Staff Attorney – Medical-Legal Partnership for Immigrants – Health Law Advocates

The Opportunity
Health Law Advocates (HLA) is a dynamic non-profit, public interest law firm whose mission is to provide pro bono legal services to low-income Massachusetts residents having difficulty accessing or paying for health care. Founded in 1996, HLA provides individual representation and advice for more than 700 clients annually. HLA also engages in system-wide litigation, public policy advocacy, and educational programming to advance its goals. For more information visit https://www.healthlawadvocates.org/.

HLA seeks an attorney to develop and spearhead HLA’s new Medical-Legal Partnership for Immigrants (MLPI) in collaboration with other HLA attorneys. The MLPI will provide legal assistance to patients of partner hospitals and community health centers who are low-income immigrants and face barriers to health care and health insurance coverage. The MLPI is a major expansion of HLA’s Immigrant Health Care Initiative to combat mounting federal policies that are threatening low-income immigrant communities and cutting off their access to health care. HLA is launching the MLPI in partnership with The Rian Center which will provide the program’s immigration law services.

The Staff Attorney, MLPI: Responsibilities
Represent/advise low-income immigrant clients facing health care barriers during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, including: challenging unjust denials of enrollment in state health coverage programs and unjust denials of coverage for specific health services by such programs, defending against attempts to collect unaffordable medical bills, and navigating the federal public charge rule. Coordinate legal practice, when needed, with Rian Center attorneys providing immigration law assistance within the MLPI. (40%)

In partnership with other advocacy organizations, advocate for health care policies that benefit low-income immigrant consumers with the Office of Medicaid, Health Connector and other relevant agencies. (20%)

Develop policies, procedures, and written materials in conjunction with clinicians, social workers, and health care administrators to integrate legal services into clinical workflows at community health centers and hospitals. (15%)

Supervise and mentor one legal fellow. (10%)

Conduct outreach to consumers and advocacy groups, as well as occasional legal trainings to cultivate expertise at the intersection of immigration law and public benefits law, a uniquely complicated and underserved area of practice. (6%)

Identify and evaluate technology solutions to increase access by patients in underserved communities to HLA’s MLPI legal resources. (5%)

Possible need to conduct legal research in connection with impact litigation (sporadic). (3%)

Assist with drafting/reviewing grant applications and reports or portions thereof (sporadic). (1%)

The Staff Attorney, MLPI: Qualifications
All HLA employees are expected to have the skills to:
– Work both independently and as an effective team member
– Communicate clearly and professionally
– Maintain confidentiality
– Demonstrate intellectual curiosity and openness, with the desire and ability to listen and learn
– Understand and believe in the mission of the organization
– Embody the values of the organization, including a commitment to decreasing inequity in society

In addition, requirements specific to this position are:
– Commitment to delivering high quality legal services to vulnerable people and communities
– JD, Mass. bar admission
– 3-6 years of experience as a practicing attorney, preferably in legal aid
– Demonstrated ability to supervise and foster growth in junior staff
– Excellent legal research and analysis skills
– Strong capabilities with Microsoft office suite program, e.g. Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint
– Bilingual/bicultural background, including proficiency in Spanish and/or Portuguese, highly desirable
– Preference given to candidates with experience representing clients in cases involving: state and federal health care coverage and consumer protection laws, particularly Medicaid/MassHealth and the Affordable Care Act, and/or immigration law, including assisting clients gain legal status, work authorization, and reuniting families

Benefits
This position includes a robust benefits package including competitive salary (based on experience and other qualifications), comprehensive health insurance and a generous paid leave policy.

To Apply

Go to https://www.healthlawadvocates.org/about/career-opportunities and follow the instructions there.

Applications submitted by any other means will not be considered.

Please include a cover letter. Applications without cover letters will not be considered.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Health Law Advocates is an AA/EO Employer. People of color, LGBTQ identified people, gender nonconforming people, individuals with disabilities, veterans and people who speak a language in addition to English are encouraged to apply.