Staff Attorney (Public Benefits Medical Legal Partnership)
For more than 50 years, Legal Aid Chicago has provided people living in poverty in metropolitan Chicago with comprehensive free legal services to resolve non-criminal issues. Each year Legal Aid Chicago’s full-time attorneys and staff help resolve civil legal problems, including domestic violence, consumer fraud, and unfair evictions. Legal Aid Chicago has developed a ground-breaking medical-legal partnership (MLP) with the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Cook County Health and Hospitals System (CCHHS) to integrate legal, medical, and public health services in Chicago’s most health challenged neighborhoods. This project addresses the social determinants having the greatest negative consequences for patients’ well-being. The successful applicant will be collegial, well-organized, and demonstrate a commitment to working with low-income families.
Responsibilities include, without limitation • Maintain a caseload of individual cases representing clients before the Social Security Administration, Illinois Department of Human Services and in state and federal courts; • Act as a subject matter expert within the Public Benefits Practice Group concerning health harming legal issues affecting our patient/client population • Engage in advocacy designed to have a lasting, measureable effect on our client community; • Engage in community outreach, and support legal training and provider education for our health partners • Maintain case files and timekeeping in electronic case management system; • Work with External Relations to administer grants that support the work of the MLPs t and Public Benefits Practice Group
Qualifications: Applicants must have a J.D. degree, be a member of the Illinois bar, be proficient in Spanish, and have a driver’s license.
Send a cover letter, resume, and the contact information for two professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please type “PBPG MLP Staff Attorney” in the email subject line. This deadline to apply for this position is May 1, 2020. Legal Aid Chicago is firmly committed to creating a diverse workplace and is proud to provide equal employment opportunities to all applicants and therefore does not discriminate on the basis of creed, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age religion, marital or parental status, alienage, disability, political affiliation or belief, military or military discharge status, or ex-offender status. Applicants who have experiences with our client communities are encouraged to apply.