We’re hiring! The Ohio Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild seeks a field organizer for immediate organizational, infrastructure, and membership building across Ohio.

The Ohio NLG is actively involved in providing legal support, mass defense, education, and training across the state of Ohio in several geographic areas. The field organizer will work with local sections and the State Executive Committee to meet this moment by scaling up, deepening, and systemizing the Guild’s work in Ohio. Our field organizer will undertake the following work:

  • Coaction, one-to-one, and small group meetings with Ohio NLG members and local organizers across Ohio;
  • Workshop and education events facilitation for Ohio NLG members and local organizers;
  •  Building infrastructure and coordination among the State chapter and its local sections;
  • Membership building;
  • State chapter and local section meeting attendance and facilitation;
  • Social media content creation;
  • Media engagement;
  • Assisting with fundraising for long-term chapter growth, with goals to achieve funding for additional field organizer roles, future full-time staff hires, and BIPOC-focused movement lawyer scholarships; and
  • Planning and visioning work for ongoing Chapter growth and strengthening programmatic work.

Topics for workshops, meetings, organizing, and education include but are not limited to anti-racism, mass defense, state repression, and legal support for movements for justice and liberation.

We are looking for someone with a commitment to working with lawyers, law students, legal workers, jail house lawyers, and organizers to support today’s movements for racial, economic, and gender justice.


  • Have a demonstrated interest in the themes and issues underlying the Guild’s work;
  • Be a caring human being;
  • Have strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills;
  • Have strong group facilitation skills;
  • Exercise a self-motivated, problem-solving, and forward-facing mindset;
  • Be detail-oriented, organized, and able to develop, implement, and maintain organizational systems and structures;
  • Be able to prioritize and manage multiple projects;
  • Have experience developing and evaluating workshops, trainings, and event hosting;
  • Have imagination and vision for how the Guild can do better work and grow capacity; and
  • Live in or be able to relocate to Ohio.


  • Have experience in frontline, grassroots, or community organizing and/or working with organizers;
  • Have fundraising experience;
  • Be flexible in changing circumstances and responding to emergencies; and
  • Have tech savvy and social media skills to help maintain Ohio NLG’s website, social media, and more.

This is a contract position with a stipend, to be paid at the hourly rate of $25 per hour over a period of four to twelve weeks until the full stipend amount has been fully spent.

Applications due no later than July 8, 2020. Start date will be as soon as possible. To apply send cover letter and resume to Ohio@NLG.org

We strongly encourage people from marginalized communities and groups to apply, including but not limited to Black people, indigenous people, people of color, queer / LGBT+ people, women and non-binary people, disabled people, people living in poverty, immigrants, and others with lived experience being part of marginalized communities.

“…lawyers, law students, legal workers and jailhouse lawyers…in the service of the people, to the end that human rights shall be regarded as more sacred than property interests.”   

            – Preamble to NLG Constitution

nlgcircleThe NLG is dedicated to the need for basic change in the structure of our political and economic system. We seek to unite the lawyers, law students, legal workers and jailhouse lawyers to function as an effective force in the service of the people, to the end that human rights shall be regarded as more sacred than property interests.

Our aim is to bring together all those who recognize the importance of safeguarding and extending the rights of workers, women, farmers, people with disabilities and people of color, upon whom the welfare of the entire nation depends; who seek actively to eliminate racism; who work to maintain and protect our civil rights and liberties in the face of persistent attacks upon them; and who look upon the law as an instrument for the protection of the people, rather than for their repression.