Ohio State Legal Services Association (OSLSA)


Ohio State Legal Services Association (OSLSA) is seeking an individual with a demonstrated commitment to making a difference in the lives of indigent people and their communities for the position of Pro Bono Coordinator.
OSLSA fights poverty and its impact through its two field programs, Southeastern Ohio Legal Services (SEOLS) and The Legal Aid Society of Columbus (LASC), and its statewide advocacy program, the Ohio Poverty Law Center (OPLC).  The Pro Bono Program both enhances and supplements the work of the program’s legal staff by offering programming in a variety of core substantive areas through a wide range of service delivery models, including limited scope advice clinics, forms preparation clinics, extended case and impact issue referrals, writing peer/mentorship opportunities, and court-based clinics.

General Responsibilities:

The Pro Bono Coordinator is responsible for working with the newly created OSLSA Pro Bono, Communications and Training Team to develop and orchestrate innovative and impactful programs that increase the involvement of the private bar in providing legal help to the low-income population throughout SEOLS and LASC’s 36 counties. The Pro Bono Coordinator will have the opportunity to take on leadership roles on project development and implementation while working within a supportive environment and under the supervision of an experienced pro bono professional. The Pro Bono Coordinator will be located in the Columbus office of OSLSA and will focus his or her time on pro bono programming for rural counties in the OSLSA region in addition to Columbus-based programs that serve both urban and rural clients.

(a) General Tasks:
1) Develop and implement creative strategies for recruiting attorneys for pro bono programs sponsored by OSLSA;
2) Create and assist in the creation of new pro bono projects, in collaboration with the OSLSA staff, the private bar, and community partners;
3) Develop relevant training materials and organize training sessions for attorney and non-attorney volunteers in collaboration with the OSLSA Training Coordinator;
4) Participate on committees and develop relationships with members of the private bar;
5) Organize and implement recognition of volunteer lawyers and non-attorney volunteers.

(b) General Standards:
1) Graduate of an accredited law school and member of the Ohio Bar.
2) Demonstrated interest in poverty law and working with individuals of limited financial means, with preference given to candidates with experience working in Southeast Ohio.
3) Strong writing, public speaking, and leadership skills and the capacity to take initiative on projects.
4) Ability to develop and maintain good relationships with clients, private attorneys, the organized bar and with members of the public with whom s/he may have contact.

In addition to a salary of $49,000 + DOE, excellent benefits/leave package and LRAP through our state funder, OSLSA provides extensive ongoing training. If interested, submit resume, cover letter, and references to Dianna Howie, Managing Attorney, dhowie@seols.org.

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