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Staff Attorney, Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic

Employer
University of Maryland, Baltimore
Location
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Salary
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Jun 14, 2024


The Clinical Law Program at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law seeks a Staff Attorney (payroll title – Research Assistant) to grow the program’s existing Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP) Clinic. The Staff Attorney position offers a unique opportunity to expand the Clinical Law Program’s interdisciplinary partnerships with healthcare providers, social workers, and community partners to address the health-harming legal needs of vulnerable clients in the Baltimore City area.

The MLP Clinic collaborates with social workers and healthcare providers to address barriers to patient health and well-being in collaboration with social workers and health care providers. The MLP Clinic has long partnered primarily with the THRIVE Program at the University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus to improve legal outcomes and overall health and wellness for low-income patients who would otherwise lack access to legal services. The MLP Clinic provides direct client representation to provide financial, family, personal and other forms of stability to support people living with disabilities. The Staff Attorney will work within the MLP Clinic to represent clients; explore expanding the Clinic’s work to include new community, healthcare, and social work partners, including the infrastructure to formalize our MLP model; and may include assisting clinic faculty in the supervision of law students representing clients.

BENEFITS (Exempt Regular):

UMB offers a comprehensive benefits package that prioritizes wellness, work/life balance, and professional development. This position participates in a retirement program (pension or optional retirement plan/ORP) that must be selected and is effective on your date of hire. Exempt regular staff receive a generous paid leave package that includes over 4 weeks of vacation accrued each year, 16 paid holidays, 3 personal leave, unlimited accrual of sick time, and comprehensive health insurance; professional learning and development programs; tuition remission at any University System of Maryland school; and flexible work schedules and teleworking options (if applicable per job).

UMB is Ranked Among the Best Employers for Diversity by Forbes 2022 & 2023.

Primary duties of the Staff Attorney:

The position will require both legal and programmatic work including:

· Engage in direct client representation in civil legal matters impacting health and well-being at various levels of service including brief advice, client counseling, document preparation, and representation in administrative and/or court proceedings.

· Develop and provide training and resource development for healthcare providers, social workers, Community Health Ambassadors, and other community partners.

· Collaborate with healthcare, university, and existing community partners and develop new partnerships to coordinate necessary resources and services for vulnerable clients in and around Baltimore City.

· Take a leadership role in designing an infrastructure for a sustainable academic medical-legal partnership by researching other academic MLPs, identifying issues and possible protocols to ensure patient and client confidentiality, information sharing between partners, and other operational and legal issues involved in an MLP.

· Assist clinic faculty in the supervision of law student attorneys representing clients in civil legal matters.

· Assist clinic faculty in fulfilling required grant reporting obligations.

· Other duties as required.

Qualifications :

Minimum Qualifications:

· J.D. from an ABA accredited school. Must be admitted to practice law in Maryland and be in good standing.

· Two to five years of relevant legal experience providing civil legal services to low-income clients, some of which can be satisfied by law school clinical or externship experience or relevant paid work during law school.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

· Experience in one or more of the areas of law practiced in the MLP Clinic: public benefits (particularly Social Security Disability/SSI benefits), advance care planning, custody, legal name change, employment or other discrimination, and/or guardianship.
  • Excellent public speaking and writing skills.
  • Strong organizational skills, with the ability to prioritize tasks and attention to detail.
  • Ability to network and support effective partnerships with key groups and individuals.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Interest in public interest law and/or social justice, service to vulnerable clients, and/or supervising and mentoring law students.
  • Commitment to interdisciplinary work and collaborating with professionals from other fields as well as ability to work with a wide range of people, including social workers, healthcare providers, clients with low incomes, community organizations, and law students.
  • Strong client-centered lawyering skills and excellent judgment, including sensitivity to client needs.
  • Ability to travel between local clinical and community partner sites.
  • Willingness to develop legal expertise as needed.
  • Experience in a medical-legal partnership, knowledge of the Baltimore City legal services landscape, experience training providers or partners, grant writing and/or project management/development experience is a plus.
Salary: $77,000- $83,000 depending on experience. This is a full-time, 18-month appointment with the possibility for extension subject to staff attorney performance and continued funding.



To apply: Interested applicants should submit (a) a cover letter, (b) resume, (c) the names and telephone numbers of at least three references by July 7, 2024. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


UMB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law or policy. For assistance related to employment, please contact the Staffing department at HRJobs@umaryland.edu.

If you anticipate needing a reasonable accommodation for a disability under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), during any part of the employment process, please submit a UMB Job Applicant Accommodation Request . You may also contact HRDiversity@umaryland.edu. Please note that only inquiries concerning an ADA request for reasonable accommodation will be responded to from this email address.

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