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Pro Bono Director



Pro Bono Program Maryland Legal Aid (MLA) has established a Pro Bono Program within its Statewide Advocacy Support Unit. The overall purpose of this Program is to recruit, train, coordinate, and facilitate the work of pro bono attorneys with eligible Maryland Legal Aid clients. The Pro Bono Program will develop statewide standards for pro bono practice within Maryland Legal Aid’s case priorities, and establish innovative solutions to address the justice gap with the use of pro bono attorneys and other volunteers. As part of this effort, Maryland Legal Aid announces the availability of a full-time Program Director/Supervising Attorney position. The Program Director provides leadership for the development of the program and assists with the placement of pro bono cases in areas of law consistent with MLA priorities, i.e. housing, consumer, public benefits, and family law. The Director supervises Pro Bono Program staff, including attorneys and paralegals, and reports to the Director of Advocacy for Training and Pro Bono.

The Program Director has the following additional responsibilities: 1. Build and maintain strong relationships with law firms, solo practitioners, bar associations, law schools, and pro bono affiliate organizations throughout Maryland and enhance MLA’s visibility and presence statewide; 2. Spearhead the training and recruitment of pro bono attorneys, paralegals, law students and other volunteers, including those in allied professions, to assist with the delivery of legal services; 3. Plan and execute recognition events at MLA to celebrate the accomplishments of pro bono volunteers; 4. Ensure that MLA’s pro bono work is accomplished in accordance with funder requirements, including regulations of the Legal Services Corporation; 5. Supervise and monitor case representation provided by volunteers, including case reviews, case closures, and audit preparation; 6. Prepare reports and compile data from MLA’s case management system; 7. Collaborate with MLA’s development and grant writing teams to enhance resources for MLA’s pro bono initiatives. 


Qualifications: Admission to Maryland Bar or another state bar and eligibility and willingness to take the first available Maryland Bar examination. Five plus years of legal experience, preferably in the delivery of pro bono civil legal services to low-income clients. Able to travel statewide. Spanish language proficiency desirable. The ideal candidate will be creative, flexible, and self-motivated and have excellent written and oral communication skills. 

To Apply: 

Send an updated resume and cover letter to Amy Petkovsek, Director of Advocacy for Training and Pro Bono, online at or copy this URL


Submission Deadline: 
April 22, 2019
Organization Information: 
Maryland Legal Aid
500 East Lexington Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
United States