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Solicitor-General | Jenkins County (08/04/21)

Gov. Kemp is accepting applications for solicitor-general of Jenkins County. This vacancy was created by the appointment of the Hon. Duff B. Ayers as Judge of the State Court of Jenkins County.

Individuals interested in this position should complete an application and send by mail to:

Rhonda Barnes Wilson
Paralegal
Office of Governor Kemp
201 State Capitol
Atlanta, GA 30334

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

To obtain a copy of the application, please contact Rhonda Barnes Wilson at 404-651-7760 or rhonda.wilson@georgia.gov. The deadline for receipt of applications in this office is Wednesday, Aug. 4.

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Chief Deputy Clerk | U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (08/05/21)

Location: Atlanta
Salary: JSP 15/16: $134,938 - $183,300

Job Description:

The chief deputy clerk is a senior-level, second-in-command management position reporting to the clerk of court. The chief deputy assists the clerk in managing all aspects of clerk’s office’s administrative and operational functions. The chief deputy clerk directly supervises and supports upper-level managers and serves as general office manager. The chief deputy clerk acts for the clerk in his absence.

Representative Duties:

  • Manages the day-to-day operations of the clerk’s office.
  • Advises judges and chambers staff regarding complex procedural matters.
  • Develops, implements and refines policies, programs and procedures, which may include working with the Federal Judicial Center and the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.
  • Monitors operations and analyzes the effectiveness of office practices and procedures, implementing improvements as needed.
  • Oversees the receipt, handling, preparation, maintenance, storage and control of all records and material received in, created by or processed through the clerk’s office.
  • Reviews judicial conduct and disability matters.
  • Manages clerk’s office projects and oversees implementation of new programs and technologies, including overseeing updates to CM/ECF and other applications.
  • Works with the clerk to develop organizational goals and objectives as well as to establish and implement office policies.
  • Oversees the office’s financial functions, including developing spending and budget plans, approving purchase requests, reconciling financial reports, accounting for fees and serving as certifying officer for payments.
  • Performs quality control reviews of cases and clerk’s office work product.
  • Reviews statistical information.
  • Participates in the recruitment, selection, training, promotion, discipline and evaluation of staff members.
  • Responds to inquiries regarding appellate rules and clerk’s office procedures from other courts, federal agencies, lawyers, litigants and the public as well as assists the clerk in making presentations to bar and other groups.
  • Oversees the general working conditions of the office, including the use of equipment, furniture and physical layout of the office.

Experience and Qualifications:
The position requires a minimum of three years of progressively responsible general experience in administrative, professional, investigative, technical or other responsible work that provided an opportunity to gain: a general knowledge of management practices and administrative processes, skill in dealing with others in person-to-person work relationships and the ability to exercise mature judgment. In addition, three years of progressively responsible specialized experience in administrative, supervisory, managerial or professional work that provided an opportunity to acquire thorough knowledge of the basic concepts, principles, policies and theories of management is required. 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A law degree from an accredited law school.
  • Admission to practice law before the highest court of a state, territory, commonwealth or possession of the United States (law license may be inactive).
  • Strong academic background, including superior legal research, analytical, writing and editing skills.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and leadership skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to assume and delegate responsibility.
  • Demonstrated communication (oral and written) and interpersonal skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Complex case management experience and/or management experience in a federal court.
  • Substantial professional experience as a practicing attorney, a federal judicial law clerk and/or a state appellate court law clerk.
  • Significant knowledge of office automation and electronic case management filing systems.

To Apply:
Click here for full job description and application instructions. The deadline to apply is Thursday, Aug. 5.

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Judicial Vacancy | Superior Court, Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit (08/09/21)

The Judicial Nominating Commission is now engaged in the process of receiving names of persons to fill a vacancy on the Superior Court of the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit, which was created by the resignation of Hon. William C. Rumer.

You are invited to submit nominations for this vacancy. Members of the Bar may submit their own name or the names of others. The public is also invited to submit nominations. Nominations must be received by the Commission by Monday, Aug. 9, by mail addressed to:

Judicial Nominating Commission
c/o Vincent Russo
500 14th St. NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

By email to nominations@robbinsfirm.com.

Applicants should download the application package from the Commission’s website at jnc.georgia.gov/application. Applications must be received by the Commission on or before Monday, Aug. 23. Applicants selected for an interview will be notified of the date, time and location of their interview.

The Commission will select and recommend to the governor a short list of up to five persons from those applicants interviewed and found to be “qualified” or “well qualified” for this position.

For additional information regarding the Commission and the application process, you may visit
www.jnc.georgia.gov.

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Judicial Vacancy | State Court of DeKalb County—Jury Division (08/09/21)

The Judicial Nominating Commission is now engaged in the process of receiving names of persons to fill a vacancy in the State Court of DeKalb County—Jury Division, which was created by the resignation of Hon. Dax E. Lopez.

You are invited to submit nominations for this vacancy. Members of the Bar may submit their own name or the names of others. The public is also invited to submit nominations. Nominations must be received by the Commission by Monday, Aug. 9, by mail addressed to:

Judicial Nominating Commission
c/o Vincent Russo
500 14th St. NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

By email to nominations@robbinsfirm.com.

Applicants should download the application package from the Commission’s website at jnc.georgia.gov/application. Applications must be received by the Commission on or before Monday, Aug. 23. Applicants selected for an interview will be notified of the date, time and location of their interview.

The Commission will select and recommend to the governor a short list of up to five persons from those applicants interviewed and found to be “qualified” or “well qualified” for this position.

For additional information regarding the Commission and the application process, you may visit
www.jnc.georgia.gov.

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Judicial Vacancy | State Court of DeKalb County—Traffic Division (08/09/21)

The Judicial Nominating Commission is now engaged in the process of receiving names of persons to fill a vacancy in the State Court of DeKalb County—Traffic Division, which was created by the appointment of Kimberly Alexander to the State Court of DeKalb County—Jury Division.

You are invited to submit nominations for this vacancy. Members of the Bar may submit their own name or the names of others. The public is also invited to submit nominations. Nominations must be received by the Commission by Monday, Aug. 9, by mail addressed to:

Judicial Nominating Commission
c/o Vincent Russo
500 14th St. NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

By email to nominations@robbinsfirm.com.

Applicants should download the application package from the Commission’s website at jnc.georgia.gov/application. Applications must be received by the Commission on or before Monday, Aug. 23. Applicants selected for an interview will be notified of the date, time and location of their interview.

The Commission will select and recommend to the governor a short list of up to five persons from those applicants interviewed and found to be “qualified” or “well qualified” for this position.

For additional information regarding the Commission and the application process, you may visit
www.jnc.georgia.gov.

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Assistant U.S. Attorney | U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida (08/19/21)

Location: Tallahassee, Florida
Salary: $64,649-$169,096 

Job Description:

The incumbent will represent the U.S. government as an assistant U.S. attorney (AUSA). Principal duties will be to oversee the office’s financial litigation responsibilities in U.S. District Court by enforcing judgments imposed against criminal defendants who owe restitution to crime victims, as well as other debts owed to the government, and to oversee the office’s bankruptcy docket as to referrals received from client agencies and the litigation of adversary proceedings in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. Relatedly, the selected candidate also will oversee the office’s handling of the government’s interests in properties subject to foreclosure proceedings in state courts.

Qualifications: 

  • Applicants must possess a J.D. Degree.
  • Be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction).
  • Have at least three years post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience.
  • United States citizenship is required.

Preferred Qualifications:
The ideal candidate will possess some experience in handling bankruptcy, tax and/or property matters.

To Apply:
Click here for full job description and application instructions. The deadline to apply is Thursday, Aug. 19.

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U.S. Magistrate Judge | U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division (09/07/21)

Location: Atlanta
Salary: $201,112

Job Description:

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division, is accepting applications for a new magistrate judge to succeed retiring Magistrate Judge Alan J. Baverman, beginning April 4, 2022. The basic authority of a U.S. magistrate judge is specified in 28 U.S.C. § 636. The essential function of courts is to dispense justice. An important component of this function is the creation and maintenance of diversity in the court system. 

Duties:

  • Trying and disposing of virtually all categories of civil actions with the consent of the parties in accordance with 28 U.S.C. § 636(c);
  • Presiding over all aspects of civil cases referred to magistrate judges under the court’s standing orders through the entry of a recommendation for final disposition under 28 U.S.C. § 636(b);
  • Ruling on various pretrial matters and holding evidentiary proceedings on references from the district court judges made in addition to the standing orders, including discovery issues and other non-dispositive motions;
  • Conducting settlement conferences or mediation in civil actions by reference;
  • Conducting preliminary proceedings in felony criminal cases, including initial appearances, bond/detention hearings and arraignments;
  • Issuing arrest warrants, search warrants and warrants in administrative actions;
  • Ruling on all non-dispositive motions in felony criminal cases and entering findings and recommendations as to dispositive criminal motions, such as motions to dismiss or to suppress evidence;
  • Conducting preliminary reviews and making recommendations regarding the disposition of prisoner civil rights complaints and habeas corpus petitions;
  • Conducting evidentiary proceedings in prisoner and habeas corpus actions; and
  • Performing other duties as set out in the Local Rules of the Northern District of Georgia.

Qualifications

  • Be, and have been for at least five years, a member in good standing of the Bar of the highest court of a state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Territory of Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, or the U.S. Virgin Islands, and have been engaged in the active practice of law for a period of at least five years (with some substitutes authorized);
  • Be competent to perform all the duties of the office; be of good moral character; be emotionally stable and mature; be committed to equal justice under the law; be in good health; be patient and courteous; and be capable of deliberation and decisiveness;
  • Be less than 70 years old; and
  • Not be related to a judge of the district court.

To Apply:
Click here for full job description and application instructions. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, Sept. 7.

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Judicial Staff Attorney | Superior Court, Augusta Judicial Circuit 

Location: Augusta Judicial Circuit
Salary: $50,120

Provide research, legal counsel and advice to assigned judges in civil and criminal cases. The judicial staff attorney assists judges by performing various legal works involving research and legal writing and prepares orders, legal memorandums, briefs, pleadings and related documents; reviews and discusses point of law with judges and attorneys. Duties will vary based on the preferences of the assigned judges. Minimal travel within the circuit is required.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school required; pending bar exam or results.
  • Must possess thorough knowledge of law and research procedures.
  • Effective written and oral skills.
  • Ability to apply sound research topics.
  • Research, analyze, and digest legal facts and precedents.
  • Comprehend and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Establish and maintain a loyal, trusting relationship with associates, superiors and subordinates.

To Apply:
Email a resume, transcript and writing sample to Michael Ledyard at mledyard@augustaga.gov.

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Staff Attorney | Georgia Office of Legislative Counsel 

Location: Atlanta
Salary: $70,000

Job Responsibilities:

  • Drafting legislation.
  • Counseling legislators and legislative committees.
  • Preparing legal opinions on statutory interpretation and constitutionality.
  • Performing legal research.

Qualifications

  • State Bar of Georgia membership; active and good standing status is mandatory.
  • A juris doctorate (J.D.) degree from an ABA accredited law school is required.
  • Advanced skills in legal writing, client interaction, interpersonal communications and time management.

To Apply:
Click here for full job description and application instructions.

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Advice Line Attorney | Eviction Prevention Project | Georgia Legal Services Program 

Location: WFH Flexible
Salary: Commensurate with experience

Job Description:

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. 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 with legal problems related to their rental housing. The advice line attorney may be located anywhere in Georgia and telework will be considered. 

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 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 clients.
  • Identifying need for and developing written materials for clients.
  • Assemble and mail appropriate correspondence and literature to clients as needed.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Graduate of an accredited law school and current member of State Bar of Georgia with experience working with persons with low incomes and a commitment to social justice.
  • 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.
  • 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.

To Apply:
A resume, cover letter and writing sample should be submitted here. This position is grant funded and if funding is not renewed, GLSP will make efforts for the project attorney to continue employment as a GLSP attorney.

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Eviction Prevention Staff Attorney | Eviction Prevention Project | Georgia Legal Services Program 

Location: Regional Offices
Salary: Commensurate with experience

Job Description:

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’s Eviction Prevention Project provides legal assistance to qualifying low-income tenants of private landlords throughout Georgia, excluding the five-county metro-Atlanta area. The project attorneys are located in GLSP’s regional offices located in Augusta, Albany, Brunswick, Dalton, Columbus, Gainesville, Piedmont, Macon and Savannah. 

The project attorney will litigate and advocate for decent, safe, stable and affordable housing for low-income Georgians. This includes, but is not limited to: defending tenants in eviction actions; recovering wrongfully withheld security deposits; resolving repair and maintenance problems; addressing discrimination; and engaging in community outreach activities such as housing clinics. 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 project team and will be expected to support members of the team by sharing strategies and resources. 

Primary Duties:

  • Provide direct representation to tenants. 
  • Address systemic issues impacting private rental tenants. 
  • Work with local code enforcement to address housing 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. 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Graduate of an accredited law school.
  • Admission to the State Bar of Georgia, or willingness to sit for the next exam.
  • Experience working with clients 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.
  • Must have reliable transportation and a valid Georgia driver's license.
  • Ability to speak Spanish is preferred.

To Apply:
A resume, cover letter and writing sample should be submitted to jbonner@glsp.org. 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.

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Staff Attorney | Albany Office | Georgia Legal Services Program 

Location: Albany, GA
Salary: Commensurate with experience

Job Description:

The Georgia Legal Services Program seeks a staff attorney to work in its Albany office. Albany is the hub of Southwest Georgia for culture, shopping, education, health care and recreation. 

Primary Duties:

  • Circuit-ride to outlying counties.
  • Handle cases in state and federal court and administrative forums.
  • Conduct community legal education sessions and engage in outreach activities.
  • Participate with other advocates on action teams that explore and solve systemic issues affecting significant numbers of clients.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Graduate of accredited law school.
  • State Bar of Georgia membership, or willing to take next exam.
  • Demonstrated interest or experience in working with low-income clients and/or on poverty law issues.
  • Good oral advocacy, writing and computer skills.
  • Have a reliable car and driver’s license.
  • Ability to speak Spanish is a plus. 

To Apply:
A resume, cover letter and writing sample should be submitted here.

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Staff Attorney | Atlanta Office | Georgia Legal Services Program 

Location: Atlanta, GA
Salary: Commensurate with experience

Job Description:

The Georgia Legal Services Program seeks a staff attorney to work in its Piedmont/Atlanta office. 

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.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Graduate of an accredited law school and current member of State Bar of Georgia 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.

To Apply:
A resume, cover letter and writing sample should be submitted here.

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Staff Attorney | Savannah Office | Georgia Legal Services Program 

Location: Savannah, GA
Salary: Commensurate with experience

Job Description:

The Georgia Legal Services Program seeks a staff attorney to work in its Savannah office. 

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.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Graduate of an accredited law school and current member of State Bar of Georgia 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.

To Apply:
A resume, cover letter and writing sample should be submitted here.

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Assistant County Public Defender II | Fulton County

Location: Fulton County, GA
Salary: $80,188 - $120,282

Essential Functions:

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. 

  • 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.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Juris Doctorate Degree required.
  • One year of experience in criminal justice, legal or generally related field
  • Any equivalent combination of education, training and experience, which provides the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for this job. 

Specific License or Certification:

  • Must possess and maintain certification and licensure from the State Bar of Georgia and a valid Georgia driver's license.
  • 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. 

To Apply:
Click here for full job description and application instructions.

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Assistant County Public Defender III | Fulton County

Location: Fulton County, GA
Salary: $69,602 - $104, 402

Essential Functions:

The purpose of this classification is to provide competent and zealous legal representation and advocacy to indigent clients of Fulton County. This classification is distinguished from the series by closely supervised case assignments. Positions in this classification generally perform beginning level professional legal work and may assist in cases of routine complexity.

  • Represents clients in court at various stages of cases, including arraignments, preliminary and pretrial hearings, probation and sentencing, post-adjudication/post-conviction hearings, appeals or any related courtroom proceedings.
  • Investigates and prepares cases for hearings and trials.
  • Represents clients at pre-trial conferences.
  • Conducts case research and documentation.
  • Communicates with, advises and advocates for indigent clients.
  • Manages caseload.
  • Maintains and upgrades knowledge in appropriate legal fields.
  • Communicates with prosecuting attorneys, judges, investigators, legal support staff, witnesses, experts, translators, client friends and family, probation officers, supervisor, government officials, other employees, the public and other individuals as needed.
  • Processes a variety of documentation associated with department/division operations within designated timeframes and per established procedures.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Juris Doctorate Degree required.
  • Three years of experience as a practicing attorney.
  • Any equivalent combination of education, training and experience, which provides the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for this job. 

Specific License or Certification:

  • Must possess and maintain certification and licensure from the State Bar of Georgia and a valid Georgia driver's license.
  • 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. 

To Apply:
Click here for full job description and application instructions.

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Judicial Staff Attorney | Superior Court, Southwestern Judicial Circuit 

Location: Americus
Salary: $45,359.04

The Southwestern Judicial Circuit is comprised of six rural counties in southwest Georgia, served by three superior court judges. Our primary offices are located in Americus. General information and contact information can be obtained by visiting our website. There are two positions available.

Job Responsibilities:
Provide research, legal counsel and advice to assigned judges in civil and criminal cases. The judicial staff attorney assists judges by performing various legal works involving research and legal writing, and prepares orders, legal memorandums, briefs, pleadings and related documents; reviews and discusses point of law with judges and attorneys; and provides light technical assistance for virtual hearings. Duties will vary based on the preferences of the assigned judge. Minimal travel within and occasional travel outside the circuit is required. The physical demands are as for sedentary work.

Qualifications:

  • Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school required; admitted to the State Bar of Georgia, or pending bar exam or results. No experience required.
  • Must possess thorough knowledge of law and research procedures.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to apply sound research concepts.
  • Research, analyze, and digest legal facts and precedents.
  • Comprehend and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Must have operational abilities with office equipment, internet and computers.
  • Establish and maintain a loyal, trusting relationship with associates, superiors and subordinates.
  • Ability to recognize the inherent need for confidentiality.

To Apply:
Email a resume, transcript and writing sample to Judge Jimmie H. Brown at judgejimmiehbrown@gmail.com.

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Assistant County Attorney | Macon-Bibb County

Location: Macon
Salary: Negotiable

The assistant county attorney is responsible for preparing legal opinions, contracts and other legal documents; drafting legislation; performing extensive legal research in many areas of the law; representing the county in various administrative and judicial proceedings; and addressing various legal matters that arise and affect the county on a daily basis.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Prepares legal opinions for the mayor, board of commissioners and county departments.
  • Prepares and files simple to complex legal documents for the prosecution or defense of assigned cases.
  • Prepares and tries assigned cases.
  • Handles the routine claims made by or against the county.
  • Performs legal research in many areas of the law, including the interpretation and applicability of local, state and federal laws, and judicial procedures relating to the mayor, board of commissioners and various county departments.
  • Drafts ordinances and resolutions to submit to the mayor and board of commissioners for adoption.
  • Attends board of commissioners meetings and various county committee meetings as a legal advisor and parliamentarian.
  • Represents the county at assigned administrative hearings.
  • Prepares and develops contracts and various legal instruments to which the county is a party, including grants, agreements, and deeds and leases of county property.
  • Reviews and interprets various contracts and legal documents.
  • Gives general advice through telephone conferences and correspondence.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
The assistant county attorney must be knowledgeable of the following principles, procedures and concepts:

  • Knowledge of local, state and federal laws.
  • Knowledge of judicial procedures and rules of evidence.
  • Knowledge of county ordinances and an understanding of their accepted interpretations.
  • Ability to draft legal instruments, proposed legislation and legal opinions.
  • Knowledge of personal computers and relevant office software.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with elected officials, administrative officials and local government staff, and with members of the general public.
  • Knowledge of the organizational, functional and legal limitations of the authority of the mayor, board of commissioners and county staff.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing on complex legal subjects.
  • Ability to analyze, appraise and organize facts, evidence and precedents, and to effectively present such material orally and in writing.

Education, Training and Experience:

  • The assistant county attorney must be a graduate of an accredited three year law school with an LLB or JD degree and have the training and experience necessary to perform the duties and tasks required by this position.
  • Possession of a valid Georgia Motor Vehicle Operator's License.
  • Member in good standing with the State Bar of Georgia.

To Apply:
Click here for full job description and application instructions.

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Chief Deputy Clerk (Type II) | U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia 

Location: Atlanta, GA
Salary Range: $158,257 - $183,300

Job Responsibilities:
The chief deputy clerk will exercise broad responsibility for assigned areas, routinely interacting with staff, judges, the bar, other court units, divisions within the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts and other federal agencies such as the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Duties include the day-to-day management of assigned functional areas; project development and management; enforcement and development of appropriate policies, plans and procedures; supervision and mentoring of supervisors and staff; budget projection, development and execution; and other duties as assigned.

Mandatory Qualifications:
An undergraduate degree from a college or university of recognized standing and a minimum of 10 years of experience, including at least four years of general experience and six years of specialized experience (described below). At least five years of the experience must have been in a position with substantial senior management responsibility. Some educational substitutions may apply.

General Experience: Progressively responsible positions reflecting successful performance of increasingly complex duties over broader areas of responsibility. Career path should reflect opportunities at progressively higher levels to learn and apply management and business practices; administrative processes and procedures; interpersonal and group performance dynamics; and organizational values.

Specialized Experience: Successful performance in supervisory, managerial or professional positions that required a thorough knowledge of the basic concepts, principles, policies and theories of management.

Preferred Qualifications:
A law degree from an ABA-accredited law school is highly preferred. A graduate degree from an accredited university in a field such as business, public administration, political science, criminal justice, law, management or other related academic disciplines combined with substantial court administration experience may be substituted.

Desirable Qualifications: 

  • Knowledge of and progressively responsible experience in court or legal management in such areas as case management, financial management and/or statistical analysis.
  • Experience in the federal court environment is advantageous.
  • Experience in a legal field which required knowledge, interpretation and application of Federal Rules of Civil and Criminal Procedure and/or federal statutes is highly desired.
  • Demonstrated excellence in written and oral communications, and strong interpersonal and analytical skills are essential.
  • The successful candidate must have strong leadership qualities and initiative and be able to manage change and articulate management priorities.
  • An ability to identify and resolve problems, work effectively with both individuals and teams, and interact courteously and professionally with high-level officials is also essential.
  • The position requires balancing the demands of varying workload responsibilities and time-sensitive deadlines.

To Apply:
Qualified applicants should submit the following documents: 

  1. An application for Judicial Branch Federal Employment, Form AO 78, linked here;
  2. A cover letter addressing qualifications, relevant experience and management style or philosophy; 
  3. A chronological resume including education, employment and salary history, management experience, the number and composition of personnel supervised, and the reason for leaving each position. 

The completed package as a single PDF file should be submitted electronically to HR_GAND@gand.uscourts.gov or via mail to: U.S. District Court, Attn: Human Resources Manager, Vacancy #21-21, 75 Ted Turner Drive SW, Room 2013, Atlanta, GA 30303-3338.

See the full job description here. The position will remain open until filled.

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Attorney I, II, III | Athens-Clarke County

Location: Athens-Clarke County
Salary: Attorney I - $55,063 – $70,202
Attorney II -  $57,816 – $73,712
Attorney III - $63,742 – $81,267

The Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County seeks a highly motivated professional to assist the Athens-Clarke County Attorney in providing advisory, transactional, and litigation related legal services to the Unified Government. Duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, preparing and presenting cases for trial; preparing briefs, motions, contracts, deeds, and providing legal counsel and performing additional tasks as assigned. 

There are two vacant positions. The selected candidates will be placed as an Attorney I, Attorney II or Attorney III within the corresponding pay range depending upon qualifications. 

Job Responsibilities:
The following duties are normal for this job. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Prepares cases for trial, participates in motion practice, prepares briefs and memoranda, tries cases and makes oral arguments in various courts and administrative tribunals on behalf of the unified government.
  • Negotiates settlements and consent orders in cases.
  • Provides legal counsel to the unified government's departments; duties include rendering oral opinions, providing legal advice on government policies and procedures, preparing and reviewing deeds and contracts, conducting title searches, researching case law and conducting other legal services as requested.
  • Prepares documentation to assist in the orderly administration of cases involving ordinances of the unified government. 
  • Conducts legal research by reviewing case law, legal opinions, codes and statutes. 
  • Reads legal journals and case law to maintain knowledge of the legal profession.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Knowledge of the principles, practices and procedures of the unified government and the operations and functions of the office of the attorney. 
  • Knowledge of legal practices, policies and procedures as necessary in the completion of daily responsibilities. 
  • Knowledge of the development and administration of operations and staff plans and objectives for the expedience and effectiveness of the specific duties of the position. 
  • Knowledge of all applicable laws, ordinances, policies, standards and regulations pertaining to the specific duties and responsibilities of the job. 
  • Knowledge of resources for keeping informed of any changes in policy, methods, operations, and budgetary and equipment needs, etc., as they pertain to departmental operations and activities. 
  • Knowledge of and proficient with computers. 
  • Knowledge of federal and state laws relevant to local government and rules of court. 
  • Ability to deal effectively with organizational, management, human relations and technical subjects. 
  • Ability to negotiate and mediate. 
  • Ability to develop and administer policies, procedures, plans and activities and to monitor the performance of subordinates against measured, established goals. 
  • Ability to develop and implement long-term goals for the department in order to promote effectiveness and efficiency.  
  • Ability to effectively communicate and interact with subordinates, management, employees, members of the general public and all other groups involved in the activities of the unified government as they relate to the office of the attorney. 
  • Ability to assemble information and make written reports and documents in a concise, clear and effective manner. 
  • Ability to use independent judgment and discretion in managing subordinates, including the handling of emergency situations, determining and deciding upon procedures to be implemented, setting priorities, maintaining standards and resolving problems. 
  • Ability to comprehend, interpret and apply regulations, procedures and related information. 
  • Ability to handle the required mathematical and statistical calculations. 
  • Ability to read, understand and interpret federal and state laws, local ordinances and codes, tax maps and digests, plats, case law, legal handbooks, financial reports, real estate appraisals and other materials.   
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, in preparing and presenting court cases. 
  • Ability to use standard word processing and/or database management software programs in performing administrative duties.  

Minimum Qualifications:
Attorney I - $55,063 – $70,202
Juris Doctorate with at least one year of experience as a practicing attorney, law clerk or law assistant required, or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for this job. Must be a member of the State Bar of Georgia and obtain a minimum of 12 hours of accredited continuing education annually. Must possess a valid driver's license. Supervisory experience is preferred. 
 
Attorney II -  $57,816 – $73,712
Juris Doctorate with at least four years of experience as a practicing attorney is required with experience in three practice areas, or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for this job. Must be a member of the State Bar of Georgia and obtain a minimum of 12 hours of accredited continuing education annually. Must possess a valid driver's license. Supervisory experience is preferred. 
 
Attorney III - $63,742 – $81,267
Juris Doctorate with at least six years of experience as a practicing attorney is required with experience in four practice areas, or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for this job. Must be a member of the State Bar of Georgia and obtain a minimum of 12 hours of accredited continuing education annually. Must possess a valid driver's license. Supervisory experience is preferred.  

To Apply:
Click here for full job description and application instructions.

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Assistant County Attorney III | Law Department | DeKalb County

Salary: $80k+ (Commensurate with experience)
Location: DeKalb County, Decatur, Georgia

The Law Department of DeKalb County, has an opening for assistant county attorney. This position provides legal counsel to assigned departments and officials.

Essential Functions:

  • Serves as counsel in representing the legal interest of the county for assigned departments in accordance with state laws and rules of professional conduct.
  • Represents assigned departments in litigation.
  • Drafts and reviews contracts and agreements; reviews contracts for compliance with internal policies and procedures, as well as local, state and federal laws, and conducts research.
  • Represents assigned departments in personnel matters, attends Merit System hearings and other proceedings.
  • Represents county tax assessor in tax appeals.
  • Develops and reviews legislation; reviews, drafts and interprets laws, ordinances, regulations and resolutions; reviews and interprets pending and new legislation.
  • Maintains a comprehensive, current knowledge and awareness of applicable laws, regulations, policies and procedures.

Minimum Qualifications:

Juris Doctorate degree required; five years of experience practicing law; or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for this job. Must possess and maintain a valid Georgia driver’s license; and must possess and maintain licensure from the State Bar of Georgia. A criminal background check is completed on all candidates. Employment is contingent upon the completion and satisfactory results of the background investigation and drug tests.

Preferred Experience:

  • Civil litigation experience in state and federal courts.
  • Experience representing local governments or state government in Open Records Act matters.
  • Experience representing public safety officials and officers in litigation.
  • Experience representing local governments and local government officials in litigation.

To Apply:

Please review the comprehensive job posting here, or send your resume and writing sample to BEEpps@dekalbcountyga.gov

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Staff Attorney | Probate Court of Douglas County

Salary: $52,000 - $60,000  

Job Description:

The probate staff attorney will provide assistance to judges in researching issues before the court and in writing opinions. Additionally, this position will be responsible for researching, compiling, comparing and organizing legal documents for judges and assisting judges in court proceedings. The law clerk may also assist the judges in making legal determinations. 

Qualifications:

  • Current membership in the State Bar of Georgia.
  • Three years as a licensed attorney.
  • Three years professional and legal experience preferred.
  • Must provide a written sample of legal analysis.
  • Must have and maintain a valid driver's license (Class C), a satisfactory motor vehicle record, and the ability and willingness to drive a county vehicle; if assigned, job duties require the use of a vehicle.
  • Must be 21 years of age or older.

To Apply:

Complete the online application here.

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Assistant Public Defender IV | Fulton County

Salary: $76,660 - $114,989

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.

  • Represents clients in court at various stages of cases.
  • Investigates and prepares cases for hearings and trials.
  • Represents clients at pre-trial conferences.
  • Coordinates post-adjudication/disposition/conviction follow-up and relief.
  • Conducts case research and documentation.
  • Communicates with, advises and advocates for indigent clients.
  • Manages caseload.
  • Maintains and upgrades knowledge in appropriate legal fields.
  • Communicates with 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.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Juris Doctorate Degree required; supplemented by nine years of experience as a practicing criminal defense attorney, including lead or supervisory experience; or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for this job.
  • Must be member of the State Bar of Georgia.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid Georgia driver's license.
     

To Apply:
Click here for full job description and application instructions.

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Deputy Attorney General | Prosecution Division | Office of the Attorney General | Georgia

Location: Atlanta
Salary: Commensurate with experience

Job Summary:
The deputy attorney general directs and supervises the prosecution division, which includes a staff of prosecutors, investigators and related staff. The division primarily handles investigations and prosecutions of white-collar and government corruption crimes against the state and human trafficking crimes on a statewide basis.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Directs and supervises all activities of the division;
  • Supervises and assists with the handling of all aspects of cases from investigation to trial;
  • Supervises the personnel function of the division, including recruitment and training of personnel, evaluation of work of personnel, monitoring leave balances and recommending personnel decisions;
  • Informs the attorney general, chief deputy attorney general, and chief of staff of significant legal and policy matters handled by the division;
  • Prepares legal reports on division activities;
  • Informs the chief of staff, chief deputy and operations division of operational, resource and equipment needs within the division;
  • Attends departmental and division meetings as required;
  • Handles special projects as required by the attorney general, chief deputy attorney general and chief of staff;
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by persons assigned to this title. They may not include all job duties performed by employees on this job title, and every position does not necessarily require these duties.

Minimum Qualifications:
Member in good standing with the State Bar of Georgia and a minimum of seven years of experience in prosecutions or a related area of law specific to the division; determined by the attorney general.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Extensive trial experience;
  • Five or more years of supervisory and executive level management experience;
  • Seven or more years of prosecution experience.

To Apply:
Click here for full job description and application instructions.

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Assistant Attorney General | Office of the Attorney General | Georgia

Location: Atlanta
Salary: Commensurate with experience and bar year

Job Summary:
Duties include serving as the attorney and legal advisor for state agencies, departments, authorities and the governor; specific duties depend on the division. 

Primary Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Participates in hearings and appears in administrative hearings, state and federal courts to try cases, and argue motions and appeals;
  • Provides legal advice and/or representation to clients/agencies; drafts memoranda of advice;
  • Conducts research on pertinent legal issues; keeps abreast of recent legal developments;
  • Drafts formal opinions in response to legal questions;
  • Responds to inquiries from citizens, legislators and judges;
  • Attends client, board, departmental and division meetings as required;
  • Attends continuing legal education seminars as required; makes presentations at same.
  • Travel as required by the position;
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by persons assigned to this title. They may not include all job duties performed by employees on this job title, and every position does not necessarily require these duties.

Minimum Qualifications:
Graduation from an accredited law school and member of the State Bar of Georgia

To Apply:
Click here for full job description and application instructions.

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Assistant Attorney General | Education/Elections/Local Government & Judiciary | Office of the Attorney General | Georgia

Location: Atlanta
Salary: $60,000 minimum 

Job Summary:
Attorneys in this section provide advice and representation to the University System of Georgia, the Technical College System of Georgia, the Department of Education, the Professional Standards Commission, the Secretary of State’s Election Division, the State Election Board, the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission, the Public Defenders Council, the Nonpublic Post-secondary Education Commission, the Office of Bar Admissions and the State Charter Schools Commission. Attorneys in the section also provide representation to the state’s judicial branch in non-monetary actions brought against appellate or superior court judges.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

  • Litigates cases; 
  • Provides legal advice and/or representation to clients/agencies; drafts memoranda of advice;
  • Conducts research on pertinent legal issues; keeps abreast of recent legal developments;
  • Drafts formal opinions in response to legal questions;
  • Attends client, board, departmental and division meetings as required;
  • Provides training as needed to clients, the bar and the public on matters falling within the section’s area of practice
  • Travel as required by the position;
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by persons assigned to this title. They may not include all job duties performed by employees on this job title, and every position does not necessarily require these duties.

Minimum Qualifications:
Graduation from an accredited law school and member of the State Bar of Georgia

To Apply:
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Assistant Attorney General | Post Conviction Litigation | Office of the Attorney General | Georgia

Location: Atlanta
Salary: $60,000 minimum 

Job Summary:
Duties of an attorney in this section include, but are not limited to:  preparing briefs on behalf of the state in all murder cases, with sentences of life or life without parole, in the Supreme Court of Georgia; and defending habeas corpus cases, in both state and federal courts, in which petitioners challenge their convictions and sentences which range from life without parole to misdemeanor punishment. Travel is required in this position.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Litigates cases;
  • Provides legal advice and/or representation to clients/agencies; drafts memoranda of advice;
  • Conducts research on pertinent legal issues; keeps abreast of recent legal developments;
  • Participates in multistate working groups;
  • Reviews sign-on opportunities for letters, comments and briefs;
  • Drafts formal opinions in response to legal questions;
  • Responds to inquiries from citizens, legislators and judges;
  • Attends client, board, departmental and division meetings as required;
  • Attends continuing legal education seminars as required, makes presentations at same;
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by persons assigned to this title. They may not include all job duties performed by employees on this job title, and every position does not necessarily require these duties.

Minimum Qualifications:
Graduation from an accredited law school and member of the State Bar of Georgia

To Apply:
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Assistant Attorney General | Civil Rights Section | Office of the Attorney General | Georgia

Location: Atlanta
Salary: Part time, $35 per hour

Primary Duties & Responsibilities:
Attorneys in this section represent state officers and employees who are sued in their individual and official capacities in civil rights actions. This position typically works 20 hours a week.

Minimum Qualifications:
Member of the State Bar of Georgia and graduation from an accredited law school. Preference will be given to applicants with two or more years of civil rights related experience. Strong writing skills required.

To Apply:
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Assistant Regional Counsel | Office of the General Counsel Region IV | Social Security Administration

Location: Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center in Atlanta, Georgia
Salary: $80,830 (GS 12 limited experience); $96,117 (GS-13 experienced)

The Office of the General Counsel generally hires attorneys with limited experience (GS 12) with a starting salary of $80,830 and above or experienced attorneys (GS-13) at a starting salary of $96,117 and above. The positions are located in the Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center in Atlanta. All attorneys must be active members in good standing of the bar of any state, Washington, D.C. or U.S. Territory. Applicants should possess outstanding academic qualifications such as experience on Law Review or an equivalent legal journal, a Moot Court Team and academic standing in the top third of their law school class. Significant litigation and/or judicial clerkship experience is desirable. Applicants should also be able to demonstrate excellent research and writing skills.  

Assistant regional counsel represent the Social Security Administration when decisions issued by the agency are subject to judicial review in federal court. Assistant regional counsel also provide guidance to and represent the agency in employment litigation before the EEOC, MSPB and labor arbitrators. There are also opportunities for attorneys to handle a variety of other legal issues including privacy and disclosure, civil rights and federal tort claims. 

To Apply:
Complete applications must include a resume, a copy of an official law school transcript, a legal writing sample (preferably a legal brief) and a cover letter. Veterans who qualify for a veteran preference must so indicate in a cover letter and submit a copy of the DD214. Applicants should identify current active Bar membership on their resume.   

Submit complete applications to the Office of the General Counsel at: ATL.OGC.Recruitment@ssa.gov.

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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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