Atlanta Legal Aid Society (“Legal Aid”) seeks a Staff Attorney to work in its Veterans Law Project located in downtown Atlanta. The project assists homeless and at-risk Veterans who have legal needs that create barriers to housing stability. Project staff support Veterans through holistic legal services, as well as collaborations for supportive services with local law schools and courts, the VA hospital, and veteran services organizations. Founded in 2022, the Veterans Law Project is Legal Aid’s newest project. The project started with a part-time attorney and a part-time paralegal. Currently, the staff consists of a managing attorney, one staff attorney, one paralegal, and a part-time intake specialist.
Responsibilities: The Staff Attorney performs intake and provides referrals, advice, brief service, or representation in a variety of civil legal matters affecting a client’s housing stability including eviction defense, VA benefits, public benefits and health insurance, access to appropriate support services, disability rights, poor housing conditions, end of life planning, family law, and consumer law. The Staff Attorney also performs regular outreach and community education for clients and community service partners.
Qualifications: A Georgia bar license or eligibility for the next exam is required. VA accreditation is preferred. Applicants must possess excellent legal writing and oral advocacy skills and a strong work ethic. Communication and listening skills, the ability to work on a team and alone, adaptability, eagerness to learn and openness to evaluation, and an appreciation of diversity are required. A demonstrated commitment to public service, participation in law school clinics, trial advocacy courses, previous work with low-income people and/or people with serious health conditions, and knowledge of health and poverty law are preferred. Proficiency in Spanish and willingness to improve language skills is highly valued.
Salary and Benefits: The salary is $55,000+ depending on 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 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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