STAFF ATTORNEY - Housing/Consumer Law

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Job location
500 East Lexington Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Maryland Legal Aid
Street address: 
500 East Lexington Street
City: 
Baltimore
State: 
Maryland
ZIP: 
21202
Job type: 
Legal - Civil
Position Description: 

Funding for this position is made available by the Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Charitable Foundation beginning October 1, 2015 and continuing through September 30, 2018. This multi-year project is designed to improve and coordinate legal service delivery to help older homeowners in Baltimore City age in their communities.

Essential Functions: Provide representation to elderly clients in Baltimore City at risk of losing their homes in a variety of cases, including foreclosures, issues involving reverse mortgages, tax sales, tax credits, water and utility bill delinquency, heirs’ property and title issues, financial exploitation and predatory lending. The attorney will handle all case work functions from initial intake through representations of clients before agencies and courts. The attorney will work with colleagues, law graduates, legal assistants, paralegals, and social workers on cases and projects and maintain files in accordance with Maryland Legal Aid standards.

Tasks assigned to the attorney may include any or all, but are not necessarily limited to, the following:

1. Screen clients for eligibility and make appropriate referrals;
2. Receive and prioritize the handling of referrals from project partners and newly established “HUBS” that will provide social work and case management to Baltimore seniors. Ensure that “no wrong door” referral approach is implemented;
3. Conduct substantive client interviews;
4. Perform factual investigation and legal research;
5. Advise and counsel clients;
6. Prepare pleadings, briefs, legal memoranda, correspondence, and other legal documents;
7. Develop case theory and strategy for representation of clients both independently and in consultation with supervisors and unit staff;
8. Represent clients in negotiation/mediation, hearings, trials, and appeals;
9. Serve as point person in collaboration with funding partners and attend meetings to ensure referral process is seamless and required data is shared;
10. Be available to community groups and HUBS to provide outreach and education;
11. Participate in HUBS clinics organized by project partners by providing substantive expertise;
12. Develop professionally through attendance at Maryland Legal Aid training, task forces, and other educational opportunities;
13. Assist with reporting and data collection required by the funder;
14. Assist with grant-writing and development efforts;
15. Perform other duties as assigned within the scope of the essential functions of the position.

Apply online with an updated résumé and cover letter to Avery T. Clark, Supervising Attorney, at https://www.mdlab.org/careers or copy this URL https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=legaidbeu1&j...

Requirements: 

Qualifications: Admitted to practice in the State of Maryland or admitted in another jurisdiction and eligible for admission in the State of Maryland. Out-of-State attorneys must be able and available to take next scheduled bar examination following date of employment. Experience handling foreclosures and/or bankruptcies is preferable. The candidate must be willing to accept complex and challenging cases and develop creative strategies to assist clients. Spanish language proficiency is desirable.

Apply online with an updated résumé and cover letter to Avery T. Clark, Supervising Attorney, at https://www.mdlab.org/careers or copy this URL https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=legaidbeu1&j...

To apply: 

Apply online with an updated résumé and cover letter to Avery T. Clark, Supervising Attorney, at https://www.mdlab.org/careers or copy this URL https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=legaidbeu1&j...

Notes: 
Equal Opportunity Employer
Salary range: 
53,491 - 82,345
Submission deadline: 
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Expiration date: 
Tuesday, January 23, 2018