TLAS Fellowship Program & Assistant Public Defender Positions

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Job location
555 N. Erie St. Suite 248
Toledo, OH 43604
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Toledo Legal Aid Society
Street address: 
555 N. Erie St. Suite 248
City: 
Toledo
State: 
Ohio
ZIP: 
43604
Job type: 
Legal - Defender
Position Description: 

Position Title: TLAS Fellowship Program (6-8 positions available)
Division: Felony and Misdemeanor (Combination)
Description: The TLAS Fellowship Program provides meaningful training and experience for entry-level attorneys. Each Fellow will be paired with an attorney from the felony division and an attorney from the misdemeanor division. These pairings establish a mentoring relationship with experienced attorneys and provide a strong foundation for a career in criminal defense. Fellows will engage in client interviews; conduct arraignments and bond modification hearings; negotiate with prosecutors; research legal issues; participate in trials and suppression hearings; draft sentencing memorandum; and participate in sentencing hearings. To provide the most beneficial experience, each Fellow must be licensed to practice law in Ohio prior to beginning their fellowship. Fellows must commit to a one-year term and must work 16-20 hours each week, on average. Fellows are eligible to apply for permanent positions with The Toledo Legal Aid Society and, ideally, it is hoped that successful participants will continue their careers with the office. (TLAS Fellowship Program participants may establish/maintain a private practice and may accept court appointments)
Additional Opportunity: Many TLAS Fellows also participate in the TBA Fellowship Collaborative Program. That program is designed to assist young lawyers in establishing a private law practice. This involvement is not required but it has been very beneficial to our past participants. Please follow this link to learn more about that separate, but complementary, program https://www.toledobar.org/index.cfm?pg=Fellowship-Collaborative
Compensation: $21,000.00

Position Title: Assistant Public Defender (FLOAT)
Division: Toledo Municipal Court (1-3 positions)
Description: An Assistant Public Defender (FLOAT) provides legal representation for indigent defendants that have been charged with criminal offenses, traffic offenses, or probation violations. This Assistant Public Defender will work four mornings per week. The morning dockets typically begin at 8:30 a.m. and run until they are complete. This position is different from Assistant Public Defender positions that are assigned to a particular judge or courtroom. This position requires the Assistant Public Defender to “float” to one, or more, courtrooms, as needed, on any given day in support of the Assistant Public Defenders that are assigned to a particular courtroom or judge.
(Assistant Public Defenders may maintain a private practice but may not accept court appointed cases in criminal and traffic matters in the Lucas County Court of Common Pleas or a municipal court located in Lucas County, Ohio)
Salary: $33,000.00, plus health insurance and other benefits.

Position Title: Assistant Public Defender
Division: Sylvania Municipal Court (1-2 positions)
Description: Assistant Public Defenders provide legal representation for indigent clients that have been charged with criminal offenses, traffic offenses, or probation violations. Under the direction of a supervising attorney, this Assistant Public Defender will attend regularly scheduled criminal dockets each Monday (morning) and Wednesday (all day). In addition, this attorney will reserve a minimum of one morning or afternoon per week to meet with clients, to review videos and other discovery, and to complete other necessary tasks. Additional time may be required for trials or hearings if they are scheduled outside of the regularly scheduled criminal dockets. (Assistant Public Defenders may maintain a private practice but may not accept court appointed cases in criminal and traffic matters in the Lucas County Court of Common Pleas or a municipal court located in Lucas County, Ohio)
Salary: $33,000.00, plus health insurance and other benefits.

Requirements: 

The Toledo Legal Aid Society (TLAS) is a nationally recognized leader in criminal justice reform. Most recently, TLAS was awarded the 2020 Hodson Award from the American Bar Association for sustained and outstanding service by a public sector organization.

Toledo Legal Aid Society provides high quality legal representation to indigent persons that are charged with the commission of criminal or traffic offenses for which the penalty includes the potential for loss of liberty.

The Toledo Legal Aid Society actively seeks individuals that are passionate about defending the constitutional rights of individuals and are dedicated to helping others. Ideal candidates for TLAS positions are patient, creative, flexible, and resilient. Candidates that possess intellectual curiosity, are self-directed learners, and display excellent problem solving skills are encouraged to apply.

Candidates for the Assistant Public Defender positions must be licensed and in good standing with the Ohio Supreme Court. Graduates from an accredited college of law who are awaiting Ohio bar results will be considered for the fellowship program.

A successful candidate will devote the time necessary to provide quality representation to indigent clients and comply with performance standards. Assistant Public Defenders must have the experience required and listed in Ohio Administrative Code 120-1-10 and must adhere to the workload standards referenced in 120-1-07. The services shall be provided in a professional, skilled manner consistent with Chapter 120 of the Ohio Revised Code; Chapter 120 of the Ohio Administrative Code; the Canons of Ethics for attorneys in Ohio, and case law and applicable court rules defining the duties of counsel and the rights of defendants in criminal cases.

A successful candidate must have the ability to make regularly scheduled court appearances; conduct case evaluation, investigation, and preparation including, but not limited to, witness interviews, legal research, and motion preparation. Additionally, the candidate must have the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with prosecutors, judges, other professionals, clients, and the general public. Further, the candidate must have the ability to manage a high volume caseload while maintaining adequate levels of communication and attention to individual clients and must possess excellent knowledge of criminal law, criminal procedure, and the Rules of Evidence.

To apply: 

Send resume and cover letter electronically, by November 6, 2020, to:

Email: [email protected]
Subject: Open TLAS Positions

Please indicate the position(s) for which you are applying.

Notes: 
We strive to create an environment that is welcoming to all individuals and we encourage applications from a diverse range of applicants, including diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, and physical ability.
Submission deadline: 
Friday, November 6, 2020