AVLF creates safe and stable homes and families by inspiring the fight for equal justice.
AVLF’s Safe and Stable Homes Project seeks a full-time staff attorney to lead AVLF’s Standing with Our Neighbors initiative in Atlanta’s Carver Cluster (which includes the Thomasville Heights neighborhood).
AVLF is partnering with Purpose-Built Schools to focus AVLF’s considerable volunteer resources on improving living conditions and housing stability in the Carver Cluster neighborhoods. The initiative will focus on outreach and tenant education, close coordination with community partners, advocacy, and direct legal representation of tenants to halt evictions and obtain repairs.
The Staff Attorney will work alongside two full-time Community Advocates. Specific duties will include:
- Serving as a liaison to Purpose-Built Schools and other partners, often being embedded in a school setting.
- Working closely as a team member with two Community Advocates.
- Working closely with families and in tandem with volunteer attorneys toward the goal of preventing neighborhood displacement and ensuring safe and healthy living conditions.
- Working with the Community Advocates to educate families on how to promote effective repairs and avoid evictions, the right to safe and habitable housing, and addressing issues such as indoor air quality.
- Assessing housing legal issues, providing advice, and deciding which cases to refer for full representation.
- Recruiting, coordinating and supervising volunteer attorneys providing pro bono representation to tenants.
- Representing tenants in evictions and affirmative cases against landlords.
- Networking with and building relationships within the Carver Cluster communities.
- Attending regular meetings with community partners.
- Otherwise assisting and empowering the clients of AVLF’s Standing with Our Neighbors initiative.
- Licensed attorney in good standing, licensed to practice law in Georgia, or Georgia bar results pending.
- Previous experience working with low-income clients will be given strong preference.
- Demonstrated commitment to social justice and legal services to low-income individuals and/or communities, whether through pro bono work or otherwise.
- Outstanding written and verbal communication skills, including experience and comfort with public speaking.
- Strong legal skills, including issue-spotting, familiarity with the Fulton County Courts and the capacity to advocate assertively and effectively.
- Experience with volunteer recruitment and management.
- Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with people of all ages and cultural backgrounds, including communicating with our diverse constituencies – from law firm partners to potential clients.
- Excellent interpersonal skills, including a sense of humor.
- Strong attention to detail and organizational skills, and equally strong analytical legal skills.
- A team player with the ability to both lead and follow.
- A high level of self-motivation and organization: Self-initiated, motivated, well-organized, ability to creatively problem-solve, and able to prioritize and complete tasks efficiently.
- Comfortable learning and working with new technology and proficient in Microsoft Word, Outlook and Excel (experience with database management, and Salesforce specifically, is a plus).
SALARY/BENEFITS: Dependent upon experience and qualifications. This is a full-time position with generous fringe benefits.
A consortium of three organizations – the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, the Center for Access to Justice at the Georgia State University College of Law, and Lawyers for Equal Justice – seeks a contract Staff Attorney with at least two years of residential landlord-tenant law experience in Georgia to supervise the Housing Court Assistance Center located in the Fulton County Courthouse. As currently constituted, the position will require an 8-hour per week commitment. Additional hours may be possible and required as the project grows.
The Housing Court Assistance Center provides legal advice and referrals to tenants who have come to the courthouse to file an Answer to an eviction. Volunteer attorneys and law students meet with tenants to answer questions about how to respond to lease termination or eviction notices in both public and private housing, how to enforce or defend rights under a lease, and other questions related to the landlord-tenant relationship. The Staff Attorney will be responsible for supervising the work of the law students and volunteer attorneys, as well as meeting with tenants him or herself. The Staff Attorney must be present at all times that the Center is open for business. Current hours are Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Two additional hours per week may be necessary for administrative record-keeping.
- Licensed attorney in good standing, licensed to practice law in Georgia, with at least two (2) years of relevant legal experience (residential landlord-tenant law).
- Previous litigation experience representing tenants or landlords and/or representing low-income clients will be given strong
- Demonstrated commitment to social justice and legal services to low-income individuals and/or communities, through pro bono work or otherwise, will also be given a strong
- Experience with volunteer recruitment and management is a
- Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with people of all ages and cultural backgrounds, including communicating with our diverse constituencies – from law firm partners, to court personnel and Judges, to potential
- Ability to handle multiple tasks and problem solve in a demanding and changing
- Proficiency or fluency in Spanish is a plus.
COMPENSATION: $30 per hour. This is a part-time contract position.
AVLF is an equal opportunity employer. We consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, criminal record, protected veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by law.
We’re also committed to building a diverse staff, and we strongly encourage applications from people of color, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ people.