Staff Attorney - Volunteer Clinic for Veterans, School of Law

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Job Type
Regular Full-Time
School Of Law
School of Law
This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues:
Not Applicable
Job Category
Admissions & Student Life
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Location : Name
Emory Campus-Clifton Corridor

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Emory University is a leading research university that fosters excellence and attracts world-class talent to innovate today and prepare leaders for the future. We welcome candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our academic community.


Emory Law seeks an additional Staff Attorney for its Volunteer Clinic for Veterans (VCV).  The Staff Attorney in this grant-funded position has three key roles, all conducted in full coordination and under the guidance of a faculty director: (1) representation of clinic clients in legal matters, (2) recruitment, training, supervision and teaching of law student volunteers, and (3) serving as the primary liaison with law firms, volunteer attorneys, and the federal government. The Staff Attorney reports to the clinic director.    





  • The Staff Attorney represents veterans in litigation, administrative proceedings, transactions, and policy matters.
  • This representation includes formulating sophisticated litigation strategy; drafting legal documents; interacting with clients, co-counsel, experts, partners, opposing counsel, and the media in a respectful and intelligent way; and appearing before courts, administrative bodies, and legislative bodies in a professional manner. 
  • The Staff Attorney decides which clients the VCV will accept, including which clients the Staff Attorney will represent directly, which clients will be primarily represented by students under the Staff Attorney's direct supervision, and which matters will be handled by pro bono attorneys working with students.
  • The Staff Attorney recruits, trains, and supports volunteer attorneys, matching clients with volunteer attorneys and law students, in consultation with the VCV Director, and does some direct client representation. 
  • A significant focus of the Staff Attorney's work is recruiting, training and supervising students in performing intake and screening and handling client matters. 

Supervising and Teaching: 

  • The Staff Attorney teaches students in the Clinic how to participate in legal representation and how to think about lawyering skills and challenges more generally.
  • As a part of this role, the Staff Attorney provides student attorneys with instruction, case work, assignments, and written and oral feedback on all parts of the representation. The Staff Attorney leads the weekly Clinic staff meeting regarding the Clinic’s docket. 
  • In addition to performing these key Clinic roles, the Staff Attorney has several other responsibilities.
  • The Staff Attorney assists the Clinic Director with the operation of the Clinic and administrative tasks as necessary.
  • The Staff Attorney will develop and manage relationships with law firms and attorney volunteers, recruiting, training, and supporting attorney volunteers on Clinic-referred cases, including matching attorneys and students. 
  • The Staff Attorney will work closely with the Clinic Fellow and any other administrative staff to track clients, cases, and outcomes in the case management system, to prepare periodic reports as requested, including an annual report of activities, and to help ensure the Clinic operates efficiently and effectively.
  • The Staff Attorney is expected to build bridges with the members of the Veterans community both at and outside of Emory such as the State Bar of Georgia Military, the VA Medical Center, and VAMC Stand Down Activities. 
  • Such participation in the community should be used to enhance the Staff Attorney’s independent professional development but is also expected to promote Emory and the VCV within the community as the primary point of contact of the VCV.  


  • JD degree, licensed to practice law in the State of Georgia, actively practicing law for four years (two of which must be within the last 5 years).


  • Experience working on legal matters for and with veterans, experience managing a clinic, and/or experience supervising a new lawyer or law students.   


  • Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled with a first review on September 25.
  • Cover Letter
    • We acknowledge that it takes time to complete a cover letter. We use the cover letter in our hiring process to evaluate communication skills. 
    • While a cover letter is not required to apply, providing a cover letter detailing how you meet the minimum and preferred qualifications as well as why you are interested in working at Emory Law will enable us to assess your qualifications and suitability more efficiently and effectively for this position.


Emory Law is a national and global leader in legal education that welcomes and supports a diverse law school community, produces path-breaking and influential scholarship, and offers exceptional teaching and practical learning opportunities that enable our alumni to become respected professionals and leaders in a rapidly changing world. Together, our community is working to secure a more fair and just society by advancing the rule of law.  Our innovative strategic plan seeks to fuel the ambitions and success of the students, staff and faculty who are drawn to join the Emory Law community.  We need people like you to join us so that our vision becomes reality.


NOTE: Position tasks are generally required to be performed in-person at an Emory University location.  Remote work from home day options may be granted at department discretion. Emory reserves the right to change remote work status with notice to employee.





Emory Supports a Diverse and Inclusive Culture

Emory University is dedicated to providing equal opportunities and equal access to all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and veteran's status. Emory University does not discriminate in admissions, educational programs, or employment on the basis of any factor stated above or prohibited under applicable law. Students, faculty, and staff are assured of participation in University programs and in the use of facilities without such discrimination. Emory University complies with Executive Order 11246, as amended, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Veteran's Readjustment Assistance Act, and applicable executive orders, federal and state regulations regarding nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action. Emory University is committed to achieving a diverse workforce through application of its affirmative action, equal opportunity and nondiscrimination policy in all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training. Inquiries regarding this policy should be directed to the Emory University Department of Equity and Inclusion, 201 Dowman Drive, Administration Building, Atlanta, GA 30322.
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