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At ABLE, we bring skilled, motivated, and committed advocates and professionals together to do the best work of their lives. Our employees bring varied experiences, perspectives, and cultures to ABLE, creating strong collaborations, diverse thinking, new approaches, and greater innovation. All of this leads to high-quality programs and services for our clients. Below are the current positions available within our 32-county service area.

Click on the job position title to read more for each announcement. Applications should be sent by e-mail to either jobs@ablelaw.org or jobs@lawolaw.org. See specific job announcement for complete details.

Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE), a non-profit regional law firm that provides high-
quality legal assistance to people and groups living in poverty in western Ohio, seeks a Grants and
Contracts Manager.

The Grants and Contracts Manager will be responsible for all aspects of grants management for ABLE and Legal Aid
of Western Ohio (LAWO) and covering our 32-county region. This includes all activities related to research, cultivation,
proposal preparation, tracking, award processing, outcome reporting, and grant closeout.

Bachelor’s degree or relevant work experience including a minimum of 5 years’ experience in grants management in a
non-profit environment with proven record of success is required. Experience with federal grants preferred. Computer
proficiency required. Must have outstanding interpersonal, organizational, project management, and oral and written
communication skills. Must be able to work collaboratively in a team-based environment and committed to the firms’
missions and the principle of equal justice for all. Some travel required. Compensation is commensurate with experience.

Excellent annual leave, holiday leave, and fringe benefits.

To Apply: Send resume and cover letter electronically by COB on April 19, 2021, to: jobs@ablelaw.org with the Subject:
Grants and Contracts Manager

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ABLE is an Equal Opportunity Employer and places a high value on diversity in our workplace, including diversity in
race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, and physical ability. We strive to create an environment welcoming to all
individuals and we encourage applications from individuals traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession. Equal
access to ABLE’s Toledo office is available. Applicants requiring accommodation for the interview/ application process
should contact the recruitment coordinator at the address listed above.

Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE), a non-profit regional law firm that provides
high-quality legal assistance to low-income people and groups in western Ohio, seeks a
resourceful, culturally competent, hardworking staff attorney for its Toledo office.

The Attorney will work with ABLE's Housing and Community Economic Development (HCED) Practice Group. The
HCED Practice Group recognizes an essential component to self-sufficiency, equal justice and economic
opportunity is the ability for low-income people to have: 1) access to safe, affordable housing; 2) access to areas
of opportunity in housing, education and other critical areas needed for wellbeing; and 3) the ability to participate
in and benefit from development within their own communities. The HCED practice group engages in community
lawyering to ensure that our legal work not only aligns with community needs, but that it supports initiatives from
and is led by the impacted community.

The Staff Attorney will expand ABLE’s community economic development capacity in Toledo’s Junction
neighborhood. The Attorney will listen to, empower, and be part of the Junction neighborhood; advocate and
provide support for community development and entrepreneurship, offering transactional legal services and legal
technical assistance to residents to fill the historic gap in legal counsel to low-income and minority small business
owners; removing barriers to employment through criminal record sealing or driver’s license reinstatement legal
clinics in the neighborhood; and providing other legal assistance to increase household income and promote
improved health, such as providing legal work to meet basic needs of food, housing, healthcare, and financial
security.

The Attorney must have excellent interpersonal skills and be experienced in working in collaborative
environments. Membership in Ohio Bar is required. The ideal candidate will have at least 1 year of legal
experience, familiarity with community lawyering, understand the range of legal options to advocate for people
living in a disenfranchised community, and possess excellent legal and communication skills. Attorneys with
recent bar admissions are encouraged to apply. We aim for our staff to reflect the client communities we serve and
strongly encourage applications from Black attorneys. Ability to relate well with, respect, connect and develop
rapport with minority clients and community groups required. Legal experience in business law, civil rights or
poverty law in general is helpful. Salary depends on relevant legal experience. Excellent fringe benefits.

To Apply: Send resume and cover letter electronically as soon as possible in Microsoft Word, to: Email:
jobs@ablelaw.org with the Subject: Staff Attorney – Housing and Community Economic Development Practice
Group

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ABLE is an Equal Opportunity Employer and places a high value on diversity in our workplace, including diversity in race,
ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, and physical ability. We strive to create an environment welcoming to all individuals
and we encourage applications from individuals traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession. Equal access to
ABLE’s office is available. Applicants requiring accommodation to the interview/ application process should contact the
recruitment coordinator at the address listed above.

Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE), a non-profit regional law firm that provides high-
quality legal assistance to people and groups living in poverty in western Ohio, seeks a Regional
Director of Development for its Dayton office for development throughout a 32-county region.

The Regional Director of Development will be responsible for implementing all development activities for the Dayton
and Toledo regional markets of ABLE and Legal Aid of Western Ohio (LAWO). This includes fundraising related to
campaigns, events, donor cultivation, planned giving, volunteer engagement, and community collaboration.

The individual must be committed to ABLE and LAWO’s mission and the principle of equal access to justice, have a
passion for fundraising, and be able to motivate and support Board members, staff, volunteers, and donors to reach
targeted annual fundraising goals. Primary responsibilities are leading and implementing annual campaigns, direct mail
and email campaigns, event management, and donor cultivation and stewardship. The ability to identify and cultivate key
relationships, be accountable to meeting annual fundraising financial goals, and solicit significant gifts is essential. Strong
writing, strategic planning and execution of plans, and organizational skills are essential to success in this position. Some
grant writing is required. The person filling this position will also manage contracted event planners for events in Dayton
and Toledo.

Salary depends on relevant experience. Excellent annual leave, holiday, and fringe benefits.

To Apply: Send resume and cover letter electronically by COB on April 23, 2021, to: Email: jobs@ablelaw.org with the
Subject: Regional Director of Development.

Download this position announcement

ABLE is an Equal Opportunity Employer and places a high value on diversity in our workplace, including diversity in
race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, and physical ability. We strive to create an environment welcoming to all
individuals and we encourage applications from individuals traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession. Equal
access to ABLE’s office is available. Applicants requiring accommodation to the interview/ application process should
contact the recruitment coordinator at the address listed above.

Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE) and Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc. (LAWO) are currently accepting applications from first- and second-year law students for 2021 summer associate positions in their Agricultural Worker and Immigrant Rights Practice Group. The positions are located in the Dayton, Findlay, and Toledo offices.

ABLE and LAWO are affiliated non-profit law firms that offer high-quality legal services in civil matters to low-income individuals and groups in order to achieve self-reliance, equal justice, and economic opportunity. ABLE is an unrestricted legal services firm.  

AGRICULTURAL WORKER AND IMMIGRANT RIGHTS PRACTICE GROUP

The Agricultural Worker and Immigrant Rights Practice Group offers legal services to thousands of agricultural workers and other immigrants throughout Ohio. The practice group maintains a diverse immigration practice, representing individuals in removal proceedings in the Cleveland Immigration Court and in applications for immigration benefits before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Clients seek various forms of immigration relief, including asylum, cancellation of removal, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, special immigrant juvenile status, visas for victims of crime and domestic violence, adjustment of status, naturalization, and family-based visas.

The AIR practice group also runs a summer outreach program to visit licensed agricultural worker camps throughout Ohio in order to provide migrant workers with information about their legal rights and offer representation in matters such as violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and other federal and state labor protective statutes. We also represent immigrant workers who face issues regarding immigration status, civil rights violations, ethnic profiling by law enforcement, and unequal access to education. Many of our cases involve large-scale impact litigation aimed at changing conditions for large groups of immigrants.

Primary responsibilities of summer associates include outreach to labor camps, investigation, client interviewing, and research and writing. Associates must demonstrate commitment to equal justice for the poor and be capable of assuming responsibility for representing clients under the supervision of an attorney. While highly demanding, work in the program is inspiring and rewarding.

Applications will be filled on a rolling basis until positions are filled. Applicants should email a cover letter, resume, and list of three references to: jobs@ablelaw.org, Subject: 2021 AIR PG Summer Associate.

Qualifications:

Compensation:

Ability to relate well to immigrant clients is essential. Students should be prepared to participate in a summer associate orientation in Toledo on May 17, 2021, followed by an intensive migrant farmworker training program later that month. Candidates must demonstrate a commitment to equal justice as well as excellent written and oral communication skills. Access to an automobile throughout the summer is necessary. Work hours may vary. The ability to communicate in Spanish is required.

Associate positions are unpaid. Applicants are encouraged to seek scholarships or fellowships through their law school, as well as to apply for grants through sources such as the Federal Work-Study Program or Equal Justice Works Immigration Summer Legal Corps. Alternatively, applicants may seek credit from their law school externship program. Assistance with parking fees and program related travel is available.

Download this position announcement (pdf)

ABLE and LAWO are Equal Opportunity Employers and place a high value on diversity in our workplace, including diversity in race, religion, color, creed, sex, age, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, handicap, genetic information or condition, pregnancy, military status, familial status, political affiliation, citizenship, and veteran status. We strive to create an environment welcoming to all individuals and we encourage applications from individuals traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession. Equal access to our offices is available. Those applicants requiring accommodation for the interview or application process should contact the Recruitment Coordinator at the e-mail address listed above. 

Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE) and Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc. (LAWO) are pleased to offer Summer Associate positions for 2021. ABLE and LAWO are affiliated non-profit law firms serving northwest and west central Ohio that offer high-quality legal services in civil matters to low-income individuals and groups in order to achieve self-reliance, equal justice, and economic opportunity. ABLE is an unrestricted legal services firm.

 

ABLE and LAWO attorneys provide legal assistance in a wide range of civil areas. ABLE and LAWO represent victims of domestic violence, tenants facing eviction, homeowners in foreclosure, individuals seeking public benefits and appropriate healthcare, and students who lack appropriate educational opportunities. ABLE and LAWO attorneys handle individual cases and large-scale litigation in state and federal courts, and advocate on policy issues.

These positions provide valuable practical experience to students seeking careers in public interest law. In addition to traditional research and writing assignments, each Associate will receive training on the basics of poverty law and gain additional knowledge of legal practice through court observation and meetings with local attorneys and judges. Experienced attorneys will mentor Associates on how to excel in a public interest law career.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until positions are filled. Applicants should email a cover letter, resume, and list of three references to: jobs@ablelaw.org, Subject: Summer Associate Program. Applicant materials must demonstrate a passion for public service and a commitment to meeting all program requirements.

Cover letter must indicate, in descending order, the top three preferences for geographic placement and practice areas of law. Thoughtful selections are necessary as selected applicants will be placed in one of these chosen areas. 

Geographic locations (choose 3):

Practice Areas of Law (choose 3):

Dayton, Defiance, Findlay, Lima, Sandusky, Springfield, and Toledo

Health Care & Public Benefits; Housing & Community Economic Development; Independence and Self-Determination for Women and Children in Poverty; Meaningful Access to Education; Access to Justice “Closing the Justice Gap” through legal education & assistance using state of the art technology; and the Medical-Legal Partnership for Children.

Requirements:

Compensation:

Work full-time (35 hours per week) for a minimum of 10 weeks from May 17, 2021, to July 23, 2021.

Attend a program orientation in Toledo on Monday, May 17, 2021.

Attend all scheduled meetings and trainings throughout the program.

Associate positions are unpaid. Applicants are encouraged to seek scholarships or fellowships through their law school, as well as to apply for grants through sources such as the Federal Work-Study Program or Equal Justice Works Summer Corps. Alternatively, applicants may seek credit from their law school externship program. Assistance with parking fees and program-related travel is available.

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ABLE and LAWO are Equal Opportunity Employers and place a high value on diversity in our workplace, including diversity in race, religion, color, creed, sex, age, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, handicap, genetic information or condition, pregnancy, military status, familial status, political affiliation, citizenship, and veteran status. We strive to create an environment welcoming to all individuals and we encourage applications from individuals traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession. Equal access to our offices is available. Those applicants requiring accommodation for the interview or application process should contact the Recruitment Coordinator at the e-mail address listed above. 

Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE), a non-profit regional law firm that provides high-quality legal assistance to low-income persons and groups in western Ohio, seeks a dynamic, creative, hardworking intake manager/ombudsman.

Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE), a non-profit law firm that provides free, high-quality legal assistance in civil matters to low-income individuals and groups in northwest Ohio, seeks an Intake Manager for its Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program.  The Intake Manager/Ombudsman will manage the intake lines for the 17-county Ombudsman program service area and respond to all calls daily, train new Ombudsman employees, and assist and represent the Regional Program Director, as assigned. The Ombudsman will receive, investigate, and work to resolve complaints filed on behalf of consumers of long-term care services, primarily in nursing homes. The Ombudsman will also support our volunteer program, provide community education, and systemic advocacy related to long-term care.  Candidates must have a Bachelor’s Degree in social work, social services, a health-related field, or another field related to aging and long-term care services. Candidates must possess excellent communication and human relations skills, and a demonstrated commitment to advocacy on behalf of consumers of long-term care services.  Candidates must have the combined qualities of excellent interpersonal and administrative skills.  Computer proficiency required.  Daily travel in Northwest Ohio required.  Position is based in ABLE’s Toledo office.  Salary based on relevant experience.  Excellent benefits.

Apply by January 22nd, 2021: Email cover letter, resume, and list of references, in Microsoft Word format, to:
jobs@ablelaw.org
Subject:  LTCOP Intake Manager Position

Resumes received after the deadline will not be considered unless we are unsuccessful with the candidates who applied by the deadline.

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ABLE is an Equal Opportunity Employer and places a high value on diversity in our workplace, including diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, and physical ability. We strive to create an environment welcoming to all individuals and we encourage applications from individuals traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession.  Equal access to ABLE’s office is available.  Applicants requiring accommodation to the interview/ application process should contact the recruitment coordinator at the address listed above.