Legal Aid Society of Columbus (LASC) is part of a three-part legal aid program headquartered in Columbus, Ohio State Legal Services Association (OSLSA). 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 mission driven, experienced Attorney to provide support for the program’s immigration work including providing legal representation and legal counseling to vulnerable refugees and immigrants while working to protect their rights under our Constitution and laws.
In this role, initially you will be responsible for partnering with organizations that work with the immigrant and refugee communities as well as direct representation of clients. Consistent with our funding restrictions, legal work may include representation of immigration clients for applications, petitions, other procedures as well as other legal issues which may change or include work in additional LASC practice groups.
Are You Someone That:
Is dedicated to improving the lives of low-income individuals in our communities?
Thrives in a fast-paced environment which requires quick thinking and analysis?
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 passionate about empowering and supporting the immigrant community?
Handle all functions related to legal advocacy ranging from intake to the representation of clients before local, state, appellate and federal courts, and all relevant agencies including representing clients in immigration matters
Maintain a caseload that includes both direct service and impact work
Conduct legal intake, screening, and interviews with clients, affiants, witnesses, experts, and others who can provide information or statements in furtherance of the principle client’s immigration matters.
Participate in outreach activities, clinics and other community events
Participate in program and agency community legal education and outreach efforts, particularly as they relate to issues of immigration law
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
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
A commitment to providing culturally competent services
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 bilingual skills in Spanish, Somali and/or Nepali 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, eligible to waive in) required
Prior Legal Aid or related work experience a plus, but not required
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.
The position reports to the Managing Attorney. The position is currently based in Columbus, Ohio and may require some travel throughout the service area.
Submit resume, writing sample, references and letter of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Immigration Staff Attorney” in the subject line.
In your cover letter, please address the following in order for your application to be considered: LASC’s clientele is extremely diverse and all of our clients are low income. To ensure that our agency is best serving our communities, LASC 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, LASC is committed to maintaining a diverse staff and providing culturally competent services. We strongly encourage candidates from traditionally underrepresented communities and historically oppressed groups including People of Color and LGBTQ individuals to apply. Bilingual/bicultural candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
About Legal Aid Society of Columbus
WHO WE ARE
Ohio State Legal Services Association (OSLSA), founded in 1966 by the Ohio State Bar Association, is committed to searching out the patterns, causes of, and solutions to the repetitive and fundamental legal problems facing low income Ohioans and pursuing the legal recourse needed to address those problems through its three components:
• Southeastern Ohio Legal Services (SEOLS)
• Legal Aid Society of Columbus (LASC)
• Ohio Poverty Law Center (OPLC)
Since 1966, OSLSA has helped thousands of Ohio’s poor obtain and keep housing, secure public benefits, worked with families to gain and maintain economic stability, and helped domestic violence survivors to live free of fear and abuse and to obtain the resources needed to sustain themselves and their children. Our advocates also serve in leadership roles in community groups, boards, and task forces working to improve the lives of low-income residents at the local and state level.
OUR MISSION AND VISION
Our Mission is to provide civil legal aid and advocacy to combat unfairness and injustice and to help people rise out of poverty. Our vision is to help create a just and fair society where we all have the opportunity to thrive and have lives free of poverty.