The Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Inc. seeks a Managing Attorney for its Cobb County office. The office is a branch of Atlanta Legal Aid, a 75-lawyer non-profit law firm for low income persons with civil legal problems in the 5-country metropolitan Atlanta area. The Cobb office is housed in downtown Marietta, within walking distance to the courthouse. The staff is comprised of a managing attorney, 6 full time attorneys, a pro bono director, one part-time attorney, a Hispanic Outreach Project paralegal, and four support staff members. Attorneys in the Cobb office represent low-income persons in a wide variety of civil law problems, using a variety of methods, including community education, brief service, advice and referral, transactional work, negotiation, mediation, and litigation. The attorneys handle a mixed caseload, including domestic relations, housing, consumer, employment, health, public benefits, and education law issues. Attorneys provide community education to low-income persons and are encouraged to participate in local bar and social service associations.
Duties: The managing attorney is responsible for the overall management, quality and efficacy of the office. They supervise the legal work of all unit staff; hold staff meetings, administer performance reviews, distribute work, and foster growth and professional development. The managing attorney serves as a primary representative of Legal Aid in the Cobb community, and maintains effective relations with the local bar and bench, government, community organizations, and funding sources. The Managing Attorney will supervise staff, and work closely with management team members to coordinate client services. The Managing Attorney is expected to handle an active caseload
Qualifications: The ideal candidate possesses experience managing a work unit as well as supervising and mentoring attorneys; excellent legal writing and oral advocacy skills; excellent interpersonal, communication and organizational skills; the ability to work in and value a collaborative team model; and an appreciation of diversity. A Georgia bar license or eligibility for the next Georgia bar exam is required, as is a minimum of five years of legal experience and experience litigating in various legal forums. Qualifications preferred include previous work with low income persons, and knowledge in various practice areas within civil legal services. Proficiency in languages other than English is highly valued.
Salary and Benefits: Salary is commensurate with experience, and includes a $4,000 manager stipend. A managing attorney with five years of legal experience starts at $64,100. The program provides generous fringe benefits, including paid holidays, vacation, sick, and paid 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 $7200 per year (after a $65 per month deductible and set off of other loan reimbursement amounts); voluntary tax-sheltered annuity with 3% match; CLE expenses; and Georgia Bar dues.
To apply: A complete application packet must include a letter of application detailing management and legal supervisory experience, a resume, a legal writing sample that demonstrates your ability to research and analyze a legal issue, the names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three legal references, and an official law school transcript. (A copy is acceptable, pending your order of an official transcript). Please send your application as one PDF document using our online application system:
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EOE: 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.