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 protection and advocacy system for the state of Alabama. ADAP works to achieve fairness and justice for Alabamians with disabilities. We provide legally-based advocacy services; investigate allegations of abuse and neglect against persons with disabilities; participate in legislative and regulatory advocacy work; and conduct education and outreach about disability rights. The Staff Attorney Elder Law Fellow, a two-year time-limited position, conducts and/or assists with all phases of legal advocacy for older Alabamians (60+) and individuals and classes of persons with disabilities, including research, preparation of documents, interviewing and counseling, negotiations and appearing before administrative tribunals and courts at the trial and appellate level. The Staff Attorney Elder Law Fellow makes presentations to consumers and the public concerning legal rights and remedies. This is a two-year, time-limited fellowship position and requires extensive in-state, overnight travel. With the approval of the Executive Director, the Fellow may be designated to work remotely.
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, some overnight. Must have valid U.S. driver's license. 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. Experience working with and sensitivity to the needs of elder populations and/or individuals with disabilities. Ability to work independently while being supervised and supported by managers and other team members. Exceptional research, writing, and editing skills, and comfort with being edited by others. Exceptional interpersonal relationship skills. Strong computer/technology literacy. High commitment to service excellence. The position requires a person who is creative and driven to meet objectives.
Preferred Qualifications: Knowledge of laws, rights, and services as they pertain to elderly persons or people with disabilities and/or direct representation to such communities. Experience in elder law or the disability rights movement and/or extensive contacts in those communities. Ability to read, write and speak Spanish or communicate using American Sign Language, with competent fluency. Experience with or functional knowledge regarding Alabama state systems serving elderly persons or persons with disabilities (e.g., Dept. of Senior Services, Dept. of Mental Health, Dept. of Human Resources, Dept. of Corrections, Dept. of Youth Services, Dept. of Vocational Rehabilitation, Dept. of Education).
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: 511863
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