Ohio State Legal Services Association (OSLSA) is seeking an individual with a demonstrated commitment to making a difference in the lives of indigent people and their communities for the position of Pro Bono Coordinator.
OSLSA fights poverty and its impact through its two field programs, Southeastern Ohio Legal Services (SEOLS) and The Legal Aid Society of Columbus (LASC), and its statewide advocacy program, the Ohio Poverty Law Center (OPLC). The Pro Bono Program both enhances and supplements the work of the program’s legal staff by offering programming in a variety of core substantive areas through a wide range of service delivery models, including limited scope advice clinics, forms preparation clinics, extended case and impact issue referrals, writing peer/mentorship opportunities, and court-based clinics.
The Pro Bono Coordinator is responsible for working with the newly created OSLSA Pro Bono, Communications and Training Team to develop and orchestrate innovative and impactful programs that increase the involvement of the private bar in providing legal help to the low-income population throughout SEOLS and LASC’s 36 counties. The Pro Bono Coordinator will have the opportunity to take on leadership roles on project development and implementation while working within a supportive environment and under the supervision of an experienced pro bono professional. The Pro Bono Coordinator will be located in the Columbus office of OSLSA and will focus his or her time on pro bono programming for rural counties in the OSLSA region in addition to Columbus-based programs that serve both urban and rural clients.
Develop and implement creative strategies for recruiting attorneys for pro bono programs sponsored by OSLSA;
Create and assist in the creation of new pro bono projects, in collaboration with the OSLSA staff, the private bar, and community partners;
Graduate of an accredited law school and member of the Ohio Bar.
Demonstrated interest in poverty law and working with individuals of limited financial means, with preference given to candidates with experience working in Southeast Ohio.
Strong writing, public speaking, and leadership skills and the capacity to take initiative on projects.
Ability to develop and maintain good relationships with clients, private attorneys, the organized bar and with members of the public with whom s/he may have contact.
Additional Salary Information: Excellent benefits/leave package and LRAP through our state funder
About Ohio State Legal Services Association
The Ohio State Legal Services Association (OSLSA) is committed to its mission of pursuing justice and changing the lives of low-income individuals and families. OSLSA offers high quality legal services through its two direct service programs covering the southeastern and central portions of the state: Southeastern Ohio Legal Services (SEOLS) and the Legal Aid Society of Columbus (LASC). The two programs, out of eight offices, serve a total of 36 counties that range from urban Franklin County to the rural, Appalachian counties in the southeast corner of Ohio. The goal of this comprehensive effort is simple: a voice in the legal system for low income individuals who have been voiceless—single mothers, working families, children with disabilities, restored citizens, military veterans, minorities, immigrants, and senior citizens. Their collective voice, amplified through the efforts of civil legal aid attorneys and volunteers, conveys the essential message that remains at the heart of OSLSA: we all—regardless of income—deserve equal access to justice.
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