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December 2018 - The Court has one position available for a mediation attorney.

Position Announcement Date Status
Mediation Attorney December 18, 2018 Reviewing applications

Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted.  The deadline to apply is Friday, January 18, 2019.  The starting salary is approximately $79,000, commensurate with experience.

Applications will be accepted in confidence and should be submitted by email only.  This page will be updated on the status of the search.  The next anticipated update will occur when the application review process begins.



Mediation Attorney




The Mediation Attorney facilitates settlement discussions among parties and their counsel in civil, domestic relations, juvenile, and probate appeals.  The Mediation Attorney conducts conference calls and in-person mediation sessions to help the parties achieve a settlement that meets the needs of the participants in that case.  The Mediation Attorney will facilitate negotiations, manage conflict, and promote the parties’ understanding of the legal, practical, personal, and financial ramifications of appellate litigation.  The Mediation Attorney may also assist litigants with procedural matters and draft orders to assist in the settlement.


Position Requirements

  • Juris Doctorate

  • Licensed to practice law in Ohio for at least five years

  • Thorough knowledge of civil litigation, Ohio rules of practice, and Ohio appellate procedure is required

  • Has completed mediation training offered by the Ohio Supreme Court or will attend the next scheduled training, as required by Superintendence Rule 16 and proposed amendments to that Rule

Position Preferences

  • Practice experience in civil, domestic relations, probate, and juvenile cases

  • Appellate court clerking experience

  • Appellate court practice experience

  • Mediation training and experience in handling mediations

  • Experience in mediation as a practitioner

The Mediation Attorney is a full-time position.

Essential Job Functions

The Mediation Attorney must be reliable, detail oriented, self-motivated, and able to work well with a variety of individuals.  Extensive contact with parties, attorneys, judges, and other staff, is required.  The Mediation Attorney will be expected to review new appeals to determine whether the case is appropriate for mediation and to prepare appropriate orders for docket maintenance.

The Mediation Attorney will help parties resolve cases through facilitated negotiations. The Mediation Attorney must conduct independent legal research of the issues before the conference and during the course of negotiations.  The Mediation Attorney will assist counsel and the parties in narrowing the issues through discussions. The Mediation Attorney may need to manage conflict between the parties.

The Mediation Attorney must lead discussions of procedural and substantive legal issues, conduct analyses of an appeal’s settlement value, and explore each party’s interest in settlement to help the parties create and explore options to continued litigation.

The Mediation Attorney will prepare statistical reports concerning the referral and disposition of cases.

The Mediation Attorney will travel to all four counties in the Ninth District to conduct mediation conferences, unless telephone or video conferences are appropriate.

Other Job Duties

The Mediation Attorney will be responsible for handling original actions filed in the Ninth District Court of Appeals.

The Mediation Attorney may be required to draft opinions, legal memos, and train new law clerks, as directed by the court administrator.

The Mediation Attorney may be required to complete other duties as assigned by the court administrator.


To Apply

Interested candidates should apply by emailing a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, and writing sample.  The following information must be included, or its unavailability explained, in the resume or cover letter:


•Professional experience, including mediation experience

•Law school GPA and class rank

•Law review or journal experience

•Moot court experience

•LSAT score

•Undergraduate degree, university attended, honors, GPA

•Date of Ohio admission with license in good standing

•Names and contact information of three professional references

•Extracurricular activities, membership in civic, fraternal, or social organizations

Please send this information via email to

Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted until January 18, 2019.


Questions may be directed to Lori Jones at (330) 643-2259 or