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Assistant Attorney The candidate will provide legal representation for indigent clients charged with city ordinance and misdemeanor traffic violations in the Atlanta Municipal Court. Will holistic representation that focuses both on the criminal allegations and any underlying human conditions that can drive unlawful behaviors. Thorough communications with the client, to include meetings to review facts of the case, explain the law, court process and options for addressing the case. Attorneys are required to identify all collateral consequences and inform each client of the impact. When underlying needs are identified, the attorney will insure linkage to community services through county, state and federal resources and non-profit service providers. Attorneys work with clients who are incarcerated and must be able to work in a jail environment on a daily basis. Development of case management plans, to include identification of investigatory needs, motions and research needs, collateral legal and personal consequences and linkage to social services. The attorney is required to work within the interdisciplinary team, collaborating with investigators, social workers and client advocates to achieve zealous and comprehensive representation for all clients. Attorneys represent clients in court on a daily basis, managing first appearance, reset cases, plea negotiations, alternative sentencing and treatment referrals, and bench trails. Administrative tasks include documenting case files and maintaining a master calendar that reflects court dates and status of all cases assigned. Attorneys are required to provide daily docket details to data entry support staff for electronic case management and workload tracking. Attorneys are also required to track hours spent on each case. Attorneys must develop expert knowledge of city ordinance violations and traffic misdemeanors. A command of both subject matters must be demonstrated within six months of employment.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate should have JD degree. Must be a member of the Georgia Bar Association. Should preferably have 3 years of direct experience. Georgia license to practice law is required. Working knowledge of criminal law and procedure as demonstrated by education and experience is needed. Excellent oral advocacy skills are required. Excellent research and writing skills are required. Experience with the following civil practice areas a plus: family law, real estate, estates and wills, social security and other public benefits, elder law, immigration is needed. Experience in fields of mental health, drug addictions, homelessness, and unemployment is desired. Dual degrees in social work and/or social work and psychology classes/training is desired. Spanish speaking skills is a plus. Ability to use independent judgment in routine and non-routine situations is essential.
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