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ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE OPENING

 

ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE

The Maryland Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) is seeking candidates for the position of Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). Eligible candidates must be a lawyer in good standing for at least five years as of December 31, 2018, licensed to practice law in Maryland and possess excellent writing, legal research, computer and time management skills. The OAH is based in Hunt Valley and ALJs are required to travel throughout the State. Starting salary is $99,549.

All applications must be completed online by June 25, 2018, through the State of Maryland Job Openings at www.jobaps.com/MD. The recruitment number is 18-005266-0001.

Supplemental materials are to include five copies of: a resume, a writing sample no longer than ten pages and three professional references. In addition, one original Certificate of Good Standing from the Maryland Court of Appeals must be included. Supplemental materials are to be submitted as outlined in the online job announcement.  

Judicial Vacancy – District Court for Harford County

For Members of the Harford County Bar Association:

Due to the retirement of the Honorable Victor K. Butanis on February 1, 2018, a vacancy exists on the District Court for Harford County.  This vacancy is to be filled by appointment of Governor Hogan.  The vacancy officially opens on Tuesday, June 5, at which time applications will be accepted.

Any lawyer interested in appointment to this vacancy should complete the personal data questionnaire which is available as a downloadable document on the Judiciary’s website at https://www.mdcourts.gov/judgeselect.  Any applicant who reapplies to a commission with whom they have filed a personal data questionnaire within the past twenty-four months need not file a new questionnaire.  The candidate may submit a letter stating that he or she is reapplying and submit any changes that have occurred since the submission of the earlier questionnaire. Any questions about the application process should be directed to Debra L. Kaminski or Jennifer A. Miller at the Administrative Office of the Courts at (410) 260-1271/(410) 260-1211 or Maryland Relay Service (TTY/Voice) 1-800-735-2258.

The completed personal data questionnaire and two writing samples (at least 17 copies – see questionnaire as to additional copies) must be received by Debra L. Kaminski or Jennifer A. Miller in the Administrative Office of the Courts, Human Resources Department, Maryland Judicial Center, 580 Taylor Avenue, Building A, First Floor, Annapolis, Maryland, 21401, by the close of business at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27, 2018.  Late applications will not be accepted.  Please note our new address.

 

The Harford County Judicial Nominating Commission will interview candidates on Thursday, July 26 and Friday, July 27 at the Harford Community College (Library – Room L326).

 

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Maryland State Bar Association is now taking applications for their Leadership Academy

MARYLAND STATE BAR ASSOCIATION
LEADERSHIP ACADEMY – VISIT US ONLINE
http://www.msba.org/committees/leadershipacademy/default.aspx

CALENDAR 2018-2019
Please review before applying
http://www.msba.org/committees/leadershipacademy/calendar.aspx

FAQs
http://www.msba.org/committees/leadershipacademy/faq.aspx

INFORMATION SESSIONS
Please join the Leadership Academy Committee for more information and to ask your important questions.
http://www.msba.org/uploadedFiles/MSBA/Member_Groups/Committees/Leadership_Academy/8.5×11%20_%20Leadership%20Academy%20Info%20Session%20_%20MSBA(1).pdf

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

Prince George’s County Courthouse
14735 Main Street 
Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772
Lawyer’s Lounge D3003
Free Parking Equestrian Center and limited meter parking at the Courthouse.
Please RSVP to JQuincosa@gmail.com

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
6:15 pm – 7:15 pm
Maryland State Bar Association
520 West Fayette Street 
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Conference Room
Complimentary Parking 622 West Fayette Street
Please RSVP to Paige@msba.org

APPLICATION
Due on or before April 30, 2018 @ 5:00 p.m.
http://www.msba.org/uploadedFiles/MSBA/Member_Groups/Committees/Leadership_Academy/MSBA%20LAC%20Application%202019%20.pdf

Please download the application, fill it out, save to your laptop/desk and then forward to Wanda@msba.org

COMMITTEE CHAIRS
Judge Dana Middleton and Jessica Quincosa

Wanda A. Calvin Claiborne, CMP
Maryland State Bar Association
Wanda@msba.org | Direct: 443-703.3022

Bel Air Office Space for Lease

The Law Offices of Thomas G. Harrison has 1200 square feet of newly renovated space available for lease.  Office space is located at 30 East Pennsylvania Avenue, Bel Air, MD 21014, Rear Building, 2nd Floor.  Space has its own separate entrance & consists of a large reception area, conference/break room, bathroom, utility room, and two (2) individual offices with walk in closets.  Perfect for two attorneys and support staff.  Rent is $1,300.00 per month, and includes water & sewage.  Space includes two (2) reserved parking spaces on site for tenant(s).  Tenant(s) is/are responsible for BGE and phone/cable/internet, etc.  If interested contact Tom Harrison at 410-420-7888.

Maryland Judiciary Expands Electronic Case Filing to Western Maryland

(CUMBERLAND, FREDERICK, OAKLAND, AND HAGERSTOWN, MARYLAND – October 16, 2017) – The Maryland Electronic Courts (MDEC) case management system is now operational in Allegany, Frederick, Garrett, and Washington counties.  The launch of MDEC in a county makes electronic filing mandatory for attorneys representing clients in civil and criminal cases in District Court, Circuit Court, and any appellate filings that commence in that county.

 

MDEC modernizes court processes and makes case filing more convenient for litigants.  Maryland attorneys have been filing electronically, or “e-filing,” since October 2014, when MDEC launched as a pilot in Anne Arundel County.  The Judiciary is expanding the highly automated system to provide attorneys with the opportunity to transition from a paper-based process to a technology-based electronic filing system.

 

The Western Maryland launch means that more than 70 percent of jurisdictions in the state are now operating under the electronic case management system.  The Judiciary is on pace to achieve the goal to bring MDEC to every court by 2021.

 

“The Maryland Judiciary is making great strides in bringing case management and electronic filing to all Maryland state courts in order to improve services for the people of Maryland,” said Mary Ellen Barbera, Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals of Maryland.  “Implementation of MDEC statewide will allow the Judiciary to improve services for all who utilize the courts.  I wish to commend the members of the Judiciary in Western Maryland, including staff and leadership, for their commitment and hard work throughout the implementation process.”

 

“The tremendous work by everyone in the courts and the supporting offices to train, update hardware and facilities, and prepare for the new system has resulted in a smooth, seamless transition,” said John P. Morrissey, Chief Judge of the District Court of Maryland.

 

“This is an exciting day that we have been working toward for many months,” said W. Timothy Finan, Fourth Circuit Administrative Judge (Allegany, Garrett, and Washington counties). “I am proud to be part of the team effort to modernize our records system and improve service.”

 

Julie Stevenson Solt, County Administrative Judge, Circuit Court for Frederick County, said, “Our judges and staff are well-prepared for this launch.  We have trained thoroughly and have had the advantage of working with colleagues in other jurisdictions who have already implemented MDEC, which has helped to make this an easy transition.”

 

“This is an important step forward,” said O. John Cejka, Jr., District 11 Administrative Judge (Frederick and Washington counties).  This system will help to eliminate reliance on paper files, improve the transfer of records as cases progress through the system, and make our courts more accessible to litigants.”

 

“Today may seem very much like a normal workday to the public, but there has been a lot of preparation, both technically and through training, that has taken place behind the scenes.  The end result is a significant improvement to our ability to manage cases and records,” said H. Jack Price, Jr., District 12 Administrative Judge (Allegany and Garrett counties).

 

Courts no longer will accept paper filings from attorneys in areas where MDEC has launched.  Maryland Rule 20-106(b), however, sets out the circumstances in which a person may be excused from the e-filing requirement.  Nonpayment of rent cases filed under Maryland Code, Real Property, Section 8-401, will continue to be exempt from mandatory electronic filing until further notice.

 

As part of the preparation for MDEC’s launch in Western Maryland, the Judiciary held informational events and offered online instructions to help attorneys learn about the new system, how to register to use it, and how to e-file.

 

The Judiciary website has more information about MDEC and instructions for attorneys and staff on how to register to e-file.  Attorneys and staff who are registered to e-file may register for webinars and training.

 

As of October 16, MDEC is operational in Allegany, Anne Arundel, Calvert, Caroline, Cecil, Charles, Dorchester, Frederick, Garrett, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, St. Mary’s, Talbot, Washington, Wicomico, and Worcester counties.

 

The next launch of MDEC will be April 16, 2018 in Carroll, Harford, and Howard counties.

 

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STAFF ATTORNEY – FULL-TIME CINA

STAFF ATTORNEY – FULL-TIME CINA

The Northeastern Maryland office of Maryland Legal Aid located in Bel Air, Maryland, announces a full-time CINA staff attorney position for qualified applicants.

FUNCTIONS: The  CINA  Staff Attorney will handle all functions related to CINA case work from initial intake through representation of  clients before all relevant agencies, including:  shelter   hearings, adjudications, exceptions hearings, Family Involvement  Meetings, IEP and educational hearings related to school placement, suspensions and other disciplinary proceedings, TPR mediation, TPR trials, Post Guardianship Hearings;  appellate proceedings; and, Harford County monthly juvenile justice committee meetings.

DUTIES: The CINA Staff attorney is expected to conduct preliminary  and subsequent interviews with clients; conduct  factual investigation and analysis and legal research; advise clients of results of investigation and research and counsel clients on their options;  prepare cases and represent clients in negotiations, mediations,  hearings, trials, and appeals;   AND;  work in conjunction with the CINA Paralegal to coordinate local, out of county and  out of state client visits; attend  drug court, attend family involvement meetings; attend IEP meetings;  AND;  participate in other  necessary functions and duties  within the scope of the position, including: working with various community groups and accepting speaking engagements as assigned; continue professional development and education through attendance at Bureau sponsored training and other programs; perform other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:  Admitted to practice in the State of Maryland; or, admitted in another jurisdiction and eligible for admission in the State of Maryland; graduate of an ABA – approved law school.  Three years or more experience in child welfare and/ or family law.  Out-of-State attorney applicants must be able and available to take next scheduled bar exam following date of employment.

 

TO APPLY visit our website at www.mdlab.org/contact/employment or this URL https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=legaidbeu1&jobId=191154&lang=en_US&source=CC374890 or click here.

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