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Position Summary: The House of Ruth Maryland Domestic Violence Legal Clinic (the Clinic) provides free legal services to survivors of intimate partner violence in order to help them gain safety and independence from their abusive partners. The Clinic seeks applicants who are passionate about ending domestic violence and interested in public interest law. This is an entry-level position, which offers extensive training in Maryland’s protective order statute, family law issues, and trial skills and technique.
Position Description: The Staff Attorney – Protective Order Advocacy and Representation Project (POARP) advises and represents survivors of intimate partner violence in protective order proceedings in Maryland’s District and circuit courts, as well as in related matters such as contempt, modification, extension and shielding hearings. The Staff Attorney works on-site in the Clinic’s offices located in the Prince George’s County courthouses, which enables the Staff Attorney to provide immediate legal intervention to clients on a walk-in basis and to develop meaningful connections to courthouse personnel.
Provide high quality, trauma-informed representation to survivors of intimate partner violence in protective order cases, and in related contempt, modification, extension and shielding hearings.
Conduct comprehensive consultations with potential clients, which include a thorough interview about recent and past incidents of abuse, safety planning, lethality assessment, and referrals to appropriate community and legal resources.
Provide prompt, compassionate services to clients on a walk-in basis and via phone.
Maintain the Clinic’s client database and systems used for tracking clients’ cases.
Other duties as assigned.
J.D. from accredited law school
Admitted to practice and in good standing with the Bar of Maryland
Demonstrated commitment to ending domestic violence
Successful background check
Compensation and Benefits:
Starting salary: $65,000/year
Classroom and experiential training in domestic violence law, trial skills and technique, basic family law
Medical, dental and vision insurance; short- and long-term disability; life insurance
403(b) – includes employer contribution and match
Paid time off – vacation, personal, sick, paid holidays
Employee Assistance Program
How to Apply: Interested candidates should…
Equal Opportunity Employer: House of Ruth Maryland is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, veteran status, or any other protected characteristics as outlined by federal, state or local laws.