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The Legal Aid Society of Columbus
1108 City Park Avenue
Columbus, OH 43206
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
The Legal Aid Aid Society of Columbus
Street address: 
1108 City Park Avenue
City: 
Columbus
State: 
Ohio
ZIP: 
43206
Job type: 
Legal - Civil
Position Description: 

The Legal Aid Society of Columbus (LASC) is looking for an individual with a demonstrated commitment to making a difference in the lives of indigent people and their communities for an attorney position in our Columbus office. This attorney will work primarily with our public benefits team.

Our attorneys are encouraged and supported in being creative, effective advocates in federal, state, and local judicial, administrative, and legislative forums. Additional information about LASC is available at www.columbuslegalaid.org. In addition to aggressive direct client representation in the areas of family, housing, consumer, benefits, health, utility law and tax, attorneys at LASC and our sister program Southeastern Ohio Legal Services have:

Established due process rights for low income individuals in their dealings with utilities, rights of tenants not to be evicted extrajudicially by landlords shutting off their utilities, women not to be denied utility service due to ex-spouses' unpaid bills and tenants' rights to service in their own name.

Organized law enforcement, judges, prosecutors, medical providers and shelters into domestic violence councils and successfully pursued federal litigation to ensure effective enforcement of Ohio's domestic violence laws.

Repeatedly and successfully worked with local and state administrative agencies to identify and correct systemic issues for low-income individuals including increased income eligibility for subsidized child care, expanded eligibility for Medicaid and access to benefits for persons with disabilities. Successfully worked with other organizations to help prisoners re-entering the community including accessing benefits, expunging records and obtaining employment.

In recent years, successfully concluded important federal cases under the Fair Housing Act and the Medicaid Act, protected hundreds of families from losing their homes to foreclosure, and overturned numerous draconian decisions by public benefits and child support agencies.

Requirements: 

Applicants must be admitted to the Ohio Bar or eligible to take the next bar exam.

To apply: 

Reply with resume, writing sample, and references to Kathleen C. McGarvey, Deputy Director, at [email protected].

Notes: 
Equal Opportunity Employer
Salary range: 
$43,500+ DOE , we offer an excellent benefits and leave package, eligibility for the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP), and excellent ongoing traininig opportunties.
Submission deadline: 
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Expiration date: 
Monday, October 31, 2016