Staff Attorney - Portsmouth

Appalachia Ohio is beautiful, though its culture and historical disparities between need and resources make it ground zero for those wanting to make a difference, using the many advocacy tools of an attorney to go after the root causes of poverty.

Southeastern Ohio Legal Services (SEOLS) seeks an individual with a demonstrated commitment to making a difference for an attorney position in its Portsmouth office. SEOLS, with six offices serving 30 counties in southeastern and central Ohio, is a part 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. Additional information about OSLSA is available at: www.seols.org; www. columbuslegalaid.org; and www.ohiopovertylawcenter.org.

In addition to the tool of direct representation in judicial and administrative forums in the many areas of poverty law, SEOLS attorneys are encouraged and supported to use the tools of legislative, policy, and media advocacy and partnerships with community organizations, groups, and coalitions, medical care providers, addiction treatment facilities, Head Start parents, National Community Reinvestment Coalition, Disability Rights Ohio, Ohio Domestic Violence Network, etc., and others to identify and go after the barriers facing low income families, youth aging out of foster care or who are homeless, victims of domestic violence or the opioid crisis, children being pushed out of public school or not receiving the education needed to succeed, and all who struggle to get and keep decent housing, employment, healthcare, and education.

In addition to a salary of $49,000 + DOE, excellent benefits/leave package, and LRAP of $6,000 through our state funder, SEOLS provides excellent ongoing training through 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.

If interested, submit resume, cover letter, writing sample, and references to James Daniels, Director, SEOLS, jdaniels@seols.org.

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