Duties and Responsibilities: 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. Tasks assigned to staff attorneys 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 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. Identify and compile a directory of permanent wraparound services and resources and establish a relationship with community organizations; coordinate bi-monthly information sessions at neighborhood Community Organizations, to enhance the knowledge of the staff, and clients.
Develop a relationship with clients, identifying problems and causes that are barriers to the client’s ability to maintain a stable household. (i.e. finances, lack of a support system, poor health, mobility issues, improper medication, depression, mental health or substance abuse diseases; need of a caregiver, unscrupulous landlord practices, etc.), to provide the information needed to accurately refer client’s to resources in the Community and throughout Baltimore City, which will assist them in not simply managing their housing but establishing plans for permanent housing.
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: A minimum two years of experience. 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.