TLAS Fellowship Program, Assistant Public Defender, and Case Manager Positions 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
Job type: 
Legal - Defender
Position Description: 

Position Title: TLAS Fellowship Program (3-5 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 our office. (TLAS Fellowship Program participants may establish/maintain a private practice and may accept court appointments)
Compensation: $21,000.00

Position Title: Assistant Public Defender (One position)
Division: Toledo Municipal Court
Description: This Assistant Public Defender will work, on average, 25 hours per week representing indigent defendants on misdemeanor charges and probation violations in the Toledo Municipal Court. This attorney will be assigned to a judge and the dockets follow a seven week rotation. There will be a trial docket on three mornings per week during four weeks of the rotation. This attorney will work five mornings a week when the judge is assigned to a misdemeanor arraignment docket and during Duties Week. Finally, this attorney will not be scheduled when the judge is assigned to a felony arraignment docket in the seventh week of the rotation. This attorney must reserve a minimum of one morning or afternoon per week to meet with clients; to review videos and other discovery; to visit clients at the jail; 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, traffic, or delinquency matters in the Lucas County Court of Common Pleas or in a municipal court located in Lucas County, Ohio)
Salary: $33,000.00, plus health insurance and other benefits.

Position Title: Opportunity Project Case Manager (Two positions available)
Division: The Opportunity Project
Description: A Case Manager involved in this newly created project will be paired with an Assistant Public Defender. The Opportunity Project is designed to more effectively and efficiently represent clients with alcohol/drug dependency; mental health issues; and other needs when they are involved in the criminal justice system. Ideally, an earlier identification of client needs and a more meaningful connection to behavioral health and other services will positively impact the outcome of a client’s case and reduce the likelihood of recidivism.

Duties: In addition to consistent and reliable attendance, the following duties are essential to this position. The listed duties are not to be construed as all-inclusive and other duties may be required or assigned. Each successful candidate will conduct in-custody (Lucas County Corrections Center) and out-of-custody client interviews; identify behavioral and mental health issues that may be obstacles; collect, review, and provide documentation from past and current community service providers, including assessments and recommendations for services, placements, housing, and client compliance; develop, implement, and monitor a case management plan according to the needs of the individual; provide courtroom testimony (if necessary); develop best practice guides for common client needs; and update and maintain a guide of community resources and contact persons for service providers.

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in social work, criminal justice or related field supplemented by previous experience in social services, criminal justice or related field; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job. Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license.

Certifications: LCDC II, LSW, LISW, LPCC, preferred but not required.

Skills: Experience working in criminal justice; experience working with individuals with mental health disorders or behavioral health issues; familiarity with substance abuse or mental health program referral process; ability to work as part of a team; interest in social justice and criminal law; experience and/or willingness to visit clients at the county jail, or treatment locations around Lucas County, Ohio; demonstrated oral and written communication and organizational skills; proficiency in using word processing and spreadsheet software; education or experience in tasks requiring accuracy and attention to detail; situational reasoning to exercise judgment, decisiveness, and creativity in situations involving the evaluation of information against sensory, judgmental, or subjective criteria, as opposed to that which is clearly measurable or verifiable. This position requires the ability to apply principles of influence systems, such as motivation, incentive, and leadership, and to exercise independent judgment to apply facts and principles for developing approaches and techniques to resolve problems.


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 TLAS Fellowship Program positions and Assistant Public Defender positions must be licensed and in good standing with the Ohio Supreme Court. Graduates from an accredited college of law that are awaiting Ohio bar results; have a UBE score that transfers to Ohio; or are eligible for Practice Pending Admission will be considered.

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 moderate to 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 April 23, 2021, to:

Email: [email protected]
Subject: TLAS Positions

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

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, April 23, 2021