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ProfileProgram Attorney/Staff Counsel Duties: Plan and implement creative outreach strategies aimed at recruitment and retention of pro bono attorneys. In conjunction with partners, plan and coordinate substantive training for pro bono attorneys. Develop and manage support services for volunteers including mentoring and resource documents. Coordinate community legal advice clinics statewide and engage pro bono attorneys to provide one-on-one brief legal advice. Staff legal advice clinics to provide substantive legal support to volunteer attorneys, manage flow of clients through consultations, and facilitate appropriate cross-referrals to other available services. Track and analyze clinic metrics and client outcomes. Contribute to grant reports. Coordinate with partners through meetings and other means of communication as needed to maintain efficient and effective program. Maintain and develop network of community partners, including faith-based organizations, elected officials, senior centers, neighborhood groups and housing counseling agencies in Prince George’s County. Increase community awareness about relevant resources, including brief legal advice clinics, case placement services and relevant city and state programs and social service resources. Coordinate outreach activities such as radio advertisements, press releases, web-based and other communications, and homeowner phone calls. Create outreach materials for public and volunteer attorney recruitment. Assist with client intake and follow-up. Manage administration and support of activities related to the Court of Appeals’ Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Service. Arrange monthly meetings, draft agendas and minutes, and conduct research and follow-up. Coordinate periodic regional pro bono committee meetings at various locations in Maryland. Attend local pro bono committee meetings in various jurisdictions in the state and provide assistance on behalf of the Standing Committee. Update legal services directories and other resources for all counties. Provide technical assistance and support to local pro bono committees and monitor progress on pro bono projects and initiatives by: Sharing resources, best practice tips and training with local pro bono committees; and Developing and distributing quarterly electronic publication highlighting activities of local committees. Identify and research proposals for new policies and practices to enhance pro bono service and increase access to justice for those in need. Research rules and policies that impact pro bono participation and access to the justice system. Assist in compiling Report to Court of Appeals of Maryland at least annually on progress of effort.
Qualification and Experience
QUALIFICATIONS: Admission to the Bar in the state of Maryland. Must be available some evenings and weekends when community clinics occur. Excellent written and verbal communication skills and strong public speaking ability. Ability to work well with a variety of people, including other staff, volunteers, clients, public interest organizations, governmental entities, Board members, and donors. Strong attention to detail and excellent organizational and record-keeping skills. Strong commitment to helping the community and ensuring equal access to justice.
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