MCS-T.O.U.C.H. is a nonprofit organization serving at-risk and vulnerable populations in Franklin County, Ohio. Our mission is to reach out and touch the lives of individuals and families, empowering them to achieve self-sufficiency, positive relationships, and economic success. The Fellowship will allow MCS-T.O.U.C.H. clients to be represented by a dedicated attorney whose expertise—developed through training with the fellowship supervisor—would ensure more thorough and effective representation at probation and parole hearings. The Fellow will work primarily in the MCS-T.O.U.C.H. offices in Whitehall, but faculty at the Moritz College of Law will supervise the Fellow's legal work.
The Fellow will undergo training with the supervisor and MCS-T.O.U.C.H. staff. The Fellow will develop proficiency in client interviewing skills, witness interviewing, investigation, and effective persuasive argument in court. The Fellow will also develop a working understanding of the laws governing the granting of parole, revocation of parole, and revocation of community control in Ohio. The Fellow will understand the various stakeholders in the revocation process, and the most effective ways to elicit information and agreement from each.
After notification by MCS-T.O.U.C.H. of pending client hearings, the Fellow will meet with the client to discuss the allegations and begin to prepare for the hearing. In preparation for the hearing, the Fellow will be responsible for obtaining any and all documentation regarding the allegations underlying the violation hearing, subpoenaing or otherwise obtaining necessary documents. The Fellow will also work in partnership with the assigned case manager at MCS-T.O.U.C.H. to create a comprehensive plan to facilitate the client's release and reintegration to the community. The Fellow may also meet with family members, bring witnesses to court, and interview probation officers prior to the hearing to understand what recommendations will be made by each side and why.
The Fellow will also assist with other matters, as time and supervision are available. Additional duties may include work on grant proposals including assisting with: writing grant proposals for federal, state, local, and private funding; performing research relevant to funding proposal submissions; writing of RFQs for services; and writing of contracts for services.
The Fellow may assist on some other legal issues affecting the agency and its clients. These may include assistance with property acquisition for the agency, child support issues for clients, and other civil matters.
Additional Information for Applicants::
A resume, law school transcript, and cover letter are required for full consideration.
J.D.; The Fellow must be admitted to the Ohio Bar and be a 2017 law school graduate. The Fellow will serve from March 1, 2018 to February 28, 2019.
Target Salary: $56,000.00 - $56,000.00 Annually
Job Category: Administrative and Professional
Job Appointment (FTE%):
The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, and protected veteran status.
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