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Health Rights Attorney

Paralegal

 
 
Health Rights Attorney
Public Justice Center
Baltimore, MD
 
April 2018
 
The Public Justice Center seeks a talented and committed attorney to lead its Health & Benefits Rights Project. 
 
The Public Justice Center (“PJC”) is a nonprofit civil legal organization that advocates for social justice, economic opportunity, and race equity. Combining traditional client representation, policy campaign expertise, and community action collaboration, the PJC’s projects are strategically designed to create lasting impact. The PJC uses the full range of lawyering strategies, advocating in the courts, legislatures, and government agencies, in addition to public education and coalition building, to advance its mission of “pursuing systemic change to build a just society.” For more information, visit: www.publicjustice.org
 
The Health & Benefits Project advocates to protect and expand access to sufficient healthcare coverage, needed safety net services, and to appropriate, affordable, effective and culturally competent health care. An explicit goal of the health and benefits project is to promote racial equity by finding strategies that work to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare outcomes and access to safety net services benefits. 
 
Position Description  
The Health & Benefits Project is staffed by an attorney under the supervision of the Legal Director. Due to the unfortunate loss of our health rights attorney last year, the project has been unstaffed since September. The new attorney now has the opportunity and responsibility to reboot the Project, including conducting a scan of health rights advocacy landscape in Maryland; talking with stakeholders, advocacy groups (local, state, and national), state and local government agencies, direct service providers, community groups, and foundations; discerning the current issues, opportunities for meaningful engagement, and gaps in advocacy capacity; and ultimately drawing up a new workplan for the project, identifying the goals and activities that will shape the work.
 
This is a full-time, exempt, professional position, that typically requires at least 40 hours in a work week, including the potential for evening and weekend work. This position requires local travel, typically in the Baltimore City area and Annapolis, and the attorney must have access to reliable transportation.  
 
The attorney will join a vibrant, fast-paced workplace peopled with dedicated advocates committed to real social change.  The successful candidate will be willing to learn and grow, hard working, and comfortable in a collaborative public interest law office environment. 
 
Desired Skills and Experience
  • Maryland bar admission or admission to another state bar and willingness to take the Maryland bar at the next opportunity is required.
  • Legal practice experience.
  • Project, case, or other management experience.
  • Experience with or expertise in poverty law, particularly with respect to health rights law.
  • Legislative advocacy/lobbying, community organizing and education, and/or coalition-building experience.
  • Experience in social justice advocacy and race equity analysis.
  • Knowledge of or lived experience with oppressed communities.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others both in and outside of the PJC, including clients, other advocacy organizations, coalition members, governmental officials, and attorneys. 
  • Excellent legal analytic and strategic skills. 
  • Excellent legal writing and research skills.
  • Strong communication and collaborative skills.
  • Strong work ethic.
  • Excellent time management skills, ability to juggle multiple responsibilities in a timely manner.
Compensation: The current salary range for an attorney with 2-7 years of experience is $59,000 to $69,000.  An excellent cafeteria benefit package is included offering health, dental, life insurance, and retirement options. 
 
Applications: To apply, please submit – by email only -- a cover letter explaining your interest, resume, two writing samples, and the names and telephone numbers of three references. Please send applications to: reynoldsr@publicjustice.org with “Staff Attorney Application from [your name]” in the subject line.  Applications will be considered as they are received and the position may be filled at any time. Applicants are encouraged to apply by May 31, 2018 to be considered.  
 
Physical/Mental Demands and Office Environment
The physical/mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 
 

The Public Justice Center is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that encourages all interested persons to apply regardless of race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or any other category protected by applicable law.

 

Paralegal
Public Justice Center
Baltimore, Maryland
 
May 2018
 
Be a critical member in a team of social justice advocates! The Public Justice Center in Baltimore is seeking a paralegal to take primary responsibility for client intake and referral, litigation support, coordination with community partners, and other administrative and advocacy program support for a nonprofit law office.

The Public Justice Center (“PJC”) and Human Right to Housing Project
The Public Justice Center pursues systemic change to build a just society. Founded in Maryland in 1985, the PJC uses legal advocacy tools to pursue social justice, economic and race equity, and fundamental human rights for people who are struggling to provide for their basic needs. The PJC is a civil legal aid office that provides advice and representation to low-income clients, advocates before legislatures and government agencies, and collaborates with community and advocacy organizations.  www.publicjustice.org.

The Human Right to Housing Project seeks the realization of a human right to housing that is fair, affordable, habitable, and accessible, with security of tenure and cultural adequacy.  Project attorneys and paralegals provide legal services to low-income tenants in eviction and rent escrow cases, collaborate with community organizing partners to build tenant power, and advocate in state and local legislatures and government agencies for tenants’ rights.

Core Duties:
  • Assists attorneys with community outreach and ongoing litigation support including case investigation, researching public records, filing legal pleadings, drafting documents, assisting in document review and document management, and data entry and reporting.
  • Conducts telephone and in-person intake, interviews clients, opens and maintains electronic and paper case files, participates in fact gathering and appropriate referral, brief service, or advocacy.
  • Collaborates with community-based organizations on outreach and grassroots organizing.
  • Provides general administrative and office support for nonprofit law office. Responsible for receiving, handling or assigning, and monitoring all support requests from staff.
  • Assists with special advocacy and research projects on prioritized subjects.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Desired Skills and Experience
The following qualifications are valued for this position. Applicants should also identify other related or supplementary skills and experiences.

  • Bachelor’s Degree or a combination of Associate’s Degree, Paralegal Certificate, and/or demonstrated skills in writing, research, analysis, and communications.
  • Passion for social justice and commitment to the vision of the Public Justice Center.
  • Attention to detail and keen organization skills.
  • Ability to work under deadline and manage multiple tasks.
  • Spanish/English bilingual (or proficiency) in writing and speaking is desired but not required.
  • Experience with our client communities.
  • Ability to understand and sensitively respond to people seeking services in crisis situations.
  • Experience in law office / litigation support.
  • Excellent use of MS Word and Excel; database programs a plus.
  • Strong problem-solving abilities, time management, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with others both in and outside of the PJC, including client, other advocacy organizations, coalitions members, government officials, and attorneys.

Compensation:
Salary range begins at $36,000 and increases with experience, plus $1,000 Spanish language bonus if qualified. A cafeteria benefit package is offered including options for health, dental, disability and life insurance, and retirement plans.

Applications:
Applications should be submitted by May 31, 2018, to be assured of consideration, but applications will be accepted and interviews conducted on a rolling basis until position is filled. To apply, please submit, by email only, a cover letter explaining your interest, resume, one writing sample and the names and telephone numbers of three references. Please send applications to Matt Hill, hillm@publicjustice.org, with “Housing Paralegal applicant” in the subject line. The Public Justice Center is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that encourages all interested persons to apply regardless of race, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability.