Maryland Legal Aid (MLA) announces an opening for a Chief Counsel, based in its Baltimore City office. The Chief Counsel directs the substantive legal work of MLA's 12 full-service offices statewide and is responsible for ensuring that MLA provides high quality legal services to clients through an innovative, assertive, client-centered advocacy program, consistent with MLA's human rights framework. As the largest provider of civil legal services in Maryland, MLA has a staff of approximately 285, including 140 attorneys, 50 paralegals and 95 administrative and support staff and a budget of $29 million. The Chief Counsel supervises two Deputy Chief Counsels and six Directors of Advocacy; develops effective and innovative systems to deliver legal services and ensures their utilization as well as adherence to established standards of practice and legal ethics; works with key staff to establish and maintain MLA's advocacy policies, procedures, and priorities; helps to develop substantive law training opportunities and advocacy efforts, including complex appeals and policy initiatives and approves decisions to undertake major litigation; with other executive staff leads MLA's periodic, strategic and other long-term planning efforts; identifies potential funding sources, develops proposals, and prepares periodic reports on services rendered; coordinates interaction and partnerships with other legal services providers, community organizations and/or other collaborators; and promotes MLA's initiatives, activities, and achievements through the press, social media, community outreach, and professional events and conferences, and through the publication of articles and other materials focusing on substantive law, practice skills, social issues, and current events.
An L.L.B or J.D. degree required; At least 12 years of experience as a practicing attorney and at least seven years as a manager. Demonstrated ability to manage and lead a statewide team of attorneys, paralegals, and administrative prrofessionals. Substantive appellate experience. Superior organizational and written and verbal presentation skills. Experience working with low-income populations or in a legal services setting is desirable. Admission to Maryland Bar or another state bar and and eligibility and willingness to apply for admission to the Maryland Bar at the earlest opportunity.
Apply directly at https://www.mdlab.org/careers/