The Baltimore City Administrative Law Unit announces an immediate opening for a staff attorney for qualified applicants.
Essential Functions: This staff attorney position will focus on services provided by Maryland Legal Aid’s (MLA) Ryan White (RW) grant and will ensure that MLA complies with the requirements of that grant. RW enables MLA to focus services on persons living with HIV/AIDS in the Baltimore eligible metropolitan area (EMA). The staff attorney will maintain a relationship with the EMA RW Planning Council Committees, in order to enhance Legal Services funding under the grant. The staff attorney will also maintain an ALU caseload, but may focus on the HIV+ population in the counties served under the grant. Outreach and special projects for grant compliance are required.
Duties: Handle all functions related to casework in a high-volume, general administrative law practice in Baltimore City from intake through representation of clients before administrative tribunals, District, Circuit and federal courts, and all relevant agencies. Work with other attorneys, law graduates, paralegals, social workers and students on cases or projects. Maintain case files in accordance with MLA standards. A significant amount of legal writing is required. 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 MLA sponsored training and other programs. Staff attorneys are encouraged to participate in special projects, community outreach, task forces, and perform other duties, as assigned within the scope of the essential functions of the position. Case types include disability, public benefits such as Medicaid, Food Stamps, Temporary Cash Assistance, TDAP, Social Security Disability and overpayments, unemployment, employment law including wage claims and Family Medical Leave; education law and appeals of all case types; and preparation of wills and advance directives for those eligible under Ryan White funding.
Qualifications: Admission to Maryland Bar or another state bar and eligibility and willingness to apply for admission to the Maryland Bar at the earliest opportunity. Spanish language proficiency desirable.
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