Job Details

Staff Attorney

Company name

United States District Court For The District of Maryland

Organization Type


Job Type


Date Last Verified

Dec 11, 2019

Valid Through

Mar 25, 2020

Posted on

Nov 29, 2019

Min Salary/Max Salary

USD 137849 to 166500 Annually

Years of Experience

Min 4 yrs required


Baltimore, MD, United States

Employment Type



Practice Area
Civil Rights >> Civil Rights
Litigation >> Litigation - General/Commercial
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Staff Attorney
The candidate will be working directly under the supervision of the Chief Judge and Liaison Judges and together with other Staff Attorneys assists all the judges regarding substantive legal and procedural review of prisoner civil litigation, instituted with or without an attorney, including state and federal prisoner habeas corpus petitions and civil rights complaints. Assisting the judges regarding substantive legal screening and initial processing of non-prisoner pro se civil litigation. Supervising employees involved in Pro Se activities, including assigning and reviewing work, evaluating performance, and recommending disciplinary actions. Developing and conducting employee performance evaluations and assisting in developing work standards. Delegating, and prioritizing workload if needed, implementing staff procedures, and conducting staff meetings. Editing opinions and orders drafted by other Pro Se Staff Attorneys both for substance and to conform with chambers’ style preferences. Keeping abreast of changes in the law to aid the court in adjusting to new case law and legislation affecting pro se and prisoner litigation. Identifying problem areas, making recommendations, and offering solutions, as required by the court, the Administrative Office, and others. Keeping abreast of the current staffing formula and associated work measurement efforts. Monitoring pro se and death penalty filings used to calculate annual staffing levels. Reviewing the docket of pending caseload to assure the proper progress of such cases and advising the court and relevant personnel of those cases where action is needed. Overseeing office functions and identifying issues and resolving disputes. Maintaining accurate documentation, statistics, and employee records and training staff on policies, procedures, and internal controls. Making recommendations regarding employee appointments, promotions, and separations. Evaluating present procedures to determine innovations for increasing the effectiveness in handling complaints, petitions, and pleadings. Compiling statistics and preparing reports to reflect the status of cases and to monitor staffing in conformity with guidelines set by the Administrative Office of the Courts. Training and mentoring Pro Se Unit personnel. Case management, including monitoring dockets to assure the proper progress of cases assigned to oneself as well as to other Pro Se Staff Attorneys. Providing information, guidance, and advice to peers as well as judges and chambers law clerks on legal issues relating to prisoner cases. Assisting staff with interpretation of pleadings filed by self-represented litigants. Maintaining caseload involving substantive screening of petitions and complaints and drafting appropriate opinions and orders for review by District and Magistrate Judges, including motions to dismiss and for summary judgment, and final habeas opinions and Performing other duties as assigned.

Qualification and Experience

The candidate should have law school graduate and have 4+ years of experience as a judicial law clerk, and/or pro se staff attorney or the equivalent. Should demonstrate one or more accomplishments or proficiencies or the equivalent in the following: Experience directing the workflow within an office. Experience providing review of other law clerks’ drafts prior to submission to a judicial officer. Experience training law clerks on standards of performance. Experience in the area of prisoner and constitutional law. Clerkship experience needed. Strong verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to work effectively with a variety of people either in person or on the phone. Excellent organizational skills and experience handling multiple tasks and projects.

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Company info

Hiring Coordinator
United States District Court For The District of Maryland
101 West Lombard Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

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