The Atlanta Legal Aid Society, a 75-lawyer non-profit law firm for low-income persons with civil legal problems in the 5-county metropolitan Atlanta area, seeks an attorney to staff the newly established Senior Legal Information Center (SLIC), a project of the Senior Legal Hotline, and to work in its Statewide Senior Hotline, providing legal advice, brief services and referrals to older Georgians. The unit is staffed with a Managing Attorney, 2 full-time attorneys, 3 part-time attorneys, and 1 paralegal; and is housed in the downtown offices of Atlanta Legal Aid Society.
The mission of the Georgia Senior Legal Hotline is to provide brief service, accurate legal advice and referrals to older Georgians and their families, with a focus on those seniors who are socially or economically vulnerable. The Hotline focuses on increasing access to legal services for seniors and helping seniors live independently. Hotline Attorneys review contracts, negotiate with third parties, draft demand letters, and prepare self-help materials. Attorneys are trained to provide such brief legal service in a variety of civil law issues, including housing, consumer, health, public benefits, and life planning, such as medical directives, powers of attorney, wills, and probate. Remote work is permitted for regular hotline work. There will be the need for the staff attorney to do some in-person work at the Fulton County Courthouse in connection with SLIC work. Initially, because of the pandemic, we anticipate that those consultations will be done remotely.
Qualifications: Qualified candidates must have a juris doctor degree from an accredited law school, with a minimum of 3 years of relevant legal experience. Compassion and patience, excellent communication and listening skills, ability to work in a team or alone, adaptability, excellent legal writing skills, a solid work ethic and an appreciation for diversity and inclusion are required. We also require a Georgia bar license or eligibility for the next exam. Demonstrated commitment to public service, participation in law school clinics, pro bono projects, familiarity with areas of poverty law, and previous work with low-income persons is strongly preferred. Fluency in Spanish is highly valued in applicant selection.
Terms: Salary is commensurate with experience. The salary for a licensed attorney with 3 years’ legal experience starts at $54,600. 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 403(b) retirement plan with a program match; a salary reduction option for a flexible spending account; and 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, resumé, 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). Please send your application as one PDF document, using our online application system located at the link below:
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, sexual orientation, gender identity,
veteran status, or any other legally protected status.