Staff Attorney

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Staff Attorney


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About the University of Georgia:

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 39,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

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Benefits Eligibility:

Benefits Eligible

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Full Time

Additional Schedule Information:

Monday-Friday, 8AM-5PM
Occasional evenings or weekends required
Ability to travel

Advertised Salary:

Commensurate with Experience

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Open until filled:


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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Proposed Starting Date: As soon as possible, but no later than August 1, 2021.

Location of Vacancy:

Athens Area

EEO Policy Statement:

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ([email protected]).

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Minimum Qualifications:

Terminal degree required. Additional professional licensure and/or certification in the field may be required.

Preferred Qualifications:

-JD degree from an ABA-accredited law school is required.
-Either admission to the Georgia Bar or the ability to gain admission to the Georgia Bar within 1 year of starting the position.

-Preference will be given to candidates who have obtained accreditation as a veterans attorney from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Position Summary:

The Clinic represents veterans and their dependents with claims for benefits from the Veterans Administration and other public benefits programs. The Clinic represents veterans throughout Georgia, with a particular focus on those in rural areas. The Clinic enrolls between 8 – 10 law students every semester and includes undergraduate veterans in the clinic’s work.

The staff attorney will work under the direction of the Director of the Clinic to represent veterans, supervise students, and build the Clinic’s practice. The staff attorney will be attorney of record on claims from the VA and other agencies, discharge upgrades from the military, and other forms of relief from the VA and elsewhere. The staff attorney will supervise law students and undergraduates. The staff attorney will collaborate on outreach efforts into rural communities throughout Georgia.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

Candidates for the position will possess outstanding skills in litigation and administrative advocacy; excellent written and oral communication abilities; a successful track record of working effectively with veterans and with other diverse and vulnerable client populations; and a demonstrated commitment to working with veterans or other under-served populations.

The position expects: an ability to supervise young lawyers effectively; strong organizational and time management skills; and an ability to engage in community education and outreach initiatives.

Physical Demands:

Ability to travel.

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Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care?:


Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications):


Credit and P-Card policy:

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.


Under the direction of the clinic director, engage in substantial administrative advocacy and related litigation on behalf of veterans, using a clinical practice model, including: supervision of law students working in a team-based setting; review of and feedback on students’ written work, client interactions, and advocacy on behalf of clients.

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Under the direction of the clinic director, assist in managing the clinic’s law practice, in developing and engaging outreach to relevant communities of clients and other service providers, and in developing clinic policy and litigation initiatives.

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Other duties as assigned by the clinic director.

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Posted: 5/2/2021
Application Due: 7/1/2021
Work Type: Full Time