Details: This position is grant funded for one year with renewal funding anticipated for a minimum of one additional year.
Immediate opening for a full-time staff attorney to coordinate our Human Trafficking Prevention Project (HTPP), a pro bono partnership with the HTPP Clinic at the University of Baltimore School of Law. The Project provides free legal services to survivors of human trafficking that address the collateral consequences of their involvement with the criminal justice system. This position is grant funded for one year, however, renewal funding is expected for at least one additional year.
MVLS is seeking a highly motivated attorney with excellent legal and project management skills to coordinate this statewide project and assist MVLS volunteers in providing pro bono legal services to clients with a variety of civil legal needs, including record expungement, shielding, and vacatur. The project also includes significant community outreach and education components.
Founded in 1981, MVLS is the largest pro bono legal services provider in the state. The mission of MVLS is to provide quality civil legal services to Marylanders of limited means. Our statewide volunteer program serves over 5,000 Marylanders of limited means annually.
• Coordinate outreach and the delivery of pro bono legal services to community nonprofits and agencies serving trafficking survivors and people at-risk of human trafficking.
• Develop an outreach plan to connect HTPP with additional community-based service providers across Maryland.
• Coordinate community outreach efforts with MVLS Outreach Coordinator.
• Deliver know your rights presentations for community programs serving survivors or at-risk populations.
• Participate in anti-trafficking task forces throughout Maryland
• Conduct on-site intake for clients at existing community partners’ sites.
• Screen all survivors for project eligibility and complete intakes for MVLS legal assistance.
• Develop client referral relationships with other service providers and provide client referrals as appropriate.
• Respond to legal questions from clients and community partners.
• Assist with placing project cases with MVLS volunteer attorneys.
• Meet client intake and case placement goals required by the grant and established by the Deputy Director.
• Provide ongoing case oversight for all MVLS HTTP clients
• Provide support to MVLS staff and volunteer attorneys working on this project
• Provide trainings and materials for MVLS volunteer attorneys accepting HTPP vacatur, expungement, and shielding cases and identify the intersectionality of these cases with other civil legal issues.
• Mentor HTPP volunteer attorneys
• Participate in volunteer recruitment activities to engage new volunteer attorneys.
• Timely enter client data in Legal Server and ensure that each client’s case file includes relevant documents and up-to-date case notes.
• Assist with tracking and reporting all project outputs and outcomes for grant reporting, including accurately maintaining necessary records to meet reporting requirements required by the funder.
• Coordinate project activities with the University of Baltimore Law School HTPP Project Director
• This position requires frequent travel throughout Maryland, and the successful candidate must own a car.
• Other duties as assigned by the Deputy Director.
• Strong legal and analytical skills.
• Strong written and oral communication skills.
• Strong time management and organizational skills.
• Able to work with diverse client population and volunteer lawyers.
• Able to collaborate with legal partners and other community organizations and agencies.
• Ability to identify and resolve problems quickly.
• Ability to work independently and with a team.
• J.D. from an accredited law school.
• Admitted to the Maryland Bar
• Demonstrated commitment to public interest.
• 1-2 years of related legal experience.
• Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite
• Familiar with legal case management software.
- Employer paid health insurance (individual)
- Life Insurance
- Short- and Long-term Disability
- Retirement plan with 4% employer match
- Commuter transportation benefit
- Vacation, Sick Leave and Personal Leave
Level of Language Proficiency
Spanish a plus
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Email your resume with a cover letter and recent writing sample to email@example.com with the subject line: HTPP Project Coordinator, or mail them to Deputy Director, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, 201 N. Charles Street, Suite 1400, Baltimore, MD 21201
Please, no phone calls