Staff Attorney, Health Justice Alliance - Georgetown University Law Center

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Staff Attorney, Health Justice Alliance - Georgetown University Law Center

Located in a historic neighborhood in the nation's capital, Georgetown offers rigorous academic programs, a global perspective, exciting ways to take advantage of Washington, D.C., and a commitment to social justice. Our community is a tight knit group of remarkable individuals interested in intellectual inquiry and making a difference in the world.


The HJA Attorney for the Perinatal Legal Assistance & Well-being (LAW) Project will join the Health Justice Alliance (HJA), a medical-legal partnership (MLP) between Georgetown Law Center and Georgetown University Medical Center, which includes a range of inter-professional education, service, and research initiatives designed to address health and justice disparities faced by vulnerable communities. The position is being created as part of an expansion by HJA of its MLP work with Women's and Infants' Services (WIS) at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. The HJA Attorney will play a key role in helping design and implement the MLP at WIS during the first 3-6 months and thereafter will be primarily responsible for providing direct legal services to pregnant mothers and newborns, fostering new clinical learning opportunities for law and medical students coordinating training and feedback with healthcare providers, engaging in community outreach and education, and contributing to the data collection and research for the MLP.

    Direct Legal Services
    • Cultivate referrals from healthcare partners and serve as primary point of contact for healthcare partners referring patients to HJA
    • Assess incoming patient referrals and determine appropriate action
    • Conduct legal intakes with patients referred by WIS
    • Provide client-centered, trauma-informed full representation, brief services, and advice to patients in the identified priority areas of law
    • Identify and refer cases to the Law Center's HJA Law Clinic as appropriate
    • Facilitate referrals for patients to other legal and social services providers when unable to take a patient's case
    • Collaborate with healthcare partners to advance client representation

    Training & Education
    • Conduct trainings for WIS healthcare providers, including on the MLP model, types of cases to refer, and areas of law impacting patients
    • Attend local trainings and meetings on emerging legal issues for WIS patient population
    • Conduct know-your-rights trainings for WIS patients
    • Develop expertise in areas of law relevant to patient population
    • Supervise and mentor student research and service projects

    Program Development
    • Build relationships with WIS providers and staff and create buy-in to the MLP model
    • Determine feasibility of different legal services delivery options/models
    • Engage in continuous process improvements for the program and foster new learning opportunities for students
    • Adapt HJA's existing screening, referral and legal services infrastructure for WIS
    • Build relationships with community organizations and other legal services providers that serve or are willing to serve WIS patients

    Data & Case Management
    • Collaborate with Director of Operations to set-up case management system for WIS
    • Maintain up-to-date, detailed electronic and paper case files
    • Record health and legal outcomes of representation
    • Maintain communication with healthcare providers about outcomes of referrals and intakes
    • Report on pilot metrics to WIS and HJA leadership

    Work Interactions

    The HJA Attorney will collaborate closely with HJA's Faculty Director, Director of Operations, and Director of Research and Evaluation to design and build the MLP, as well as with the attorneys in HJA's Cancer LAW Project, who will provide support and assist with direct legal services. The HJA Attorney will report directly to the Faculty Director of the HJA. No direct reports to this position are anticipated. The HJA Attorney will supervise and mentor Georgetown students interested in the MLP model and oversee graduate fellows. Interactions with the HJA Law Clinic as part of efforts to identify legal cases and serve as a consultant for students is also envisioned. The HJA Attorney will have a significant role in ensuring that the program is responsive to the needs of perinatal patients, WIS leadership, and the Director of the Safe Babies Safe Moms Initiative with MedStar Health.

    • JD from an accredited law school; 3-5 years of post-J.D. legal experience providing civil legal services to low-income clients
    • Membership or ability to waive into the District of Columbia Bar
    • The willingness and ability to work collaboratively with doctors, nurses, social workers, and other healthcare providers to address patients' health-harming legal needs and to leverage medical expertise to advance legal advocacy at the individual and community level; a demonstrated commitment to social justice and service to vulnerable clients
    • Interest in contributing to the data and other research focused on measuring the impact of medical-legal partnership on health and legal outcomes
    • Willingness to develop legal expertise as needed, and ability to travel between local clinical sites

    Preferred qualifications
    • Prior MLP experience/Experience building new legal aid programs or expanding existing ones
    • Experience training healthcare providers on areas of law impacting their patients
    • Expertise in one or more of the following areas of law: family law, public benefits, health insurance, consumer debt, employment, housing

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    Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation), disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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    Job No:
    Posted: 1/11/2021
    Application Due: 1/20/2021
    Work Type: Full Time