Legal Assistant/Paralegal

Company/Agency: Homeless Persons Representation Project

Position: Homeless Youth Initiative Paralegal

Description: Homeless Persons Representation Project (HPRP) is seeking to hire a paralegal to assist its Homeless Youth Initiative based in its Baltimore City Office. HPRP seeks a full-time (40 hours per week) paralegal to support its Homeless Youth Initiative (HYI). The HYI serves youth and young adults under age 25 who are experiencing housing insecurity or homelessness by engaging in outreach, education, legal representation, and policy advocacy. HYI recently launched a network of pro bono attorneys dedicated to meeting the full range of civil legal needs of youth experiencing homelessness. The paralegal will assist with all aspects of the HYI, which includes supporting the Director of HYI and the pro bono attorneys. More information about the position can be found at http://www.hprplaw.org/who_we_are/employment/homeless youth initiative_paralegal.

Responsibilities/Duties: Engage with youth and young adults seeking legal assistance, including by responding to requests for assistance, screening for civil legal needs, conducting intake interviews, and making referrals to other resources. Client outreach, including planning and participating in community-based legal clinics, conducting educational presentations, and preparing outreach materials. Assist with all aspects of individual legal cases handled by HYI Director, including reviewing administrative agency or program files, requesting medical records, hearing preparation, entering detailed and accurate information in case management system, drafting letters, communicating updates to clients, and providing other administrative support. Assist with all aspects of the pro bono network, including planning volunteer trainings, developing training materials, placing cases with volunteers, monitoring placed cases, tracking volunteer hours and case outcomes, and timely entering information into case management system. Support advocacy work of HYI and its coalition partners by representing HPRP at meetings and assisting with special initiatives and projects. 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 at both the organizational and HYI levels. Contribute to a respectful and affirming environment for persons who are young and persons who identify as LGBTQ+. Work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving challenges and/or conflicts. Demonstrate ability to remain calm and patient in a fast-paced environment.

Qualifications/Skills: Education: H.S. Diploma/GED with two years of work experience in a non-profit or office environment, or AA in Paralegal Studies, or B.A./B.S. Demonstrated interest in working with a public interest organization and with youth living in poverty or experiencing homelessness. Ability to communicate effectively with youth, service providers, pro bono attorneys, legislators, administrative agencies, and other HYI stakeholders. Excellent analytical and critical thinking skills. Ability to set priorities and multitask. Ability to take initiative to identify and troubleshoot challenges. Demonstrates initiative and good judgment, diplomacy and professionalism. Ability to travel independently by utilizing either personal or public transportation to reach off-site clinic and meeting locations in and around Baltimore City (HPRP reimburses for travel). Demonstrates a commitment to diversity by using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences. Proficiency with computer and internet technology, i.e. Microsoft Office for Windows (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc.).

Salary/Benefits: Salary $35,000-$40,000 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. Short and Long Term Disability Insurance and Retirement plan with supplemental employer contribution (a 1% contribution is approved for FY 2019) also provided. Some evening hours and occasional weekends required; HPRP provides for a flexible work schedule.

To Apply: Apply by sending a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three references to jobs@hprplaw.org (please specify HYI Paralegal in the subject line.)

Posted: 1/4/19


Company/Agency: Maryland Legal Aid

Position: Paralegal, Baltimore City/County – Temporary Full-Time

Description: The Baltimore City office announces a temporary full-time paralegal position available to qualified applicants. The position is for a paralegal to assist, under the supervision of an attorney, elderly victims and survivors of domestic violence, victims’ rights, and sexual assault in seeking protective orders, longer term family law cases such as divorce and/or custody, and assisting with other issues such as housing and consumer issues that are related to the violence or abuse or financial fraud or abuse. The paralegal will be assigned to the Baltimore City office, but will also work on-site at CHANA, our grant partner. This is a grant funded position awarded through the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA), administered through the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention. This contract may be available through September 30, 2018 with a possible extension to September 30, 2019 and 2020.

Responsibilities/Duties: Under the supervision of an attorney, paralegals handle all functions related to case work from initial intake through representation of clients at administrative and other hearings permitted by law. Paralegals work with attorneys on cases or projects and some may perform non-casework functions. Screen clients for eligibility and make referrals, as appropriate. Conduct preliminary and subsequent interviews with clients and witnesses, which may include visits to homes and other community locations. Conduct factual investigations and analysis, and legal research. Perform litigation support, such as preparing discovery; drafting pleadings, correspondence and other documents; and supporting attorneys at trial. Assist in or develop case theory and strategy for the representation of clients. Provide administrative support, including scheduling appointments, hearings, etc. Conduct community and institutional outreach and education. Perform other duties, as assigned; within the scope of the essential functions of the position.

Qualifications/Skills: Individual must have basic written and oral communication skills and must demonstrate potential to perform duties of a paralegal.

To Apply: To apply, submit an updated resume and cover letter online to Bobbie Steyer, Director of Advocacy for Families, at https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=9156664a-1a51-4897-90b5-51213a0ce138&jobId=225197&lang=en_US&source=CC4&ccId=1997542647_11688.

Posted: 8/10/18


Company/Agency: Maryland Legal Aid

Position: Paralegal, Pro Bono Program

Description: The Statewide Advocacy Support Unit of Maryland Legal Aid announces an immediate opening for a full-time paralegal for the Pro Bono Program. The Pro Bono Program focuses on developing and maintaining relationships with volunteer attorneys, compliance with Legal Services Corporation’s private attorney involvement regulations, and guides the statewide placement and monitoring of pro bono cases in areas of law consistent with MLA priorities and case and matter acceptance guidelines, i.e. housing, consumer, public benefits, and family law.

Responsibilities/Duties: The paralegal provides support for the Pro Bono Program, working with the Program Director and Coordinator to respond to client inquiries, make referrals to pro bono attorneys, address concerns of pro bono attorneys, conduct conflict checks, and maintain pro bono files. The paralegal may also perform intake, make appropriate referrals to other legal and non-legal resources, assist in data collection, and develop programmatic materials for use in the Pro Bono Program. The paralegal also assists in pro bono attorney recruitment efforts, schedules attorneys for various clinics and programs, and performs other duties as assigned to ensure the success of the Pro Bono Program.

Qualifications/Skills: A minimum of one year experience as a paralegal. Excellent written and verbal communications and organizational skills required. Proficiency in Microsoft applications. Previous work with volunteer attorneys is desirable.

To Apply: To apply, submit an updated resume and cover letter online to Amy Petkovsek, Director of Advocacy for Training and Pro Bono, at https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=legaidbeu1&jobId=200009&lang=en_US&source=CC4.

Posted: 2/23/18