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Ohio Supreme Court Post-Graduate Legal Fellowship Job

Position Description:  Ohio Supreme Court Post-Graduate Legal Fellowship Job Description 2022-2023

Pay:  $25/hour for 30 hours a week for 12 months

Overview of Role:

Equality Ohio Education Fund is seeking an individual to apply for a post graduate legal fellowship to work in the statewide Legal Clinic for Equality Ohio.  An applicant is being sought for 1 state-wide position which will be based out of either our Cleveland, Cincinnati, or Columbus office.

About: 

Equality Ohio is Ohio’s statewide LGBTQ+ education and advocacy organization. 

Background:

November 2, 2004, was a turning point for Ohio’s LGBTQ+ community. In spite of the efforts of thousands of community members and allies, ⅔ of Ohio’s voters passed a measure limiting our legal rights in the state we call home. We were devastated.

Across the state, political insiders, grassroots activists, and everyday Ohioans who had never before been politically engaged, all reached the same conclusion: something new, something strategic, had to be done to protect our communities and one another. In 2005, sixty-five people, diverse in gender, race, religion, and region of Ohio, answered the call and gathered in the basement of a church in Columbus. After two long days, one vision emerged: an Ohio that everyone can call home. Equality Ohio (a 501c4 organization) and Equality Ohio Education Fund (a 501c3 organization) were born.

In the years since, Equality Ohio has changed hearts, minds and laws in service of creating an Ohio where people are welcome, affirmed and flourishing. 

Our Mission: Equality Ohio identifies and transforms systems and institutions so LGBTQ+ Ohioans can fully access legal and lived equality.

Our Vision: An Ohio where people are welcome, affirmed and flourishing.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Support Staff Attorneys in providing direct representation for clients;
  • Provide legal research, memo, drafting, and direct representation for clients in a variety of civil legal matters;
  • Conduct email, telephonic, and in-person intake for individuals needing legal assistance;
  • Assist in the referral and follow-up of referrals to outside social service agencies or attorneys as appropriate;
  • Create/update LGBTQ+ Know-Your-Rights pamphlets, materials, videos and brochures;
  • Attend weekly legal team, supervision, and all-staff meetings;
  • Travel to provide representation and intake at community events, tablings, presentations, etc;
  • Other tasks as assigned.

Qualifications & Desired Skill Sets:

  • Barred attorney in the state of Ohio in good standing;
  • Demonstrated familiarity and comfort working with the LGBTQ+ community; 
  • Demonstrated passion for public interest and social justice work;
  • Willingness and ability to travel independently across Ohio;
  • Excellent oral, written and listening communication skills;
  • Ability to work with diverse groups in an intersectional manner and across all levels of organizations with a commitment to teamwork;
  • Effective public speaking and presentation skills;
  • Demonstrated reliability, creativity, versatility, and initiative;
  • Proficiency with Office (Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Outlook), Google Drive, and LexisNexis/Westlaw or other legal research software 
  • Have a valid driver’s license and regular access to a vehicle with insurance;
  • Fluency in issues facing the LGBTQ+ community and have an exceptional commitment to LGBTQ+ communities;
  • Ability to work independently without constant direct staff contact;
  • Have at least 2 years professional or volunteer experience in community-servicing work including but not limited to service industry, retail, customer service, non-profit, community organizing, project management, volunteer management, legislative work, or electoral work; 
  • Spanish speakers are a plus.

Characteristics: Resourceful, Charismatic, Detail-Oriented, Flexible, Self-Motivated, Passionate

Application Instructions: Send a cover letter and resume to [email protected] 

  • Cover letter
  • Resume

**Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Candidates are encouraged to submit their materials as early as possible.

A Note to BIPOC Candidates:

Studies have shown that women, non-binary folks, and People of Color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every single one of the qualifications as described in a job description. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive organization, and we are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job. That candidate may be one who comes from a background less traditional to our field of work, and that’s okay. We would strongly encourage you to apply, even if you don’t believe you meet every one of the qualifications described.

People of color, LGBTQ+ people, and those with gender-expansive identities are strongly encouraged to apply.