JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: STAFF ATTORNEY – Health Consumer Center

May 2019

Join Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County (NLSLA)’s dynamic Health Consumer Center (HCC), and become part of an energetic team of advocates that provides a wide-range of legal services to expand and protect access to health care.  These services include a combined focus on direct representation of clients, providing clients with timely resolution of their health insurance issues, informing them of how they can self-advocate, and affirmative litigation against government agencies and health insurers, with opportunities to participate in impact litigation casework.

NLSLA is seeking a Staff Attorney for Health Consumer Center (HCC) for its Pacoima office.  The attorney is expected to focus on providing direct representation of clients in Healthcare issues, as well as supporting HCC’s groundbreaking litigation. 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 paralegals and intake screeners who staff the HCC hotline.

Position:  Staff Attorney – Health Consumer Center (HCC) Pacoima, CA

Travel may be required throughout NLS service areas for outreach, trainings, and client meetings.  However, the majority of the time is based in Pacoima.

 

Availability: Open Immediately.

 

 
Compensation: Salary Starting at $60,000 – Salary commensurate with experience.  Excellent Benefits which include:  choice of medical, dental, vision; life and disability insurance plans; 125 plan; 403(b) with employer contribution, student loan reimbursement, bilingual pay supplement, sick and vacation pay, and 13 employer-paid holidays.

 

 
Duties and

Responsibilities:

Direct representation of clients in healthcare related cases. Active participation in HCC’s health consumer hotline provide regular technical assistance for paralegals conducting intakes. Opportunities to have significant contributions to 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.  35 hour workweek, but expectation to work beyond depending on caseload demands and outreach requirements.  
 

 

Minimum

Qualifications:

 

 

California Bar membership and bilingual verbal, reading, and writing skills in a threshold language are preferred.  Highly motivated attorney with a strong interest in litigation, and passionate about 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.

 
  

 

About NLSLA:

 

NLSLA is one of Los Angeles County’s leading public interest law offices 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. The NLSLA staff of 135+, including 65 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.  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 80,000 individuals and families through innovative projects that address the most critical needs of impoverished communities.

 

To apply: Applicants should send a cover letter, resume and a writing sample 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: employment@nlsla.org

   

NLSLA is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from minorities, females, people with disabilities and veterans.

Staff Attorney- Health Consumer Center
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