Attorney

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 organized and self-motivated attorney to join its Courtroom Advocacy Project (CAP). CAP is an innovative pro bono program providing day-of-court, limited scope representation to consumers and tenants in district court with the support of volunteer attorneys and law students. The CAP staff attorney will be expected to develop an expertise in tenant and consumer advocacy in district court as well as recruiting, training, and mentoring volunteer attorneys. Full time exempt position. Position to start as soon as possible.

Responsibilities/Duties: Staff PBRC’s Tenant Volunteer Lawyer of the Day clinics held at Baltimore City District Court 4 days per week in coordination with CAP Director and part-time contract attorney. Recruit, train, mentor, and develop relationships with volunteer attorneys participating in CAP clinics and handling pro bono cases from the Project. Provide legal services to tenants and consumers assisted at CAP clinics, with the majority of time spent representing tenants with failure to pay rent or rent escrow cases. Place and monitor tenants’ cases being handled by volunteer attorneys. Coordinate coverage of in-house tenant cases in consultation with CAP Director and part-time contract attorney. Ensure accurate data collection for Project clients and strive to meet Project performance measures. Maintain accurate records for Project and contribute to grant applications and reports as assigned. Collaborate with Project partners, other legal services organizations, and community organizations. Participate in advocacy, stakeholder, and coalition meetings as well as other collaborative groups as assigned. Serve as back-up staff as assigned for Consumer Protection Project clinics held at Baltimore City District Court and Prince George’s County District Court.

Qualifications/Skills: Admission to the Bar in the state of Maryland and a desire to practice in district court. 0-3 years of relevant experience. Excellent written and verbal communication skills and strong public speaking ability. Strong attention to detail and excellent organizational and record-keeping skills. Ability to work independently as well as part of a team. Ability to work well with a variety of people, including other staff, volunteers, clients, public interest organizations, governmental entities, Board members, and donors. Strong commitment to helping the community and ensuring equal access to justice.

Salary/Benefits: Competitive salary, dependent on experience, and excellent benefits.

To Apply: Send resume, cover letter, and references to:

Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland
Attn: Sydney Dunning, Esq.
520 W. Fayette Street, Suite 300
Baltimore, MD, 21201
Email to: sdunning@probonomd.org
or fax (410) 385-2616

Posted: 5/22/19


Company/Agency: Ayuda

Position: Children’s/Family Law Staff Attorney, Silver Spring Office

Description: Ayuda seeks a Staff Attorney to help low-income immigrant children and survivors of family violence, domestic violence or sexual assault achieve safety and stability in their lives. The Staff Attorney will provide legal representation and advice to children and their caregivers in obtaining predicate orders for those eligible for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS). The Staff Attorney will also provide legal representation and advice to immigrant survivors of family violence, domestic violence or sexual assault in obtaining protective orders, custody of their children, third-party custody, child support and divorce. This position is for our soon-to-be opened MD office.

Responsibilities/Duties: Provide legal representation and advice to immigrant children and their caregivers in obtaining predicate orders in Maryland courts for those eligible for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS). Provide legal representation and advice to immigrant survivors of family violence, domestic violence or sexual assault in protective orders and family law cases in Maryland courts. Advocate on behalf of clients in related criminal matters. Stay current on relevant laws and policies by attending trainings and conferences and reviewing new laws, regulations and court rules. Train area service providers and government agencies, including law enforcement. Represent Ayuda at local coalition meetings and participate in local and national advocacy initiatives. Conduct outreach presentations to potential clients and partner agencies. Collaborate with Ayuda’s Social Services staff to ensure the provision of holistic services. Assist with preparation of grant applications and reports. For a detailed description, click here.

Qualifications/Skills: J.D. or LL.M. from accredited law school required. Bilingual Spanish skills required. Member in good standing with the MD bar or pending admission based on successful completion of the February 2019 bar exam. 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. Legal experience in family law a plus. Experience working with children or survivors of family violence, domestic violence, sexual assault or other trauma a plus. Demonstrated commitment to social, racial and economic justice.

Salary/Benefits: Commensurate with experience, plus a benefits package that includes medical and dental insurance, as well as an employer-provided retirement match. All federal holidays and closures observed and paid leave for the week of Christmas through New Year’s Day. This position is exempt for overtime purposes.

To Apply: Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter. Writing samples and unofficial law school transcripts 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.

Ayuda is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and inclusive culture. It is Ayuda’s policy to be fair and impartial in all relations with employees and applicants for employment and to make all employment-related decisions without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, marital status, gender identity or expression, disability, sexual orientation, or any other categories protected by federal, state, or local law. We encourage applications from members of underrepresented communities. Ayuda’s dedication to social justice means that all positions will be committed to working with people from diverse cultural, linguistic, economic, educational, and vocational backgrounds.

Posted: 5/8/19


Company/Agency: Maryland Legal Aid

Position: Supervising Attorney, Administrative Law Unit/Baltimore City

Description: The Supervising Attorney is responsible for planning and managing the work of the office/unit, implementing the organization’s priorities, assigning legal work, staff recruitment, supervising, and evaluating staff to assure quality legal representation. In addition, the Supervising Attorney may be involved in resource development and grants/contract reporting and management as well as conducting outreach to both targeted groups and the general public.

Responsibilities/Duties: Coordinate and supervise assignment of cases and appellate advocacy. (The practice includes State and Federal trial and appellate courts and administrative forums.) Conduct case reviews and assign cases to staff consistent with Maryland Legal Aid’s (MLA) case and matter acceptance guidelines. Work closely with appropriate MLA task forces and workgroups to identify systemic barriers, develop strategies to address these barriers, and monitor outcomes. Build and maintain a cohesive, supportive team that works well with one another, develops objectives and priorities for the unit/office and maintains open communication. Provide effective, competent legal assistance to low-income clients in an efficient, zealous, client-centered, and compassionate manner. Maintain an active caseload and conduct high quality and impactful advocacy designed to address systemic problems affecting low-income persons. Guide the professional development of staff, including training and co-counseling of cases. Reviewing substantive legal work, providing meaningful assessments and evaluation of advocacy efforts, caseloads, and productivity. Engage the community through outreach and education. Cultivate effective relationships with the judiciary and private bar and participate in local and state bar association activities. Carry-out MLA’s strategic plan, which includes the integration of a Human Rights Framework in all aspects of the offices’ work, including litigation and advocacy, communications, community education, and human relations. Ensure compliance with administrative and regulatory requirements as well as grants/contracts that support the work of the unit/office. Be part of a statewide management team and strive to improve the overall quality of MLA’s service delivery throughout the state. Assist with MLA resource development efforts, including, but not limited to, the identifying of possible funding sources, making presentations to funders, and the drafting of grant applications and progress reports. Address client and staff collective bargaining issues, including first level grievances. Perform all administrative functions in accordance with MLA policies and procedures, including, but not limited to, reviewing staff timekeeping, leave requests, travel reimbursements and check requests, and file closures.

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. At least three years of experience in legal services and/or law firm management and demonstrated ability to lead and manage a law office or unit. Interest in and willingness to participate in the management of MLA’s services and programs. Excellent oral and written communications skills. Appellate advocacy experience preferred. Experience in resource development desired. Active community involvement. Command of technology, including Microsoft Office and a case management system.

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=266933&source=CC4&lang=en_US

Posted: 5/8/19


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, Lower Eastern Shore

Description: The Lower Eastern Shore in Salisbury, Maryland announces an immediate opening for a full-time staff attorney 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 Maryland Legal Aid 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.

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 at: https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=9156664a-1a51-4897-90b5-51213a0ce138&ccId=1997542647_11688&jobId=266501&lang=en_US&source=CC4

Posted: 4/30/19


Company/Agency: Maryland Legal Aid

Position: Staff Attorney, Upper Eastern Shore

Description: Maryland Legal Aid announces a full-time staff attorney position available in the Easton, Maryland office to 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 Maryland Legal Aid 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.

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 at: https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=9156664a-1a51-4897-90b5-51213a0ce138&ccId=1997542647_11688&jobId=266504&lang=en_US&source=CC4

Posted: 4/30/19


Company/Agency: Disability Rights Maryland

Position: Staff Attorney, Community Inclusion/Housing

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 April 19, 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: 3/19/19


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: Staff Attorney, CINA

Description: Maryland Legal Aid announces a full-time staff attorney position in the Metropolitan Maryland office located in Landover, Maryland for qualified applicants.

Responsibilities/Duties: Represent children in trial courts, appeals, and administrative proceedings in connection with Child In Need of Assistance (CINA) cases. Provide other assistance to child clients as needed. Other duties as assigned. Local travel required. 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 Maryland Legal Aid standards.

Qualifications/Skills: Admission to Maryland Bar or bar of another jurisdiction required. Child advocacy experience desired. Spanish language proficiency especially 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=224934&lang=en_US&source=CC3&ccId=19000101_000001

Posted: 3/12/19


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: Homeless Persons Representation Project, Inc.

Position: Housing Attorney

Description: Are you passionate about housing justice? Do you want to use your legal skills to advocate to end homelessness? If you desire a position where you have the opportunity to provide direct legal representation and advocate for systemic change that prevents and ends homelessness, the Homeless Persons Representation Project (HPRP) is seeking a full-time Housing Attorney. Detailed position description can be found here.

Responsibilities/Duties: Provide individual representation in approximately 30-40 cases at any one time, primarily in shelter terminations, and also including subsidized housing admission denials, terminations, evictions and fair housing matters. Create client and community education materials. Conduct regular outreach to identify clients in need of legal services. Conduct know your rights presentations on housing law. Participate in various coalitions and task forces with community partners on matters relevant to the practice area. Engage in administrative and legislative advocacy at the local and state level. Ability to travel independently by utilizing either personal or public transportation to reach off-site clinic and meeting locations in and around Baltimore City and Annapolis (HPRP reimburses for travel).

Qualifications/Skills: Prior experience with people living in poverty or experiencing homelessness. 1-6 years legal experience as a practicing attorney. Post-graduate judicial clerkship can count toward years of experience. Admitted to practice law in Maryland, or Admitted and in Good Standing in another State and willing and eligible to sit for the next available Bar exam. Excellent legal research, writing, analytical, and oral skills. Ability to set priorities and handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment. Demonstrate initiative and good judgment. Aptitude to work well under pressure and meet frequent deadlines. Ability to work independently and collaboratively with other staff and community partners.

Salary/Benefits: $51,500 – $56,000. HPRP provides excellent benefits: Vacation (20 days), sick leave (10 days), personal days (3 days), and holidays. Employee premiums 100% covered for medical, prescription, dental, vision. Short and Long Term Disability Insurance and Retirement plan with supplemental employer contribution also provided. HPRP’s regular work schedule is at least 40 hours a week from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with a 30 minute unpaid lunch break. Weekend work may be required for duties such as periodic community events and casework deadlines, or Board meetings (for which all fulltime staff attend). HPRP also provides for a flexible work schedule.

To Apply: Interested candidates should e-mail resume and cover letter to jobs@hprplaw.org (and specify “Housing Attorney” in the subject line). Writing sample and references will be requested if selected for an initial interview. For this position, the writing sample must be a legal memorandum. 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 have a comprehensive understanding of oppression, and structural racism, including how structural racism perpetuates barriers to housing and income. Resume reviews begin immediately and applications will be accepted until position is filled.

Posted: 2/15/19


Company/Agency: FreeState Justice

Position: Staff Attorney & Pro Bono Coordinator

Description: FreeState Justice seeks a highly-organized staff attorney who thrives on relationship building to work towards lived equality for LGBTQ+ Marylanders in need through management of our pro bono panel and legal advocacy. The staff attorney reports directly to FreeState’s Managing Attorney. This is a full-time staff attorney position, with approximately 75% of the attorney’s time dedicated to development of our pro bono panel and legal advocacy and the balance focused on education and outreach. A deep commitment to working in partnership with transgender and gender-non conforming people and communities of color is required. Detailed position description can be found here.

Responsibilities/Duties: Operate pro bono program, including recruitment, training, retention, and mentorship of 300+ volunteer attorneys and paralegals, identifying and solidifying firm co-counseling relationships as needed, and refer and manage all pro bono cases from intake to disposition. Manage caseload of in-house cases representing clients in legal matters connected to their sexual orientation and/or gender identity including, but not limited to, select name change and decree of gender identity cases, family law cases, and anti-discrimination matters. Work with the litigation team in responding to requests for assistance and case development. Maintain or develop subject matter expertise on issues relating to civil rights for LGBTQ+ Marylanders. Coordinate in-house pro bono recruitment training program by processing requests for training and facilitating all pro bono recruitment trainings. Engage in community outreach and relationship building initiatives with community members, partner organizations, law firms, non-profits, and agencies to further FreeState’s mission of achieving lived equality for all LGBTQ+ Marylanders. Staff legal clinics and other community outreach events, including on evenings and weekends, as needed. Assist with grant reporting, public education, and the development of other written materials. Participate in strategic planning, goal-setting, evaluation, and professional development activities. Meet compliance requirements required of all staff such as grant reporting, time-keeping, financial management, etc.

Qualifications/Skills: Demonstrated commitment to working within marginalized communities, including experience working with transgender people, people of color, and other marginalized people is required. Juris Doctorate and admission to the Maryland Bar (or a willingness to sit for the next available Maryland bar exam, with continuation of employment contingent on admission to the Maryland Bar within one year after date of hire) with at least one year of legal experience. Law school clinical work, a judicial clerkship, working within marginalized communities, or relevant journal, trial team, or moot court experience may be considered as part of the requisite amount of experience. Familiarity with legal issues concerning the LGBTQ+ community nationally. Demonstrated ability in public speaking, written and oral communications, and interpersonal. Well-developed time management skills. Highly self-motivated, keen attention-to-detail, and well-organized, especially under tight deadlines. A love for lawyering and a passion to serve clients well. Collaborative and flexible attitude, with a heavy dash of grit, and a sense of humor. Proficiency with Microsoft Office. Some evening and weekend work is required at times for client events outreach activities.

Salary/Benefits: FreeState Justice offers a competitive salary. The salary range for this position is $45,000 to $52,000 annually, commensurate with experience. FreeState Justice offers a competitive benefits package.  Benefits include: full 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 send a 1-page cover letter, resume, and writing sample that is no longer than 5 pages to Charles Xavier Kilborn at ckilborn@freestate-justice.org  and complete a candidate intake form at the following URL: https://goo.gl/forms/31BuT7eKZfG9ift72.

Posted: 2/12/19


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, Statewide Advocacy Support Unit – Temporary, Full-Time

Description: The Statewide Advocacy Support Unit announces an immediate opening for a full-time, temporary staff attorney for qualified applicants within the Foreclosure Legal Assistance Project. This position is located in Baltimore City. Travel is required.

Responsibilities/Duties: Provide legal information, advice, counseling, representation in administrative mediation hearings, as well as in civil litigation, to low-income Maryland homeowners and tenants facing mortgage default, foreclosure, or eviction from a foreclosed property. Litigation may involve both state and federal court including bankruptcy court proceedings in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. 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 and counsel clients about their options. Prepare legal documents, including but not limited to, correspondence, complaints, answers, other pleadings, motions, discovery, discovery responses, memoranda of law, briefs and other documents required for appeals, and bankruptcies. Develop case theory and strategy for the representation of clients. Prepare cases, manage files and represent clients in negotiation, 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 Maryland Legal Aid-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 or graduate of an ABA approved law school and eligible for admission in the State of Maryland and willing to take the first available Maryland Bar examination following date of employment. Prior experience involving foreclosure defense, mortgage compliance, predatory lending, bankruptcy or related litigation is highly desirable. Ability to effectively manage a challenging caseload is a plus. Must be highly organized and attentive to detail. Familiarity with case management software, timekeeping, and Office 365.

To Apply: Apply online with an updated résumé and cover letter at https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=legaidbeu1&jobId=220589&lang=en_US&source=CC4

Posted: 3/26/18


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