Legal Network


Case Handling Attorney with Legal Network

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 in one of the following practice areas: Domestic Relations (custody/visitation), Employment, Landlord-Tenant, Will Drafting (with Advanced Healthcare Directive and/or Power of Attorney), Public Entitlements (SSI or SSDI) or Bankruptcy/Consumer Matters. A case-handling attorney will directly represent a client in his or her civil legal matter, zealously advocating for a positive outcome that improves the client’s life.   

 

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 law (custody, divorce, child custody), government entitlements (SSI/SSDI), consumer debt/bankruptcy, estate planning (will drafting, advanced healthcare directives, power of attorney), employment, and record sealing.  

 

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Attorneys will be responsible for:  

  • 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 his or her civil legal matter 

Desired Skills, Experience & Characteristics:  

  • Interest in completing volunteer work using legal skills to assist a pro bono client  
  • No prior experience in a particular area of the law is necessary; mentoring opportunities are available 

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:  

  • 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 

 

Next Steps:  

  • By September 17: Fill in an application  
  • September 8 – September 24: Matching Expectations conversation with Catholic Charities staff.   
  • October 3: Find out if you’ve been selected for the role.  
  • October 15- October 23: Attend virtual Volunteer Orientation and complete screenings.   
  • October 26: Begin volunteering!