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FreeState Justice seeks an analytical, kind, and experienced staff attorney to advocate for civil rights for vulnerable LGBTQ+ Marylanders. The position is grant funded through the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention. The staff attorney reports directly to FreeState’s Managing Attorney. This is a full-time, newly-created experienced staff attorney position, with approximately 75% of the attorney’s time dedicated to litigation and the balance focused on policy advocacy and outreach. A deep commitment to working in partnership with transgender and gender-non conforming people and communities of color is required.
Position Summary: The staff attorney will primarily maintain a diverse caseload of cutting edge, complex cases relating to civil matters arising out of one’s gender identity or sexual orientation, including civil rights, healthcare, family law, elder law, conditions of confinement, and other matters. In addition, the attorney will advocate for legal and policy change to advance the rights of LGBTQ+ Marylanders; engage with our community through establishing equitable relationships and community education; and work with the Managing Attorney and litigation team to continue building FreeState into a national model for state-level LGBTQ+ issue and LGBTQ+-specific direct legal services and impact litigation.
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, individuals with low-incomes, 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.
Reports To: Managing Attorney
Direct Civil Legal Services
Qualifications: An ideal candidate will possess the following qualities:
Salary: FreeState Justice offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience. The salary range for this position is $59,000 to $61,000 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 send a one-page cover letter, resume, list of three references, and a writing sample that is no longer than 5 pages to Ashley Flores-Maldonado at firstname.lastname@example.org and complete a candidate intake form at the following URL: https://goo.gl/forms/QzoxDmmN8kiCEQHD2. If necessary, questions may be directed via email to Ashley Flores-Maldonado; no calls please. More information about the organization can be found at www.freestate-justice.org.
Applications will be accepted until November 21. Candidates will receive an email confirming receipt of their application. We anticipate that the final interviews for this position will occur the week of November 26, and hope to make an offer by the week of December 3.
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.