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Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service 

Location: Baltimore, MD

Websitehttps://mvlslaw.org

About
MVLS is a private, non-profit legal services provider established in 1981 to help meet the need for civil legal services in Maryland. Our mission is to provide quality civil legal assistance to Marylanders with limited income at low or no cost.

Fellowship Overview

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service seeks a full-time, 10-week fellow to be part of the team responsible for the CLUE program. The CLUE program collects data from numerous public and private databases. This data is then analyzed for markers affecting low income individuals. Once the markers are identified they can be analyzed further, mapped, and combined with other statistics to form everything from an overview of the problem to targeting individuals who need help. The fellow will also assist the Virtual Expungement Clinic. The clinic allows MVLS volunteer attorneys to use Skype to perform expungements remotely with clients. The service is in it infancy and can be expanded to other areas of law.

Fellows Duties

The fellow will work with the IT Director, Matthew Stubenberg, Esq. in a number of areas. CLUE: CLUE is a program which gathers public data and analyzes it looking for possible legal issues our clients may have. The fellow will review the program and find ways to improve it and find additional databases to add. The fellow will assist in finding patterns in the data to better detect issues low income individuals face. The fellow will write SQL queries to find answers in the data for MVLS as well as other agencies. The fellow will map and graph the data to illustrate issues relevant to our population. Virtual Expungement Clinic: MVLS also runs a Virtual Expungement Clinic using video conferencing to help remote clients. The fellow will streamline and expand the project into other areas of law appropriate for video conferencing. The fellow will review areas of concern like privacy, research vendors, train attorneys, and troubleshoot tech issues as they arise. General: The fellow will research legal areas involving technology and the use of collected data. The fellow will write data sharing agreements and possibly licensing agreements. The fellow will digitize evidence for court and expand attorney training using technology.

Competencies Include

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent legal research skills.
  • Commitment to the mission and vision of Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage projects and tasks to meet deadlines.
  • Self-motivated and able and work independently.
  • Creativity and willingness to take on challenging projects.