Judicial Staff Attorney Atlanta, GA

Judicial Staff Attorney

Full Time • Atlanta, GA




SALARY: $73,976

Unclassified Position in the Superior Court Administrator's Office 


CLOSING DATE: January 18, 2019 @ 11:59 p.m.

Job Summary:

Conducts legal research, drafts court orders and memoranda and provides legal advice to a judge(s) in the Fulton County Court System.

Essential Duties:

  • The duties for the position include but are not limited to the following:  Manage mandamus actions, and habeas petitions.
  • Serve as a floating Judicial Staff Attorney to Superior Court Judges as needed.
  • Screen pro se filings, perform legal research and draft legal opinions, court orders, and other documents as assigned.
  • Draft legal memoranda on court matters and specific points of law as required.
  • Review legal opinions and various legal publications for research purposes.  
  • Review and evaluate requests for information submitted by the media and the general public. 
  • Provide legal analysis on general administrative matters to the Chief Judge and Court Administrator.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Requires knowledge of state, federal, and local laws related to the type of law practiced in the assigned department. County personnel regulations and procedures. Legal practices and procedures related to area of assignment. General office practices, procedures, equipment, and technology.

Requires skill in legal research. Drafting legal documents. Giving presentations. Identifying and investigating facts of a legal matter. Resolving problems using negotiation, arbitration, and mediation. Making decisions. Legal case management. Building sustainable working relationships with other County personnel, officials, and the public.  Communicating effectively with coworkers, supervisor, and the public. Generating enthusiasm and support for program objectives.

Education and Experience:

Juris Doctorate Degree required; and one year of experience working in a court system or legal profession, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Licensing Requirements:

Member in good standing of the State Bar of Georgia. Other such memberships and licenses that may be required to perform the assigned tasks.

Physical Requirements:

Work is typically performed in an office-like environment. May work in high conflict situations and with difficult, sometimes dangerous parties.  Positions in this class typically require talking, hearing, seeing, sitting, standing, walking, bending, reaching, fingering, lifting, and carrying.

Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

Performance Metrics:

Factor 1: Decision-Making

Interpretive: There is choice in determining the tactical plans, processes, budget, and staffing to achieve objectives established by a higher management level. Establishes what is to be done in similar circumstances in the future. Results will be applied by other courts.

Factor 2: Complexity

Formative: Evaluates the relevance and importance of theories, concepts, and principles, and tailors them to develop a different approach or tactical plan to fit specific circumstances.

Factor 3: Purpose of Contact

Negotiate/Defend: Purpose is to defend, argue, or justify an agency's position as an official representative in formal hearings or court.

Factor 4: Line/Staff Authority

Staff Authority: Influence is through direct impact within agency boundaries.

ADA Compliance:

Fulton County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the County will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

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