Employment

EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS ATTORNEY
Public Justice Center
Baltimore, MD
 
March 2017
 
The Public Justice Center seeks a passionate and committed attorney to join its Workplace Justice team.
 
The Public Justice Center (“PJC”) is a nonprofit civil legal organization that advocates for social justice, economic opportunity, and race equity. Combining traditional client representation, policy campaign expertise, and community action collaboration, the PJC’s projects are strategically designed to create lasting impact. The PJC uses the full range of lawyering strategies, advocating in the courts, legislatures, and government agencies, in addition to public education and coalition building, to advance its mission of “pursuing systemic change to build a just society.” For more information, visit: www.publicjustice.org
 
Our Workplace Justice Project (“WJP”) partners with low-wage workers, community and labor organizations, and fellow advocates to promote justice and equity in the workplace and in the courts.  We litigate in federal and state courts, enabling our clients to stand up to wage theft, recover their unpaid wages, and send a message that bedrock wage laws cannot be violated with impunity.  We advocate in the legislature for systemic reforms to strengthen our workplace laws, promote policies to improve worker health and safety, and ensure access to justice for all workers.  
 
Position Description  
We’re looking for an attorney to join our team to lead impact litigation to combat wage theft and promote policies that improve working conditions, particularly policies designed to promote worker health and safety and make work pay. The attorney will report to the lead attorney of the Workplace Justice Project. This position will be available in September 2017.
 
Essential job responsibilities include:
  • Providing know-your-rights trainings in Spanish and English;
  • Analyzing employment-related intakes for case selection and team review;
  • Handling all aspects of litigation as lead or co-counsel (including private counsel);
  • Thorough and timely case and file management;
  • Attending and participating in coalition meetings;
  • Providing legal expertise, answers, drafting legislation, and/or developing other strategies as selected by partner coalitions;
  • Lobbying and testifying in the Maryland General Assembly and other legislative bodies;
  • Participating thoughtfully in team evaluations and the development of the team workplan.
 
This is a full-time, exempt, professional position.  The attorney may be called upon to work hours in excess of 40 hours in a workweek, including the potential for evening and weekend work. This position requires local travel on at least a weekly basis, and the attorney must have access to reliable transportation.  
 
The attorney will join a vibrant, fast-paced workplace peopled with dedicated advocates committed to real social change.  The successful candidate will be willing to learn and grow, hard working, and comfortable in a collaborative public interest law office environment. 
 
Required Qualifications:
  • Maryland bar admission or admission to another state bar and willingness to take the Maryland bar.
  • Two years of legal experience required, more experience preferred. 
  • Ability to speak, comprehend and write Spanish and English fluently.  
  • Experience with or expertise in poverty law, particularly with respect to wage and hour law and home care workers.
  • Legislative advocacy/lobbying, community organizing and education, and/or coalition-building experience preferred.
  • Experience in social justice advocacy, public interest law, and race equity analysis preferred.

Other required attributes are:

  • Ability to work collaboratively with others both in and outside of the PJC, including clients, other advocacy organizations, coalition members, governmental officials, and attorneys. 
  • Excellent legal analytic and strategic skills. 
  • Excellent legal writing and research skills.
  • Strong communication and collaborative skills.
  • Strong work ethic.
  • Excellent time management skills, ability to juggle multiple responsibilities in a timely manner.
  • Compensation: The salary range for an attorney with 2-7 years of experience is $53,000 to $61,500.  An excellent cafeteria benefit package is included offering health, dental, disability and life insurance, and retirement options. 
 
Applications: To apply, please submit – by email only -- a cover letter explaining your interest, resume, two writing samples, and the names and telephone numbers of three references. Please send applications to:  Hannah Walsh, Paralegal at walshh@publicjustice.org with “Staff Attorney Application from [your name]” in the subject line.  Applicants are encouraged to apply by April 21, 2017 to be considered.  The position will begin in September 2017.
 
Physical/Mental Demands and Office Environment
The physical/mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 
 
The Public Justice Center is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that encourages all interested persons to apply regardless of race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or any other category protected by applicable law.
 
 
Paralegal
Public Justice Center
Baltimore, Maryland

March 2017

Be a critical member in a team of social justice advocates! The Public Justice Center in Baltimore is seeking a paralegal to take primary responsibility for client intake and referral, litigation support, and other administrative and advocacy program support for a nonprofit law office.

The Public Justice Center (“PJC”)
The Public Justice Center pursues systemic change to build a just society. Founded in Maryland in 1985, the PJC uses legal advocacy tools to pursue social justice, economic and race equity, and fundamental human rights for people who are struggling to provide for their basic needs. The PJC is a civil legal aid office that provides advice and representation to low-income clients, advocates before legislatures and government agencies, and collaborates with community and advocacy organizations.  www.publicjustice.org. This position works primarily in the Workplace Justice Project, which represents low-wage workers in federal and state courts, enabling them to stand up to wage theft, recover their unpaid wages, and send a message that bedrock wage laws cannot be violated with impunity. We also promote workers’ interests in the Maryland General Assembly.


Core Duties:
  • Assists attorneys with community outreach, initial client intake and case review, and ongoing litigation support, including investigation, organizing, translating and filing legal pleadings, assisting in document review and document management, and data entry and reporting.
  • Provides general administrative and office support for nonprofit law office. Responsible for receiving, handling or assigning, and monitoring all support requests from staff.
  • As a member of various legal teams, conducts telephone and in person intake in Spanish or English, interviews clients, opens and maintains electronic and paper case files, participates in fact gathering and appropriate referral, brief service, or advocacy.
  • Other duties as assigned.
 
Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited school.
  • Spanish/English bilingual in writing and speaking.
  • Attention to detail and keen organization skills.
  • Demonstrated passion for social justice and commitment to the vision of the Public Justice Center.
  • Ability to work under deadline and manage multiple tasks.

Preferred Attributes:
  • Experience with our client communities; ability to understand and sensitively respond to people seeking services in crisis situations.
  • Experience in law office/ litigation support.
  • Excellent use of MS Word and Excel required; database programs a plus. Strong ability to learn new programs and skills, and figure out how to use programs to get the work done well.
  • Strong problem solving abilities, time management, and organizational skills: the ability to manage complex assignments and work collegially with staff.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with others both in and outside of the PJC, including clients, other advocacy organizations, coalition members, governmental officials, and attorneys.
  • References required.
 
Compensation:
Competitive salary, depending on experience. Salary range begins at $32,000 plus $1,000 language bonus. A cafeteria benefit package is offered including options for health, dental, disability and life insurance, and retirement plans.

Applications:
Applications should be submitted as soon as possible. Applications will be accepted and interviews conducting on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. To apply, please submit by email only a cover letter explaining your interest, resume, two writing samples – in English and Spanish, and the names and telephone numbers of three references. Please send applications to Hannah Walsh at walshh@publicjustice.org  with “Paralegal applicant” in the subject line.

The Public Justice Center is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that encourages all interested persons to apply regardless of race, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.