Managing Attorney, Medical Legal Partnership
WHO WE ARE:
Founded in 1966, CRLAs mission is to fight for justice and
individual rights alongside the most exploited communities of our
society. Through a network of regional offices and cross-cutting
programs, CRLA provides legal services to tens of thousands of
low-income people annually. Our work impacts farmworkers,
individuals with disabilities, immigrant populations, LGBTQ+
communities, women, children, and families in rural areas.
- Position: Medical Legal Partnership Managing Attorney
- Experience: 2+ years active civil legal practice
- Term of Employment: Temporary Long Term (December 2021)
- Other: FLSA Exempt, Non-Union Position
Reporting to the Rural Justice Unit Director, the Managing
Attorney will oversee the day-to-day operations of the Medical
Legal Partnership (MLP). This includes supervising, training and
motivating MLP staff to provide the highest quality legal services.
The Managing Attorney should have a firm grasp of the MLPs priority
legal areas, sound casework supervision skills, and a willingness
to think creatively about strategic legal issues and problems. The
Managing Attorney will work alongside the MLP staff to deepen and
expand the work of the MLP, and in partnership with internal and
external stakeholders will establish a vision and plan for the
future of the MLP.
The MLP is an innovative model where attorneys are out in the
community meeting with clients in a setting that reveals a wide
range of legal issues, including some that may not ordinarily
present themselves in CRLAs field offices. The model lends itself
to attorneys that can work across different legal issue areas,
enjoy working with community partners, and are willing to thinking
outside the box. MLP staff attorneys provide direct legal services,
train health professionals on issue-spotting and triage of the
civil legal needs of their patients and engage in outreach with
social services and other community organizations. MLP staff
attorneys resolve specific problems for individual patients, while
helping healthcare staff navigate system and policy barriers and
transform institutional practices.
- Recruit, train, supervise, support and evaluate program
employees and volunteers/interns.
- Develop and refine MLP workflow, data management, and grant and
- Maintain statistics and metrics related to MLP impact.
- Motivate staff/volunteers/interns and board members in
accomplishing responsibilities and goals though empowerment and
- Coordinate MLP in the provision of legal assistance and support
to the MLP client population and community-based organizations in
CRLAs service areas.
- Provide direct legal services to MLP clients.
- Ensure quality legal services are provided to individuals
served by the MLP, including review/supervision of the work product
of MLP staff relating to all MLP legal services.
- Develop specialized knowledge in a substantive area of poverty
law and act as a resource for other CRLA staff through
participation in CRLA task forces and external working groups.
- Work collaboratively with health care providers to identify and
address the most important individual and systemic problems that
impact their low-income patients.
Organizational Capacity Building
- Build organizational expertise in MLP best practices.
- Work with MLP Team to design, package and deliver training to
CRLA staff regarding social determinants of health and MLP-related
- Support efforts to increase and improve MLP-related services
and training opportunities in the larger legal aid community.
- Seek out legal partners to increase MLP capacity and form
coalitions around priority issues.
- Cultivate key relationships through outreach and collaboration,
and work to increase awareness of the organization.
- Engage with the low-income patient communities to devise and
seek systemic solutions to health care access, and other legal
needs presented by the client population.
- Regularly conduct outreach and develop and provide training to
health care providers and client families on a broad range of legal
issues, including identification of legal needs.
- Engage in media outreach that increases the awareness of
MLP-related legal issues.
Required Education and Experience:
- Admitted to practice law in the State of California or
eligibility and willingness to register as a Registered Legal
Services Attorney within 30 days of hire and to take the next
California Bar Exam.
- Two (2) years minimum experience as licensed attorney
- Demonstrated commitment to working with low-income
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
- Ability to meet deadlines and perform multiple tasks while
maintaining attention to detail.
- Excellent demonstrated people skills and the ability to
maintain positive relations with a diverse population.
Preferred Education and Experience:
- A highly qualified and desirable candidate would also have the
- Experience working with low-income families and
- Experience in a non-profit legal services environment.
This job description is not designed to contain a comprehensive
listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required
for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change
at any time with or without notice.
Based on a competitive public interest salary scale; generous
benefits package includes Medical, Dental, Vision, Disability, Life
Insurance, and 401K retirement plan contribution & Matching.
Fourteen (14) paid Holidays, generous vacation and sick leave
policy, some professional dues paid by CRLA and if qualified
participation in the School Loan Reimbursement Assistance Program
CRLA invites all applicants to include in their cover letter a
statement about how your unique background and/or experiences might
contribute to the diversity, cultural vitality, and perspective of
our staff and legal services practice.
California Rural Legal Assistance thrives on our diversity and
we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed
to building a culturally diverse workplace and strongly encourage
women, persons of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, veterans, persons with
disabilities, and persons from other underrepresented groups to