Staff Attorney, Medical Legal Community Partnership

POSITION: Staff Attorney, Medical Legal Community Partnership 
 
BACKGROUND:  Philadelphia Legal Assistance’s Medical-Legal-Community Partnership (MLCP) integrates legal advocates into public health settings to meet the health-harming legal needs of patients.  Core to the model is the co-location of an inter-professional team of healthcare providers, social workers and legal staff, who collaborate in a hands-on, consistent manner to meet the complex, inter-related needs of underserved populations. Philadelphia Legal Assistance (PLA) and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH) currently operate a Medical-Legal-Community Partnership (MLCP) in order to provide collaborative, free legal assistance to patients on-site at public health centers in Philadelphia.   
 
The MLCP Attorney will operate on-site at two health center sites and collaborate with the healthcare team to address the legal aspects of patients’ medical and social service needs that so often undermine access to care.  The MLCP Attorney will provide generalist legal services, in the areas of Health insurance access and income supports; housing safety and security; utility shutoff prevention; family stability and child welfare issues; domestic violence and other healthharming legal issues.  Although, a significant practice area is public benefits, particularly Medicaid denials and other health-related legal problems. 
 
QUALIFICATIONS:  PLA seeks a candidate for the position of MLCP Attorney with the following qualifications: 
 
 Admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar.  2 + years experience in Benefits and/or Family Law Preferred.  Fluency in Spanish Preferred.  Flexibility to work in multiple physical locations and small spaces  Demonstrated commitment to providing sensitive, respectful, culturally competent, trauma informed appropriate legal aid to patients of diverse backgrounds.  Demonstrated passionate commitment to providing high-quality legal advocacy and representation for low-income, culturally diverse populations.  Demonstrated collaborative approach to legal service delivery, including delivery of legal services in conjunction with other types of professional services.  Very strong communication skills.  Experience with supervising volunteer attorneys, paralegals, and law students.  Experience working in a medical-legal partnership or a similar, inter-professional model.  
 
 
RESPONSIBILITIES:  PLA seeks a candidate for the position of MLCP Attorney, who will assume the following responsibilities:  
 
Provide legal consultation and direct representation to patients referred by health center staff (physicians, nurses, social workers, public benefits counselors, and other staff); 
 
Research rights and available benefits for clients; 
 
Collaborate with Health Center administrators, providers and staff to:  
 
Work toward achieving full integration of legal staff into healthcare team through consistent contact, communication and collaboration to advance patient health, using a team-based approach; 
 
Identify health patterns that warrant policy change and advocate to change to improve the patients’ and community’s health; 
 
Help plan and coordinate trainings for staff on substantive medical-legal issues; and 
 
Participate in all health center staff activities, including staff meetings and retreats. 
 
Supervise volunteer attorneys, paralegals and law student interns as needed; 
 
Engage in systems advocacy efforts with other legal aid and public health organizations;  
 
Track cases through a web-based legal case management system and assure entry of data necessary for program evaluation; and 
 
Communicate and collaborate regularly with the MLCP Supervisor about case acceptance, case strategy and operational and other programmatic issues. 
 
SALARY AND BENEFITS: Salary is commensurate with years of experience based on union scale. Full health coverage. Generous holiday and leave benefits. 
 
APPLICATION PROCESS: Philadelphia Legal Assistance (PLA) is an equal opportunity employer.  PLA does not discriminate in the selection of employees on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, sexual identity, genetics, age, national origin, disability, or veteran status. In addition to federal law requirements, PLA complies with all applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall and transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. Interested applicants should forward a resume and cover letter via electronic mail to work@philalegal.org.  
 
Application deadline is January 31, 2020.  However, the position will remain open until filled and applications will be accepted until that time. 

Job Announcement: 
Deadline: 
December 30, 2019. However, the position will remain open until filled and applications will be accepted until that time.
How To Apply: 

Send resume to: work@philalegal.org