Legal Assistant/Paralegal

Company/Agency: Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service

Position: Paralegal, Full-Time

Description: This position includes assisting MVLS staff in implementing Leveraging Legal Services for Older Adults: Keeping Baltimoreans in Their Homes, a project with four areas of focus: 1) avoiding foreclosure and tax sale, 2) promoting financial stability, 3) preventing financial exploitation and 4) creating advance planning documents.

Responsibilities/Duties: Provide intake services to potential MVLS clients, including Baltimore City senior homeowners who may face a variety of legal issues. Review applications received through telephone and on-line intake. Screen applicants for income eligibility, case type and Maryland county of residence. Contact volunteer attorneys to place eligible client cases, including all foreclosure and tax sale matters. Use LegalServer database to manage documents and paper work associated with cases, e.g., client applications, court documents, financial eligibility documents, important correspondence, invoices or requests for reimbursement. Develop proficiency using LegalServer database, especially with respect to client and volunteer-related data entry and document management. Schedule and organize client files for various clinics, ex. bankruptcy bypass program, and coordinate creditor mailings or other necessary documentation. Assist with client referrals from other legal services agencies, including client screening, entering client information into Legal Server and placing cases with volunteer lawyers. Report client or attorney disputes to the Pro Bono Program Manager and Deputy Director for resolution. Participate in pro bono program outreach activities that may include occasional weekend and evening work. Must be able to drive to outreach activities or other MVLS events. Other administrative duties as assigned.

Qualifications/Skills: At least two years of comparable administrative, customer service, or legal experience. Computer and data entry experience required. Proficient in Microsoft Office suite of programs, i.e., Word, Excel, Access, Outlook. Demonstrated commitment to underserved communities. At least two years of college or paralegal certificate from an accredited program. Client-centered customer service skills are essential to success in this position. Excellent computer, data entry, and organization skills. Must be detail-oriented. Must possess strong telephone skills and ability to deal with difficult clients in crisis. Strong written and oral communication skills essential. Spanish language skills a plus.

Salary/Benefits: $32,500 with excellent benefits, including health insurance (with dental and vision benefits), sick leave and vacation.

To Apply: Submit a cover letter and resume via email with “Intake Paralegal” in the subject line to mvls@mvlslaw.org. Applications are due no later than Friday, June 2, 2017. Please, no telephone calls.

Posted: 5/22/17


Company/Agency: Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service

Position: Paralegal, Part-Time

Description: Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service seeks a consumer protection paralegal. This position is 23 hours per week.

Responsibilities/Duties: Interview and screen potential clients and assist clinic attorney at weekly Consumer Protection Clinic held every Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Assist the Consumer Staff Attorney with all aspects of CPP Clinic administration. Promptly enter all clinic data into MVLS LegalServer database. Review applications for consumer legal services. Screen applicants for income eligibility, case type and Maryland county. Contact MVLS volunteer attorneys to place eligible client cases. Use LegalServer database to manage documents and paper work associated with cases, e.g., client applications, court documents, financial eligibility documents, important correspondence, invoices or requests for reimbursement. Develop proficiency using LegalServer database, especially with respect to client and volunteer-related data entry and document management. Report client or attorney disputes to the Consumer Staff Attorney for resolution. Other administrative duties as assigned.

Qualifications/Skills: At least two years of comparable administrative, customer service, or legal experience. Computer and data entry experience required. Proficient in Microsoft Office suite of programs, i.e., Word, Excel, Access, Outlook. Demonstrated commitment to underserved communities. At least two years of college or paralegal certificate from an accredited program. Client-centered customer service skills are essential to success in this position. Excellent computer, data entry, and organization skills. Must be detail-oriented and able to organize and manage case documents. Must possess strong telephone skills and ability to deal with clients in crisis. Must enjoy being a team player as success depends on collaboration and teamwork. Strong written and oral communication skills essential. Spanish language skills a plus.

Salary/Benefits: $21,000 annual salary, 23 hours per week. Generous employee benefits, including paid health insurance (single coverage) with dental and vision coverage.

To Apply: Please write “CPP Paralegal” in e-mail subject line and attach a cover letter and your resume in Microsoft Word format. Send email to mvls@mvlslaw.org. Applications are due no later than Friday, June 2, 2017. Please, no telephone calls.

Posted: 5/22/17


Company/Agency: Maryland Legal Aid

Position: Paralegal, Metropolitan Maryland Office (Landover)

Description: The Metropolitan Maryland office announces an immediate opening for a full-time paralegal for qualified applicants.

Responsibilities/Duties: Perform intake. Represent low-income clients in administrative law cases under the supervision of an attorney. Conduct outreach/community education. Assist attorneys/legal staff as directed. Areas of practice include, but are not limited to elder law, public benefits, housing law, employment law. Other duties as assigned. Geographic coverage includes Prince George’s and Howard counties. Local travel required.

Qualifications/Skills: Paralegal certificate/degree desired. Legal services experience desired. Spanish language proficiency especially desirable.

To Apply: Submit updated resumé and cover letter to Blake Fetrow, Chief Attorney, online at https://home.eease.adp.com/recruit2/?id=15598831&t=1.

Posted: 5/19/17


Company/Agency: Maryland Legal Aid

Position: Paralegal, Midwestern Maryland Office (Frederick)

Description: The Maryland Legal Aid Midwestern office located in Frederick, Maryland announces an available position for a full-time paralegal to qualified applicants.

Responsibilities/Duties: Under the supervision of an attorney, paralegals are generally expected to handle all functions related to casework from initial intake through representation of clients at administrative and other hearings permitted by law. The paralegal will be expected to work together with attorneys on cases or projects, including work on the paralegal’s cases. Assists with intake and administration of the pro bono referral and placement program for clients. Conducts preliminary and subsequent interviews with clients, interviewing witnesses, trial preparation, trial support, and making referrals. Performs litigation support such as preparing discovery, drafting pleadings, correspondence and other documents. Conducts factual investigation and legal research. Resolves problems of clients. Assists in or develops case theory and strategy for the representation of clients. Provides community and institutional outreach and education. Assists with administrative office functions as needed. Performs other duties, as assigned within the scope of the essential functions of the position.

Qualifications/Skills: Must have proficient written and communication skills sufficient to perform the duties of the position, computer skills and experience with Microsoft Office, proven ability to draft correspondence and legal documents, good attention to detail, willingness to work in all legal substantive areas. Spanish language proficiency desirable.

To Apply: Visit https://home.eease.adp.com/recruit2/?id=15458551, or submit resume and cover letter via fax at 410-951-7797.

Posted: 10/28/16