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Gwinnett Staff Attorney

Atlanta Legal Aid Society (“Legal Aid”) seeks a Staff Attorney for its Gwinnett County office located in Lawrenceville. Our nonprofit represents low-income people in a variety of civil legal matters including family, housing, consumer, public benefits, education and health law. The staff currently comprises seven full-time attorneys, four paralegals, and two support staff.

Responsibilities: The Staff Attorney handles a mixed caseload using a variety of methods including community education, advice and referral, brief service, transactional work, negotiation, mediation, and litigation. In addition to casework, the attorney may support private attorneys who are providing pro bono representation to Legal Aid clients, staff a clinic at the courthouse, supervise the work of support staff and interns/externs, prepare and conduct community education sessions, and prepare and conduct training for staff and volunteers. Attorneys are also encouraged to participate in task forces, committees, social service organizations, and local bar associations. 

Qualifications: Membership in good standing with the State Bar of Georgia (preferred) or eligibility to sit for the next exam is required. Applicants must possess excellent legal writing and oral advocacy skills, and litigation experience or the potential to be a good litigator. Good communication skills, the ability to work in a team and alone, adaptability, and appreciation of diversity are required. Demonstrated commitment to public service, prior work with low-income people, and participation in law school clinics or trial advocacy courses are strongly preferred.  Proficiency in languages other than English is highly valued.

Salary and Benefits: The starting salary is $55,250+ 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 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 remotely up to 2 days each week subject to management approval and a probationary employment period.

Application Requirements: Submit a letter of interest; resume; writing sample (advice letter, pleading, legal memorandum, or brief); official law school transcript (a copy is acceptable pending your order of an official transcript); and the names, phone numbers and email addresses of three professional references (preferably individuals who have supervised or managed your work) as one (1) PDF using our online application system at atlantalegalaid.org/jobs.

For technical difficulties in submitting your application, please email [email protected].

Your application will be acknowledged. No phone calls please.

ALAS considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion,  national origin,  age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or any other legally protected status.

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