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Ohio State Bar Association Name & Gender Marker Change Fellowship

Position Description:  Ohio State Bar Association Name & Gender Marker Change Fellowship

Pay:  $25/hour, up to 20 hours per week through May 2023

Overview of Role:

Equality Ohio Education Fund is seeking an individual to apply for a legal fellowship to focus on a name and gender marker change project 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 or Columbus office.

About:

Equality Ohio is Ohio’s statewide LGBTQ+ advocacy and education 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:

  •  Fellow will:

    • (1) Serve as an Ohio State Bar Foundation Fellow for the Name and Gender Marker Change Project,

    • (2) Assist with Overall Equality Ohio Client Intake;

    • (3) Help individuals seeking Name and Gender Marker Changes to obtain needed documentation required for filing and get connected with the appropriate legal representation;

    • (4) Assist with filing of name and gender marker change filings;

    • (5) Develop and record processes for the flow of name and gender maker change intakes into Equality Ohio and out to referrals;

    • (6) Update and/or Develop gender marker change educational materials; and

    • (7) Assist with outreach to Attorneys for the Attorney Referral Network.

In fulfillment of these objectives, duties include: 

Intakes / Client Follow-Up

  • Assist with weekly intakes for Equality Ohio;

  • Assist with weekly intakes for name and gender marker change clients;

  • Maintain weekly or bi-weekly conversation for name and gender maker clients;

  • Help clients to complete documentation for name and gender marker change filings;

  • Help clients to identity and complete financial requests to meet filing, identification documents, notarization, and other filing requirements;

  • Record all efforts, communications, and outcomes in Lawmatics and excel spreadsheet;

  • Provide appropriate legal referral to clients based upon their circumstance;

 Meetings

  • Attend weekly internship meetings to discuss progress and outcomes for the grant;

 Educational Materials

  • Educate community members with questions about the process by creating and disseminating well-designed, easy to understand information about the process in each of Ohio’s counties;

  • Create powerpoint and video training for updates on Name and Gender Marker Change Law in Ohio;

  • Creating video updates about significant changes in the gender marker change process;

  • Create regional social media how-to videos for variety of counties in the state of Ohio regarding name and gender marker changes;

  • Create and update CLEs related the gender marker change process;

Attorney Referral Network

  • Educate about and recruit new members to the Attorney Referral Network, membership in which will provide legal service providers with access to up to date resources in each of Ohio’s counties;

  • Recruit law firms and attorneys as referral partners, providing education, resources and cultural humility training as part of the partnership process;

  • Disseminate educational materials to members of the Attorney Referral Network about updates to name and gender marker change process in Ohio;

  • and other duties as assigned.

Qualifications & Desired Skill Sets:

  • 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]

**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.