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2018 Summer Associate Program (AIR Practice Group)

Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE) and Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc. (LAWO) are currently accepting applications from first and second year law students for 2018 summer law associate positions in their Agricultural Worker and Immigrant Rights Practice Group. The positions are located in the Dayton, Findlay, and Toledo offices.

ABLE and LAWO are affiliated non-profit law firms that offer high-quality legal services in civil matters to low-income individuals and groups in order to achieve self-reliance, equal justice, and economic opportunity. ABLE is an unrestricted legal services program.


The Agricultural Worker and Immigrant Rights Practice Group of ABLE and LAWO offers legal services to thousands of agricultural work throughout Ohio. Many of our clients are traditional migrant farmworkers, including those who pick cucumber-pickles, tomatoes, strawberries, onions, cabbage, and peppers, and those who work in poultry farms and processing plants, dairy farms, canneries, and packing houses.

Many farmworkers encounter legal problems arising from violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, and other federal and state labor protective statutes, as well as problems with immigration, environmental hazards, government benefits, housing, civil rights, ethnic profiling by law enforcement, domestic violence, day care, education, and other issues.

Associates selected for the program assist attorneys and paralegals in representing mostly Spanish-speaking farmworkers. Primary responsibilities include outreach to labor camps, assistance with government benefit programs, investigation, and research. Associates selected must be capable of relating well with clients, assuming responsibility for representing clients under the supervision of an attorney, and being committed to equal justice and legal services for the poor. While highly demanding, work in the program is inspiring and rewarding.

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Applications will be filled on a rolling basis until positions are filled. Applicants should email a cover letter, resume, and list of three references to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Subject: 2018 AIR PG Summer Associate.


Ability to relate well with farmworker clients is essential as is the ability to communicate in Spanish. Students should be prepared to participate in a summer associate orientation in Toledo on May 21, 2018, followed by an intensive migrant farmworker training program later that month. Candidates must demonstrate a commitment to equal justice as well as excellent writing and oral communication skills. Access to an automobile throughout the summer is necessary. Work hours may vary.


Associate positions are unpaid. Applicants are encouraged to seek scholarships or fellowships through their law school, as well as to apply for grants through sources such as the Federal Work-Study Program or Equal Justice Works Summer Corps. Alternatively, applicants may seek credit from their law school externship program. Assistance with parking fees and program related travel is available.

ABLE and LAWO are Equal Opportunity Employers and place a high value on diversity in our workplace, including diversity in race, religion, color, creed, sex, age, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, handicap, genetic information or condition, pregnancy, military status, familial status, political affiliation, citizenship, and veteran status. We strive to create an environment welcoming to all individuals and we encourage applications from individuals traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession. Equal access to our offices is available. Those applicants requiring accommodation for the interview or application process should contact the Recruitment Coordinator at the e-mail address listed above.