Atlanta Legal Aid Society seeks a Staff Attorney for the Health Law Partnership (“HeLP”). HeLP is a community-based, medical-legal partnership between Georgia State University College of Law, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and the Atlanta Legal Aid Society. The project aims to improve the health and well-being of low-income children, who are patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, by coordinating services to address legal, social and economic conditions threatening their health.
Legal Aid’s component of HeLP provides legal services to low-income families of children in Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s three hospitals: Scottish Rite, Egleston, and Hughes Spalding; children seen in Children’s Clinics and physician offices that are part of the Clinically Integrated Network; and children at the Center for Advanced Pediatrics. Legal Aid attorneys are located at each of the three hospitals, and at the Center for Advanced Pediatrics.
Responsibilities: The Staff Attorney performs client intake, and provides referrals, advice, brief service, or representation in a variety of civil legal matters affecting children’s health including public benefits and health insurance, poor housing conditions, disability rights, access to educational services, and family law. The Staff Attorney also trains and coordinates with doctors, social workers, and other health care professionals; works with students in law, medicine, social work, public health, and bioethics; and participates in task forces and committees of service providers.
Qualifications: A Georgia bar license or eligibility for the next exam, and a minimum of 2 years of relevant legal experience are required. Candidates must possess excellent legal writing and oral advocacy skills; a strong work ethic; the ability to communicate effectively with children, families, doctors, social workers and hospital staff; the ability to work alone and as a team member; eagerness to learn and openness to evaluation; and an appreciation of diversity. A demonstrated commitment to public service, participation in law school clinics, trial advocacy courses, familiarity with areas of poverty law, previous work with low-income persons and/or persons with serious health issues, and knowledge of health law, poverty law and children’s legal issues are preferred. Proficiency in Spanish and willingness to improve language skills is highly valued. The selected candidate will need to comply with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s health screening and immunization requirements.
Salary and Benefits: The salary is $58,000+ depending on experience. The program provides generous fringe benefits, including paid holidays, paid time off including parental leave; health, life, and long and short-term disability insurance; partial payment for dependent health insurance; a salary reduction option for a flexible spending account; educational loan reimbursement up to $600 per month (after a $65 per month deductible and set off of other loan reimbursement amounts); voluntary tax-sheltered annuity with 3% match; Georgia Bar dues and CLE expenses. Legal Aid offers a hybrid work schedule that allows staff to work 2 days remotely subject to management approval and a probationary employment period.
Application Requirements: Submit a letter of interest; resume; writing sample which demonstrates your ability to research and analyze legal issues; official law school transcript (a copy is acceptable pending your order of an official transcript); and the names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses of three professional references as one (1) PDF using our online application system at the following link:
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