Military Legal Assistance Program (MLAP) Director
The State Bar of Georgia Pro Bono Resource Center, a joint project of the State Bar of Georgia and the Georgia Legal Services Program, seeks a paralegal/attorney to staff a pro bono Military Assistance Program to match volunteer lawyers with low-income veterans and low-income servicemembers who have basic civil (non-criminal) legal needs and to provide support to volunteer attorneys through legal training CLE programs and web-based services.
MLAP is a program, operational since 2009, that connects a cadre of about 700 volunteer lawyers with service members and veterans who seek legal assistance on a range of civil law matters including family law, real property and landlord tenant law, consumer law, probate law and VA benefit awards, to cite a few.
- Develop and manage the daily activities of a civil pro bono program using the American Bar Association Standards for Programs Providing Civil Pro Bono Legal Services to Persons of Limited Means;
- Connect those service members and veterans with a volunteer lawyer;
- Prepare and provide reports to the State Bar of Georgia's Board of Governors and appropriate Bar staff;
- Develop program marketing materials, brochures and forms (in hard and electronic formats);
- Track cases from placement to final disposition using a case management system (LegalServer);
- Develop or acquire and post online resources to support program volunteer attorneys;
- Participate in continuing legal education programs at the state and local levels;
- Represent the program at local and State Bar meetings and other law-related events;
- Serve as staff liaison on the Military Legal Assistance Program Committee (MLAPC) to coordinate, and help conduct periodic meetings (usually held quarterly, along with agendas and minutes) of the MLAPC and the State Bar's Military/Veterans Law Section;
- Coordinate and assist with veterans' courts, legal clinics at VA medical facilities and legal clinics at law schools;
- Maintain liaison with ABA officials and particularly its forthcoming nationwide legal assistance network.
- Candidates must have strong writing and communication skills, team skills, creativity and a desire to work in the public interest.
- Candidates should be well-versed in the use of case management systems such as LegalServer, MyCase, LegalFiles or similar systems as well as in Excel and Microsoft products. Prior experience in web content management is a plus.
- Candidates should have undergraduate education and preferably graduate level training, including law, with preference to a J.D. graduate and currently admitted to practice in the state of Georgia.
- Prior military experience is desirable especially as a judge advocate officer, as a military legal assistance office manager, or as staff or staff attorney in a veteran's legal assistance clinic or equivalent experience with a veteran's service organization.
- Significant communications ability is desired, as well as the skills to operate and navigate within large administrative agencies. Accreditation by the Department of Veterans Affairs as an accredited appellate attorney is a plus.
Commensurate with skills and experience-a portion of this position's responsibilities has a pro bono component.
How to Apply
Please follow the below directions completely.
- Interested persons should send an email with your resume, cover letter, biographical information, salary expectations and three references to
firstname.lastname@example.org no later than
Monday, April 30.
- In the subject line of your email, please type "MLAP Director."
- The body of your email should be your cover letter explaining your interest in the position and your availability for an interview and the best method of contact.
You will receive an automated response confirming receipt of your submission. Please do not send additional inquiries. We will contact you for an interview if you are a viable candidate.
The State Bar of Georgia is an equal opportunity employer.