Department/Organization: 218142 - AL Disability Advocacy Prog (ADAP)
Normal Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00 am to 4:45 pm
Job Summary: The Staff Attorney will conduct and/or assist with all phases of legal advocacy for individuals and classes of persons including research, preparation of documents, interviewing and counseling, negotiations and appearing before administrative tribunals and courts at the trial and appellate level. The incumbent will make presentations to consumers and the public concerning legal rights and remedies. The incumbent will assist in the supervision of students from other disciplines.
Additional Department Summary: ADAP is the statewide federally-funded protection and advocacy system for the state of Alabama. ADAP works to achieve fairness and justice for Alabamians with disabilities. With the approval of the Executive Director, the attorney may be housed in ADAP's Tuscaloosa or Montgomery office.
Required Minimum Qualifications: Juris Doctor and licensed to practice law in Alabama OR must become a member of the Alabama Bar within one year of the date of hire.
Additional Required Department Minimum Qualifications: To be considered for this position, an applicant must submit a sample of legal writing (i.e., a legal argument, letter or analysis) consisting of no more than 10 pages of text. Admitted or eligible for admission to practice before all federal courts whose jurisdictions encompass Alabama. Extensive in-state travel required, often overnight. Must be at least 21 years of age at time of hire and have an acceptable motor vehicle report as determined by the insurance carrier.
Skills and Knowledge: Ability to manage a caseload, including litigation at all levels of state and federal courts. Effective communication skills represent clients in legal hearings, meetings, negotiations or administrative proceedings, to actively promote legal, policy and legislative developments at state and local government levels, and to develop and conduct trainings. Exceptional research, writing, and editing skills (for a variety of audiences, including legal, legislative, journalistic, and public), and comfort with being edited by others. Demonstrated ability to work with community groups. This may include assisting groups in advocacy, providing technical assistance, or organizing groups. Knowledge of standard software applications. The ability to work independently with appropriate supervision. The position requires a person who is creative and driven to meet objectives. The position requires strong strategic thinking skills and the capacity to execute and achieve the intended goals.
Preferred Qualifications: Knowledge of laws, rights, and services as they pertain to people with disabilities, and/or direct representation of people with disabilities. Knowledge of election laws and current voting-related issues. Knowledge of laws, rights and services that pertain to elderly populations. Experience in the disability rights movement and/or extensive contacts in the disability community. Ability to read, write and speak Spanish or communicate using American Sign Language, with competent fluency.
Background Investigation Statement: Prior to hiring, the final candidate(s) must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation and information obtained from social media and other internet sources. A prior conviction reported as a result of the background investigation DOES NOT automatically disqualify a candidate from consideration for this position. A candidate with a prior conviction or negative behavioral red flags will receive an individualized review of the prior conviction or negative behavioral red flags before a hiring decision is made.
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Internal Number: 510308
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