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Maryland Legal Aid (MLA) provides life-changing civil legal assistance to eligible residents in every part of the State. Since 1911, MLA has provided high-quality legal services to low-income, and marginalized individuals and communities–helping them remedy their civil legal issues and become empowered to overcome challenges, achieve stability and independence, and an overall better life.

MLA is dedicated to preserving the basic human needs and basic human rights of clients, particularly as they navigate the justice system. MLA staff, pro bono attorneys, community partners, and general supporters all play important roles in ensuring that the legal playing field is leveled so that those most in need achieve equal access to justice. It is because of this diverse support that MLA is able to be a voice to tens of thousands of economically disadvantaged and vulnerable Marylanders every year.

Job Summary:

The Supervising Attorney is assigned to a unit or office to assist the Chief Attorney in managing the office and/or a specialized unit. The Supervising Attorney is responsible with the Chief Attorney for planning the work of the office/unit, implementing the priorities, assigning work, hiring, supervising, and evaluating staff to ensure high-quality legal representation. This position provides effective, competent legal assistance to low-income clients in an efficient, zealous, client-centered, and compassionate manner.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate and supervise assignment of cases, administrative hearings and appellate advocacy; the practice includes State and Federal Appellate courts and Administrative forums in consultation with the Chief Attorney.
  • Conduct and co-counsel cases, work closely with Maryland Legal Aid (MLA) advocates in all offices to ensure high quality representation of clients.
  • Conduct case reviews and assign cases to staff consistent with Maryland Legal Aid’s case and matter acceptance guidelines.
  • Build a cohesive, supportive team that works well with one another, develops objectives and priorities for the office and maintains open communication.
  • Develop and evaluate strategies to accomplish the work of the office/unit.
  • Supervise attorneys and paralegals, and where applicable, manage clerical employees.
  • Implement a case management system for the persons supervised.
  • Participate in statewide task forces and statewide advocacy efforts.
  • Develop a leadership role in legal services organizations, bar associations, and community groups. 
  • Identify, develop, and implement advocacy strategies to address systemic legal problems and monitor outcomes.
  • Assist with MLA's resource development efforts, including, but not limited to, identifying possible funding sources, making presentations to funders, drafting of grant applications, ensuring grant compliance and preparing progress reports.
  • Carry-out MLA’s strategic plan, which includes the integration of a Human Rights Framework to all aspects of the offices’ work, including litigation and advocacy, communications, community education, and human relations.
  • Screen and interview candidates for employment and effectively recommend hiring decisions.
  • Train, coach, and develop staff; guide the professional development of staff, including co-counseling of cases, reviewing substantive legal work, providing meaningful assessments and evaluation of advocacy efforts, caseloads and productivity.
  • Address client and staff collective bargaining issues, including first level grievances.
  • Assume the duties of the Chief Attorney when the Chief Attorney is absent for any reason.
  • Perform all administrative functions in accordance with Maryland Legal Aid policies and procedures.
  • Perform other duties as assigned within the scope of the essential functions of the position.

Qualifications:

Admitted to practice in the State of Maryland or admitted in another jurisdiction and eligible for admission in Maryland. At least 3 to 5 years of experience in legal practice is required. Prior supervisory experience with the ability to lead and motivate is preferred. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

 

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A RESUME AND COVER LETTER ARE REQUIRED TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION


Maryland Legal Aid (MLA) provides life-changing civil legal assistance to eligible residents in every part of the State. Since 1911, MLA has provided high-quality legal…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    J.D. Required
  • Professional Level
    Managerial

Benefits

Excellent benefits package.

Excellent benefits package.

Location

On-site
Towson, MD, USA

How to Apply

A RESUME AND COVER LETTER ARE REQUIRED TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION

A RESUME AND COVER LETTER ARE REQUIRED TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION

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