Salary: Minimum $71,000.00-$88,000.00 (Commensurate with Experience) and benefits including paid vacation, sick time, life insurance, dental, vision, medical, and retirement 401(k). Employees are not eligible for participation in the OPERS retirement system but do qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness. This is an exempt, at-will position.


  • The Staff Attorney, Juvenile Division, provides diligent and high-quality representation to juveniles accused of felonies and misdemeanors. This includes detention and preliminary hearings, discovery, pretrials, pleas, and all necessary motions, pleading, trials, and other work integral to a juvenile case.
  • Some representation of indigent parent in abuse, neglect, and dependency cases may also be required.
  • The Staff Attorney will conduct investigations and interviews throughout the case and work with social workers, child and parent advocates to understand and address clients’ needs and barriers.
  • The Staff Attorney, Juvenile Division, position will be based in the Summit County Juvenile Court.
  • Occasional Saturday morning arraignments will also be required on a rotating schedule with other staff attorneys.
  • The Staff Attorney, Juvenile Division, requires an ability to adapt to a variety of social circumstances; ability to speak and write effectively; and ability to exercise independent judgment.
  • A Staff Attorney must be available for court at all times their assigned court is open and be available to meet and work outside the typical working hours if necessary.
  • The Staff Attorney may also be assigned as a float attorney to cover multiple courts as part of a team and/or participate in community events and meetings related to the work of the Summit Legal Defender.
  • The Staff Attorney reports to the Director of the Summit Legal Defender, or to the appropriate Managing Attorney, as assigned.
  • The outside practice of law is not permitted.

Experience and Skills

  • Experience in juvenile law, including juvenile delinquency, excellent organizational skills, and a commitment to multi-disciplinary indigent defense is highly preferred.  Licensed to practice law in Ohio in good standing with no disciplinary incidents.
  • Experience in criminal law practice at the misdemeanor or felony level, or equivalent experience in juvenile court.
  • Commitment to client service and communication.
  • Excellent judgement and interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate and work effectively with office personnel, court personnel, prosecutors, law enforcement, probation officers, social workers, and the general public.
  • Licensed to practice law in Ohio in good standing with no disciplinary incidents.

Interested candidates should send the following to

  • a cover letter addressing your interest and/or experience
  • a resume
  • three (3) references
  • a writing sample that reflects your legal research and writing ability.

The Summit Legal Defenders’ mission is to treat every client as an individual, not the sum of their charges. We envision our work within the context of social justice and the opportunity for growth and change. Our attorneys work to offer solutions to problems and navigate the criminal justice system in partnership with the client. Our goal is to provide high-quality legal service to the indigent population of Summit County in a respectful, diligent, and responsive manner.

We are a non-profit agency established in 1974 and our main office is located in downtown Akron, Ohio, led by Director Andrea Whitaker.