Stable Families Project Attorney

Legal Aid Society of Columbus (LASC) is part of a three-part legal aid program headquartered in Columbus, Ohio State Legal Services Association (OSLSA). OSLSA’s mission is to provide civil legal aid and advocacy to combat unfairness and injustice and to help people rise out of poverty.

LASC is actively seeking a dedicated, professional Attorney to connect families in the Stable Families program to the legal resources or legal representation they need to comprehensively address barriers to long term family stability in Central Ohio. This temporary position is focused on addressing interrelated civil legal issues affecting household stability.

In this role, you will be responsible for providing legal counsel and advice as well as direct representation and collaborating with partner organizations in providing legal assistance to our communities through special projects and grants.

Are You Someone That:

· Is dedicated to improving the lives of low-income individuals in our communities?

· Thrives in a fast-paced environment which requires quick thinking and analysis?

· Enjoys helping clients triumph over adversity?

· Is motivated, professional and thrives within a collaborative, team-driven environment?

· Believes successful resolution can be reached beyond traditional litigation?

· Is interested in developing a wide range of legal skills and experiences?

You Will:

· Provide the legal help needed to prevent eviction and resolve other civil legal issues affecting housing stability

· Address interrelated legal issues for families by working in multiple areas of LASC’s practice, including family law, removing legal barriers to employment, benefits, education, consumer and tax related legal issues.

· Develop a referral system that will connect families served by the YMCA Stable Families program directly to Legal Aid and develop a streamlined referral system for families who contact Legal Aid and are eligible for the services the Stable Families program provides

· Provide education for Stable Families staff about civil legal issues that families often experience and how Legal Aid can help staff work with clients to overcome those issues

· Develop training for clients to help them better understand how systems work and their rights within those systems.

· Participate in outreach activities, clinics and other community events

· Collaborate with other legal services attorneys on statewide advocacy

· Promote community relations and build community relationships by engaging with the public and partner service providers

· Have the opportunity to participate in excellent on-going professional development including CLE-approved trainings on substantive poverty law and advocacy skills among others

· Be a part of a community of collaborative and mission driven professionals

You Have:

· Strong legal advocacy skills

· Strong analytical and problem-solving skills

· Ability to manage multiple priorities in a dynamic environment

· High ability to exercise sound judgement and discretion

· High ability to facilitate collaboration as well as build and sustain productive relationships with diverse individuals, groups and organizations

· Excellent communication skills, both orally and written, with diverse audiences

· A commitment to diversity and inclusion both internally and externally

· Strong work ethic

· Proficiency in Microsoft applications, knowledge of current technologies and commitment to remain up to date with industry best practices

· English language proficiency is essential and Spanish/English bilingual skills are a plus. Additional languages – even better

· Juris Doctor from an accredited law school and admitted to the Bar of the State of Ohio

· Prior Legal Aid or related work experience a plus, but not required

Other Details:

· It is the policy of OSLSA not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, disability, age, ancestry, and military status or any other characteristic protected by law.

· The position reports to the Managing Attorney of the Housing Team. Positions currently available based in Columbus, Ohio and may require some travel throughout the service area.

· Salary begins at $51,000 DOE and the duration is limited to 6 months.

To Apply:

Submit resume, writing sample, references and letter of interest to .

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