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Staff Attorney – Columbus

Position reports to: Legal Director

Position based in: Columbus or Central Ohio

Salary: $60,000 – 63,000 + benefits

Overview of Role:

Equality Ohio Education Fund is seeking individuals who wish to apply for an attorney position in the statewide Legal Clinic for Equality Ohio, which directly serves LGBTQ Ohioans at 300% of the federal poverty line and provides referrals (as possible) to LGBTQ humble attorneys when direct representation is not possible. Applicants are being sought after for 1 position based out of Columbus.

Background:

Equality Ohio Education Fund (EOEF) and Equality Ohio were founded in 2005 by a group of 65 dedicated lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) activists and allies from all corners of Ohio after voters passed a constitutional amendment prohibiting same sex marriage and civil unions. EOEF continues to advance its vision and mission by working to change the hearts and minds of Ohioans about the LGBTQ community and our civil rights.

Structure of Equality Ohio:

EOEF is a 501(c)(3) organization governed by the Equality Ohio Education Fund Board. Equality Ohio is a 501(c)(4) organization governed by the Equality Ohio Board. Twenty-four community leaders from across Ohio currently serve on these Boards, providing EOEF and Equality Ohio with intellectual depth and a well-rounded body of experienced leadership. 

EOEF  is interested in hiring an attorney for the Equality Ohio LGBTQ legal clinic to assist Ohioans via direct representation and access to information about the complicated patchwork of protections that exist under federal, state, and local law for LGBTQ people.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Provide direct representation for clients regionally in targeted areas of law primarily including: family law; expungements/record sealing; name/gender marker proceedings; social security application and hearing; insurance denials; administrative discrimination proceedings; eviction defense; identify theft; criminal justice advocacy (protection orders, Marcy’s Law Representation Victim Compensation Applications, etc); and general advocacy;
  • 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;
  • Update and maintain referral database of LGBTQ and affirming counselors, organizations, and agencies nearest in proximity to their location; 
  • Continuous outreach to LGBTQ  & Allied attorneys, legal-serving organizations, and LGBTQ-serving organizations;
  • Create/update LGBTQ Know-Your-Rights pamphlets, materials, videos and brochures;
  • Organize monthly Know-Your-Rights workshops across  designated region;
  • Develop tools for social media outreach and information dissemination via Youtube, Instagram, Facebook, Attorney Blog, etc;
  • Other tasks as assigned.

Qualifications & Desired Skill Sets:

  • Barred attorney in the state of Ohio in good standing
  • 3-5 years experience with litigation, specifically within Ohio state and federal court systems and administrative agencies
  • Experience with representation of clients within administrative agencies (e.g., OCRC, EEOC, etc.)
  • Familiarity with the LGBTQ community and demonstrated comfort working with LGBTQ people
  • Clear passion for public interest and social justice work
  • Excellent oral, written and listening communication skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to anti-racism and racial equity
  • 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 driver’s license and regular access to a vehicle with insurance and willingness to regularly drive within 1.5 hours of Columbus for client matters
  • Willingness to engage in evening and weekend work as needed

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

Application Instructions: Send a cover letter and resume to employment@equalityohio.org. 

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