Immigration & Public Assistance Attorney & Visiting Assistant Professor of Law

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Immigration & Public Assistance Attorney & Visiting Assistant Professor of LawSchool/Division:Maurice A. Deane School of LawOffice:Hofstra|Northwell Medical-Legal Partnership Full-Time or Part-Time:Part-TimeAbout HofstraHofstra University is a nationally ranked and recognized private university in Hempstead, N.Y. that is the only school to ever host three consecutive presidential debates (2008, 2012 and 2016). At Hofstra, students get the best of both worlds. Our campus is a leafy oasis just a quick train ride away from New York City and all its cultural, recreational and professional opportunities. We offer small classes and personal attention, with the resources, technology and facilities of a large university. Students can choose from more than 160 undergraduate program options and 165 graduate program options in the liberal arts and sciences, education, health professions and human services, the Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs, the Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science, the Frank G. Zarb School of Business, the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, the Maurice A. Deane School of Law, the Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies, and the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. Hofstra University is a dynamic community of more than 11,000 students from around the world who are dedicated to civic engagement, academic excellence and becoming leaders in their communities and their careers.Description:The Hofstra|Northwell Medical Legal Partnership (“MLP”) is a collaboration between Hofstra Law School and Northwell Health. Together, these organizations advance a patient-centric healthcare delivery model that unites its collective medical, legal, social and academic resources for a high-need, under-resourced populations. By embedding legal service providers directly into the Northwell Health medical team at clinics across Nassau and Queens Counties, the MLP seeks to eliminate the structural legal barriers standing in the way of underserved patients receiving timely, effective legal, social, medical and behavioral health care.


This is a part-time position (14 hours per week) reporting to the Legal Director of the MLP. The Immigration & Public Assistance Attorney will join a growing, innovative medical clinic-based practice serving low-income patients-clients (and their families) throughout Eastern Queens and Nassau County.

The Immigration & Public Assistance Attorney will maintain a full caseload of medical-legal partnership client representation in the practice areas described below. In addition, the Attorney will co-teach a “law and medicine together” practicum course for Hofstra Law School students in the fall and spring semesters and handle casework throughout the year. The Attorney is expected to be on-site at three of Northwell Health’s medical clinics in Nassau and Queens Counties for at least 12 hours per week. The Immigration & Public Assistance Attorney’s practice areas will include, but are not limited to, the following:

•Representation of immigrant clients (documented and undocumented), specifically clients seeking:
oSpecial Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) status;
oAsylum/refugee matters;
oDeportation, removal, exclusion or admissibility representation;
oImmigration status adjustments;
oU-visas, t-visas, and family-based immigration matters

•Occasional representation of clients before the Executive Office for Immigration Review, Board of Immigration Appeals, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

•Determination of eligibility and securing Family Assistance, Safety Net Assistance and other emergency or special needs support as well as other benefit programs (e.g., SNAP, Medicaid, Medicare, unemployment insurance, Child Health Plus, or Essential Plan benefits in New York State)

•Occasional representation of clients in Fair Hearings before administrative law judges to appeal or modify benefit decisions;

•Work collaboratively with other medical-legal partnership attorneys as well as Northwell Health physicians, residents, patient navigators and social workers to assure client health, social and legal needs are met;

•Support design and development of training, community outreach, and education materials to clients, medical and legal students, and Northwell Health physicians, residents, faculty and staff;

•Work with Hofstra Law School faculty to conduct policy advocacy, including advocacy before legislative, administrative and judicial bodies to advance the interests of clients;

•Supervise law students who will practice under the supervision of the Immigration Attorney in the MLP clinic practices.
Qualifications:Attorneys admitted to the New York State Bar (required); minimum of 2 years of experience handling a diverse set of immigration and public assistance cases. Spanish language proficiency is required. A demonstrated passion for social justice and commitment to working with under-served clients (and their families) who have complex medical, social and legal needs; enthusiasm for and experience in working across professions to support client needs; excellent analytical, research and writing skills; strong interpersonal, communication, time management and organizational skills; experience with Themis-CLIO or other practice management systems (preferred). We will consider candidates who are new to law school teaching, as well as those who have previous experience as law professors.Application Instructions:For consideration, please send a resume and cover letter to:
Kerlann Flowers, Legal Director and Senior Attorney for the Hofstra Law-Northwell Medical Legal Partnership, at [email protected]

Please include “Immigration & Public Assistance Attorney for the Hofstra Law-Northwell Medical Legal Partnership” in the subject line. Voluntary Self-IdentificationAll applicants are invited to complete the three (3) voluntary self-identification formsDeadline:open until filledDate Posted: 08/30/2019Posting Number: 896876-19




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Posted: 9/5/2019
Application Due: 12/4/2019
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