Closing Date: 23rd February, 2023
The Attorney Position: HPRP's legal practice embraces the value of housing as a human right and seeks to ensure justice for and with persons whose housing rights have been compromised. The staff attorney will provide free legal assistance to unhoused and other persons facing housing and economic insecurity. This position will focus on providing direct service to clients facing eviction or termination of their housing subsidy and barriers to housing and employment. HPRP attorneys also play a crucial role in changing systems and achieving justice through impact advocacy.
The Attorney will:
- Provide legal assistance ranging from advice to representation before administrative agencies and state trial and appellate courts. Full representation includes case investigation and development, written pleading, discovery, in-person trial, post-judgment motions, and appeals.
- Represent tenants in eviction proceedings and housing subsidy termination cases.
- Provide legal representation at one or more Rent Court Dockets in Montgomery County District Court per week.
- Collaborate with pro bono counsel on housing and expungement matters.
- Create client and community education materials, conduct regular outreach to identify clients in need of legal services, and conduct knows your rights presentations on housing law.
- Collaborate with other attorneys and community partners on legislative, regulatory, budget, and other policy matters relevant to the project area.
- Some weekend or evening hours may occasionally be required.
- JD from an accredited law school and licensed to practice law in Maryland or licensed in another state and eligible for admission to the Maryland bar
- One to three years of prior legal experience – prior litigation experience preferred. (Two semesters of law school clinical experience or a judicial clerkship will be considered equivalent to one year of legal experience.)
- Strong knowledge of Maryland civil law
- Demonstrated commitment to equity and social justice, and personal approach that values all individuals and respects difference
- Excellent analytical and writing skills
- Strong organizational skills and ability to set priorities
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and approach and engage tenants in eviction court
- Bilingual skills (in Spanish or another language prevalent in HPRP’s client community) are strongly preferred but not required