The Montgomery/Prince George’s County Office is an esteemed team of legal professionals and activists who are dedicated to fighting for the rights of the marginalized individuals in the community. The team employs a multifaceted approach to their work, which includes providing direct representation to those in need, organizing community-based outreach and educational programs, and advocating for justice at the local and statewide level. Since its inception in April 2017, the office has made significant strides in its efforts to promote access to justice. Specifically, the team has been instrumental in facilitating legal clinics and educational programs on topics such as criminal record expungement and tenants’ rights. The Director of the office will have a crucial role to play in ensuring that the team continues to serve the community effectively and achieves its goals.
The Director will:
Supervision and Training:
- Recruiting, training, and supervising volunteer attorneys, paralegals, and law students who serve Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties.
- Updating and developing written materials for volunteers, including training manuals.
- Maintaining the necessary infrastructure to monitor the work of volunteer attorneys and provide ongoing support and supervision as needed.
Managing Direct Legal Representation:
- Planning and assigning the legal work of the office/unit in consultation with leadership directors.
- Ensuring grant compliance and preparing and drafting required grant funder reports.
- Representing a limited number of clients
- Participating in fundraising efforts, including working with the executive director on grant applications, attending meetings with current and potential funders, and assisting with grant reports.
Community Engagement and Collaboration:
- Establishing HPRP’s off-site legal clinics, including developing strong relationships with new providers to open additional locations for HPRP’s off-site legal clinics in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties and evaluating the effectiveness of the off-site locations.
- Conducting Know Your Rights and informational sessions at local shelters and other community-based programs and creating client and community education materials.
- Working with HPRP’s executive director and other staff to expand the visibility of HPRP’s satellite office, including publicizing the program and developing relationships with the private bar and government lawyers, county agencies, and legislative and executive offices.
Managing Systemic and Administrative Advocacy:
- Identifying systemic legal and policy issues to pursue in consultation with HPRP’s legal director.
- Supervising legal and administrative staff.