Medical Legal Community Partnership (MLCP)

Innovations Project Staff Attorney


Founded in 1965, Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County (NLSLA) is a premier public interest law firm in California.  Our advocates—based in offices, courthouses and clinics throughout Los Angeles County—specialize in areas of the law that disproportionately impact the poor, including housing, public benefits and healthcare.  NLSLA is also the lead legal partner in the LA County Department of Mental Health’s (DMH) Innovations Project in the Antelope Valley and Boyle Heights.


NLSLA is seeking a staff attorney to join its Innovations Boyle Heights MLCP team.  The candidate will play a key role in the delivery and coordination of co-located services to vulnerable patients within the Innovations MLCP at NLSLA’s The Wellness Center office. The Wellness Center is located within the Los Angeles County Historic General Hospital and offers community members a one-stop-shop for a wide variety of essential supportive services, including NLSLA’s legal advocacy. The Innovations Project MLCP aims to demonstrate how the close partnership between healthcare, supportive services and legal services providers can improve health outcomes for patients facing poverty, illness, substance use disorders, and other systemic barriers impacting the social determinants of health.






Staff Attorney


Availability: Open Immediately.


Compensation: Starting salary $60,000- Salary commensurate with experience. NLSLA offers a choice of medical and dental plans, life and disability insurance, 125 plan, 403(b) voluntary contribution, sick, vacation and 13 employer – paid holidays and bilingual differential.


Duties and Responsibilities: The staff attorney is expected to develop legal expertise in the substantive legal areas impacting the social determinants of health including: family law, healthcare access, housing, immigration, public benefits, re-entry and more. Under the guidance of the MLCP Supervisor, the staff attorney will:


  • Play a lead role in the ongoing delivery of co-located legal services through the Innovations MLCP at NLSLA’s The Wellness Center office;
  • Provide direct client services, technical assistance to Innovations and The Wellness Center partners, and trainings for patients and Innovations Project team members;
  • Collaborate with Innovations Project and The Wellness Center partners, healthcare providers, and other community organizations through ongoing engagement, clinical case reviews community events, and periodic meetings;
  • Provide substantive legal support to Innovations MLCP paralegals;
  • Serve as an escalation point for service delivery issues arising out of the Innovations MLCP;
  • Participate in reporting efforts to track data and outcomes obtained through the Innovations MLCP;
  • Conduct process, skills, and substantive trainings for Innovations and The Wellness Center partners, patients, and other community members;
  • Maintain an active caseload composed of direct patient referrals and technical assistance requests from Innovations Project partners. Advocacy may include informal, administrative, litigation and/or policy work on a wide variety of substantive legal areas impacting the social determinants of health.


Minimum Qualifications: The ideal candidate will be a skillful, self-motivated, attorney with 3 to 6 years of experience who excels in a fast-paced, dynamic anti-poverty law practice and is capable of fiercely advocating on behalf of NLSLA clients in multiple forums. They will have a demonstrated passion and commitment to public interest law and prior experience serving low-income individuals and client groups, with a sensitivity to those in crisis. Previous experience with the Medical Legal Partnership model is a plus and expertise in one or more of the substantive legal areas impacting the Social Determinants of Health is strongly preferred. Regular travel between NLSLA program offices and DHS clinical sites will be required.


Excellent writing, research, organizational skills and the ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with clients, healthcare providers, community organizations, attorneys, the judiciary and the public are essential. Spanish bilingual skills strongly preferred. California Bar membership is required.


About NLSLA:







Neighborhood Legal Services (NLSLA) has been one of California’s leading public interest law firms for over 50 years.  NLSLA’s team members provide 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.


To apply: Applicants should send a cover letter and resume to:
    Elizabeth Brown, Director of Human Resources

Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County

1102 E. Chevy Chase Drive

Glendale, CA  91205

Fax:  (818) 291-1790 E-mail:


  NLSLA is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment.  All employment decisions at NLSLA are based on organizational needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to age, race, color, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, disability status, family or parental status, or any other status protected by federal and CA state laws. NLSLA will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics.
Innovations Project Staff Attorney