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 a staff attorney to work in its Health Law Unit. The unit began in 1990 as the AIDS Legal Project and expanded to work with persons with cancer, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), and other life-threatening illnesses. The Health Law Unit is staffed by a managing attorney, three staff attorneys, and a paralegal; the unit is housed in the downtown offices of the Atlanta Legal Aid Society.
Attorneys represent clients in a variety of matters related to their health, including end of life planning, public benefits, health insurance, housing loss, poor housing conditions, domestic violence, employment, and access to appropriate support services. Knowledge of health, insurance, employment law, and a commitment to, or experience with, helping persons living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, or other life-threatening diseases is helpful, but not required. In addition to legal representation of clients, staff members perform regular outreach and community education for clients and medical/social service staff. Access to a car or other transportation is necessary to perform community outreach duties.
Qualifications: Excellent legal writing, analysis, advocacy, and work ethic are required. Communication and listening skills, ability to work in a team and alone, adaptability to changing work pressures, and appreciation of diverse staff and clientele are required. Candidates must be licensed in Georgia or be eligible to sit for the next bar exam. Legal experience after law school graduation is preferred. Demonstrated commitment to public service, clinical experience, familiarity with consumer protection statutes, and previous work with low-income persons are strongly preferred. Knowledge of Spanish or an Asian language is also valued.
Terms: 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 including 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); CLE expenses; and Georgia Bar dues.
To apply: A complete application packet must include a letter of interest, résumé, transcript, a recent writing sample that demonstrates your ability to perform legal research and analyze a fact pattern, and the names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three professional references. Please submit your application as one PDF document using our online application system at the following link:
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