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People Are at the Heart Of All We Do

Work for the Law Firm of Choice

We want to be the law firm of choice for our employees, for our clients, and for those who support our services. We want people to be able to make a career at LAWO, providing and supporting the best legal services possible. To do that, we offer competitive compensation, excellent benefits, and a diverse, supportive, yet challenging law firm environment.

We seek to hire and retain attorneys, paralegals, support staff, and administrative staff who share our passion for advocating for and with people and communities facing challenging life situations. LAWO advocates engage in innovative, creative advocacy. Several of our projects have become models for other programs. We know that our clients need the very best we can offer.

We offer competitive compensation and benefits

  • Competitive compensation for all staff
  • Generous leave time and benefits
  • Opportunities for professional development and leadership
  • Family friendly policies
  • Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) for attorneys - $6000 per year sponsored by The Ohio Access to Justice Foundation. LRAP makes it possible for you to do what you love - when combined with Public Service Loan Forgiveness, your federal loans could be paid off in 10 years.


We stand up for people living in poverty who need legal help to assert or defend their legal rights. Our clients are diverse, and their needs often involve access to basic needs and rights that many of us take for granted. Many are trying to move past barriers caused by inequitable opportunities and poverty. Racial justice legal work has always been at the core of LAWO’s legal work.

We know there is much more to be done, and we're looking to the future by recruiting highly qualified candidates like you. To guide our commitment, our Diversity, Inclusion, and Racial Equity Committee has adopted the following Mission Statement and Vision:

Mission Statement

The Mission of the ABLE and LAWO Diversity, Inclusion, and Racial Equality (D.I.R.E) Committee is to significantly advance diversity, inclusion, and racial equity within our organizations to impact our work with the clients and communities we serve. An imperative goal of this committee is to ensure both firms recruit, hire, retain, mentor, and promote more people of color to leadership positions, with a focus on people of color from groups which have been historically marginalized. Additionally, to consistently apply a race equity lens to all the firms’ departments, vendors, projects, and stakeholders. The committee will help create, implement, measure, and monitor policies and procedures that advance these initiatives. We seek to change the composition of staff and leadership so that they accurately reflect the demographics, values, and lived experiences of the clients and community groups with whom we serve and partner, and by doing so ensure that racial justice is at the heart of the work we do as well as how we approach it.

Vision Statement

We are civil legal aid societies that are comprised of diverse employees who are respected, valued, included, and represented at every level of our organizations. This is an environment where all employees are valued for bringing and infusing their whole authentic selves into their work. We effectuate lasting change in communities and systems as we model true equity reflected by who we are, the work we do, and how we do it.  ABLE and LAWO embrace and implement diversity, inclusion, and racial equity and this creates the greatest impact in our overall organizational Mission and Vision.

Training & Development Opportunities

Our investment in your professional development starts as soon as you begin your career with LAWO. New employees benefit from a wide variety of programs that encompass new attorney orientation, in-house and external training, regular performance feedback, and career development.

Ongoing education and training are critical to our success and a core value at LAWO. The goal of our training program is to assist staff in improving their knowledge and skills, resulting in the provision of higher quality services to clients.

You will do better in Dayton – or Toledo – or anywhere in Western Ohio

Compared to the cost of living in other parts of the country, our employees find that they can afford to buy homes, travel, and live a quality of life they could not afford elsewhere. Check it out here or another cost of living comparison website.

Most of our offices are less than an hour away from a regional or major airport and we are close to bigger cities like Cincinnati, Detroit, and Indianapolis. But beyond these financial and geographic considerations, new attorneys find that they find satisfaction in becoming part of our communities. Many of our staff are active members of the communities where they live, participating in professional organizations, leading local and state bar association committees, founding immigrant-friendly city initiatives, and serving on advisory boards for community-based organizations.

They also are attracted by the ability to achieve justice for their clients in a smaller environment. In the communities LAWO serves, advocates have direct access to key decision-makers and can effectively influence policies and decision-making.

Melissa LaRocco: Pro Bono Director / Managing Attorney, Pro Bono Legal Assistance Project

Melissa LaRocco: Pro Bono Director / Managing Attorney, Pro Bono Legal Assistance Project

"The highlight of my work at the law firm of LAWO is knowing I make a difference in the lives of others and my community. I have chosen to work in legal aid so that I can do my part to help balance out the legal inequalities that exist in the American legal system. My goal is to help impact society in a positive light and give hope to others that there are good attorneys out there that care about their clients and the future of the legal system as a whole. 

I feel I can make a difference by providing clients an avenue to have their voices be heard. I listen to their concerns and work hard to obtain legal decisions and outcomes that will impact their lives both financially and emotionally. I provide support for them at a very difficult time that can sometimes be very overwhelming and confusing." 

Melissa LaRocco 

Pro Bono Director / Managing Attorney

Pro Bono Legal Assistance Project