume and cover letter online at https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=legaidbeu1&jobId=198808&lang=en_US&source=CC4.
Company/Agency: Maryland Legal Aid
Position: Staff Attorney, Northeastern Maryland
Description: The Maryland Legal Aid Northeastern Office located in Harford County announces a full-time staff attorney position available to qualified applicants. The position is for a General Practice attorney and requires three years of civil litigation experience. Experience in Family Law is preferred.
Responsibilities/Duties: The Attorney will represent low-income clients in housing, consumer, public benefits and family law cases including highly contested custody cases and divorces. Responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to: handling all functions related to case work from initial intake through representation of clients before all relevant agencies, courts, etc. Staff attorneys may be expected to work with other attorneys, law graduates, legal assistants, social workers, and students on cases or projects. Maintain case files in accordance with Maryland Legal Aid standards.
Qualifications/Skills: Three years civil litigation experience required. Family law experience preferred. 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 next scheduled bar exam following date of employment. Spanish language proficiency is desirable.
Salary/Benefits: $51,434 and up, depending on experience.