Southeastern Ohio Legal Services (SEOLS) seeks an attorney for its Portsmouth office with a demonstrated commitment to making a difference in the lives of indigent people and their communities in Scioto, Adams, and Lawrence counties. SEOLS serves low income citizens in 30 counties in southeastern/central Ohio and is one component 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.
SEOLS attorneys are encouraged/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 client representation in areas of family, housing, consumer, benefits, health, utility law and individual rights, OSLSA attorneys have:
1. Established due process rights for indigents in their dealings with utilities, women not to be denied service due to ex-spouses’ unpaid bills, tenants’ rights to service in their own name, etc.
2. Played a leading role in successful efforts to pass and to get law enforcement and courts to enforce Ohio’s Domestic Violence Act and to restrict payday lenders’ abuses in Ohio.
3. 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.
4. Brought National Community Reinvestment Coalition into rural America for the first time to help SEOLS and our partners leverage funds from banks to help SE Ohio’s low-income residents.
5. Filed to establish the right to counsel for indigent parents fighting adoptions.
Applicants must be admitted to the Ohio bar or pending results from latest bar exam. If interested, submit resume, writing sample, and references, along with a cover letter to James Daniels, SEOLS Director, firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to a salary of $44,500+ DOE, excellent benefits/leave package, and LRAP through our state funder, OSLSA provides excellent ongoing training through its New Attorney Training Program, 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 encouragement/opportunities to participate in statewide task forces and advocacy efforts.