The Atlanta Legal Aid Society seeks an attorney to work in its Clayton County Housing Legal Resource Center in metro Atlanta for a one-year fellowship. Housing Legal Resource Center is a project of Atlanta Legal Aid and is housed in the Clayton County Courthouse and the Southside office of Atlanta Legal Aid. Staff in the HLRC is composed of two attorneys and one Housing Legal Navigator. Other attorneys and staff work out of the HLRC as appropriate, as well.
Attorneys in the Housing Legal Resource Center represent low-income persons in housing related civil matters, using a variety of methods, including community education, brief service, advice and referral, transactional work, negotiation, mediation, and litigation. While the bulk of matters handled in the HLRC are housing and eviction related matters, the opportunity exists to work in a variety of legal matters pertaining to low-income persons, including consumer, education, and public benefits matters. Attorneys also provide community education to low-income persons and are encouraged to participate in local bar and social service associations.
The one-year Pandemic Relief Fellowship will focus on housing and housing related issues, particularly preventing pandemic-related evictions inside the City of Atlanta. The fellow will represent clients in dispossessory proceedings and maintain relationships with the court and community partners serving Clayton county residents at risk of homelessness due to eviction. The fellow will also help develop advocacy, outreach, and cases that address housing instability and barriers to housing in Fulton County, as needed.
Qualifications: Qualified candidates must possess excellent oral advocacy, legal writing, and work ethic. Highly qualified candidates will enjoy litigation and court-based advocacy. Communication and listening skills, ability to work in a team and alone, adaptability, and appreciation of diversity are required. The ability to balance compassion and pragmatism in representing low-income clients is necessary. A Georgia bar license is required. Demonstrated commitment to public service, participation in law school clinics, trial advocacy courses, familiarity with areas of poverty law, previous work with low-income people, and previous experience in litigation is strongly preferred. Fluency in Spanish is highly valued in applicant selection.
Terms: Salary is commensurate with experience. The salary for a licensed attorney with 2 years’ experience starts at $53,000. 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; voluntary tax-sheltered annuity with 3% match; educational loan reimbursement up to $600 per month (after a $65 deductible), CLE expenses; and Georgia Bar dues.
To apply: A complete application packet must include a letter of application, résumé, recent writing sample demonstrating your ability to research and analyze a legal issue, the names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three 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:
Your application will be acknowledged. No telephone calls, please.
EOE: ALAS considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to
race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, veteran status,
or sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other legally protected status.