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STAFF ATTORNEY, MEDICAID ADVOCACY 

Legal Council for Health Justice seeks a staff attorney seeks a staff attorney to help lead and shape health law and policy concerning access to health care for seniors under Medicaid and other programs. The attorney will be first be tasked with addressing imminent threats to the Medicaid program that limit the ability of seniors both to age in place and receive home and community-based services. All applicants must demonstrate a commitment to the missions of the Legal Council.

Experience in one or more of the following areas is preferred:

  • Medicaid and other public benefits programs,
  • Access to health care through Medicare and private insurance,
  • Affirmative litigation in federal and state court systems, and
  • Experience with public interest and social advocacy programs.

Relevant experience includes not only professional advocacy on behalf of others, but personal experience with poverty, chronic illness, mental illness, public housing or other issues affecting our client population.

Principal Responsibilities: The staff attorney will focus on issues concerning access to healthcare under Medicaid and other programs. Responsibilities include:

  • Pursuing solutions to obstacles to seniors accessing long-term services in the living arrangement of their choice through litigation and administrative advocacy, among other strategies.
  • Outreach, information gathering, and coordination with other health care advocates in addressing Medicaid issues and other health care challenges for seniors.
  • Identifying, tracking and addressing access to health care issues that arise on ongoing basis.
  • Assisting in grant reporting.

Specific Job Requirements:                  

  • J.D. degree and admission to the Illinois Bar or be eligible for admission through reciprocity.
  • Experience in affirmative litigation.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a dynamic team.
  • Strong organizational skills and adept at managing multiple priorities.
  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest law and social justice advocacy.
  • Fluency in a language in addition to English a plus.

How to Apply: To apply, email a resume, compelling cover letter, writing sample, and three professional references to: Thomas Yates, Executive Director at job@legalcouncil.org.

Legal Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer: People of color, women, persons with disabilities, the elderly, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender, and Veterans are welcomed and strongly encouraged to apply.
Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience and based on LCHJ’s salary scale.

AmeriCorps VISTA, Health and Disability MLP

A VISTA will assist efforts to increase the capacity of Legal Council for Health Justice to remove legal barriers to health for low income patients at the agency’s Medical-Legal Partnerships (MLPs) focused primarily on low-income seniors, adults, and children impacted by asthma, obesity, HIV, and other chronic health conditions. Under the supervision of the VISTA Coordinator, the VISTA will support the MLPs by collecting, organizing, and analyzing project data; coordinating intake and other operational logistics; organizing and preparing on-site trainings for providers and patients in areas of health justice, and planning and initiating volunteer support for the MLPs as approved by our healthcare and human service partners.

To learn more about program benefits, visit the AmeriCorps portal.

Preferred skill areas:

  • Communications
  • Public Health
  • Writing/Editing
  • Team Work

How to Apply: Complete application through the AmeriCorps portal.

Legal Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer: People of color, women, persons with disabilities, the elderly, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender, and Veterans are welcomed and strongly encouraged to apply.

AmeriCorps VISTA, Behavioral Health MLP

A VISTA will assist efforts to increase capacity of Legal Council for Health Justice to remove legal barriers to health for low income patients at the agency’s Medical-Legal Partnerships (MLPs) focused primary on adults and children with behavioral health needs. Under the supervision of the VISTA Coordinator, the VISTA will support the MLPs by collecting, organizing, and analyzing project data; coordinating intake and other operational logistics; organizing and preparing on-site trainings for providers and patients in areas of health justice, and planning and initiating volunteer support for the MLPs as approved by our health and human service partners.

To learn more about program benefits, visit the AmeriCorps portal.

Preferred skill/interest areas:

  • Communications
  • Writing/Editing
  • Team Work
  • Public Health
  • Law
  • Social Service

How to Apply: Complete application through the AmeriCorps portal.

Legal Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer: People of color, women, persons with disabilities, the elderly, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender, and Veterans are welcomed and strongly encouraged to apply.

 

Pro Bono and Volunteer Opportunities
In addition to occasional openings for leadership, staff attorneys, paralegals, and support staff, we regularly offer fellowship, internship, externship, pro bono and other volunteer opportunities that offer a range of ways for you to help advance our mission. We also sponsor several AmeriCorps VISTA positions that offer a stipend, health coverage, and additional benefits in exchange for a year of service with our organization. To learn more about pro bono and volunteer opportunities, contact our program and administrative directors: