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1 North Charles Street, Suite 200
Baltimore, MD 21201
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Public Justice Center
Street address: 
1 North Charles Street, Suite 200
Job type: 
Legal - Civil
Position Description: 

December 2017

The Public Justice Center seeks an energetic attorney to work on a contractual basis on its bail reform litigation effort.

The Public Justice Center (“PJC”) is a nonprofit civil legal organization that advocates for social justice, economic opportunity, and race equity. Combining traditional client representation, policy campaign expertise, and community action collaboration, the PJC’s projects are strategically designed to create lasting impact. The PJC uses the full range of lawyering strategies, advocating in the courts, legislatures, and government agencies, in addition to public education and coalition building, to advance its mission of “pursuing systemic change to build a just society.” For more information, visit:

Our bail reform litigation effort supports the comprehensive strategy of the Coalition for a Safe and Just Maryland,, to end the use of money bail to lock people up for poverty.

Position Description
We’re looking for an attorney to join our team as soon as possible to conduct legal research, factual investigation, and litigation development and support, under the supervision of our Legal Director. The contractual position is available immediately through April 2018, with the possibility of available work beyond that dependent upon additional funding.

This is a part or full-time contractual, exempt, professional position. The attorney may be called upon to work hours in excess of 40 hours in a workweek, including the potential for evening and weekend work. This position requires local travel on a frequent basis, and the attorney must have access to reliable transportation.

The attorney will join a vibrant, fast-paced workplace peopled with dedicated advocates committed to real social change. The successful candidate will be willing to learn and grow, work hard, and be comfortable in a collaborative public interest law office environment.


 Maryland bar admission or admission to another state bar preferred.
 Ability to speak, comprehend and write Spanish preferred.
 Experience in social justice advocacy, public interest law, and race equity analysis preferred.
 Required attributes are:
o Ability to work collaboratively with others both in and outside of the PJC, including clients, other advocacy organizations, coalition members, governmental officials, and attorneys.
o Excellent legal analytic and strategic skills.
o Excellent legal writing and research skills.
o Strong communication and collaborative skills.
o Strong work ethic.
o Excellent time management skills, ability to juggle multiple responsibilities in a timely manner.

To apply: 

Applications: To apply, please submit – by email only -- a cover letter explaining your interest, resume, two writing samples, and the names and telephone numbers of three references. Please send applications to: Becky Reynolds at [email protected] with “Contract Attorney Application from [your name]” in the subject line. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to be considered. The position will be open until filled and will be filled as soon as possible.

Physical/Mental Demands and Office Environment The physical/mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The Public Justice Center is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that encourages all interested persons to apply regardless of race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or any other category protected by applicable law. Equal Opportunity Employer
Salary range: 
Compensation: Hours, salary or hourly rate, and benefits are negotiable within an approximate total employer cost of $40,000 through April 2018.
Submission deadline: 
Wednesday, December 13, 2017