Staff Attorney

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Organization information
Organization name: 
Maryland Center for Legal Assistance
Street address: 
200 Charles Street
La Plata
Job type: 
Legal - Civil
Position Description: 

Maryland Center for Legal Assistance (MCLA)seeks to close the gap in legal services in Maryland by providing brief legal advice from lawyers to unrepresented litigants with civil legal issues. MCLA, through a contract with the Maryland Judiciary, operates Court Help Centers throughout Maryland to provide legal advice to civil litigants in person and over the phone, chat, email, and via videoconference.
The Help Centers deal with a wide range of civil legal matters, including landlord-tenant, consumer matters such as debt collection and credit card cases, child support, and criminal record expungements to remove barriers to obtaining housing, employment, and child custody.
MCLA announces an immediate opening for a full-time Staff Attorney position in the Charles County Family Law Self-Help Center in La Plata, MD. Successful candidates will demonstrate an ability to handle a broad range of duties in a timely manner.
Duties and Responsibilities:
• Provide brief legal advice and information to self-represented litigants in connection with civil legal issues, including Landlord and Tenant Matters, Civil Claims, Expungement and Shielding of Records, Consumer Matters, Return of Property, Domestic Violence/Peace Orders, Family Law, and Foreclosure.
• Assist self-represented litigants in drafting their pleadings and motions, preparing for trial, completing court forms, and understanding court documents and the law.
• Provide referrals to appropriate legal service organizations, agencies, and lawyer referral services wherever appropriate.
• Local travel as needed between our various offices.
• Perform other duties as assigned within the scope of the essential functions of the position.


• Admitted to practice in the State of Maryland.
• One year or more of civil litigation experience, clinical or clerkship experience will be considered.
• Ability to conduct rapid legal research using Westlaw.
• Strong customer service skills, including the ability to empathize and assist people who are distressed.
• Ability to communicate complex legal concepts in simple terms.
• Ability to travel to different offices on short notice.
• Fluency in Spanish and American Sign Language is strongly preferred.

To apply: 
Equal Opportunity Employer
Salary range: 
$74,575.00 - $115,112.00
Submission deadline: 
Thursday, May 15, 2025