Legal Extern

Date Posted: February 6, 2019
Job Type: Summer Fellowship (40 hours/week)

Stipend: $2500 for 10-weeks (May 20-August 2 with the week of July 1st)

Location: Cleveland & Columbus Office

Overview:
Equality Ohio Education Fund is seeking individuals who wish to apply for a legal externship position as part of a statewide Legal Clinic at Equality Ohio. Available positions are located at either the Cleveland or Columbus office.

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 hosting an extern to assist with legal representation of and outreach to LGBTQ Ohioans.

Externship Tasks:
Assist the Staff Attorney, Managing Legal Director and/or Executive Director with the:

  • Intake and outreach to LGBTQ individuals needing legal representation;
  • Assist with legal representation for LGBTQ individuals with  civil legal needs;
  • Social Service resource procural for LGBTQ individuals with legal needs;
  • Outreach to LGBTQ  & Allied attorneys, legal-serving organizations, and LGBTQ-serving organizations;
  • Assist in the creation of LGBTQ Know Your Rights pamphlets and brochures;
  • Other tasks as assigned.

Qualifications & Desired Skill Sets:

  • Second-year through Fourth-year law student
  • Familiarity with the LGBTQ community
  • Demonstrated passion for public interest and social justice work
  • 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

Application Instructions: Applicants should send a cover letter and resume to Maya Simek, Esq. at maya@equalityohio.org  by March 15th, 2019. 

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

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

Contact Information:
Maya Simek, Esq.
Phone: 216-287-9837
Email: Maya@equalityohio.org