Public Service Fellowship Program

Ohio State Moritz College of  Law offers several public service fellowships. For more information on public service fellowships, please contact Cybele Smith at smith.302@osu.edu.

The Reinberger Foundation Fellowship in Prosecution was established in 2012 when The Reinberger Foundation invested in the College’s Fellowship Program in Public Service Law, providing funding for one post-graduate fellowship as a prosecutor and four internships for current students working in prosecutor’s offices. This one-year fellowship has received continued funding, allowing Moritz graduates to begin careers in criminal prosecution and trial practice.

The Greif Fellowship in Juvenile Human Trafficking at the Moritz College of Law is devoted to providing legal representation and advice to child victims of human sex and labor trafficking in Ohio. Established in 2013 with grant funding from the Greif Packaging Charitable Trust, the one-year fellowship provides valuable experience early in an Ohio State law graduate’s career. The fellow is supervised by Professor Kimberly Jordan, Director of the Justice for Children Project, and provides quality representation in a full range of criminal and civil legal matters affecting juvenile human trafficking victims, carrying a caseload of up to 50 youth clients at a time.

The Finn Fellowship in International Law allows a Moritz graduate to spend a year abroad working in international service for a nonprofit organization or other similar entity. The fellowship was established in 2016 and is funded for multiple years. For more information, please click here.

The OCCH Community Properties/Legal Aid Fellowship was established in 2016. The Moritz College of Law and the Legal Aid Society of Columbus (LASC) in conjunction with the Community Properties of Ohio Initiative (CPO Initiative) created the fellowship. The OCCH/LASC Fellow, working under the supervision of attorneys at LASC, helps CPO and CPO-like residents by providing a breadth of legal services by assisting  residents with legal issues that are common barriers to achieving stability and moving forward in their lives. The Fellow provides legal services in civil legal matters to economically disadvantaged persons living at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines in a six county area which includes: Franklin, Madison, Marion, Delaware, Union and Morrow counties. These issues of focus for the Fellow include, but are not limited to: Child support, domestic violence and divorce, expungement, and license reinstatement.

The Tenant Advocacy Project Evictions Fellowship assists low income tenants facing eviction at the onsite Tenant Advocacy Project clinic at the Franklin County Municipal Court. Additionally, the Fellow collaborates with attorney volunteers, works with court personnel, and represents tenant clients at hearings.  Fellow negotiates settlements, drafts agreements, and files motions to help clients get best possible outcomes and hopefully prevent displacement.

 

Previously Funded Fellowships:

The Wrongful Conviction Project Fellow worked with the Ohio Public Defender’s Office to assist clients with innocence claims. While the Fellowship ended in 2011, Moritz continues an internship program with the Wrongful Conviction Project.

The Bankruptcy Court Pro Bono Fellowship was funded in 2011 to allow the Fellow to assist with the Court’s massive case load of bankruptcy cases and assist pro se and other clients through the process.

The Disability Rights Ohio Coyle Family Fellow in Special Education assisted families and students with disabilities to develop educational plans. The DRO Fellowship continues through Disability Rights Ohio.

The William B. Saxbe Fellow at the Ohio Attorney General’s Office worked in the Environmental Enforcement Section and participated as counsel before the Ohio Environmental Review Appeals Commission and the Oil and Gas Commission.

The Student Legal Services (SLS) Fellow provided legal representation to students of The Ohio State University.

The Franklin County Municipal Court Pro Se Fellow assisted litigants who are representing themselves in court navigate the legal system. The Fellow managed the court’s Resource Center, including supervising volunteers and interns and working with the court liaison.