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Managing Attorney

Location: salinas
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Managing Attorney, Medical Legal Partnership


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

Position Description:

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 fundraising protocols.
  • Maintain statistics and metrics related to MLP impact.
  • Motivate staff/volunteers/interns and board members in accomplishing responsibilities and goals though empowerment and teamwork.


  • 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 legal services.
  • 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.

Community Education

  • 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 clients.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and Spanish.
  • 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 following:
  • Experience working with low-income families and communities.
  • 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 (LRAP).

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 apply.

Keywords: PUBLIC INTEREST CLEARING HOUSE, Salinas , Managing Attorney, Other , salinas, California

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