Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati

Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati

(513) 241-9400 Toll Free 1-800-582-2682

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 seven southwest Ohio counties (Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton, Highland, Warren). Staffed offices are located in downtown Cincinnati and in Hamilton (Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio, LLC only); we have a total staff of about 85, including 37 attorneys and 14 paralegals.  The Legal Aid Society is Southwest Ohio’s largest non-profit law firm dedicated to reducing poverty and ensuring family stability through effective legal assistance. Our attorneys represent clients in civil legal matters and work with community organizations and client groups.

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. We 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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Fellowship Sponsorship – Staff Attorney 2017-2019

Deadline for applications: August 12, 2016

The Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati and its affiliate Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio, LLC (“Legal Aid Society”), seek to sponsor candidates for Fellowships for 2017-2019.

Candidates for Fellowships are encouraged to bring forward proposals for work in an area of interest such as advocacy for victims of domestic violence, children’s issues, social welfare policy, or housing and community development. Legal Aid has worked successfully with public interest fellows over the years. Recently we had several public interest fellows including Skadden, Equal Justice Works, and the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation’s Justice for All Fellowship. In addition, we are interested in Fellowships funded by law schools, law firms, and foundations. Our intention 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 the demonstrated ability to handle a demanding workload. Successful candidates for 2017-2019 must be eligible to take the Ohio Bar Exam in the Summer of 2017. Applicants who are admitted to practice law in Ohio, or who are licensed in another state and eligible for temporary admission before taking the Ohio Bar Exam, will also be considered.

We are currently evaluating candidates and will continue to accept applications until August 12, 2016.  The salary will be as provided by the Fellowship program.  The Legal Aid Society offers an excellent benefit package.

 

To apply, please submit:

  • a cover letter explaining the reasons for your interest in a Fellowship,
  • your resume,
  • law school transcript
  • a writing sample, and
  • the contact information for three professional references.

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

Attention: Legal Aid Society – Fellowship Committee

staffing@lascinti.org or Fax to (513) 241-0047

Interviews will be arranged by Employer.

Please do not call.

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Equal Justice Works / AmeriCorps VISTA  Attorney Fellowship

– HUD Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Housing Program –

The Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati seeks an energetic and talented recent law graduate for an Equal Justice Works (EJW) / AmeriCorps VISTA Attorney Fellowship. The Attorney Fellow will assist tenants and tenant groups in the new U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) housing program to preserve and improve their affordable housing communities. The Attorney Fellow will help build the capacity of tenant organizations through outreach, education, leadership development, and legal services.  The Fellowship is from August 2016 through July 2017.

The RAD program was developed as a voluntary preservation tool to stabilize at-risk public housing. The primary benefit of RAD is that public housing which converts under this program can secure private financing to address deferred maintenance issues that have caused public housing and other HUD rental stock to deteriorate nationwide. The Attorney Fellow will assist residents so that they benefit from RAD conversion and avoid displacement.

RESPONSIBILITIES

 The RAD Attorney Fellow will:

  • Provide legal representation to tenants groups and tenants in RAD housing.
  • Assist in advocacy for increased resources for community improvements, such as job training and placement, daycare centers, playgrounds, community centers, recreational facilities, etc.
  • Conduct community legal education and outreach to tenants.
  • Participate in continuing legal education and other training events for pro bono attorneys who volunteer to represent tenants.
  • Work with agencies and community groups that share common interest with tenants

QUALIFICATIONS

The RAD Attorney Fellow will have the following qualifications:

  • Member of the Ohio Bar, or admitted in another state and eligible for admission on motion.
  • Experience assisting low-income individuals.
  • Excellent research, writing, and advocacy skills.
  • Proven ability to work cooperatively in a team environment.
  • Ability to participate in public outreach events and experience in public speaking.
  • Strong track record of professionalism and responsibility

FUNDING AND COMPENSATION

This position is funded by Equal Justice Works, VISTA, and the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati. The Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati is the service site. This position requires completion of NSOPR, state(s), and FBI fingerprint criminal background checks, as well as compliance with all CNCS Federal Regulations throughout the fellowship program.

Compensation for this position is Equal Justice Works / AmeriCorps guidelines and includes:

  • Living allowance set by EJW/VISTA.
  • Supplemental benefits paid for housing, relocation, professional dues, health, life & disability insurance, and retirement plan expenses.
  • Upon successful completion of service, AmeriCorps Legal Education Award of up to $5,775.
  • Student loan forbearance during service.
  • AmeriCorps funded childcare assistance.
  • Professional development and training assistance.
  • Participation in Equal Justice Works training opportunities and conferences, as applicable.

 

 APPLICATION PROCESS

This position is open until filled.  Legal Aid will act on applications on a rolling basis.

To apply, email to staffing@lascinti,org, the following items:

  1. a letter of intent,
  2. resume,
  3. legal writing sample,
  4. law school transcript, and
  5. contact information for three professional references

Include in subject line: Attention: 2016 EJW/AmeriCorps RAD Fellow Hiring Committee

 Interviews will be arranged by Employer. Please do not call.

 

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