Staff Attorney

Location
Atlanta, Georgia
Salary
Depending upon experience
Posted
Nov 10, 2020
Closes
Dec 10, 2020
Job Function
Legal
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
JD
Willingness to Travel
up to 25%
Experience Level
Entry-level

Position Summary Staff Attorney:

Georgia Legal Services Program is a leader in creating equal access to justice and opportunities out of poverty for low-income Georgians. We fight for justice where it is most needed. Georgia Legal Services seeks a staff attorney to work in its Albany, Columbus, Macon, Piedmont/Atlanta and openings in our Savannah, Dalton, Brunswick and Gainesville/Athens Regional offices.  

PRIMARY DUTIES:

  • Litigate cases in administrative, state and federal forums.
  • Draft briefs, motions and memoranda.
  • Circuit riding to assigned counties.
  • Conduct community legal education sessions and engage in outreach activities.
  • Participate on action teams that explore and solve systemic issues affecting clients.

Position Summary Advice Line Attorney:

The Eviction Prevention Project provides legal assistance to qualifying low-income tenants of private landlords in multiple counties outside metro Atlanta.  One component of the Project is an Advice Line that provides advice and brief service to low-income tenants.  Ideally, the Advice Line Attorney will be located in the Atlanta Office but may also work out of one of GLSP’s Regional Offices located throughout Georgia.

JOB DESCRIPTION

The Advice Line Attorney is responsible for the efficient delivery of high-quality legal information, advice, brief service, and referrals to eligible low-income callers with landlord-tenant problems. The Advice Line Attorney will distinguish between clients that need legal advice or brief service, such as a letter or call to a third party and those that need more extensive representation. If the client’s problem warrants direct representation, the Advice Line Attorney will refer the case to an Attorney located in one of GLSP’s regional offices. The Advice Line Attorney will be part of Eviction Prevention Project and will be expected to support members of the team by sharing strategies and resources.

PRIMARY DUTIES:

  • Effectively and efficiently provide legal advice, brief service, and referrals to clients.
  • Maintain electronic client case files, enter and scan information into the client’s electronic file including documentation of information provided client.
  • Responsible for assessing and reporting on the impact of information and advice given to clients.
  • Identifying the need for and developing written materials for clients.
  • Assemble and mail appropriate correspondence and literature to clients as needed.

 

Qualifications:

  • Graduate of an accredited law school and current member of Georgia Bar with experience working with persons with low incomes and a commitment to social justice. Willingness and ability to work as part of a team in a professional and collaborative manner.
  • Computer literacy, which includes familiarity using email, Excel, Word, SharePoint, LegalServer, and other computer programs.
  • Must have reliable transportation and a valid Georgia driver's license.
  • Ability to speak Spanish is highly valued.
  • Demonstrated interest or experience working with low-income clients on poverty law issues and commitment to social justice;
  • Ability to work with diverse populations, backgrounds and perspectives;
  • Excellent oral advocacy, research, and writing skills;
  • Attention to detail and self-motivated;
  • Ability to be creative and a team player.

Additional qualifications for the Advice Line Attorney:

  • Working knowledge of Georgia landlord-tenant law and experience representing tenants in Georgia courts would be helpful but is not required.
  • Ability to effectively speak, understand, and courteously converse with individuals seeking assistance over the phone including ability to use an interpreter as needed.

Salary is dependent upon experience and qualifications; GLSP offers excellent fringe benefits including an employer-financed partial loan repayment program. A statement of interest, resume, and writing sample should be submitted to https://www.glsp.org/join-the-team/. No Phone Calls, please.

GLSP is an Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of Georgia Legal Services Program not to discriminate against any applicant for employment because of race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, pregnancy, medical condition, national origin, disability, marital or other protected status. GLSP values a diverse work environment and strongly encourages women, people of color, people who identify as LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and people who have experienced poverty or homelessness to apply. GLSP invites all applicants to include in their cover letter a statement about how your unique background and/or experiences might contribute to the diversity, cultural vitality, and perspective of our staff and legal services practice.