Staff Attorney – Bankruptcy & Economic Justice Practice Group

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1108 City Park Ave
Columbus, OH 43206
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Ohio State Legal Services Association
Job type: 
Legal - Defender
Position Description: 

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 Bankruptcy Staff Attorney in our Economic Justice Practice Group to provide comprehensive legal services for civil issues in pursuit of LASC’s mission and priorities. This opportunity will initially focus on bankruptcy issues in Central Ohio.

In this role, you will be responsible for providing legal counsel and advice as well as direct representation initially in the area of bankruptcy law, collaborating with partner organizations in providing legal assistance to our communities through special projects and grants and facilitating the bankruptcy pro bono referrals.

Are You Someone Who:

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?

You Will:

Handle all functions related to legal advocacy
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

Other Details:

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.



You Have:

Strong legal advocacy skills
Working knowledge of bankruptcy law
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

To apply: 

To Apply:

Please submit a letter of interest for consideration.

In your 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

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Equal Opportunity Employer
Submission deadline: 
Friday, March 25, 2022