Atlanta Legal Aid Society (“Legal Aid”) seeks a Staff Attorney to work in its Family Law Unit located in downtown Atlanta. Our non-profit law firm represents low-income people in a variety of legal matters including family, housing, consumer, employment, health, public benefits, and education law. The unit consists of a managing attorney, two staff attorneys, two paralegals, and an intake specialist.
Responsibilities: The Staff Attorney handles a variety of family law issues including divorce, separate maintenance, custody, visitation, child support, alimony, QDROs, contempt, protective orders, legitimation, name change, birth certificate establishment and amendment, guardianship, dependency, adoption, emancipation, and domestication of foreign decrees; using a variety of methods including advice and referral, brief service, transactional work, negotiation, mediation, and litigation. In addition, the attorney provides community education and support to various client organizations, helps staff family law consultations in the Fulton Justice Resource Center, and participates in local bar and social service associations.
Qualifications: A Georgia bar license or eligibility to sit for the next exam is required. Applicants must have excellent communication, listening, legal writing, and oral advocacy skills. The ability to work in a team and alone, adaptability, appreciation of diversity, and a strong work ethic are required. A demonstrated commitment to public service, participation in law school clinics, trial advocacy courses, familiarity with family and poverty law, and previous work with low-income people are preferred.
Salary and Benefits: The salary is $55,000+ depending on experience. Salaries increase annually based on a salary scale. The program provides generous fringe benefits including 13 paid holidays, 6 weeks paid time off, 6 weeks 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 per month deductible and set off of other loan reimbursement amounts); voluntary tax-sheltered annuity with 3% match; Georgia Bar dues and CLE expenses. Legal Aid offers a hybrid work schedule that allows staff to work 2 days remotely subject to management approval and a probationary employment period.
Application Requirements: Submit a letter of interest; resume; writing sample which demonstrates your ability to research and analyze legal issues; official law school transcript (a copy is acceptable pending your order of an official transcript); and the names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses of three professional references as one (1) PDF using our online application system at the following link:
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