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Ohio State law offers several public service fellowships. For more information on public service fellowships, please contact Cybele Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. This fellowship received continuous funding through 2017, allowing this important work to continue.
The William B. Saxbe Fellow at the Ohio Attorney General’s Office works in the Environmental Enforcement Section and participates as counsel before the Ohio Environmental Review Appeals Commission and the Oil and Gas Commission, and works on a variety of cases across all media, including water, air, and solid waste. The Fellow works with various state-level policymakers, EES lawyers, and other environmental issues facing Ohio. The Fellow researches and writes on topics for the agency and participating in the litigation and appellate work of the section. The Saxbe Fellowship has been funded for the past three years.
The Student Legal Services (SLS) organization provides legal representation to students of The Ohio State University. This nonprofit organization provides counsel in civil and criminal legal issues as well as in housing concerns, and has occasionally partnered with Moritz in select representations. The SLS Fellow represents students in criminal cases in Franklin County. This fellowship was funded for two years.
The Franklin County Municipal Court Pro Se Fellow assists litigants who are representing themselves in court navigate the legal system. The Fellow manages the court’s Resource Center, including supervising volunteers and interns and working with the court liaison. This fellowship was established in 2015 and is funded for at least five years.
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/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 OCCH/Legal Aid Society of Columbus TAF fellowship allows the Fellow to assist 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 Ohio Public Defender Wrongful Conviction Project funded a fellow in 2010 and 2011.
The Bankruptcy Court Pro Bono Fellowship was funded in 2011.
The DRO Coyle Family Fellow in Special Education was previously funded for two years.