Staff Attorney (Housing)
Legal Aid Society of Columbus (LASC) is part of the Ohio State Legal Services Association (OSLSA), a three-part legal aid program headquartered in Columbus. 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 Staff Attorney in our Housing Law Practice Group to provide comprehensive legal services for civil issues in pursuit of LASC’s mission and priorities. Staff Attorneys balance systemic advocacy with practical day-to-day legal representation. While the position will start with the housing team, it is a general staff attorney position that may be shifted to other areas as the needs of the organization and community change.
In this role, you will be responsible for providing legal counsel and advice as well as direct representation initially in the area of housing law 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?
- Has a demonstrated commitment to making a difference in the lives of indigent people and their communities?
- 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?
- Handle all functions related to legal advocacy ranging from intake to the representation of clients before local, state, appellate and federal courts, and all relevant agencies
- Maintain a caseload that includes both direct service and impact work
- Participate in one of our substantive teams focused on learning one area of the law more in depth and on addressing systemic issues
- 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
- 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. LASC is an equal opportunity employer.
- The position reports to the Managing Attorney and is based in Columbus, Ohio. The role requires some travel throughout the service area.
- Salary begins at $53,000 DOE. OSLSA offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package, LRAP of up to $6,000 and ongoing training and development opportunities.
- Strong legal advocacy skills
- Strong analytical, problem-solving, planning and organizational skills
- Demonstrated experience in legal services or advocacy in the area of social justice
- Demonstrated project development and management 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 (or if not currently admitted, expected to obtain admission within 12 months from date of hire) preferred
- Prior Legal Aid or related work experience a plus, but not required
Submit resume, writing sample, references and letter of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org with Staff Attorney - Housing in the subject line.
In your cover letter, please address the following in order for your application to be considered: OSLSA’s clientele is diverse and all of our clients are low income. To ensure that our agency is best serving our communities, OSLSA strives to promote an evolving set of behaviors and attitudes amongst our staff, as well as policies that enable us to work effectively in all cross-cultural situations, with clients, with our coworkers, and with the community. We see this as a commitment to enhance the provision of our services to all clients; to raise the level of positive client outcomes; and to create an inclusive and respectful workplace in which differences are acknowledged and valued.
How do you think your personal background or experiences, professional or otherwise, have prepared you to contribute to our commitment to cultural humility and diversity amongst our staff? Feel free to think broadly about your response to this question, applying various aspects of your life and personal experiences.
To promote social justice and best serve our clients, OSLSA is committed to maintaining a diverse staff and providing culturally competent services. We strongly encourage candidates from traditionally underrepresented communities and historically oppressed groups including BIPOC and LGBTQ individuals to apply. Bilingual/bicultural candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.