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Legal Aid Seeks Attorneys


Posted January 1, 2022
9:00 am


The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland is growing to serve more clients!  Legal Aid invites applications from recent law school graduates, current 3Ls, and experienced attorneys.  Legal Aid attorneys represent individual clients in a variety of legal issues that impact shelter, health/safety, and economic security.  Legal Aid anticipates hiring attorneys to fill positions focused on:

  • Housing – representing tenants to retain affordable, safe housing.  This will include implementing Cleveland’s new ground-breaking Right to Counsel legislation.
  • Family – representing domestic violence survivors in Domestic Relations and Juvenile Court.  This includes representation in divorce, custody, and protection orders
  • Medical-Legal Partnerships – working in collaboration with medical providers to address social determinants of health, including Legal Aid’s new partnership with the Cleveland Clinic.
  • Economic Justice – including representing low-wage workers in employment, unemployment and tax, bankruptcy, consumer, and foreclosure.
  • Education and Public Benefits – ensuring access to education for children at risk, including those with special needs and those in the foster care system and access to public benefits.

About Legal Aid:  Legal Aid is a non-profit law firm whose mission is to secure justice and resolve fundamental problems for those who are low income and vulnerable by providing high quality legal services and working for systemic solutions.  Founded in 1905, Legal Aid is the fifth oldest legal aid organization in the United States.  Legal Aid’s 115+ total staff members (65+ attorneys), and 3,000 volunteer lawyers use the power of the law to improve safety and health, shelter and economic stability for low-income clients.  Legal Aid serves a diverse northeast Ohio population in Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake and Lorain Counties.

In addition to providing legal assistance to individual clients, Legal Aid attorneys engage in broad-based advocacy to impact client groups and communities.  Attorneys work in partnership with other service providers to address community issues and engage in community legal education and collaborate with local, state and national colleagues on issues impacting low-income communities.

The Successful Candidates will:

  • Be committed to Legal Aid’s mission.
  • Hold a JD and be licensed to practice law in Ohio or eligible to waive in or sit for the next bar.
  • Have experience in legal aid or a nonprofit environment (strongly preferred).
  • Have working knowledge of state and federal law related to Legal Aid’s clients.
  • Exhibit outstanding interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written).
  • Have experience collaborating with other (non-legal) professions preferred.
  • Have excellent research, writing and advocacy skills.
  • Have strong attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Have excellent team- and partnership-building skills.
  • Be organized, able to plan and problem-solve, meet deadlines, and work well under pressure.
  • Be willing to attend partnership meetings and events outside normal business hours.
  • Spanish language skills preferred.

Compensation & Benefits:  The starting Staff Attorney salary is $61,725+ DOE and Senior Attorney salary is $76,299+ DOE.  In addition, Legal Aid offers an exceptional benefits package including healthcare, life and disability insurance, retirement savings plan with up to 13% employer contribution, and much more.  Visit www.lasclev.org/careers/overview for more information.

To Apply:  Send a cover letter, résumé, and writing sample to: careers@lasclev.org with “Attorney” in the email subject line.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until positions are filled.

Legal Aid is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate because of age, race, gender, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.

 

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