POSITION: Staff Attorney – Health Unit
SUPERVISOR: Supervising Attorney
WAGE RANGE: $70,000.00 to $91,866.11 DOE
JOB CLASSIFICATION: Full-Time, Exempt
LOCATION: Santa Ana
Community legal Aid SoCal is seeking a Staff Attorney with strong commitment to social justice who will work as a member of the Health Unit to address issues of health coverage eligibility and service issues. This full-time exempt position reports to the Supervising Attorney of the Health Unit.
The ideal candidate will have knowledge in health coverage eligibility and health care services involving private and public health insurance programs, experience with, including but not limited to, Medi-Cal, Medicare, Covered CA, Cal MediConnect Plan, Private Health Insurance Plans, Self-Funded Plans, and Managed Care System, and experience working with diverse populations, seniors, and persons with disabilities. The Staff Attorney will work with a multi-cultural perspective of inclusion and diversity, and will have the ability to interact with a wide range of clients utilizing client-centered lawyering and trauma-informed frameworks
- Represent clients, counsel and advise clients in legal matters.
- Maintain detailed and accurate case notes and timekeeping in case management system (LegalServer).
- Interview clients. Effectively and efficiently communicate with clients.
- Engage in case investigation, witness interviews, factual and legal research.
- Research and write pleadings, memoranda, correspondence, and other legal documents.
- Partner with community groups to educate the public about health consumer rights and health care related topics.
- Participate in local and statewide strategy calls and task forces to develop health unit priorities and pursue strategies for eliminating barriers to coverage and access to services.
- Track and Identify trends and engage in systemic advocacy.
- Stay current on health care changes and updates.
- Accurately complete Health Consumer Alliance database coding.
- Maintain compliance with HIPPA rules and regulations.
- Work with community groups, conduct outreach, and provide community education presentations and materials.
- Engage in policy advocacy, coordinate, and collaborate in policy campaigns with partner community-based organizations to improve systemic issues.
- Direct and supervise the legal work of paralegal and law students, interns, and volunteers.
- Perform other duties as required to meet the needs of the organization.
- Juris Doctor degree and an active member in good-standing of the California Bar or member to another state bar and ability to register as a legal services provider.
- Articulate, creative, and passionate advocate with excellent written and oral communication skills, computer skills, and problem-solving skills.
- Strong personal work ethic, initiative, and ability to organize time, manage diverse activities, and meet critical deadlines with minimal supervision.
- Ability to spot legal issues and comfort with providing real-time counsel & advice.
- Strong interpersonal skill, client communication skills and comfort working with indigent clients.
- Strong technical skills; including proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams).
- Great organizational skills with keen attention to detail.
- Must have a valid driver’s license, reliable vehicle, active insurance policy and ability to travel frequently in and around the service area for representation and to engage with clients and community partners.
- Prior legal services advocacy experience – Preferred.
- Bilingual proficiency – Preferred.
What We Offer
Our staff members work 35-hour week, and we offer a flexible and hybrid work schedule. Some positions may work beyond a 35-hour week, including evening and weekend meetings and events, when caseload or other obligations so necessitate. We also offer an outstanding benefit package which includes medical/dental/vision, 401k with employer contribution; life insurance with an optional employee buy-in; and short-term and long-term disability. Our employees have access to paid holidays, vacation, personal time, and sick time on their first day. Employee Assistance Program available. Employees who can prove bilingual proficiency are eligible for a monetary bonus.
The position requires working with individuals during moments of extreme stress and instability. The position also requires the provision of culturally sensitive and empathetic services. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required as a condition of employment before date of hire. Reasonable accommodations will be considered.
About Community Legal Aid
Community Legal Aid SoCal (CLA SoCal) is a diverse non-profit organization dedicated to meeting the legal needs of low-income residents and seniors throughout Orange and Los Angeles Counties. We focus on removing barriers to equitable access and provide compassionate, high-quality legal aid. Employees are offered professional development and growth opportunities, a competitive salary, comprehensive benefits, and a collaborative team spirit.
CLA SoCal is a welcoming, hopeful, anti-racist, anti-sexist, and anti-oppressive organization that celebrates diversity, and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. CLA SoCal seeks to fill all positions with people who share our values, including our organizational commitment to diversity. We strongly encourage all interested individuals to apply including people of different abilities, religions, identities, , orientations, nationalities, and ethnicities.
Community Legal Aid SoCal is an equal opportunity employer.