Project Attorney for Eviction Prevention Project

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Job location
233 12th Street
Suite 910
Columbus, GA 31902
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Georgia Legal Services Program
Street address: 
233 12th Street, Suite 910
City: 
Columbus
State: 
Georgia
ZIP: 
31902
Job type: 
Legal - Civil
Position Description: 

Project Attorney for Eviction Prevention Project

The Georgia Legal Services Program (GLSP) is a nonprofit corporation whose mission is to provide civil legal services for persons with low incomes, creating equal access to justice, and opportunities out of poverty. GLSP received a two-year grant from the Georgia Bar Foundation to expand its housing work through the Eviction Prevention Project. The Project Attorney will provide legal assistance to qualifying low-income tenants of private landlords. The Project seeks to hire an attorney for GLSP’s Regional Offices located in Brunswick, Columbus, and Albany.

JOB DESCRIPTION
The Project Attorney will represent private tenants and work to address systemic barriers to reduce evictions, address housing conditions, and improve tenant access to justice. While supervised by local management staff, the Project Attorney will work closely with other Project Attorneys and the Project Director. The Project Attorney will be part of the ten member Project Team and will be expected to support members of the team by sharing strategies and resources. The Project Attorneys will meet regularly and receive specialized training.

PRIMARY DUTIES
• Provide direct representation to tenants facing eviction to prevent the loss of housing, address housing conditions, and assert fair housing rights.
• Address systemic issues such as substandard housing, self-help evictions, wrongfully withheld security deposits, and evictions to enforce land sale contracts.
• Work with local code enforcement to effectively address conditions and document the need for such services.
• Work with courts to adopt policies and practices that allow tenants to effectively present their case, assert their legal rights, and access the court. In so doing, promote systemic change by removing economic, educational, and linguistic barriers that prevent low-income tenants from accessing justice.
• Publicize the expansion of GLSP’s services to tenants of private landlords, in the Project's counties.
• Analyze the number of evictions filed in the Project county in the past two years and determine the percentage decrease in the number of actions filed each year after the Project.
• Track the number of evictions avoided and the benefit of the avoided eviction to the family.

Salary is dependent upon experience and qualifications; GLSP offers excellent fringe benefits. At the end of the Project, GLSP will make efforts for the Project attorney to continue employment as a GLSP attorney.

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.

Requirements: 

QUALIFICATIONS
GLSP is looking for an attorney to staff the Project with the following qualifications:
• Recent graduate of an accredited law school, prefer current member of Georgia Bar, with a demonstrated commitment to social justice;
• Excellent communication skills with the ability to articulate the Project’s initiatives to different audiences through public speaking, writing, partnership development, and community education events;
• Strong organizational skills and ability to perform tasks necessary to maintain a substantial active caseload of advocacy and litigation;
• Ability to analyze, write, and present ideas and legal concepts clearly and concisely;
• 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;
• Be willing to relocate to cities around Georgia outside of Atlanta;
• Must have reliable transportation and a valid Georgia drivers license; and
• Ability to speak Spanish is preferred.

To apply: 

A resume, cover letter, and writing sample should be submitted to Sally Haskin, Managing Attorney at [email protected].

Notes: 
Equal Opportunity Employer
Submission deadline: 
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Expiration date: 
Saturday, April 7, 2018