Atlanta Legal Aid Society (Legal Aid) works to remove barriers to justice so that everyone can receive quality legal care, regardless of income. Through our 75 attorneys on staff, our self-help tools, and our pro bono program, we help our clients deal with some of life’s most basic needs. For nearly 100 years, we have been helping our clients to secure safe homes, have enough food to eat, get a decent education, be protected against fraud, and get legal protection against domestic violence.
The Atlanta Legal Aid Society seeks a full-time Staff Attorney to work in its Cobb County Office. The office is a branch of Atlanta Legal Aid and is housed in downtown Marietta, within walking distance to the courthouse. The staff is comprised of a managing attorney, 5 full-time attorneys, pro bono director, 2 part-time attorneys, and 6 support staff members.
Attorneys in the Cobb office represent low-income persons in a wide variety of civil law problems, using a variety of methods, including full representation, brief service, advice and referral, transactional work, negotiation, and mediation. A significant part of this position entails litigation. The attorneys handle a mixed caseload, including domestic relations, housing, consumer, employment, health, public benefits, and education law issues. Attorneys also staff an Eviction Clinic. Attorneys provide community education to low-income persons and are encouraged to participate in local bar and social service associations.
Qualifications: Qualified candidates must possess excellent legal writing, oral advocacy, and work ethic. Communication and listening skills, ability to work in a team and alone, adaptability, and appreciation of diversity are required. The ability to balance compassion and pragmatism in representing low-income clients is necessary. A Georgia bar license or eligibility to sit for the next exam is required. Demonstrated commitment to public service, participation in law school clinics, trial advocacy courses, familiarity with areas of poverty law, and previous work with low-income people, are strongly preferred. Fluency in Spanish is highly valued in applicant selection.
Terms: Salary is commensurate with experience. The salary for a licensed attorney is $55,000+, depending on years of experience. The program provides generous fringe benefits, including paid holidays, paid time off, 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; voluntary tax-sheltered annuity with 3% match; educational loan reimbursement up to $600 per month (after a $65 deductible), CLE expenses; and Georgia Bar dues.
To apply: A complete application packet must include a letter of application, résumé, recent writing sample demonstrating your ability to research and analyze a legal issue, the names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three references, and an official law school transcript. (A copy is acceptable, pending your order of an official transcript).
Your application will be acknowledged. No telephone calls, please.
ALAS considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other legally protected status.