Attorney

Company/Agency: Maryland Legal Aid

Position: Supervising Attorney, Eastern Shore

Description: Maryland Legal Aid (MLA) is seeking a Supervising Attorney for its Eastern Shore offices.  Based in the Salisbury office, the Supervising Attorney will assist the Chief Attorney in managing the office’s legal, paralegal, and administrative staff.

Responsibilities/Duties: At the direction of the Chief, the Supervising Attorney is responsible for planning the work of the office, implementing the office’s priorities, assigning cases, hiring and training staff, and supervising and evaluating the work of staff to ensure quality legal representation for Maryland’s most vulnerable individuals.

Qualifications/Skills: Qualified candidates must be admitted to practice in Maryland, or admitted in another jurisdiction. A graduate of an ABA approved law school and eligible for admission in Maryland. At least three years of experience in legal services and/or law firm management. Interest and willingness to participate in the management of MLA’s services and programs. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Appellate advocacy experience preferred. Experience in resource development desired. Active community involvement. Demonstrated ability to lead and manage a law office. Command of technology, including Microsoft Office and a case management system. .

To Apply: Apply online at https://www.mdlab.org/careers/.

Posted: 10/18/19


Company/Agency: Civil Justice, Inc.

Position: Executive Director

Description: Civil Justice, Inc., a Maryland non-profit legal services program, is seeking a full time Executive Director to lead the organization into its next chapter. The Civil Justice Board of Directors seeks applications from candidates who have the passion to increase access to justice in Maryland.

Responsibilities/Duties: Identify and pursue funding for innovative programs and initiatives that further the mission of the organization. Develop and implement a fundraising strategy that meets the organization’s financial objectives. Manage the organization’s staff (currently two staff attorneys and one support staff). Oversee the organization’s various programs. Manage the organization’s consumer litigation practice, including serving as counsel or co-counsel in consumer class action litigation. Lead and implement strategic planning initiatives. Provide support and vision to the organization’s network of solo and small firm attorneys. Exercise creativity and vision in leading the organization and developing new legal services delivery mechanisms.

Qualifications/Skills: Minimum of seven years experience as a licensed practicing attorney. Either be admitted to the Maryland bar or pending admission. Management experience, preferably in a a nonprofit setting.

Salary/Benefits: The compensation package includes benefits and a salary range between $90,000 and $95,000, depending on experience.

To Apply: Interested candidates should apply by sending a confidential resume and cover letter detailing the candidate’s qualifications and interest in this opportunity to: Civil Justice Inc., Attention: Executive Director Search, 520 W. Fayette Street, Suite 410, Baltimore, MD 21201, or via E-mail at cj@civiljusticenetwork.org. No phone calls please.

Posted: 10/8/19


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.

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 dlennig@hruthmd.org.

Posted: 10/8/19


Company/Agency: Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland, Inc.

Position: Director, Home Preservation Project

Description: The Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland, Inc. (PBRC) is seeking a bright, highly organized and self-motivated attorney to join the Home Preservation Project. The Director will be responsible for overseeing the Home Preservation Project and managing a staff of one attorney and two project coordinators. Duties include recruiting, training, and mentoring volunteer lawyers for the Project in the areas of elder law, trusts and estate and foreclosure defense; community outreach; and planning and managing volunteer attorney involvement in community legal clinics for low income homeowners. The position is full-time and includes excellent benefits. Detailed position description can be found at https://probonomd.org/about-us/employment-opportunities/.

Responsibilities/Duties: Coordinate community legal advice clinics statewide and engage pro bono attorneys to provide one-on-one brief legal advice. Manage a team of two attorneys and two project coordinators. Staff legal advice clinics to provide substantive legal support to volunteer attorneys, manage flow of clients through consultations, and facilitate appropriate cross-referrals to other available services. Plan and implement creative outreach strategies aimed at recruitment and retention of pro bono attorneys. In conjunction with partners, plan and coordinate substantive training for pro bono attorneys. Develop and manage support services for volunteers including mentoring and resource documents. Track and analyze clinic metrics and client outcomes. Manage grant reports and applications for the Project. Maintain and develop network of community partners, including faith-based organizations, elected officials, senior centers, neighborhood groups and housing counseling agencies. Increase community awareness about relevant resources, including brief legal advice clinics, case placement services and relevant city and state programs and social service resources. Assist with client intake and follow-up.

Qualifications/Skills: Admission to the Bar in the state of Maryland. Must be available some evenings and weekends when community clinics occur. Excellent written and verbal communication skills and strong public speaking ability. Ability to work well with a variety of people, including other staff, volunteers, clients, public interest organizations, governmental entities, Board members, and donors. Strong attention to detail and excellent organizational and record-keeping skills. Strong commitment to helping the community and ensuring equal access to justice.

To Apply: Send cover letter, resume and references with “Director – HPP” in the subject line to Sharon Goldsmith at sgoldsmith@probonomd.org.

Posted: 9/23/19


Company/Agency: Maryland Legal Aid

Position: Staff Attorney

Description: Maryland Legal Aid (MLA) announces the availability of a full-time Staff Attorney position, as part of its Pro Bono Program, based in its Baltimore City office. MLA has been awarded a two-year grant to provide civil legal services at public schools in Baltimore City. The staff attorney will recruit, train and mentor attorney volunteers. The attorney will also provide legal advice to clients on site at city schools, file petitions to expunge criminal records where appropriate, address other civil legal needs of participants, and develop expertise in family law, housing, consumer law, public benefits, and other substantive matters that impact client and community health.

Responsibilities/Duties: Recruit, train and mentor pro bono attorneys, paralegals and law students involved with the project. Provide scheduling assistance and programmatic guidance to volunteer attorneys.Screen clients for eligibility and make referrals, as appropriate. Perform preliminary and subsequent interviews with program participants and administer “legal check-ups” to comprehensively assess participants’ needs for civil legal services. Conduct factual investigations, analysis, and legal research. Advise clients of results of investigations and research and counsel clients about their options. Produce legal documents, including, but not limited to, correspondence, pleadings, motions, discovery, 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 closely with non-profit organizations, representatives of local government, community groups and other legal providers to conduct trainings of program participants. Engage in community outreach and education to support appropriate strategies to benefit the target population. Present “Know Your Rights” legal information sessions with program participants. Work as a team member with other staff in Maryland Legal Aid’s Pro Bono Program.

Qualifications/Skills: Admission to Maryland Bar or another state bar and eligibility and willingness to apply for admission to the Maryland Bar at the earliest opportunity. One to three years of legal experience, preferably working with vulnerable populations. Spanish language proficiency desired. Evening and weekend flexibility and access to a vehicle are required.

To Apply: Apply online at https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=9156664a-1a51-4897-90b5-51213a0ce138&ccId=1997542647_11688&jobId=269850&source=CC3&lang=en_US.

Posted: 9/20/19


Company/Agency: Maryland Legal Aid

Position: Chief Counsel

Description: The Chief Counsel directs the substantive legal work of Maryland Legal Aid (MLA) and is responsible for ensuring that MLA provides high quality legal services to clients and meets client needs through an innovative, assertive, client-centered and thoughtful advocacy program, consistent with the human rights framework adopted by the MLA Board of Directors.

Responsibilities/Duties: With the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, provides overall management oversight of the functions of MLA and the allocation of resources to achieve the organization’s objectives and support its human rights framework. Directs the substantive legal work of MLA and, with assistance from the Deputy Chief Counsels, oversees the service delivery of MLA’s offices and Statewide Advocacy Support Unit to ensure efficient, high quality legal representation of clients. With the Deputy Chief Counsels, evaluates and guides the legal practices of MLA’s 11 full-service offices. Develops effective and innovative systems to deliver legal services and ensures their utilization as well as adherence to established standards of practice and legal ethics. In consultation with the Executive Director, Chief Operating Officer, Deputy Chief Counsels, Statewide Advocacy Support Unit and other advocacy staff, establishes and maintains MLA’s advocacy policies, procedures and priorities. Supervises and evaluates Deputy Chief Counsels and Directors of Advocacy. Works with the Directors of Advocacy and other staff on the development of legal skills and substantive law training opportunities and advocacy efforts, including complex appeals and policy initiatives, and approves decisions to undertake major litigation. With the Executive Director and the Chief Operating Officer, leads key efforts of MLA’s periodic, strategic and other long-term planning efforts, including, but not limited to, needs assessments studies. With the Executive Director, Chief Operating Officer, Chief of Human Resources, and other key managers, ensures the effective and appropriate administration of MLA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement with members of the Maryland Legal Aid Workers Union. From time to time, be a part of MLA’s management team to engage in collective bargaining with the Union representing MLA’s advocacy staff and those of MLA’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Maryland Center for Legal Assistance. Works with the Executive Director, Chief Operating Officer, Director of Contracts, Grants & Compliance, and Director of Development to identify potential funding sources, develop proposals, and prepare periodic reports on services rendered, based upon MLA’s priorities and careful analysis of its resources and client needs. Works with the Executive Director, Chief Operating Officer, and Director of Marketing & Communications to promote MLA’s initiatives, activities, and achievements through the press, social media, community outreach, and professional events and conferences. and through the publication of articles and other materials focusing on substantive law, practice skills, social issues, and current events. With MLA staff, coordinates interaction and partnerships with other legal services providers, community organizations and/or other collaborators.

Qualifications/Skills: LL.B. or J.D. degree, plus at least twelve years of experience as a practicing attorney and at least seven years as a manager. Demonstrated ability to manage and lead a statewide team of attorneys, paralegals, and administrative professionals. Excellent writing and verbal communication skills. Substantive appellate experience. Superior organizational and presentation skills. Experience working with low-income populations or in a legal services setting is desirable. Admission to Maryland Bar or another state bar and eligibility and willingness to apply for admission to the Maryland Bar at the earliest opportunity.

To Apply: Apply online at https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=9156664a-1a51-4897-90b5-51213a0ce138&ccId=1997542647_11688&jobId=269851&lang=en_US&source=CC4

Posted: 9/20/19


Company/Agency: Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland, Inc.

Position: Part-time Staff Attorney, Maryland Immigrant Legal Assistance Project

Description: The Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland, Inc. (PBRC) is seeking a highly motivated, organized and bright attorney who is fluent in Spanish to join the Maryland Immigrant Legal Assistance Project. The position will focus on management and supervision of the legal services offered at the program’s brief advice clinics which take place at the Baltimore Immigration Court twice per week. The attorney must be available Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM as those are the hours in which the court clinics take place. Detailed position description can be found at https://probonomd.org/about-us/employment-opportunities/.

Responsibilities/Duties: Facilitate volunteer legal services for immigrants in removal proceedings at Project clinics at the Baltimore Immigration Court. Work with the Project Paralegal to staff in-court legal clinics to assist with intake, obtain necessary client paperwork, manage flow of clients, direct immigrants to additional resources, and support volunteers. Mentor volunteer attorneys giving legal advice at project clinics at Baltimore Immigration Court to ensure competent and accurate legal services are offered to clients receiving services. Track and summarize data related to clients served at the clinic. Communicate regularly with the Project Manager about the volunteers offering services at the court clinics. Assist in the development of any new materials needed to expand services from unaccompanied children to other areas of need as the program grows. Work with Project Manager to maintain and develop network of community partners. Attend bi-monthly meetings with other project staff to coordinate services across the project’s various clinics. Additional responsibilities, as deemed necessary, in support of the Project’s mission to ensure statewide recruitment and coordination of pro bono immigration legal services for immigrants in removal proceedings.

Qualifications/Skills: Spanish language fluency required. Two years of experience representing immigrants in removal proceedings preferred. Admission to practice before at least one state bar. Strong attention to detail and excellent organizational and record-keeping skills. Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills. Ability to work well with a variety of people, including other staff, volunteers, clients, public interest organizations, governmental entities, Board members, and donors. Experience working with children preferred. Strong commitment to helping the community and ensuring equal access to justice. Availability to commit to working two days per week for the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland.

Salary/Benefits: This is a part-time, temporary position. Competitive salary, dependent on experience. Position to start as soon as possible.

To Apply: Send resume, cover letter and references via mail to Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland, Attn: Catherine H. Scenna, Esq., 520 W. Fayette Street, Suite 300, Baltimore, MD, 21201 or via email to cscenna@probonomd.org.

Posted: 9/19/19


Company/Agency Administrative Office of the Courts, Access to Justice Department

Position: Public Policy Analyst

Description: Supports the Director of the Maryland Access to Justice Department. The Public Policy Analyst will identify, research, analyze, and recommend policies and programs for the Department to pursue on behalf of Marylanders facing critical barriers to justice.

Responsibilities/Duties: Collaborate with and support the Director in developing and managing policies and programs for access to justice issues. Research other states’ practices. Review judicial opinions, statutes, court rules, and forms; research and analyze issues, prepare and present findings and recommendations. Draft forms and rules. Evaluate processes and outcomes for selected judicial projects, highlight accomplishments, recommend improvements. Prepare budgets and requisitions. Meet with Judges, county and state officials, to assess success in and obstacles to improving access to justice. Receive and implement recommendations. Create and develop legal content for multimedia projects for self-represented litigants and court users. Develop/assist with training programs. Develop and maintain manuals, website content, and surveys, and investigate the use of new technologies that benefit SRLs and other legal users. Respond to attorney inquires about pro bono reporting. Respond to public requests for legal information and program referrals.

Qualifications/Skills: Juris Doctorate and admittance to the Maryland Bar required. Minimum of one year of related work experience in representing or assisting individuals with civil legal needs with prior legal research and writing experience. Ability to perform legal research and analyze legal issues; conduct and analyze policy research; write clear and concise summaries of findings; manage contracts. Exercise initiative and independent judgment. Set priorities and multi-task in an adaptive manner. Define problems, collect data, establish facts, draw valid conclusions, formulate recommendations. Apply laws, policies, procedures, rules, and regulations as required. Communicate in an effective, patient, and tactful manner with judges, court personnel, and the public. Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills, including presenting to small and large groups. Plain language writing and editing skills. Excellent computer skills. Proficient with LexisNexis and internet research. Comfortably adapts to new technology. Ability to perform all of the essential functions for this position.

Salary/Benefits: $69,863

To Apply: Visit https://careers.mdcourts.gov/psp/hrprdcg/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_APP_SCHJOB.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_JBPST&Action=U&FOCUS=Applicant&SiteId=1&JobOpeningId=5206&PostingSeq=1.

The Maryland Judiciary is a drug-free workplace and an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity in the workplace. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, marital status, national origin, physical or mental disability, familial status, genetic information, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by State or federal law. Applicants who need an ADA Accommodation for an interview should request the accommodation when notified of a request to be interviewed. Applicants must be United States citizens or eligible to work in the United States.

Posted: 8/28/19


Company/Agency: Disability Rights Maryland

Position: Community Inclusion/Housing Staff Attorney

Description: DRM seeks a passionate, civil rights-oriented, full-time attorney to support DRM’s advocacy for full community inclusion with a priority for ensuring safe, decent, stable, affordable and accessible housing for individuals with disabilities and their families. The attorney will represent clients in judicial and administrative proceedings, engage in systemic advocacy and policy work, monitor Settlement Agreements, Consent Decrees, and Voluntary Compliance Agreements, conduct outreach and education, and provide legal advice and technical assistance.  While the majority of the position’s time will be dedicated to fair housing, there may be opportunity for growth in DRM’s other advocacy priorities. Detailed position description can be found at https://disabilityrightsmd.org/careers/

Responsibilities/Duties: Maintain active caseload representing individuals with disabilities regarding discrimination in housing and other practices that prevent integration and equity for persons with disabilities in the community. Along with co-counsel, monitor relief obtained by DRM on behalf of persons with disabilities in Consent Decrees, Settlement Agreements, and Voluntary Compliance Agreements and recommend enforcement action as needed. Conduct regular outreach to identify clients in need of services. Under supervision of DRM’s management and leadership teams, develop advocacy strategies to expand the availability of safe, decent, stable, affordable and accessible housing and promote full inclusion in community life. Participate in various coalitions and task forces with clients, constituents, and community partners on matters relevant to fair housing and other civil rights for persons with disabilities. Engage in administrative and legislative advocacy at the local and state level. Travel throughout the State of Maryland.

Qualifications/Skills: J.D. degree from an accredited law school. Licensed to practice law in Maryland, or admitted after sitting for next available Bar exam. Strong commitment to DRM’s core mission of ensuring the civil rights of people with disabilities to self-determination, freedom from harm, due process protections, to develop physically, emotionally and intellectually, and to participate in community life, with meaningful choices and opportunities. Excellent organizational and project management skills. Excellent interpersonal and cross cultural communication skills, ability to communicate ideas with enthusiasm to diverse audiences. Ability to research and analyze complex legal issues, develop and execute a variety of advocacy strategies, conduct legal research and communicate complex legal issues clearly and effectively both orally and in writing. Ability to work independently and to establish and maintain effective working relationships and collaborate with colleagues in a team environment. Ability to successfully manage multiple work priorities and work under deadlines.

Salary/Benefits: Competitive, depending on experience. The salary range for an attorney with 0-3 years’ experience is $53,491- $56,092. DRM offers an excellent, comprehensive package of benefits, including health, dental and vision insurance, and retirement plan contribution. DRM’s regular work week is currently 35 hours, from 9 am to 5 pm with a one hour unpaid lunch break each day.

To Apply: Submit a resume, cover letter, a writing sample to jobs@DisabilityRightsMD.org with “Community Inclusion/Housing Attorney Position” in the subject line. This position remains open until filled. Priority will be given to applications received prior to September 30, 2019. We are looking for thoughtful, personalized cover letters that demonstrate the applicant’s qualifications, work style and interest in being part of a team working to advance the civil rights of persons with disabilities in Maryland.

Posted: 8/28/19


Company/Agency: Homeless Persons Representation Project

Position: Homeless Youth Initiative & Expungement Attorney

Description: Are you passionate about criminal justice reform and access to justice for youth experiencing housing insecurity and homelessness? Do you have an entrepreneurial approach? Do you want to join a nationally-recognized program that provides free, accessible, and affirming legal services to youth and adults through community-based legal clinics? If so, Homeless Persons Representation Project (HPRP) is seeking to hire a staff attorney to expand its Homeless Youth Initiative and expungement work to Prince George’s County. Detailed position description can be found at http://www.hprplaw.org/who_we_are/employment.

Responsibilities/Duties: Establish community-based legal clinics for homeless and unstably housed youth in Prince George’s County. Provide individual representation to homeless and unstably housed youth in approximately 30 cases at any one time, primarily in the areas of expungement and public benefits. Client outreach, including planning and participating in community-based legal clinics, conducting educational presentations, and preparing outreach materials. Conduct advocacy trainings for youth and engage in coalition building to support youth voice in advocating for policies to end youth homelessness. Support advocacy work of HYI and its coalition partners by representing HPRP at meetings and assisting with special initiatives and projects. Oversee community-based expungement legal clinic in Prince George’s County and maintain relationship and regular schedule with clinic site. Utilize existing infrastructure necessary to monitor the work of the volunteer attorneys, paralegals and law students assisting with the expungement clinic and providing on-going support and supervision to volunteers as needed. Prepare informational material for HPRP social media, clients, staff, volunteers, donors, and the public. Assist with grant writing and reporting as needed. Participate in ongoing race equity work within HPRP. Contribute to a respectful and affirming environment for persons who are young and persons who identify as LGBTQ+. Ability to travel independently by utilizing either personal or public transportation to reach off-site clinic and meeting locations in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties (HPRP reimburses for travel and provides free parking at its satellite office). Work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving challenges and/or conflicts. Demonstrate ability to remain calm and patient in a fast-paced environment.

Qualifications/Skills: Prior experience with people living in poverty or experiencing homelessness. Sitting for July 2019 Maryland Bar Exam or other UBE state, or admitted to practice law in Maryland or in good standing in another US State. 0-3 years legal experience. Law school clinic, law school internship, and post-graduate judicial clerkship can count towards experience. Ability to set priorities and handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment. Experience with legal research, writing and/or court appearances. Please specify legal writing experience in cover letter or resume. History of demonstrating initiative in leading projects or activities. Clear commitment to working in the public interest.

Salary/Benefits: Salary $50,000-54,500 DOE. HPRP provides excellent benefits: vacation (20 days per year), sick leave (10 days), personal days (3 days), and holidays. Employee premiums 100% covered for medical, prescription, dental, vision. Life, Short and Long Term Disability Insurance and Retirement plan with supplemental employer contribution also provided. Some evening hours and occasional weekends required; HPRP provides for a flexible work schedule.

To Apply: Apply by sending a cover letter and resume to jobs@hprplaw.org (please specify HYI & Expungement Attorney in the subject line). References and a writing sample will be requested if selected for an initial interview. We are looking for thoughtful, personalized cover letters that demonstrate the applicant’s qualifications, work style, and interest in being part of a team working to eliminate homelessness in Maryland. We are looking for applicants who understand how racism and oppression perpetuate barriers to housing and income. Resume reviews begin immediately and applications will be accepted until position is filled, although priority will be given to applications received by August 19, 2019.

HPRP is an equal opportunity employer. All interested persons encouraged to apply regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, HIV status or religious affiliation.

Posted: 7/24/19


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 ckilborn@freestate-justice.org; no calls please.

Posted: 7/24/19


Company/Agency: Maryland Legal Aid

Position: Pro Bono Coordinator, Statewide Advocacy Support Unit Pro Bono Program

Description: Maryland Legal Aid (MLA) maintains a Pro Bono Program within its Statewide Advocacy Support Unit. The overall purpose of this Program is to recruit, train, coordinate, and facilitate the work of pro bono attorneys who serve eligible MLA clients. The Pro Bono Program develops statewide standards for pro bono practice within MLA’s case priorities and creates innovative approaches to address the justice gap with the use of pro bono attorneys and other volunteers.

As part of this effort, MLA announces the availability of a full-time Pro Bono Coordinator position for the Pro Bono Program. This position reports to the Pro Bono Program Director. The Coordinator assists with the recruitment and training of pro bono attorneys, paralegals, law students, and other volunteers, including those in allied professions.

Responsibilities/Duties: Assist with the development and implementation of statewide trainings in substantive areas of law for pro bono volunteers. Work closely with law firms, solo practitioners, law schools, bar associations, and affiliate pro bono groups across Maryland as well as MLA offices. Provide mentorship and case support to pro bono attorneys handling MLA cases. Provide direct client representation when needed within the Pro Bono Program. Assist with the coordination of recognition events for pro bono volunteers. Help to ensure that MLA’s pro bono work is accomplished in accordance with funder requirements, including regulations of the Legal Services Corporation. Assist with the placement of pro bono cases in areas of law consistent with MLA’s priorities, i.e. housing, consumer, public benefits, and family law

Qualifications/Skills:Admission to Maryland Bar or another state bar and eligibility and willingness to take the first available Maryland Bar examination. One to three years of legal experience, preferably in the delivery of civil legal services or the delivery of pro bono services to low-income clients. Able to travel statewide. Spanish language proficiency desirable. The ideal candidate will be creative, flexible, and self-motivated, have excellent written and oral communication skills, and be able to cultivate and maintain strong relationships with pro bono volunteers.

To Apply: Apply online at: https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=9156664a-1a51-4897-90b5-51213a0ce138&ccId=1997542647_11688&jobId=266972&source=CC4&lang=en_US

Posted: 5/8/19


Company/Agency: Maryland Legal Aid

Position: Staff Attorney, Northeastern Maryland Office

Description: The Northeastern Maryland office of Maryland Legal Aid, located in Harford County, Maryland, announces a full-time staff attorney position for qualified applicants.

Responsibilities/Duties: Handle 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/paralegals, social workers, and students on cases or projects. Maintain case files in accordance with Bureau standards. Screen clients for eligibility and make referrals, as appropriate. Conduct preliminary and subsequent interviews with clients. Conduct factual investigation and analysis, and legal research. Advise clients of results of investigation and research and counsel clients about their options. Prepare pleadings, including but not limited to, complaints, answers, memoranda of law, briefs, etc. Develop case theory and strategy for the representation of clients. Prepare cases and represent clients in negotiations, hearings, trials and appeals. Work with various community groups and accept speaking engagements as assigned by supervisor. Continue professional development and education through attendance at Bureau sponsored training and other programs. 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 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 desirable.

To Apply: Apply online with updated résumé and cover letter at: https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=9156664a-1a51-4897-90b5-51213a0ce138&jobId=265622&lang=en_US&source=CC4&ccId=1997542647_11688

Posted: 3/15/19


Company/Agency: Maryland Legal Aid

Position: Intake Staff Attorney, Intake Services Unit

Description: The Intake Services Unit of Maryland legal Aid announces a full-time intake staff attorney position available to qualified applicants.

Responsibilities/Duties: The intake staff attorney serves an essential function in Legal Aid’s delivery of high quality services to the poor and is usually the first point of contact for clients. The attorney will be part of a team who interview applicants, answer questions, and provide legal assistance in person, online and by telephone. Services include providing legal information on civil cases particularly in the areas of Maryland Domestic Law. Legal assistance will include advice, referrals, follow-up brief service such as reviewing legal papers, helping clients fill out forms, write letters, prepare for court, or strategize on next steps. Representation may also include informal negotiations on behalf of clients. When appropriate, the intake staff attorney will prepare the case for referral to a substantive law unit for further representation. Staff attorneys may be expected to work with other attorneys, law graduates, legal assistants/ paralegals, social workers, and students. The attorney will maintain case files in accordance with Legal Aid standards. Screen clients for eligibility and make referrals, as appropriate. Conduct preliminary and subsequent interviews with clients, primarily a phone advice/ intake position, answering law calls in the area of Maryland family law as well as the Family Law Hotline. Conduct factual investigation and analysis and legal research. Advise clients of results of investigation and research and counsel clients. If assigned, prepare pleadings, including but not limited to, complaints, answers, memoranda of law, briefs, etc. If assigned, develop case theory and strategy for the representation of clients. If assigned, prepare cases and represent clients in negotiation. Work with various community groups and accept speaking engagements as assigned by supervisor. Continue professional development and education through attendance at Legal Aid- sponsored training and other programs. Perform other duties, as assigned within the scope of the essential functions of the position.

Qualifications/Skills:Highly motivated and willing to work with a team. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to work in fast-paced environment. Commitment to mission of Legal Aid. Experience in Maryland Domestic Law. 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.

To Apply: Apply online with updated résumé and cover letter at: https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=9156664a-1a51-4897-90b5-51213a0ce138&jobId=265427&lang=en_US&source=CC4&ccId=1997542647_11688

Posted: 3/7/19


Company/Agency: Maryland Legal Aid

Position: Deputy Chief Counsel, Executive Unit

Description: The Deputy Chief Counsel reports to the Chief Counsel and assists in providing overall management oversight of Maryland Legal Aid’s functions, in allocating resources to achieve its mission, and in directing the delivery of high quality legal services for indigent clients of program with 12 full-service offices. Maryland Legal Aid employs over 140 attorneys and more than 250 total staff.

Responsibilities/Duties: Supervise Chief attorneys in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and Northeastern offices as well as attorneys supervising the Housing/Consumer and Family practices in Baltimore City. Evaluate quality and quantity of legal work produced by offices and develop strategies to enhance same. Incorporate a Human Rights Framework and Maryland Legal Aid Strategic Plan into all aspects of  program advocacy. Provide advice and consultation to direct reports and their staff on ethics, regulatory issues, and substantive legal questions. Assist in grant and report writing and compliance and program development efforts. Respond to client grievances over denial of representation or ineffective representation. Handle union grievances and participate in collective bargaining negotiations. Provide feedback and meet regularly with Chiefs and supervising attorneys. Ensure completion of administrative tasks, such as leave and training request approvals and travel reimbursements. Coordinate efforts with the Deputy Chief Counsel who oversees other offices. Support Maryland Legal Aid’s pro bono and private attorney involvement efforts. Participate in the development and delivery of trainings in substantive law and law practice to staff. Other duties as assigned by the Chief Counsel.

Qualifications/Skills: J.D. degree with at least seven (7) years of experience as an attorney and five (5) years of significant management experience. An experienced litigator with excellent written and verbal communication skills. Highly organized, well-versed in civil law, and actively engaged in the profession. High energy and creative thinker. Admitted to practice in Maryland, or in another jurisdiction, graduate of an ABA approved law school, eligible for admission in the State of Maryland and willing to take first available bar examination.

To Apply: Apply online with updated résumé and cover letter at: https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=9156664a-1a51-4897-90b5-51213a0ce138&jobId=223317&lang=en_US&source=CC4&ccId=1997542647_11688

Posted: 12/10/18


Company/Agency: Maryland Legal Aid

Position: Supervising Attorney, Maryland Courts Self-Help Center

Description:  Maryland Legal Aid Bureau announces a full-time supervising attorney position for qualified applicants. While this position is primarily located at the Annapolis location of the Maryland Courts Self Help Center, the supervising attorney may be called upon to staff and support the District Court Self-Help Centers in Baltimore City, Frederick, Glen Burnie, Upper Marlboro, and Salisbury. The supervisor’s primary hours are 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, in Annapolis, Maryland.

Responsibilities/Duties: The supervising attorney’s primary responsibility is to manage and supervise legal and administrative staff at the Maryland Courts Self Help Center in Annapolis, Maryland. This includes supervision of and provision of legal assistance to self-represented litigants in connection with civil cases before the Circuit and District Courts of Maryland, including landlord/tenant matters, family law matters (divorce, custody, child support, and guardianship), civil claims, expungement and shielding of records, consumer matters; return of property; domestic violence/peace orders; and foreclosure. Legal services to self-represented litigants will occur via phone calls and live chat assistance, or as requested by the Court. In addition to supervising legal and administrative work, the supervising attorney will collaborate with District and Circuit Court clerks, judges and Administrative Office of the Courts staff to ensure effective and efficient operation of the Maryland Courts Self Help Center.

Qualifications/Skills: Admitted to the Maryland Bar with at least three or more years of litigation experience in District and/or Circuit Court civil matters. Excellent organizational, interpersonal and management skills required. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to access to justice and the ability to bring energy, ingenuity and compassion to the delivery of high-quality legal services. The successful candidate must also be a flexible, supportive team member with the ability to perform well in a fast-paced, demanding environment. Candidate must be willing to be on-call for supervisory issues as needed, outside of regularly assigned work hours. Fluency in Spanish strongly preferred.

To Apply: Apply online with updated résumé and cover letter at https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=9156664a-1a51-4897-90b5-51213a0ce138&jobId=263063&lang=en_US&source=CC4&ccId=2006352630_3793

Posted: 11/21/18


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.

Posted: 6/27/18


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.

Posted: 1/8/18


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.

To Apply: Apply online at https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=legaidbeu1&jobId=191508&lang=en_US&source=CC437799.

Posted: 3/22/17