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Position Overview


The Sexual Assault Legal Institute (SALI), a program within the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MCASA), is
seeking a legal advocate. This position provides direct services to sexual assault survivors and also assists with online
communication to provide survivors with legal information. Administrative duties include assisting with grants
management using a client database. SALI provides legal services to survivors of sexual violence, and training &
technical assistance to others working with survivors. Legal advocates report to the SALI Managing Attorney.

Classication: Non-Exempt


Responsibilities and Duties


Provide high quality, culturally competent legal advocacy for survivors of sexual assault.
Assist attorneys in representation of sexual assault survivors in a range of cases; these may include protective
and peace orders, U-visa, family law, crime victim rights, education, employment and other cases.
Increase SALI’s presence on social media and improve legal information available on MCASA’s agency-wide
website.
Coordinate and develop culturally competent outreach materials and arrange for appropriate translation of current SALI literature.
Participate in forums and meetings relating to SALI activities.

Conduct initial interviews (intakes) with survivors of sexual assault.
Provide safety planning for survivors.
Assist in production of training and technical assistance materials.
Collect data needed for grant reports or other reasons; assist in report preparation using Legal Server database.
Assist in recruiting and work with legal interns.
Prioritize and full responsibilities in accordance with available funding and grant requirements.
Comply with or assist others in compliance with the Rules of Professional Conduct (legal ethics).
Such other duties as assigned by SALI managing attorney or executive director.

Qualications


Bachelor’s degree, AA in Paralegal Studies, or equivalent experience required. Recent JDs considered only if
committed to outreach and other responsibilities that may not fall under an attorney’s usual duties AND
committed to non-attorney position for signicant period of time.
Fluent in English; conversant in Spanish or other language is preferred.
Skilled and enthusiastic about developing ways to share legal information via technology, including social media
and website.
Familiarity with LegalServer or commitment to learn database.
Access to a car and valid drivers license; this position requires travel within the State of Maryland. Out of state
travel required 1-3 times annually.
Knowledge and/or previous work experience with sexual assault related issues preferred.

Physical Demands


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully
perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with
disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required
to sit; use hands tonger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities
required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while
performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with
disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Commitment to Diversity

MCASA is an equal opportunity employer. Its policy of nondiscrimination means that all employment decisions will be based on merit and without regard to factors unrelated to job performance, such as ethnicity, creed, marital status, national origin, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, and physical, emotional or mental capacity. 

To apply:  Send resume and cover letter to [email protected] with "Bi-lingual Legal Advocate Position" and your
name in subject line.

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Position Overview

SALI provides legal services to survivors of sexual violence, and technical assistance and training to professionals working with survivors.  The Sexual Assault Legal Institute (SALI) is part of the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MCASA).  MCASA’s SALI is looking for a full-time staff attorney that will provide legal services to victims of sexual assault and assist them in development and administration of SALI services, outreach, and training.  Casework may include a substantial immigration caseload. This position reports to the Managing Attorney.

 

THIS POSITION REQUIRES ADMISSION TO PRACTICE LAW.

 

Classification:  Exempt

 

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Provide legal services to victims of sexual assault, including assessment and referral, legal consultation, and representation in protective and peace order proceedings, family law cases, college administrative proceedings, victim compensation proceedings, victim/witness representation in criminal cases, and other matters. 
  • Develop and utilize skills to provide high quality and sensitive legal services to victims of sexual assault
  • Provide or assure provision of safety planning for victims
  • Maintain reasonable caseload in compliance with grant requirements and needs of office
  • Review cases with SALI managing attorney and seek assistance when needed
  • Conduct legal research
  • Provide community outreach, technical assistance and training
  • Assist in production of training and technical assistance materials
  • Assist in coordination and development of low bono/pro bono attorney network
  • Collect data needed for grant reports or other reasons; assist in report preparation
  • Assist in recruiting and supervision of legal interns and other SALI staff
  • Prioritize and fulfill responsibilities in accordance with available funding and grant requirements
  • Comply with Maryland Rules of Professional Conduct
  • Such other duties as assigned by the managing attorney or executive director

 

Qualifications

  • J.D. from accredited law school
  • Must be admitted to Maryland bar.  Attorneys currently licensed in another State may be eligible for admission under Maryland Rule 19-215 (temporary admission for public interest attorneys licensed out of state)
  • Access to a car and valid driver’s license; this position requires some travel within the State of Maryland
  • 3 years litigation experience and/or judicial clerkship preferred
  • Knowledge and/or previous work experience with sexual assault related issues preferred
  • Family law or immigration experience preferred

 

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear.  The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.  This job requires the ability to travel to and from different locations within the State of Maryland.

 

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

 

Commitment to Diversity 

MCASA is an equal opportunity employer. Its policy of nondiscrimination means that all employment decisions will be based on merit and without regard to factors unrelated to job performance, such as ethnicity, creed, marital status, national origin, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, and physical, emotional or mental capacity. 

 

To Apply: Send cover letter, resume and writing sample to [email protected].  Please include your name and position title in the subject.

Job Title: Spring Policy Intern

Position Overview

The Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MCASA) advocates for accessible, compassionate care for survivors, the prevention of sexual assault, and accountability for all offenders.  MCASA actively works to end sexual violence in the State of Maryland through professional training, public outreach, public policy advocacy, technical assistance, and legal services.

Through hands-on learning responsibilities, MCASA’s policy interns are engaged in the important effort to end rape, child sexual abuse, and the full continuum of sexual violence including campus sexual assault and human sex trafficking. They are exposed to the latest thinking in the field of sexual assault prevention and response through webinars and trainings, professional meetings, and written resource materials. Spring policy interns also come away with practical knowledge about a statewide nonprofit organization’s strategies for legislative advocacy, internal and external communications, professional training, and public outreach.  Policy interns will have the opportunity to perform legal research on Maryland legislation, to draft advocacy materials related to sexual assault legislation, and to accompany policy attorneys to the General Assembly in Annapolis.

A minimum commitment of 15 hours per week is required.  Interns are encouraged to work with their academic institutions to seek credit.

This internship located at our metro-accessible Silver Spring, MD office.

Intern Objectives

Develop and expand knowledge regarding sexual violence and policies to prevent and respond to sexual assault and abuse.

Develop ability to write and format professional documents such as memos, letters, and newsletter articles

Enhance legal research skills by completing a variety of written projects regarding sexual violence

Participate in public outreach by attending events and drafting outreach materials

Become familiar with a varied-pace office environment that juggles both immediate and longer-term projects

Become familiar with state legislative advocacy by participating in several stages of policy advocacy work

Expand professional speaking skills by answering and making telephone calls

Become familiar with client referrals by providing information about MCASA’s Sexual Assault Legal Institute and Maryland rape crisis and recovery centers to survivors who call the office

Contribute to development of office resources on specific topics.  

 

Qualifications

Be genuinely concerned about sexual violence issues and have a passion and desire to make a difference

Have a desire to learn about non-profit organizations and practices

Be organized, have a strong attention to detail, and be able to complete projects independently

Have strong legal research and writing skills

Be computer and internet savvy: experience and proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint preferred

Be able to communicate effectively verbally and in writing

This internship is particularly relevant legal students, and legal student applicants are preferred, but we welcome applications from those in any field.

 

Commitment to Diversity

MCASA is an equal opportunity agency and is committed to diversity.  MCASA does not discriminate based on ethnicity, creed, marital status, national origin, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, and physical, emotional or mental disability.

 

Compensation

This internship is unpaid.  We encourage interns to seek academic credit or stipends when possible.

 

To Apply

Send cover letter and resume to [email protected] We encourage applicants for spring internships by mid-December. The start date is flexible; we require a minimum commitment of three months at 15 hours per week.

Job Title

Program Intern

 

Position Overview

The Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MCASA) advocates for accessible, compassionate care for survivors, the prevention of sexual assault, and accountability for all offenders.  MCASA actively works to end sexual violence in the State of Maryland through professional training, public outreach, public policy advocacy,   technical assistance, and legal services.

Through hands-on learning responsibilities, MCASA’s program interns are engaged in the important effort to end rape, child sexual abuse, and the full continuum of sexual violence including campus sexual assault and human sex trafficking. They are exposed to the latest thinking in the field of sexual assault prevention and response through webinars and trainings, professional meetings, and written resource materials. Program interns also come away with practical knowledge about a statewide nonprofit organization’s strategies for office management, internal and external communications, professional training, and public outreach.  

A minimum commitment of 15 hours per week is required.  Interns are encouraged to work with their academic institutions to seek credit.

This internship located at our metro-accessible Silver Spring, MD office.

 

Intern Objectives

  • Develop and expand knowledge regarding sexual violence and policies to prevent and respond to sexual assault and abuse.
  • Develop ability to write and format professional documents such as letters, fact sheets, website content, and newsletter articles
  • Expand professional speaking skills by answering and making telephone calls
  • Become familiar with client referrals by providing information about MCASA’s Sexual Assault Legal Institute and Maryland rape crisis and recovery centers to survivors who call the office
  • Learn about event management by assisting with logistics coordination for professional training sessions and fundraising events
  • Enhance research skills by completing written projects regarding sexual violence
  • Develop an understanding of nonprofit membership development and engagement by updating and maintaining electronic database records
  • Participate in public outreach by attending events, staffing community information fairs, and fulfilling orders for resource brochures.
  • Become familiar with a varied-pace office environment that juggles both immediate and longer-term projects
  • Contribute to development of office resources on specific topics.   

 

Qualifications 

  • Be genuinely concerned about sexual violence issues and have a passion and desire to make a difference
  • Have a desire to learn about non-profit organizations and practices
  • Be organized, have a strong attention to detail, and be able to complete projects independently
  • Be computer and internet savvy: experience and proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint preferred
  • Be able to communicate effectively verbally and in writing

This internship is particularly relevant for students pursuing degrees in communications, social sciences, criminal justice, or Women’s Studies, but we welcome applications from those in any field.

 

Commitment to Diversity 

MCASA is an equal opportunity agency and is committed to diversity.  MCASA does not discriminate based on ethnicity, creed, marital status, national origin, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, and physical, emotional or mental disability. 

 

Compensation

This internship is unpaid.  We encourage interns to seek academic credit or stipends when possible.

 

To Apply

Send cover letter, resume, and one writing sample to [email protected]  Applications are accepted at any time; however, we encourage applicants for fall internships to apply by early August, for spring internships by mid-December, and for summer internships by mid-April. The start date is flexible; we require a minimum commitment of three months at 15 hours per week.

*NOTE: We are no longer accepting applications for the Summer 2018 Legal Intern position. If you are interested for the Fall 2018/Spring 2019 internship, please send your application materials to [email protected]

The Sexual Assault Legal Institute (SALI) of Maryland is seeking applications for legal interns for academic year and summer internships. SALI is one of the only programs in the country devoted solely to providing direct legal services to victims of sexual assault. The Institute is a state wide program that provides legal services in civil cases for victims of sexual assault in cases such as: college administration hearings, privacy issues, peace and protective orders, family law matters, employment, housing, and any other civil issue related to sexual assault. SALI also provides technical assistance and training for attorneys, rape recovery center staff, and other professionals working with survivors. The Institute is part of the Maryland Coalition against Sexual Assault (MCASA). MCASA is a non-profit membership organization that includes the state’s nineteen rape recovery crisis centers, law enforcement, mental health and health care providers, attorneys, educators, survivors of sexual violence and other concerned individuals. MCASA represents the unified voice and combined energy of all of its members working to eliminate sexual violence in the state of Maryland.

Legal interns in the office provide information to victims of sexual assault and help attorneys who are working on college administration hearings, privacy issues, peace and protective orders, family law matters, employment, housing, and any other civil matter relating to sexual assault. Interns are expected to commit to work a minimum of fifteen hours per week for at least one academic semester, or ten weeks (split summers possible) during the summer. Specific duties vary according with caseload, but generally include telephone and in-person intakes and referrals (with direct client contact), and some legal research. Interns are given the opportunity to accompany attorneys to court when possible. Other intern responsibilities may include: assisting attorneys in preparing cases for trial and/ or witness interviews; helping victims to create their own safety plans; and other administrative duties as assigned.

Legal Institute Responsibilities

The Institute will provide training on the dynamics of sexual assault and the Maryland statues. Written feedback will be provided if desired (or required for academic reasons). Constructive criticism and guidance will also be provided. Applicants should feel free to bring research proposals, or issues they are interested in the attention of the Institute; every effort will be made to accommodate individual interests. Some flexibility regarding hours may be given to allow for other commitments.

Intern Qualifications

Students of any academic discipline will be considered. Applicants must have a demonstrated interest in women’s issues, the American legal system, or working in the non-profit sector. Some academic background in on or more of these areas is preferred. Applicants must have common sense, and the ability to work independently.
Applications are accepted throughout the year for academic year internships. Please email, mail or fax a resume and cover letter detailing your interest, work experience, and availability to:

Sexual Assault Legal Institute (SALI)
Post Office Box 8782
Silver Spring, Maryland 20907
301-565-3619 (Fax)
[email protected] (Email)

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