Director of Advocacy

09 Jan, 2022


Director of Advocacy

Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc. (LAWO)
Dayton, OH

Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc. (LAWO) seeks a creative, energetic, and outstanding leader to serve as its Director of Advocacy. This is an exciting leadership opportunity for an experienced attorney and effective advocate committed to equal justice.

LAWO is a non-profit law firm that provides high quality legal assistance in civil matters to individuals and communities living in poverty in 32 counties in Western Ohio and to agricultural workers throughout Ohio. LAWO seeks to use broad-based advocacy efforts to address critical client needs and achieve long-standing legal impact. The Director of Advocacy will lead a team of 34 attorneys to implement strategic advocacy initiatives in the areas of education, housing and community development, government benefits and health care, access to justice, and the rights of agricultural workers, domestic violence survivors, older adults, and human trafficking victims.

LAWO receives funds from the Legal Services Corporation and many other funders. We work in close collaboration with Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, a non-LSC funded, non-profit law firm. The Director of Advocacy will have major managerial responsibilities within the firm and will also lead collaborative efforts with ABLE and with other organizations and partners working with our client communities.

A successful candidate must be a member of the Ohio Bar or be able to obtain admission upon motion or temporary certification, have at least seven years of litigation and trial experience, possess excellent legal, administrative and communication skills, and work well in a collaborative environment. The candidate must demonstrate a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, racial equity, and justice for disadvantaged individuals and communities. Experience in legal services, federal litigation, diversity and inclusion initiatives, and working with community groups is highly preferred. LAWO’s main office is in Toledo but we will consider applicants who live or will relocate anywhere within our service area.

The salary range for the Director of Advocacy is $80,000 to $120,000 DOE and the position offers comprehensive fringe benefits.

To Apply: Please visit to submit your application with a resume, cover letter, references, and writing sample by February 11, 2022. Position will remain open until filled.

LAWO 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. Applicants requiring accommodation for the interview/application process should contact the recruitment coordinator at

Job posted: 2022-01-09