The University of Cincinnati College of Law (UC-COL) seeks the inaugural Managing Attorney for The Legal Access Project (TLAP).
TLAP is a newly created collaborative venture whose primary mission is to help narrow the justice gap in Southwest Ohio by providing affordable legal representation to people of modest means in Cincinnati and surrounding communities. This program will also prepare recent graduates of UC-COL to: (1) practice law at a high level of quality, efficiency, and effectiveness and (2) operate sustainable solo or small law firms. TLAP is a unique and innovative law firm, one of a handful in the U.S. and the only one of its kind in Ohio; this is also owned and operated by UC-COL.
To launch this path breaking project, UC-COL seeks a Managing Attorney, whose responsibilities will include: (1) building the project from the ground up, in particular, establishing a solid client base (2) operating TLAP, including managing day-to-day administrative matters, TLAP staff, and finances (3) building and maintaining relationships with TLAP staff, clients, the community, law school representatives, TLAP donors, and other TLAP stakeholders and (4) implementing TLAP strategies and achieving its vision, including self-sustainability by its third year.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
Client recruitment and relations, including development of primary practice areas and fee structure
Developing and maintaining client intake procedures, while managing client caseloads
Budgeting and business planning, including periodic reporting to law school representatives
Hiring, developing, coordinating, and managing attorneys, paralegals, and student externs, including recruiting volunteer mentors and supervisors
Developing appropriate systems, policies, and procedures for the efficient operation of TLAP
Managing donor and grantor relations/reporting and assisting with future fundraising, as needed
Collaborating with bar associations, law firms, courts, community organizations, media, and legal community to further the mission of TLAP
Designing and teaching a course on the “Business of Law” to current students of UC-COL, TLAP staff, and others, as appropriate
Identifying and developing opportunities for revenue enhancement, including the organization of continuing legal education seminars and other types of community training and events
JD degree from an ABA-accredited United States school of law with excellent legal research and writing skills.
Active license to practice law in the State of Ohio with admission to the Ohio Bar Association.
Excellent communication, analytical, and interpersonal skills with a commitment to diversity and the ability to work with opposing personalities.
10 years of litigation experience, with some experience in transactional work.
Experience managing lawyers, including training, mentoring, and supervising lawyers with minimal or no experience.
Experience managing a law practice, including responsibility for its operations, community engagement, and overall finances.
Commitment to, and passion for, access to justice initiatives.
Strong connections within the greater Cincinnati legal community.
Ability to work well with others and adapt to an evolving work environment.
Familiarity with use of technology in efficient delivery of legal services.
Prior teaching, mentoring, and fundraising experience.
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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