The Hamilton County Municipal Court Help Center is a collaboration between the Hamilton County Clerk of Courts and the University of Cincinnati College of Law. The Help Center provides self-represented litigants with information and limited legal advice to help them better advocate for themselves in the court system. The Help Center assists with evictions, debt collection lawsuits, landlord/tenant issues, small claims cases and other civil cases in the Municipal Court. The Staff Attorney will provide limited legal advice to Help Center visitors to help them understand court processes, draft written pleadings, prepare for hearings and otherwise resolve their legal issue. The Staff Attorney will also help recruit, train and supervise student interns and attorney volunteers; draft and improve model pleadings and informational guides; assist with outcome tracking; and work to identify solutions to address systemic issues faced by self-represented litigants.
Provide limited legal advice consultations to Help Center visitors to help them understand the law/court processes, draft written pleadings, prepare for hearings and otherwise resolve civil legal issues
Work to continuously improve Help Center assistance to self-represented people
Prepare self-help materials to assist self-represented litigants understand the law, court processes and litigate their cases
Help to recruit, train and supervise student interns and attorney volunteers
Other duties as assigned
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Ability to communicate clearly, patiently and respectfully with visitors who are often in crises, who have had past negative experiences in the courts and who may have limited understanding of the court system
Ability to solve complex and routine problems especially when no apparent solution is in sight
Ability to develop and improve upon current processes, to be innovative and to think long-term while focusing on the day-to-day tasks
Ability to quickly and precisely interpret and apply applicable law to individual situations
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with many interruptions
Ability to work collaboratively as a part of a team
Ability to quickly adapt to new situations, to provide guidance to senior management and to appropriately delegate tasks to others
Ability to work towards long-term goals while managing short-term priorities
Minimum Qualifications Required: J.D. from an accredited United States law school; Active license to practice law in Ohio with admission to the Ohio Bar Association. Preferred: Experience practicing in Municipal Court; a strong commitment to serving underserved and vulnerable people; Spanish language abilities
The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.
As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).
The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / M / F / Veteran / Disabled.
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