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