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 pro bono paralegal to work with its Pro Bono Unit in its Fulton County office in downtown Atlanta. The Pro Bono Unit is comprised of a managing attorney, one full-time staff attorney, and two full-time paralegals. The staff in this unit manages pro bono projects that span the five counties in which Legal Aid operates and provides support and strategic planning for all pro bono personnel at Legal Aid.
The pro bono paralegal will help facilitate the pro bono program, including particularly coordinating volunteers, clients, and staff with new technology and projects initiated after COVID-19. The pro bono paralegal is responsible for a range of activities, including completing database intake and initial, detailed client interviews; working with and developing relationships with pro bono attorneys; contacting attorneys and clients to complete documents; managing some case referrals; providing clients with detailed information under attorney supervision; following up with clients to provide comprehensive services; referring clients to other resources; attending relevant meetings, events and trainings; organizing required data for grants; and assisting in the preparation of periodic reports.
Other pro-bono paralegal duties include file management from initial opening to archiving; tracking and closing volunteer cases; volunteer management, including maintenance of volunteer contact information and case assignment; 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 pro bono 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. Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and willingness to learn other programs as necessary is required. A paralegal certificate or degree is preferred but not required. Previous experience working with low-income persons is strongly preferred.
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 a voluntary tax-sheltered annuity with 3% match.
To apply: A complete application packet must include a letter of application, resume, recent writing sample, and the names and contact information (including email addresses) of three references. Please apply by clicking the link below
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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.