Legal Network Cases - Case Handling Attorney

Case Handling Attorney with the 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. 

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 their 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:

  • Due Dec. 31: Fill in an application 
  • Dec 28 - Jan 14:Matching Expectations Conversation with Catholic Charities' staff
  • Jan 20 - Feb 8: Attend Volunteer Orientation and complete program-specific initiation
  • Late January:Begin volunteering!  
  • Want to get started sooner? Email Kelly.Thompson@cc-dc.org