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 is currently comprised of a managing attorney, six full-time attorneys, one part-time attorney, 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 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 trainings for staff and volunteers. Attorneys are also encouraged to participate in task forces, committees, social service organizations, and local bar associations.
Qualifications: A Georgia bar license 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 salary is $55,000+ depending on experience. Salaries increase annually based on a salary scale. This position is expected to last two years, but may last longer depending on funding. 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; and Georgia Bar 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 Atlantalegalaid.org/jobs.
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Out of concern for the health and safety of our staff, clients and their families, the Atlanta Legal Aid Society requires that all new hires be vaccinated for COVID-19.
ALAS considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other legally protected status.