Community Economic DevelopmentADVOCATES FOR BASIC EQUALITY
Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE), a non-profit regional law firm that provides high-quality legal assistance to people living, working, and raising their families in poverty in Western Ohio, seeks a dynamic, creative, hardworking attorney for its Toledo office. This position will be made available through the Joseph R. Tafelski Fellowship in Housing and Community Economic Development, which honors Joseph R. Tafelski's extraordinary 45-year career in public interest law. The term of service will begin in August 2019, with possible renewal.
Able Services Our Mission: Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE) is a non-profit regional law firm that provides high quality legal assistance in civil matters to help eligible low-income individuals and groups in western Ohio achieve self reliance, and equal justice and economic opportunity. Using both litigation and advocacy, ABLE handles civil (non-criminal) legal matters that promote systemic change on behalf of individuals and groups of low-income people in the areas of civil rights and poverty law. Much of our work seeks to change policy, laws, and regulations at local and state levels. ABLE programs and advocates provide specialized legal assistance, including representation on behalf of those who are discriminated against, advocacy for the disabled, advocacy for nursing home and long-term care facility residents, litigation in public policy cases, and outreach and education to low-income people and community organizations serving the poor or areas that coincide with the law firms legal priorities. ABLE serves 32 counties of western Ohio from its offices in Dayton, Defiance, and Toledo. Attorneys and advocate staff work with legal problems that affect large groups of low-income people. Successful case outcomes bring about permanent changes in services, systems and institutions that ultimately benefit hundreds or even thousands of individuals and families.