Mobile Attorney

**Note: Position funding dependent upon pending grant application**

Date Posted: September 3, 2019

Position Reports to: Legal Director

Salary Range: Mid-Level: $55,000 – $60,000 (based on experience) 

Overview of Role:

Equality Ohio Education Fund is seeking an individual who wishes to apply for a Mobile Attorney position in the newly established statewide Legal Clinic for Equality Ohio. Applicants are being sought after for 1 position that would travel across Ohio to connect the Equality Ohio Legal Clinic with geographic locations not currently being adequately served.

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 newly established 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. Although the Mobile Attorney will provide direct legal representation at times, the primary responsibility for the Mobile Attorney is to support the three Staff Attorneys by connecting clients from diverse geographic locations to the Legal Clinic.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Expand the current reach of the Equality Ohio Legal Clinic to geographically diverse areas of the state by educating about the clinic, sharing Know-Your-Rights materials, and conducting intake;
  • Support Staff Attorneys in providing direct representation for clients in geographically diverse parts of the state;
  • Provide some direct representation for clients in remote geographic locations in Ohio;
  • Set up legal clinic intake events and Know-Your-Rights presentations in geographically diverse parts of the state;
  • Expand the Attorney Referral Network by identifying attorneys who can assist in more remote counties in Ohio;
  • 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 for geographically diverse parts of Ohio; 
  • 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
  • Familiarity with the LGBTQ community 
  • Demonstrated passion for public interest and social justice work
  • Willingness to travel 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 driver’s license and regular access to a vehicle with insurance.

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

Application Instructions: Applicants should send a cover letter and resume to employment@equalityohio.org by October 1, 2019. 

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

Contact Information:

Kim Welter

Phone: 614-224-0400

Email: kim@equalityohio.org

Website: www.equalityohio.org