Managing Attorney

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POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

MANAGING ATTORNEY

FreeState Justice

FreeState Justice seeks a visionary, experienced Managing Attorney, who cares deeply about LGBTQ+ people, to lead our legal services team in providing direct representation to LGBTQ Marylanders with low and limited incomes. The Managing Attorney will work directly under the supervision of the Executive Director.  They will lead all aspects of FreeState’s legal services program, including managing the legal team, representing clients in our most complex cases, and overseeing case selection and docket management. We seek a candidate with a deep passion for social justice, a commitment to empowering clients, and enthusiasm for joining our small team of dedicated, engaged, and energetic individuals working to bring lived equality to Maryland’s LGBTQ population with low or limited incomes.

Position Summary: The Managing Attorney will provide vision, direction, and leadership to our legal services program. They will coach and develop a small team of two staff attorneys and a case manager to ensure excellent service to clients in both in-house and pro bono representation. They will supervise and monitor the provision of legal services to clients as well as manage a focused caseload of our most complex legal matters.  Additionally, the Managing Attorney will support FreeState’s public policy advocacy. This position is partially funded through grants from Maryland Legal Services Corporation (MLSC) and the Maryland Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP).

About FreeState:  FreeState Justice is a 501(c)(3) social justice organization that envisions a Maryland where people across the spectrum of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer identities are free to live authentically, with safety and dignity, in all communities throughout our state. Our work brings to the forefront the experiences of those of us at greater risk for discrimination, such as youth, communities of color, low-income individuals, and transgender and gender non-conforming people.

FreeState Justice provides free legal representation and policy advocacy in areas arising from a person’s LGBTQ status, such as health care discrimination, safe and equal access to school services, family law matters, name and gender changes, and discrimination in places of public accommodation.  Services, both legal and policy-focused, are provided by staff attorneys, as well as by volunteer attorneys who serve on FreeState’s pro bono panel, and student interns.

More information about the organization can be found at www.freestate-justice.org.

Responsibilities:

Manage a demanding but focused case load                                                                                                      

  • Represent LGBTQ clients with low incomes in a variety of legal venues, including judicial and administrative settings, including in complex/impact litigation

Provide vision, leadership, and direction to FreeState Justice’s direct legal services program

  • Coach, supervise, professionally develop, and provide feedback to the legal team consisting of two staff attorneys and a case manager
  • Ensure a positive, collaborative culture on the legal team and lead the team through annual strategic planning and goal-setting activities
  • Manage and supervise legal team processes including outreach, client intake and screening, and assignment of cases to in-house staff and pro bono panel attorneys to ensure excellent client service
  • Help build and maintain key partnerships with other legal service nonprofits, private counsel, local and national LGBTQ organizations
  • Lead the drafting of media statements, blog posts, and other public education materials about the issues FreeState engages in, including speaking to media about clients we represent
  • Lead the development of written resources, presentations, and other education materials for clients and attorneys on various LGBTQ legal issues, including presenting at conferences, meetings, and webinars
  • Identify and pursue opportunities for filing amicus briefs on issues of concern to Maryland’s LGBTQ community
  • Supervise and manage law student internship program
  • Support grant reporting for funders of legal services

Support FreeState’s public policy advocacy

  • Work closely with the Executive Director to support legislative and administrative public policy advocacy on behalf of the LGBTQ community in Maryland

Meet professional expectations of organization                                                                                              

  • Assist with grant reporting, public education, and the development of other written materials
  • Participate in strategic planning, goal-setting, evaluation, and professional development activities
  • Participate in and support FreeState’s annual fundraising efforts

Qualifications:  An ideal candidate will possess the following qualities:

  • Active membership in good standing in the Maryland Bar (or active membership in good standing in the bar of another state, and ability to achieve admission to the Maryland Bar at the next feasible opportunity within a year after hire and to practice under supervision until admission)
  • Minimum of five years of legal experience
  • Demonstrated commitment to serving communities with low incomes, including experience working with transgender people, people of color, and other marginalized populations
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a team, including an ability to clarify roles and responsibilities, delegate work, promote collaboration, and hold others and themselves accountable
  • Demonstrated ability to coach and develop others toward goals, recognize accomplishments, provide and receive feedback that is timely, relevant, and constructive
  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills and ability to identify areas for improvement within processes and implement solutions
  • Demonstrated familiarity with and commitment to advocacy regarding legal issues concerning the LGBTQ community both nationally and in Maryland
  • Significant experience in complex civil litigation in one or more of the following areas:
    • LGBTQ civil rights
    • Family law litigation
    • Employment discrimination and statutory and constitutional civil rights litigation under the Maryland Fair Employment Practices Act, Title VII, the Fair Housing Act, Title IX, 42 U.S.C. § 1983, etc.
    • Health law and policy, and/or ERISA insurance benefits litigation
    • Prisoner rights litigation
    • Other civil legal aid for low-income persons
  • Demonstrated ability in written and oral communications, public speaking, and interpersonal relations
  • Flexibility in work schedule
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite
  • Well-developed time management skills and strong attention to detail
  • Ability to travel throughout the state of Maryland

Additional Helpful Qualifications:

  • Experience in legislative and/or regulatory policy advocacy in Maryland, or in federal government or another U.S. state.
  • Active membership in good standing in the Bar of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland or another federal court.

Salary:  FreeState Justice offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience.  The salary range for this position is $65,000-$75,000 annually.

Benefits:  FreeState Justice offers a competitive benefits package.  Benefits include: medical, dental, and vision benefits; 403(b) retirement savings account; 11 paid holidays, 20 days of paid time off annually, and 10 days of paid sick leave.

How to Apply:  Interested candidates should (1) prepare a cover letter, resume, writing sample and (2) complete an application form and upload your application materials here.

If necessary, questions may be directed via email to ckilborn@freestate-justice.org; no calls please.  More information about the organization can be found at www.freestate-justice.org.

Equal Opportunity Employer: FreeState Justice is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, disability, HIV status, or any other status protected by applicable law.  Transgender people, people of color, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.