Staff Attorney (Health Consumer Center)
Provide leadership and support in complex state-court cases, including factual investigations and other research; negotiations with opposing counsel; legal writing; motion practice; discovery; and court appearances. Participate in all other aspects of advocacy and litigation including, but not limited to: client relations, administrative hearings, and appellate work in state courts; provide substantive support and legal advice to HCC advocates; assist in outreach and community education to health consumers and community based organizations; provide technical expertise on health care law to a range of community based organizations; and participate in projects involving systemic or policy issues impacting large numbers of low-income health care consumers.
NLSLA is seeking a Staff Attorney for Health Consumer Center (HCC) for its Pacoima or El Monte office. The attorney is expected to focus on supporting HCC’s groundbreaking litigation, including research and writing, discovery, fact investigation, negotiations, and court appearances. In addition, they will develop and maintain expertise on a range of health care access issues affecting low-income individuals including eligibility, access to care, affordability with emphasis on managed care delivery systems issues; manage a caseload of health advocacy cases performing all functions from intake to case management to representation, negotiation, administrative hearings, plan grievances, litigation and systems advocacy; and provide on-going legal research, support and training to health care counselors who staff the HCC hotline.
NLSLA is one of Los Angeles County's leading public interest law firms and has been the primary legal aid program serving the cities of Burbank and Glendale and the San Fernando and Antelope Valleys for more than 50 years and the city of Pasadena and San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys since 2001. NLSLA’s diverse staff of 100+, including 50 lawyers, provides legal assistance to low-income individuals, families and groups in the areas of family law and domestic violence, housing, health care, education, public benefits, economic and job development, immigrant rights, consumer rights and environmental justice. NLSLA values attorney development through mentorship, training, and unique opportunities for exciting and innovative work. The NLSLA headquarters is located in Glendale, CA with branch offices in Pacoima, El Monte and Boyle Heights.
Through a combination of individual representation, high impact litigation, self-help services and public policy advocacy, NLSLA combats the immediate and long-lasting effects of poverty and expands access to health, opportunity and justice in Los Angeles’ diverse neighborhoods. Founded in response to the nation’s War on Poverty, each year NLSLA provides free assistance to more than 100,000 individuals and families through innovative projects that address the most critical needs of impoverished communities.
NLSLA is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from minorities, females, people with disabilities and veterans.
California Bar membership and bilingual verbal, reading, and writing skills in Spanish are preferred. Highly motivated attorney with a strong interest in litigation, and passion for public service work, with sensitivity to those in crisis. 1-3 years’ experience preferred. Excellent writing, speaking and organizational skills and the ability to communicate effectively with clients, community organizations, attorneys, the judiciary and the public as well as capacity to supervise students. Knowledge of the principals and procedures of litigation in state and federal courts, and administrative agencies. Experience advocating for individuals or other advocacy work involving health and public benefits issues preferred. Health expertise preferred. General poverty law background in the areas of housing, immigration, family law, public benefits and the delivery of health care desirable.
Applicants should send a cover letter, resume and a writing sample to:
Yvonne Mariajimenez, Esq -Deputy Director
Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County
1102 E. Chevy Chase Drive, Glendale, CA 91205
Fax: (818) 291-1790 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org