12 January 2016
 January 12, 2016
Category: Uncategorized




Southeastern Ohio Legal Services (SEOLS) is looking for an individual with a demonstrated commitment to making a difference in the lives of indigent people and their communities for an attorney position in its Chillicothe office. SEOLS, serving 30 counties in southeastern and central Ohio, is one 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.   Our 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.


  1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. Played a leading role in successful efforts to pass 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.


In addition to a salary of $42,500 + 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 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, .

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