Legal Network


Case Handling Attorney with Legal Network

Catholic Charities Legal Network provides pro bono civil legal services to low-income families and individuals throughout the Archdiocese of Washington. Case types, in Washington, DC and Maryland, include: landlord/tenant, family, government entitlements, consumer debt/bankruptcy, wills/probate, employment, and record sealing.  

 

Licensed attorney volunteers will represent at least one pro bono client who was screened through Catholic Charities Legal Network and seeks assistance with a non-fee-generating, civil legal matter. A case-handling attorney will directly represent a client in their civil legal matter, zealously advocating for a positive outcome that improves the client’s life.   

 

Duties & Responsibilities:  

  • Directly representing a client in a civil legal matter, which may or may not include representation in front of a court or administrative tribunal 
  • Effectively advocating for a client to resolve their civil legal matter 

Desired Skills, Experience & Characteristics:  

  • Interest in completing volunteer work using legal skills to assist a pro bono client 
  • Fully embrace Catholic Charities Culture of Caring  
  • No prior experience in a particular area of the law is necessary; mentoring opportunities are available 
  • All in-person volunteers must submit proof they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 

Qualifications:  

  • Volunteers must be licensed and in good standing with the DC and/or MD Bar or qualify under the local rule allowing for out-of-state attorneys to practice

Volunteer Benefits:  

  • A wonderful way to fulfill the pro bono service hours suggested by the D.C. and Maryland Rules of Professional Conduct
  • Malpractice insurance available
  • An opportunity to be mentored by more experienced attorneys 
  • Build new legal skills 
  • A greater sense of the legal needs in your community 

Time Commitment:  

  • Time commitment will vary depending on the professional’s availability and the complexity of the legal matter 
  • At least a one-case commitment is appreciated; this could take 2 weeks or 1+ years, depending on the matter at hand  

Location:  

  • This is a remote opportunity, with access to Legal Network staff attorneys also in a remote manner 
  • If office space is necessary in the course of representing a pro bono client, arrangements can be made through Legal Network staff attorneys 

Support: 

  • Volunteer orientation to the agency and CCLN will be provided 
  • Training and mentorship opportunities are available through the Legal Network 
  • Cultural competency training for working with clients facing trauma, as needed 

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