FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LaVeeda Morgan Battle, Esq.
President, Board of Directors
Legal Services Alabama
501 Riverchase Parkway East, Suite 100
Birmingham, AL 35244
Tele: (205) 322-1504
Legal Services Alabama announces search for Executive Director
Montgomery, AL - September 1, 2016 - Legal Services Alabama (LSA) is conducting a nationwide search for its next Executive Director. LSA is a nonprofit law firm providing free civil legal aid to low-income Alabamians in all 67 counties of the state. LSA has enjoyed over a decade of leadership by current Executive Director, Judge James H. Fry, who announced his retirement, effective November 2016, to the Board of Directors. Judge Fry noted to staff and partners, “You will be adjusting to the leadership and guidance of a new Executive Director and after years of being the guy that signs the paychecks I will be doing limited legal practice in Gulf Shores while being a full-time soccer granddad. I will miss you all.”
The LSA Board of Directors, led by 2016 Board President LaVeeda Morgan Battle, says she is “enthusiastic about ensuring this leadership transition occurs as seamlessly as possible, not only for staff, but for all of the statewide partners who have come to rely on the services LSA offers to poor people across the state.” Ms. Battle was appointed by former President Clinton to the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), and continued in this role for 10 years. She also served on President Obama’s Transition Team focused on the Legal Services Corporation. Ms. Battle named immediate past LSA Board President and former Alabama State Bar Commissioner, Phil Mitchell, to lead the Executive Director’s search committee. The LSA Board of Directors has convened stakeholders, grantors, donors, past and current staff and the private bar in discussions of LSA’s future and the development of a deep pool of qualified applicants.
LSA is seeking a leader who will work to fulfill the mission of serving low-income people by providing civil legal aid and by promoting collaboration to find solutions to problems of poverty. The new Executive Director will set the vision for and manage the day-to-day operations and activities of the organization and will work directly with the Board of Directors and executive staff in LSA’s central office.
Mr. Mitchell, Chair of the Executive Director Search Committee, notes that while this Director will share many of the professional day to day duties of a Corporate Executive Office, “this leader will also make decisions that affect the legal assistance offered to poor, disabled and elderly people statewide, and therefore having a passion for serving the poor is extremely important.” “Our next Executive Director will be crucial in fulfilling LSA’s mission to support the development and growth of our statewide advocacy and work with LSA’s development staff to secure sustainable funding,” said Mr. Mitchell. “We are looking for someone with the passion and commitment toward serving the poor combined with the expertise and experience to effectively manage a statewide non-profit law firm.”
The Executive Director will serve as the public face of LSA, nurturing effective collaborative relationships between LSA and clients, funders, social services organizations, bar associations, business, and political communities. “The new Executive Director, targeted to be in place by January, 2017, must be a leader capable of wearing many hats.” notes Ms. Battle.
LSA is the only statewide provider of free civil legal services to people in all 67 counties in Alabama. LSA has seven offices located throughout the state and a central call center. Alabama is the nation’s 6th poorest state with almost 1 million people living in poverty. The need for free civil legal aid is increasing. LSA’s Core Advocacy areas are: Housing (foreclosure, evictions); Family (domestic violence victims); Consumer (wage garnishment); Public Benefits (elderly and disabled who need benefits for daily necessities); Low Income Tax Clinic (tax controversies); and Elder Law (land loss prevention, medical planning). LSA also provides emergency legal assistance to families after disasters like the 2011 tornado and the BP oil spill.
LSA receives the majority of its funding from the Legal Services Corporation. “As with any nonprofit, one challenge at LSA over the past decade has been to diversify our funding to become less reliant on major funders during periods of economic downturn,” Judge Fry notes. “We have a dedicated team of lawyers across the state that provide high quality advocacy and will continue to serve eligible low- income persons and families who are in need. To learn more about LSA and our work visit www.legalservicesalabama.org.
Applications for this position are due September 30, 2016. Full details in how to apply for this position may be found at http://www.legalservicesalabama.org/.
LSA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and persons seeking employment will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, national origin, age or any other consideration prohibited by law.