Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc. (JALA) seeks a Veterans Specialist Attorney (“Attorney”) to develop and direct its Veterans Justice Center. The Center will provide free and low-cost legal representation to Florida veterans seeking legal services. Our review of local needs indicates the demand for services is highest in family law, housing issues (including cases arising out of the Fair Housing Act), and consumer law.
What you get when you come to JALA
JALA is the premier litigation legal aid firm in the Southeastern United States. We are mission driven, and our team makes a difference in our community. As a JALA employee, you can expect immediate hands-on experience interviewing and counseling clients as well as litigating cases in Federal and State court. Staff are expected to take on challenging cases for our at-risk clients while being mentored and supported in taking on such cases. While there is a premium placed on initiative and self-motivation, you can expect to be supervised by lawyers who are recognized as subject matter experts in their field (JALA is the only law firm in Florida with two Florida Bar Consumer Protection Lawyers of the Year on staff, for example.) Our lawyers and paralegals regularly serve on local and statewide committees, and our lawyers have gone on to become hearing officers, magistrates, judges and administrative law judges. In addition to the opportunity to litigate early, our lawyers and staff are trusted as professionals – we have adopted a hybrid work environment (although not all positions are able to work remotely.) Regardless of what others may prefer, we embrace diversity and inclusion as a way to ensure we are the most prepared to offer the best and highest level of representation for our clients, as this is what they deserve from us.
Salary commensurate with rank and experience. This is a full-time position, and the Attorney is eligible for benefits pursuant to JALA’s personnel policy manual. Benefits package include, but are not limited to, medical, dental, vision, long-term disability insurance, group life insurance, remote/onsite work hybrid, and generous leave policy (e.g., 13 paid holidays plus 22 personal leave days in first year, one-month sabbatical every four years).
To apply, submit a curriculum vitae, together with a cover letter indicating all applicable experience, three references, and salary requirements (if any):
La Verne Morgan Andreasen, Esq.
Chief Human Resources Officer
Jacksonville Area Legal Aid
126 West Adams Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Jacksonville Area Legal Aid is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer and actively seeks the candidacy of minorities, women, and persons with disabilities.
Essential duties and responsibilities
The Attorney, in conjunction with other legal services providers in Florida, will participate in targeted outreach events and be responsible to deliver specific quarterly goals; cultivate relationships with local veteran organizations primarily in Clay, Duval, St. Johns, and Nassau counties; develop training geared towards staff; timely accept cases; represent Florida veterans; collect and report data.
Candidates must hold a J.D. from an accredited law school and be a member of The Florida Bar in good standing. Three years of litigation experience is preferred. Knowledge of family law is a plus, as many area veterans list family law issues as ongoing concerns. Those with prior military service will be strongly considered.