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Executive Director | Georgia Legal Services Program

Georgia Legal Services Program (GLSP) seeks an Executive Director to lead this nonprofit corporation, with a mission of providing civil legal services for Georgians with low incomes, creating equal access to justice and opportunities out of poverty.

High priority roles and responsibilities for the Executive Director include:

  • Embracing the mission of GLSP, effectively articulating that mission to others, and leading GLSP in the accomplishment of the mission;
  • Serving as the public face of GLSP and nurturing effective collaborative relationships between GLSP and its clients, funders, community organizations, bar leaders, private donors, business and civic communities;
  • Growing and diversifying resources to support GLSP's work;
  • Moving GLSP forward into the future with technology and service to clients;
  • Effectively managing leadership development, succession and retention throughout GLSP.

The successful Executive Director candidate must:

  • Demonstrate a passion for the mission of GLSP;
  • Hold a Juris Doctorate degree and be a member in good standing with the State Bar of Georgia, or obtain membership upon employment;
  • Have substantial management experience in a successful legal services or other nonprofit or business entity;
  • Exhibit successful experience in resource development;
  • Possess excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Display commitment to diversity and cultural competence.

Additional desired attributes:

  • Experience leading an organization of significant size that is diverse in geography, program and staff;
  • Experience in financial oversight, development of budgets, and compliance with grant and contract requirements;
  • Experience in the practice of law including litigation and management of litigation;
  • Ability to manage improved technology systems;
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships with the organized bar and governmental entities;
  • Experience working productively with an engaged Board of Directors;
  • Personal attributes which include vision, open-mindedness, innovation, good listening skills and the ability to motivate others.

Applications
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. In order to receive full consideration,  candidates are urged to submit their materials by Friday, Dec. 15. Please include a letter expressing in detail your interest in the position, your qualifications, and what you hope to contribute to the organization's future; a current resume; and the names and contact information for three professional references.

Salary depends on experience based on a competitive public interest salary scale. Health benefits are excellent.

GLSP is being assisted in the search by Patricia Pap, Executive Director, Management Information Exchange, 105 Chauncy St., Floor 6, Suite 3, Boston, MA 02111, 617-556-0288, ppap@mielegalaid.org. Candidates with questions about the position or process are encouraged to contact her.

Materials should be submitted electronically to ppap@mielegalaid.org in Microsoft Word or pdf format.

GLSP does not discriminate in the provision of services based on age, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status. GLSP is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

About Georgia Legal Services Program
GLSP's vision is of a world in which families are safe and secure, all people have enough to eat and a roof overhead, children attend good schools, health care is available when needed, people with disabilities are able to do everything they are able to do, and people of all languages and cultures feel at home with each other. GLSP is Georgia's largest nonprofit law firm providing free legal assistance throughout the 154 counties outside the metropolitan Atlanta region.

GLSP has offices in Albany, Athens, Augusta, Brunswick, Columbus, Dalton, Gainesville, Macon, Savannah and Atlanta (serving the Piedmont region). Its administrative office is also located in Atlanta.

GLSP places emphasis on areas of law where the need among Georgians with low income is the greatest and where representation and advocacy can have the most impact. These are the GLSP practice areas and special projects:
Economic and community development
Education
Family law and family violence
Farmworker rights
Health care
Housing
Public benefits
Outreach to the Latino community
Elder rights
Emergency disaster assistance
State Bar pro bono project

GLSP has a budget of $14 million. Its primary sources of support include the federal Legal Services Corporation, Older Americans Act, Judicial Council of Georgia, State Bar of Georgia Campaign for Georgia Legal Services Program, and additional governmental and private grants and contracts. GLSP employs 130 staff members, including 66 attorneys. GLSP closed 9,500 cases in 2016.

For more information about Georgia Legal Services Program, visit www.glsp.org.

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District Attorney | Coweta Judicial Circuit

Gov. Nathan Deal is accepting nominations for District Attorney to succeed Peter J. Skandalakis in accordance with Article VI, Section VIII, Paragraph I(a) of the Georgia Constitution.

Applicants for this position should complete an application and send by mail to:

Rhonda C. Barnes
Executive Legal Assistant
Office of the Governor
201 State Capitol
Atlanta, GA 30334

by fax to 404-656-5948 or by email to rbarnes@georgia.gov.

To obtain a copy of the application please contact Rhonda Barnes at 404-651-7715 or rbarnes@georgia.gov. The deadline for receipt of completed applications is Friday, Dec. 22.

Gov. Deal looks forward to hearing from all interested applicants who qualify for the position in accordance with O.C.G.A § 15-18-3.

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Assistant District Attorney | Appellate Division | Fulton County District Attorney's Office

The Office of the Fulton County District Attorney is seeking an experienced appellate attorney to serve as an Assistant District Attorney assigned to the Appellate Division. Excellent writing and research skills are required. Experience in preparing appeals and arguing before appellate courts preferred.

Essential Duties

  • Conducting legal research
  • Arguing constitutional challenges for prosecutions
  • Preparing and writing appellate briefs
  • Evaluating trial court decisions for error
  • Conducting oral argument before the Georgia appellate courts
  • Providing legal assistance for the trial attorneys

Essential Skills

  • Excellent writing skills required
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent oral communication skills
  • Excellent legal research skills
  • Excellent working knowledge of Lexis-Nexis
  • Ability to adjust priorities and manage time wisely in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to communicate in a clear, concise, understandable manner and listen attentively to others

Qualifications

  • A Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school
  • Must be a member in good standing with the State Bar of Georgia or be in good standing of another state's bar association that is eligible for reciprocity admittance to the State Bar of Georgia
  • Experience working in a law firm or government legal office, including years experience in writing appellate briefs and arguing before appellate courts

Starting Salary
$61,318

To Apply
Please email resume to da.employment@fultoncountyga.gov. Be sure to type Appellate Attorney into the subject line. Position is open until filled.

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Assistant District Attorney I | Fulton County District Attorney's Office

Purpose of Classification
The purpose of this classification is to review, investigate, indict and prosecute or resolve by plea felony criminal cases on behalf of the citizens of Fulton County. Positions in this classification generally perform entry level, professional legal work and under close supervision and may assist in the prosecution of cases of routine complexity.

Essential Functions
The following duties are normal for this position. The omission of specific statements of the duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment for this classification. Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Assists in the conduct of jury trials, preliminary and pretrial hearings, and related courtroom proceedings: prepares and argues motions; may assist with jury selection, opening and closing statements, evidence presentation and witness questioning; makes bond and sentencing recommendations.
  • Investigates, evaluates and prepares cases for trial: requests and inspects records and evidence; prepares graphics and exhibits; prepares and serves discovery; makes investigative requests; identifies and interviews witnesses; observes crime scenes; obtains and reviews scientific results and analysis; subpoenas witnesses and prepares them for trial; determines need for, procures and interviews expert witnesses; anticipates legal issues; assists in the development of case strategies; presents cases to superiors.
  • Conducts case research and documentation: researches relevant case law and interprets in relation to the facts of the case; prepares briefs and motions and responses to same; writes case summaries; drafts complaints, accusations, indictments and supporting documents; and prepares trial notebooks.
  • Prepares cases and indictments for presentation to grand jury: reviews case file and analyze the facts and evidence of the case; reviews criminal histories of defendants; determines appropriate charges; ensures sufficient probable cause; drafts indictments for indictable cases; subpoenas law enforcement officers and witnesses; and presents cases to grand jurors.
  • Communicates and serves as a liaison with victims, family, witnesses and community partners: provides updates regarding case status; requests victim advocates and assists them as needed; and explains and advises regarding the investigative and judicial process.
  • Manages caseload: attends scheduled court appearances, including plea and arraignment, status, case management, final plea, motions and trial calendar; and schedules trial and hearing dates with judges and case managers.
  • Coordinates with community partners and the public to support and promote criminal justice efforts and crime prevention initiatives: educates and informs the community about the criminal justice system; and conducts and attends meetings with schools, government organizations, health care providers, interest groups or other community partners.
  • Communicates with defense attorneys, judges, law enforcement, investigators, legal support staff, victims, witnesses, supervisor, media, government officials, other employees, the public and other individuals as needed to coordinate work activities, review status of work, present or exchange information, provide legal counsel and interpretation, or resolve problems.
  • Processes a variety of documentation associated with department/division operations, within designated timeframes and per established procedures: receives and reviews various documentation, including, police reports, witness statements, laboratory reports, criminal histories, defense motions and case law updates; reviews, completes, processes, forwards or retains as appropriate; prepares or completes various forms, reports, correspondence and other documentation, including charging documents, recidivist notices, probation revocations, sentencing recommendations, motions and legal briefs, trial summaries and departmental reports; compiles data for further processing or for use in preparation of department reports; and maintains computerized and/or hardcopy records.

Minimum Qualifications
Juris Doctorate degree required; previous experience in criminal justice, legal or generally related field is preferred; or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for this job.

Specific License or Certification Required
Must be registered as a member of the State Bar of Georgia. Must possess and maintain a valid Georgia driver's license.

Specific Knowledge, Skills or Abilities
Must be able to demonstrate proficiency in performance of the essential functions and learn, comprehend and apply all county or departmental policies, practices and procedures necessary to function effectively in the position. Requires knowledge of federal, state and local criminal laws; policies and procedures governing the Superior Court of Fulton County, and methods and techniques related to area of assignment.

Salary
Salary is commensurate with experience.

To Apply
Please email resume and writing samples to da.employment@fultoncountyga.gov. This position is open until filled.

Click here to download the complete job announcement.

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Assistant District Attorney III | Fulton County District Attorney's Office

Purpose of Classification
The purpose of this classification is to review, investigate, indict and prosecute or resolve by plea felony criminal cases on behalf of the citizens of Fulton County. This classification is distinguished from the series by functioning in a lead capacity, assigned to oversee the work or caseload of other attorneys or investigative and legal staff. Positions in this classification are assigned to prosecute as lead attorney on highly complex and serious upper-level felony cases which may involve homicide, crimes against women or children, crimes of public integrity, or appellate cases.

Essential Functions
The following duties are normal for this position. The omission of specific statements of the duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment for this classification. Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Leads and coordinates daily work activities of assigned co-workers: confers with supervisor to obtain direction regarding work assignments and priorities; organizes tasks in order to complete assigned work; monitors status of work in progress and inspects completed work; confers with co-workers, assists with complex/problem situations and provides technical expertise; assists with training and instructing co-workers regarding operational procedures; assists with supervision of co-workers by reporting employee problems and providing input on disciplinary action and employee performance evaluations.
  • Conducts or assists in the conduct of jury trials, preliminary and pretrial hearings, post-trial or appellate proceedings, and related courtroom proceedings: prepares and argue motions; conducts jury selection; makes opening and closing statements; presents evidence in court; and questions witnesses; makes appropriate objections and arguments; makes bond and sentencing recommendations and arguments.
  • Investigates, evaluates and prepares cases for trial: requests and inspects records and evidence; prepares graphics and exhibits; prepares and serves discovery; makes investigative requests; identifies and interviews witnesses; observes crime scenes; obtains and reviews scientific results and analysis; subpoenas witnesses and prepares them for trial; determines need for, procures and interviews expert witnesses; anticipates legal issues; develops case strategies; presents cases to superiors or District Attorney.
  • Conducts case research and documentation: researches relevant case law and interprets in relation to the facts of the case; prepares briefs and motions and responses to same; writes case summaries; drafts complaints, accusations, indictments and supporting documents; and prepares trial notebooks.
  • Prepares cases and indictments for presentation to grand jury: reviews case file and analyze the facts and evidence of the case; reviews criminal histories of defendants; determines appropriate charges; ensures sufficient probable cause; drafts indictments for indictable cases; subpoenas law enforcement officers and witnesses; and presents case to grand jurors.
  • Communicates and serves as a liaison with victims, family, witnesses and community partners: provides updates regarding case status; requests victim advocates and assists them as needed; and explains and advises regarding the investigative and judicial process.
  • Conducts pre-trial case resolution: conducts plea negotiations; consults with superiors or District Attorney regarding negotiated pleas; pleads case in court; and completes restitution requests.
  • Manages caseload: attends scheduled court appearances, including plea and arraignment, status, case management, final plea, motions and trial calendar; and schedules trial and hearing dates with judges and case managers.
  • Coordinates with community partners and the public to support and promote criminal justice efforts and crime prevention initiatives: educates and informs the community about the criminal justice system; conducts and attends meetings with schools, government organizations, health care providers, interest groups or other community partners; and provides resources, training and recommendations that educate or support a specific criminal justice program/initiative, such as the rehabilitation of juveniles, the prevention and prosecution of human trafficking, or community crime prevention.
  • Communicates with defense attorneys, judges, law enforcement, investigators, legal support staff, victims, witnesses, supervisor, media, government officials, other employees, the public and other individuals as needed to coordinate work activities, review status of work, present or exchange information, provide legal counsel and interpretation or resolve problems.
  • Processes a variety of documentation associated with department/division operations, within designated timeframes and per established procedures: receives and reviews various documentation, including, police reports, witness statements, laboratory reports, criminal histories, defense motions and case law updates; reviews, completes, processes, forwards or retains as appropriate; prepares or completes various forms, reports, correspondence and other documentation, including charging documents, recidivist notices, probation revocations, sentencing recommendations, motions and legal briefs, trial summaries and departmental reports; compiles data for further processing or for use in preparation of department reports; and maintains computerized and/or hardcopy records.

Minimum Qualifications
Juris Doctorate degree required; supplemented by six years of experience as a practicing attorney; or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for this job.

Specific License or Certification Required
Must be registered as a member of the State Bar of Georgia. Must possess and maintain a valid Georgia driver's license.

Specific Knowledge, Skills or Abilities
Must be able to demonstrate proficiency in performance of the essential functions and learn, comprehend and apply all county or departmental policies, practices and procedures necessary to function effectively in the position. Requires knowledge of federal, state and local criminal laws; policies and procedures governing the Superior Court of Fulton County, and methods and techniques related to area of assignment.

Salary
Salary is commensurate with experience.

To Apply
Please email resumes and writing samples to da.employment@fultoncountyga.gov. This position is open until filled.

Click here to download the complete job announcement.

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Assistant Attorney General | Civil Rights Section | Georgia Department of Law

The Georgia Department of Law, also referred to as The Georgia Office of the Attorney General, seeks a Georgia barred attorney for its Civil Rights Section. Cases for this section involve the defense of state employees sued in federal court for constitutional violations primarily under the First, Eighth and Fourteenth amendments. Travel may be required.

Requirements
This position requires applicants to be a member of the State Bar of Georgia AND graduation from an accredited law school. Preference will be given to applicants who exhibit strong writing skills, litigation experience and/or civil rights related experience.

Additional Information
A criminal background check is completed on all candidates; employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory results of the background investigation.

To Apply
Along with your resume, applicants are required to complete and submit a Department of Law application & waiver. Please mail your completed application to:

Department of Law
Attn: W Brown, Human Resources Director
40 Capitol Square
Atlanta, GA 30334

Applications are reviewed by the Division Deputy. Selection of candidates is based on the specific preferred qualifications needed by the position.

Please submit two writing samples along with copies of your official undergraduate and law school transcripts. You may submit the application and writing samples with the transcripts to follow. Candidates that are not interviewed will have their application information held in the applicant pool and considered for future vacancies with the department. Salary is commensurate with experience. Position is open until filled.

Click here to read the complete job description.

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Law Clerk | Superior Court of Fulton County

The Superior Court of Fulton county has an exciting opportunity for an experienced law clerk.

Superior Court is Georgia's busiest trial court of general jurisdiction. The court seeks to provide a forum in which legal disputes between citizens can be resolved in a fair and efficient process with attention to equal access, impartiality, efficiency and safety. After joining the court, you will become part of a fast-paced team dedicated to providing the citizens of Fulton County with the service they deserve.

Position Overview
The law clerk performs duties related to conducting legal research on a wide range of subjects; preparing legal summaries, providing expertise to judges and other staff in the Superior Court of Fulton County.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The duties for this position include but are not limited to the following:

  • Manage mandamus actions and habeas petitions.
  • Serve as a floating law clerk to Superior Court judges as needed.
  • Screen pro se filings, perform legal research and draft legal opinions, court orders and other documents as assigned.
  • Draft legal memoranda on court matters and specific points of law as required.
  • Review legal opinions and various legal publications for research purposes.
  • Provide legal analysis on general administrative matters to the chief judge and court administrator.

Skills
Organizing and prioritizing work; resolving problems and making decisions; preparing and presenting oral and written communications/reports; conducting effective legal research and drafting sound legal documents; identifying and investigating the facts of legal matters; establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with county personnel, officials and the general public; operating personal computers, including spreadsheets, databases, word processing, presentations and other related software.

Knowledge
Theories, principles and practices of criminal law and procedure, civil law and procedure, family law, contract and employment law; Principles and practices of customer service; Court practices and procedures; Legal terminology; Methods and techniques used to conduct legal research; Principles and practices of legal document preparation.

Salary
$66,985

Qualifications
Juris Doctorate degree; experience practicing law is preferred.

Licensing Requirements
Must be a member in good standing with the State Bar of Georgia.

Examination
The examination will consist of an evaluation of education and experience, accomplished by analysis of the application. Application must document that the applicant possesses the minimum knowledge, skills, education and experience as listed to be rated as qualified. If selected, an official, accredited college and law school transcript are required, at the time of employment for all degrees/course work used to qualify for this position.

To Apply
Completed applications and resumes with letters of interest may be sent to the Superior Court Administrator's Office via email to SCA.BusinessOffice@fultoncountyga.gov. Applications may be downloaded from the website at www.fultoncourt.org/employment. This position is open until filled.

Click here to download the complete announcement, including an EEO Candidate Voluntary Self-Identification form and a Veteran Status Pre-Offer Solicitation form.

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Current U.S. Department of Justice Attorney Vacancies

Visit the U.S. Department of Justice website to search current attorney vacancies. All interested applicants are encouraged to apply; however, please note that due to temporary funding restrictions the U.S.D.O.J. may not be able to fill all of the currently advertised positions.

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