Employment Opportunities



Athens, Chillicothe, Newark, New Philadelphia

Southeastern Ohio Legal Services (SEOLS) seeks attorneys with a demonstrated commitment to making a difference in the lives of indigent people and their communities for positions in its Athens, Chillicothe, Newark, and New Philadelphia offices.  SEOLS serves low income citizens in 30 counties in southeastern/central Ohio and is one component of Ohio State Legal Services Association (OSLSA) which fights poverty and its impact through its field programs, SEOLS and The Legal Aid Society of Columbus, and its statewide advocacy program, the Ohio Poverty Law Center. NOTE: The attorney in our New Philadelphia office would have a focus on holistically advocating for domestic violence survivors, in addition to general poverty law representation and advocacy.

SEOLS attorneys are encouraged/supported in being creative, effective advocates in federal, state, and local judicial, administrative, and legislative advocacy and forums. Additional information about OSLSA is available at: www.seols.org; www.columbuslegalaid.org; and www.ohiopovertylawcenter.org.

In addition to aggressive client representation in areas of family, housing, consumer, benefits, health, utility law and individual rights, OSLSA attorneys have:

  1.  Established due process rights for indigents in their dealings with utilities, women not to be denied service due to ex-spouses’ unpaid bills,      tenants’ rights to service in their own name, etc.
  1. Played a leading role in successful efforts to pass and to get law enforcement and courts to enforce Ohio’s Domestic Violence Act and to restrict payday lenders’ abuses in Ohio.
  1. Gone to federal court to get Ohio Dept. of Medicaid to comply with federal law and due process resulting in 180,000 low income Ohioans having their medical coverage reinstated.
  1. Brought National Community Reinvestment Coalition into rural America for the first time to help SEOLS and our partners leverage funds from banks to help SE Ohio’s low-income residents.
  1. Filed to establish the right to counsel for indigent parents fighting adoptions.


In addition to a salary of $44,500+ DOE, excellent benefits/leave package, and LRAP through our state funder, OSLSA provides excellent ongoing training through its New Attorney Training Program, CLE-approved one and multiple day trainings on substantive poverty law and trial advocacy skills, including preparation and presentation of a mock jury trial, programwide retreats, and encouragement/opportunities to participate in statewide task forces and advocacy efforts.

Applicants must be admitted to the Ohio bar or pending results from latest bar exam. If interested, submit resume, writing sample, and references, along with a cover letter to James Daniels, SEOLS Director, jdaniels@oslsa.org.

Posted 8/4/2017




The Legal Aid Society of Columbus (LASC) seeks an individual with a demonstrated commitment to making a difference in the lives of indigent people and their communities for a managing attorney position in our Marion office.

The managing attorney is responsible for assuring the highest quality of legal advocacy by the office through providing leadership to attorneys and paralegals, identifying and engaging in impact representation (including litigation and other advocacy), litigation planning, strategy, and community education, helping to identifying and pursue funding, and working with management to ensure compliance with all program policies, regulations, and funding requirements of the program.

Our Marion office covers four counties (Delaware, Marion, Morrow and Union).  The office currently has 3 staff attorneys, 1 paralegal and 1.5 support staff.  LASC is one part of the Ohio State Legal Services Association (OSLSA). LASC shares upper management with our sister organization, Southeastern Ohio Legal Services, and the statewide advocacy program, the Ohio Poverty Law Center. Additional information about our programs is available at  www.columbuslegalaid.org, www.seols.org and www.ohiopovertylawcenter.org.

Job Qualifications

  • Licensed to practice in Ohio, eligible for admission by reciprocity, or willing to take the next available bar examination;
  • Management and leadership abilities;
  • Ability to build a team and be part of the management team;
  • Commitment to serving the indigent;
  • At least three years of relevant experience, including progressive advocacy experience;
  • Capable in and appreciative of the use of technology;
  • Excellent verbal/written communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to think and plan strategically;
  • Ability to demonstrate and promote a positive work ethic and work environment;
  • Readiness to travel throughout the office’s service area.



In addition to a salary of $58,000 + DOE, we offer excellent benefits, a generous leave package, eligibility for the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP), and excellent ongoing training opportunities.

Reply with resume, writing sample, and references to:  Kathleen C. McGarvey, Director, at kmcgarvey@columbuslegalaid.org.

Posted 8/4/2017


OSLSA/SEOLS/LASC is an equal opportunity employer. OSLSA/SEOLS/LASC does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, or age in admission, treatment, or participation in its programs, services and activities, or in employment.


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