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Clayton FAO Paralegal

The Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Inc., a 75-lawyer non-profit law firm for low income persons with civil legal problems in the 5-county metropolitan Atlanta area, seeks a paralegal to work in its South Fulton and Clayton County office located in southern Atlanta.  The South Fulton and Clayton County office is comprised of a managing attorney, 7 full time attorneys, a pro bono coordinator, two part-time attorneys, and support staff. In addition to providing general legal services, the office houses several specialized projects, including the Clayton Family Advocacy Office (“FAO”). The Clayton FAO helps survivors of intimate partner violence, stalking, and child abuse obtain Temporary Protective Orders through advice, representation, and navigation of financial and other resources.

The FAO paralegal’s role will include facilitating the brief assistance project, where FAO attorneys provide free same-day consultations to survivors seeking Temporary Protective Orders. This clinic-style project is worked every day the courts are open, and offers services regardless of whether survivors meet Legal Aid’s financial eligibility criteria. The FAO paralegal will complete initial database intake; conduct client interviews; refer cases to attorneys for advice; complete detailed assessments for cases that fall within the office’s priorities for ongoing services; develop and maintain relationships with court and county personnel; work to insure a consistent referral process from other agencies and organizations; organize required data for grants; and assist in preparation of periodic reports.

Additionally, the FAO paralegal will provide active support in full-service Temporary Protective Order cases. This support includes client follow-up, document preparation, and attending court as appropriate. Importantly, the paralegal will also provide navigation services to full-service clients: as needed, survivors will receive referrals and hands-on help obtaining financial and other assistance, including rental assistance, counseling services, victim compensation, safety planning, danger assessments, help with housing searches, and other creative services to enable survivors to remain independent from their abusers.

Other FAO paralegal duties include file management from initial opening to archiving; assisting staff with case investigation, document preparation and organization; supporting attorneys in their client representation; and other paralegal work as needed.

Qualifications: The majority of the FAO paralegal’s time is spent communicating with clients who are in stressful situations. Thus, qualified candidates must possess excellent communication, writing and interpersonal skills.  Patience, listening skills, ability to work in a team, resourcefulness, adaptability, and ability to work with a diverse population are required.  A high level of proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Google Drive, word processing and accurate data entry is required.  A paralegal certificate or degree is preferred but not required. Previous experience in family law or working with low-income persons and/or survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault or elder abuse is strongly preferred.  Proficiency in Spanish is highly valued. 

Terms: The starting salary range for this full-time position is $32,500-37,500 depending on experience.  The program provides generous fringe benefits, including paid holidays, vacation, sick, and paid parental leave; health, life, and long and short-term disability insurance; partial payment for dependent health insurance; a salary reduction option for a flexible spending account; educational loan reimbursement up to $600 per month (after a $65 deductible and set off of other loan reimbursement amounts); and voluntary tax-sheltered annuity with 3% match.

To apply: A complete application packet must include a letter of application, résumé, recent

writing sample demonstrating your ability to write in a professional environment, the names and contact information (including e-mail addresses and phone numbers) of three professional references, and a school transcript. Please e-mail your application as one PDF document using our online application system.

Your application will be acknowledged. No telephone calls, please.

EOE: ALAS considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to
race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age,
or sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other legally protected status. 

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