1 September 2016
 September 1, 2016

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT – STAFF ATTORNEY POSITIONS
OHIO STATE LEGAL SERVICES ASSOCIATION

Chillicothe, Marion, Newark, New Philadelphia Offices

Ohio State Legal Services Association (OSLSA) is looking for four individuals with a demonstrated commitment to making a difference in the lives of indigent people and their communities for attorney positions in its two field programs, The Legal Aid Society of Columbus (LASC) and Southeastern Ohio Legal Services (SEOLS). LASC and SEOLS, serving 36 counties in southeastern and central Ohio, are parts of Ohio State Legal Services Association (OSLSA) which fights poverty and its impact through its field programs and its statewide advocacy program, the Ohio Poverty Law Center. Three of the attorneys would be located in SEOLS’s offices in Chillicothe, Newark, and New Philadelphia and would focus two/thirds of
their time holistically helping and advocating for victims of domestic violence with their remaining focused on general poverty law representation and advocacy. One of the attorneys would be located in LASC’s office in Marion and would focus on holistically helping victims of
domestic violence.

OSLSA attorneys are encouraged and 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 direct client representation in areas of family, housing, consumer, benefits, health, utility law and individual rights, OSLSA attorneys have:

  1. Established the right to counsel for indigents in Ohio’s juvenile custody proceedings and are pursuing the right for parents defending against involuntary adoptions.
  2. Established due process rights for indigents in their dealings with utilities, rights of tenants not to be evicted extrajudicially by landlords shutting off their utilities, women not to be denied service due to ex-spouses unpaid bills, tenants’ rights to service in their own name, etc.
  3. Organized law enforcement, judges, prosecutors, medical providers and shelters into domestic violence councils and
    successfully pursued federal litigation to ensure effective enforcement of Ohio’s domestic violence laws.
  4. Played a leading role in successful efforts to pass Ohio’s Domestic Violence Act and to restrict payday lenders’ abuses in Ohio.
  5. 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.

In addition to a salary for the SEOLS attorneys of $44,500+ DOE and for the LASC attorney of 43,500+ DOE, excellent benefits/leave package and LRAP through our state funder, OSLSA provides excellent ongoing training including its New Attorney Training Protocol, 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 eligible to take the next bar exam. If interested, submit resume, cover letter, writing sample, and references:
For the SEOLS positions to: James Daniels, SEOLS Director, jdaniels@oslsa.org
For the LASC position to: Katie McGarvey, LASC Deputy Director, kmcgarvey@columbuslegalaid.org

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