Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati

Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati

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Employment

The Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati and its affiliate, Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio, LLC, are dedicated to reducing poverty and ensuring family stability through effective legal assistance. Both Legal Aid organizations serve low-income residents of Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton, Highland, and Warren Counties in Southwest Ohio.Staffed offices are located in downtown Cincinnati and in Hamilton (Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio, LLC only).

The Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati coordinates employment and volunteer opportunities for both Legal Aid organizations.  Legal Aid offers a variety of career opportunities in entry-level and experienced positions. They employ recent law graduates and experienced lawyers, as well as client service professionals (paralegals and legal assistants), administrative, accounting, and clerical support professionals. When openings do occur, they are posted on this website.

The Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati

and the Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio, LLC

are Equal Opportunity Employers and do not discriminate

because of age, race, sex, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, or disability.

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Equal Justice Works Fellowship Sponsorship

- Staff Attorney 2015-2017 -

Deadline for applications: September 8, 2014

The Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati and its affiliate Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio, LLC, seek to sponsor a candidate for an Equal Justice Works Fellowship for 2015-2017. These affiliated Legal Aid Societies are dedicated to reducing poverty and ensuring family stability through legal assistance. We serve seven counties in Southwest Ohio. We have two staffed offices (downtown Cincinnati and Hamilton, Ohio) and a staff of about 90, including 34 attorneys and 16 paralegals.

Candidates for this Fellowship are encouraged to bring forward proposals for work in an area of interest such as advocacy on education law and children’s issues, and advocacy to prevent homelessness and to increase and improve affordable housing.

We have worked successfully with many public interest fellows over the years. Currently we have three Equal Justice Works Fellows on staff and numerous EJW alumni. Our goal is to continue the work started in each Fellowship and to have Fellows remain with the program after the fellowship period. Legal Aid has a long and successful commitment to furthering the professional development of its staff.

Successful candidates will have a strong interest in civil legal services or public interest law, strong academic records, excellent organization and communication skills, and a demonstrated ability to handle a demanding workload. Successful candidates for a 2015-2017 Fellowship must be eligible to take the Ohio Bar Exam in the Summer of 2015, or be admitted to practice law in Ohio, or be licensed in another state and eligible for temporary admission in Ohio.

We are currently evaluating candidates and will continue to accept Fellowship applications until September 8, 2014. The salary will be as provided by the Fellowship program and there will be an excellent benefits package including loan repayment assistance.

To apply, please provide:

• a 1-2 page cover letter outlining your ideas and interests for a Fellowship project,
• current resume,
• a writing sample, and
• the contact information for three professional references.

FAX or email are the preferred methods of contact. For email submissions, please attach either Word or pdf files.

Subject Line: EJW Fellow Hiring Committee
staffing@lascinti.org  or (513) 241-0047 FAX

Interviews will be arranged by Legal Aid.

Please do not call.

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LISC AmeriCorps Service Description
Full-Time Member Position
October 1, 2014 – July 31, 2015

Local Initiatives Support Corporation and the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati and affiliate Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio, LLC are seeking a full-time AmeriCorps member to serve as a Neighborhood Housing Assistant.

The Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati provides a full range of civil legal services for low-income people in seven southwest Ohio counties. In 1908, when it was founded, Cincinnati’s Legal Aid was at the forefront of the nascent legal aid movement. Today it is a recognized leader in the national legal services community. Legal Aid helps individuals resolve civil legal problems that are barriers to a stable life and economic self-sufficiency. Legal Aid also works collaboratively and in partnership with other nonprofits and government agencies on issues and projects that have community-wide impact. Each year Legal Aid responds to approximately 30,000 requests for assistance, resulting in 6,000 new cases opened by Legal Aid attorneys and pro bono attorneys working through the Volunteer Lawyers Project. Legal Aid has four practice areas: Housing & Consumer; Education & Children; Family & Immigration; and Income, Work & Health.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is dedicated to helping community residents transform distressed neighborhoods into healthy and sustainable communities of choice and opportunity — good places to work, do business and raise children. LISC combines corporate, government and philanthropic resources to help community-based organizations revitalize underserved neighborhoods. This strategy extends to the LISC AmeriCorps program where we support placing AmeriCorps Members with local non-profit partners. Members assist in efforts to revitalize underserved neighborhoods across America and create vibrant places for people to live, work, and play.

The LISC AmeriCorps Member at the Legal Aid Society will serve as Neighborhood Housing Assistant on the Neighborhood Stabilization Project. The Member will be based in the Cincinnati office and assigned full-time to the Neighborhood Stabilization Project of Legal Aid’s Housing and Consumer Practice Group. The Member will serve a minimum of 1,700 hours beginning on October 1, 2014 and ending on July 31, 2015.

The member selected to serve in this capacity will:
• Work with Legal Aid professional staff in housing and community development to counsel homeowners who are threatened with foreclosure to assist them to save their homes.
• Assist tenants whose housing is adversely affected by the current housing crisis.
• Provide assistance to individual homeowners and tenants under the supervision of Legal Aid attorneys.
• Be assigned additional work in community development, with a focus on vacant blighted buildings.
• Interview persons seeking assistance from Legal Aid to avoid foreclosure
• Assist/counsel individual homeowners who are threatened with foreclosure and assist tenants whose housing is adversely affected by the current housing crisis.

The Member will be assigned two clients (cases) per week, on average. The Member will assist 80 homeowners and tenants, and achieve positive outcomes in 80% of the cases. Additionally, the Member will meet regularly with his/her supervisor for case reviews, and will attend team meetings, and participate in appropriate in-house trainings.

Members will also be expected to fully participate as part of the LISC AmeriCorps team. LISC-sponsored activities include:

  •  Attend a national leadership conference tentatively scheduled for March 2015. This conference is coordinated by the national LISC AmeriCorps staff;
  •  Attend all locally sponsored monthly meetings;
  • Participate in a minimum of six nationally sponsored webinars;
  •  Engage in every-other-month affinity groups to discuss topics related to the member’s service; and,
  •  Active participation in two locally identified and team coordinated service projects (one for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and one for National AmeriCorps Week).

As this is an AmeriCorps position, neither LISC nor the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati and affiliate Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio, LLC will allow the member to engage in activities that are considered prohibited under the terms of the grant while serving as a LISC AmeriCorps member.

Desired Skills

  •  Desire and ability to work with a diverse group of people, particularly those living in low-income distressed neighborhoods
  •  Ability to work independently and in a team environment
  •  Computer skills
  •  Good written and oral communication skills
  •  Ability to work a flexible schedule (some night and weekends may be required

Program Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible to participate as a LISC AmeriCorps member the candidate must meet all eligibility requirements to serve as a National Service participant including but not limited to:

  •  Possess a high school degree, GED certificate or agree to achieve GED during the term of service
  •  Be at least 17 years of age (note there is no age limit)
  •  Have status as a US citizen or possess permanent resident status
  •  Be eligible to earn an education award and not be barred from performing a term of service
  •  Be available to serve for a full 10 month period of time and within that time period complete a minimum of 1700 hours of service
  •  Be available for service from October 1, 2014 through July 31, 2015

Program Benefits

Upon successful completion of the term of service, the member will be eligible for a $5,645 education award to pay off existing, eligible student loans or return to school. The position pays a total stipend of $15,000.The stipend is paid in 20 equal checks twice a month. Direct deposit is available and highly encouraged. A health care benefit is available for the participant only (dependents are not eligible). For members with children under the age of 13, there is a child care subsidy benefit available which is dependent on the participant meeting all eligibility requirements. This benefit is administered by a contracted provider via the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Resumes should be sent to:

Kate McInerney, Assistant Program Officer
LISC Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky
kmcinerney@lisc.org     (513) 723-2116

Please put “AmeriCorps applicant” in the subject line of your email.

LISC & the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati and affiliate Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio, LLC promote equal opportunity in selecting AmeriCorps members. We are committed to diversity and inclusion in the selection process.

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STAFF ATTORNEY – FALL 2014

Position open until filled.

The Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati (“Legal Aid Society”) is accepting applications for a staff attorney position. This is a full-time position based in our Cincinnati office.

Description of Position

Our attorneys represent clients in civil legal matters and work with community organizations and client groups. Legal Aid has four practice groups: Housing and Consumer; Income, Work, and Health; Family Law, including domestic violence cases; and Children’s Advocacy, including acting as guardian ad litem in children’s services cases in Butler County. We are especially seeking candidates interested in our emerging tax law practice, assisting low-income workers with federal tax issues.

Qualifications

Applicants must be admitted to practice law in Ohio, or be licensed in another state and eligible for temporary admission before taking the next Ohio Bar Exam (February 2015), or have taken the July 2014 Ohio Bar Exam.

Additional requirements include:
• demonstrated interest in public interest law;
• strong academic record;
• excellent organization and communication skills;
• demonstrated ability to handle a demanding workload.

Compensation and Benefits

The starting annual salary is $44,500+, depending on experience. Legal Aid offers an excellent benefit package, loan repayment assistance, and a good work environment.

Application Process

Applicants should note “Fall 2014 Attorney” in Subject line, and send by email or fax:

  1. cover letter explaining the reasons for their interest in the position
  2. current resume,
  3. contact information for two professional references, and
  4. writing sample, to:
Fall 2014 Attorney Hiring Committee
Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati
staffing@lascinti.org or FAX (513) 241-0047

Interviews will be arranged by Employer.

Please do not call.

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