The Atlanta Legal Aid Society seeks an attorney to work in its Fulton County General Law Unit in downtown Atlanta for a one-year fellowship. The General Law Unit is a unit of Atlanta Legal Aid and is housed in downtown Atlanta. The staff is comprised of a managing attorney, 4 staff attorneys, a paralegal and one support staff member.
Attorneys in the General Law Unit 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 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.
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 service Fulton 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 have at least 2 years of 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.