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Maryland Staff Attorney Position
The Amara Legal Center is a nonprofit legal services organization dedicated to providing free legal services to individuals whose rights have been violated while involved in commercial sex. To learn more about the Amara Legal Center’s mission and work, please visit www.amaralegal.org.

Required Skills/Qualifications:

  • J.D. from an accredited law school
  • Member in good standing of the Maryland Bar or pending admission to the Maryland Bar
  • A valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle to attend meetings and court hearings that are not accessible by public transportation
  • Strong interest regarding domestic sex trafficking, sex workers’ rights, and sexual assault within the legal system
  • Strong commitment to social justice and public interest
  • Excellent research and writing skills
  • Must be eligible to work for any employer in the United States

Desired Skills/Qualifications:

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with teams
  • Fluency in Spanish or another language frequently spoken by low-income Maryland residents
  • Ability to waive into DC Bar or Maryland if not already licensed in the District or Maryland
  • Demonstrated experience, knowledge, or interest working with low income individuals and survivors of trauma
  • Experience with policy or legislative advocacy
  • Ability to pay close attention to details, successfully manage time, and prioritize workload
  • Prior management or supervisory experience or training
  • Experience tracking grant data and using case management software

Role/Responsibilities:

  • Independently provide legal advice, advocacy, and representation on civil and criminal cases in Maryland state courts including, but not limited to: criminal record expungement, civil protection orders, child custody, divorce, name changes, criminal defense, and victim-witness advocacy
  • Maintain and create new relationships with Maryland community partner organizations
  • Providing advocacy on policy changes in Maryland as necessary
  • Providing trainings for local service providers on the identification of domestic survivors of sex trafficking and providing information sessions for clients about various areas of the law
  • Assistance in providing training and supervision to pro bono attorneys and legal interns
  • Oversee our internship program for law and undergraduate students
  • Participate in stakeholder meetings as necessary, including those of human trafficking task forces, coalitions, and other community based organizations

Annual Salary and Benefits:

  • Starting salary for the position is $49,000
  • Benefits package includes: 15 days of paid vacation leave, 5 days of paid sick leave, employer provided health and dental insurance, simple IRA retirement plan with up to a 3% employer match, flexible telework schedule, and an annual professional development budget

To Apply:
Submit a persuasive cover letter and your resume to recruiting@amaralegal.org. The deadline for applications is May 31, 2019. We will be reviewing resumes on a rolling basis and scheduling interviews accordingly.

Your privacy will be respected and preserved until the final phase of the hiring process. For example, we will only check references during the process of interviewing finalists and will only do so with your knowledge.

The Amara Legal Center is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind.

Amara is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at Amara are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, age, pregnancy, work-related injury, covered veteran status, political ideology, genetic information, marital status, family responsibilities, parental status, or any other statute protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. Amara will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics. Amara encourages applicants of all ages, sexes, genders, colors, and religions. Amara encourages applicants with personal familiarity or experience of the commercial sex industry to apply.

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