Legal Assistant/Paralegal

Company/Agency: Maryland Legal Aid

Position: Paralegal

Description: Maryland Legal Aid announces the availability of a full-time Paralegal position, as part of its Pro Bono Program, based in its Baltimore City office. Maryland Legal Aid has been awarded a two-year grant to provide civil legal services at public schools in Baltimore City. The paralegal will perform outreach, community education and intake for clients at all Lawyer in the Schools sites in Baltimore City. The paralegal will assist attorneys and legal staff as directed, including with the preparation of expungement petitions. Areas of practice include family, housing, consumer, government benefits, and other civil legal issues that impact communities.

Responsibilities/Duties: Assist in the recruitment of pro bono attorneys, paralegals and law students to volunteer with the project. Provide scheduling assistance and programmatic guidance to volunteer attorneys. Screen clients for eligibility and make referrals, as appropriate. Conduct preliminary and subsequent interviews with participants and administer “legal check-ups” to comprehensively assess participants’ needs for civil legal services. Conduct factual investigations, analysis, and legal research. Under the guidance of an attorney, prepare legal documents, including, but not limited to, correspondence, pleadings, motions, discovery, memoranda of law, and briefs. Assist with development of case theories and strategies for the representation of clients. Assist the staff attorney with preparation of cases for negotiations, hearings, trials, and appeals. Work closely with schools, non-profit organizations, representatives of local government, community groups and other legal providers to conduct community outreach and education to support appropriate strategies that benefit the target population. Conduct “Know Your Rights” legal information sessions with school program attendees. Work as a team member with other staff in Maryland Legal Aid’s Pro Bono Program.

Qualifications/Skills: Paralegal certification or equivalent experience. Legal services experience preferred. Spanish language proficiency desirable. Evening and weekend flexibility and access to a vehicle is 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=269845&source=CC3&lang=en_US.

Posted: 9/20/19


Company/Agency: Homeless Persons Representation Project

Position: Pro Bono Paralegal

Description: Want to advocate to end homelessness? Want to eliminate barriers to employment? Want to assist veterans? If you desire a position where you have the opportunity to leverage the use of volunteers to increase legal services that prevent and end homelessness, the Homeless Persons Representation Project (HPRP) is seeking a full-time, non-exempt paralegal for its Pro Bono Program. Detailed position description can be found at http://www.hprplaw.org/who_we_are/employment.

Responsibilities/Duties: Establish and monitor legal clinics, including booking off-site locations, scheduling volunteer attorneys, paralegals, and law students to staff clinic sites, and arranging HPRP clients to meet with volunteers. Organize and maintain case files related to pro bono programs, including copying, scanning and disseminating files to volunteers and monitoring the status of an extremely large expungement caseload. Maintain and track database of volunteer and client information, including entering case-related information into database. Communicate with volunteers regarding case placement, updates etc. Provide administrative support to director, staff attorney and pro bono attorneys. Conduct community outreach, including conducting educational presentations; creating outreach materials, and tabling at events. Train and supervise volunteers. Assist with grant reporting. Manage a high volume case load (100+volunteers and 250+clients)

Qualifications/Skills: Education: H.S. Diploma/GED. Excellent administrative and organizational skills, detail oriented and able to produce work with high degree of accuracy. Experience with managing a high volume case load or program. Ability to set priorities and handle multiple tasks with changing priorities. Analytical skills to spot issues and problem solve, including taking initiative. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing with clients, service providers, pro bono volunteers, and community partners. Aptitude to work well under pressure, meet frequent deadlines and remain calm and patient in a very fast paced environment. Compassion and familiarity with the circumstances faced by people living in poverty or experiencing homelessness. 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 $33,000-$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 also provided. Weekend or evening work may be required for duties such as periodic community events and casework deadlines, or Board meetings (which are held 6 times per year; all full-time staff attend).

To Apply: Apply by sending a cover letter and resume to jobs@hprplaw.org (please specify Pro Bono Paralegal in the subject line). References 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 October 3, 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: 9/5/19