Tenant Advocacy Fellow
The Legal Aid Society of Columbus (LASC) is offering a one-year Tenant Advocacy Fellowship for Autumn 2019-Spring, 2020. The Fellow, working under the supervision of attorneys at LASC, will assist low income tenants facing eviction at the on-site Tenant Advocacy Project clinic at the Franklin County Municipal Court.
The Fellow will analyze cases, advise and represent tenants, and collaborate with attorney volunteers. The Fellow will provide legal services to economically disadvantaged persons facing eviction in Franklin County and living at or below 250% of the federal poverty guidelines.
The Fellow will focus on interviewing tenants facing eviction; Evaluating fact patterns and documents for defenses and counterclaims; Advising tenants regarding their case and their options; Working with landlords and opposing counsel to explore solutions that would prevent displacement; Negotiating settlements and drafting agreements; Representing tenants at hearings; Connecting tenants with social service agencies that could help preserve tenancies; Assisting volunteer attorneys providing on-site representation; Filing motions and affirmative counterclaims to ensure landlords bring their properties into compliance with local housing codes; Identifying and tracking patterns and abuses by landlords, and developing strategies to counter them.
Members of the Class of 2019 who have a desire to serve the local community, help find creative approaches to legal services and a demonstrated commitment to public interest are invited to apply. — The Fellow will gain legal experience and receive supervision and mentoring from LASC attorneys. Training and experience will begin at the commencement of the Fellowship and continue throughout the year. The annual salary is $65,000 and a $6,000 loan repayment is offered as well. Health, vision, and dental insurance are offered as part of the fellowship.