Atlanta Legal Aid Society works to remove barriers to justice so that everyone can receive quality legal care, regardless of income. Through our 75 attorneys on staff, our self-help tools, and our pro bono program, we help our clients deal with some of life’s most basic needs. For nearly 100 years, we have been helping our clients to secure safe homes, have enough food to eat, get a decent education, be protected against fraud, and get legal protection against domestic violence. Last year alone, our attorneys handled more than 20,000 cases that affected over 45,000 people in metro Atlanta. At Atlanta Legal Aid, we believe in a future where everyone has equal access to justice, regardless of income, and we are working towards that future every day.
We are currently seeking a Pro Bono Director to lead and provide support for pro bono at Atlanta Legal Aid, and coordinate the recruitment, training, and management of volunteers. The Pro bono Unit coordinates multiple pro bono projects such as the adoption, minor and adult guardianship, name change, divorce by publication, estate planning, special education, and Enhanced Services Project and collaborates with the Gwinnett, Cobb, DeKalb, Clayton, Fulton, and HeLP Unit pro bono projects.
Duties: The Pro Bono Director is responsible for promoting pro bono and volunteer opportunities and maintaining effective relations with the local bar and bench, government, community organizations, and funding sources. The selected attorney will engage in a range of activities including managing pro bono projects, integrating pro bono into core legal services, grant reporting, developing limited- scope pro bono opportunities, volunteer recruitment and training, matching Legal Aid cases with pro bono lawyers, providing substantive support for volunteers, regular networking with private attorneys, developing materials to promote projects, and other related responsibilities. Local travel to other Legal Aid offices is required. They are also responsible for assessing and fostering collaboration among Legal Aid’s varied pro bono projects and will work collaboratively with Legal Aid’s management team members to coordinate client services. The Director also serves as the managing attorney for the Pro Bono Unit, which is located in our downtown headquarters, and is currently comprised of the Director, 1 staff attorney and 2 paralegals.
Qualifications: The ideal candidate possesses experience managing a work unit as well as supervising and mentoring attorneys; excellent legal writing skills, analysis, advocacy and work ethic are required. The position involves regular networking, relationship building and being a strong advocate of Atlanta Legal Aid and its mission. Strong communication and listening skills, ability to work in a team and alone, adaptability to changing work pressures, and appreciation of diverse staff and clientele are required. A Georgia bar license or eligibility for the next Georgia bar exam is required, as is a minimum of six years of legal experience and experience litigating in various legal forums. Qualifications preferred include previous work promoting pro bono with a law firm or legal services organization; demonstrated commitment to public service; participation in law school clinics and pro bono projects; familiarity with areas of poverty law; and previous work with low-income persons is strongly preferred. 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 Director with six years of legal experience starts at $65,500. 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:
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, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other legally protected status.