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Litigation Attorney – Washington, D.C. Office

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Justice in Aging seeks a litigation attorney with five to ten years of experience to join our Washington, D.C. office. The successful candidate will work closely with the Litigation Director and the Litigation Team in developing and pursuing high impact cases that defend the rights of older adults. The litigation attorney will work closely with attorneys in our three offices (Washington, DC, Oakland and Los Angeles) on issues related to health, economic security and preserving the social safety net for seniors.

Justice in Aging (formerly known as the National Senior Citizens Law Center) uses the power of law and our expertise in safety net programs like Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to fight senior poverty. We have a rich tradition of successful, high-impact, strategic advocacy on behalf of the more than 6 million seniors living in poverty in America. Our litigation program has a reputation for successfully using the courts to protect the rights of older adults. We partner with advocates on the ground to monitor legal issues that impact our clients and advance litigation to address problems that arise. In the last decade, Justice in Aging’s litigation team has returned or preserved more than two billion dollars in safety net benefits for seniors and people with disabilities living in poverty. This position presents an excellent opportunity to contribute to this impactful work in a time when the challenges to the safety net seniors rely on could not be greater.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Candidate review will begin on June 26, 2017. Questions about the position can be directed to Regan Bailey at rbailey@justiceinaging.org.

Responsibilities:

The litigation attorney will handle litigation in federal and state courts, with a focus on federal litigation.

The attorney will have responsibility for the development and prosecution of cases, including research, investigation, discovery, motions practice, trial and appeal. In addition, the attorney will participate in negotiating possible settlements in lieu of trial.

The attorney will work closely with the Litigation Director and members of the Litigation Team, as well as partnering advocates in multiple jurisdictions.

The attorney will work with other Justice in Aging team members to advance other Justice in Aging policy objectives.

As needed, the attorney will supervise other attorneys, pro bono attorneys, fellows and law clerks.

Some travel may be required.

Requirements:

  • Juris Doctorate, with admission in the DC Bar (or eligibility for admission).
  • Five to ten years of hands-on litigation experience (may be partially fulfilled with other relevant experience). Experience in the federal bar, in complex system reform litigation and/or a judicial clerkship are highly desirable.
  • Familiarity and passion for civil rights protections and public entitlements applicable to older adults (e.g. Medicaid, Social Security, or the Americans with Disabilities Act).
  • Commitment to advocating on behalf of marginalized communities.
  • Collegial, collaborative approach. Ability to provide technical assistance and legal advice to advocates with competence and generosity of spirit.
  • Strong legal writing, analytical and advocacy skills.
  • Ability to work independently and meet deadlines with a high quality work product.

Compensation:

Salary for this position will range from $75,000 to $94,000, based on a fixed salary scale. Justice in Aging also offers a competitive benefits package, including health, dental and life insurance; flexible reimbursement plan; 403(b) retirement savings plan; and generous vacation policy.

To Apply:

Please submit the following to Katrina Cohens, kcohens@justiceinaging.org: cover letter that describes your interest in this particular position, résumé, one writing sample, and three professional references. In your cover letter, please address the following in order for your application to be considered:

At Justice in Aging we advocate for older adults, particularly those in populations that have traditionally lacked legal protection, such as women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and people with limited English proficiency. To promote social justice and best achieve our mission, Justice in Aging is committed to maintaining a diverse staff and creating an inclusive and respectful workplace in which differences are acknowledged and valued. How do you think your personal or professional experience or background has prepared you to contribute to a work environment with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion?

Justice in Aging is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to maintaining a diverse staff and we particularly encourage applications from members of racial and ethnic minority groups, women, the LGBTQ community, and others whose background may contribute to more effective representation of low-income people and underserved communities.

Post-Graduate Fellowship Opportunity for 2018 Law Graduates Washington, D.C. And California (Los Angeles and Oakland) Offices

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Justice in Aging is a 45-year-old non-profit organization with staff and offices in Oakland and Los Angeles, CA, as well as in Washington, D.C. We have a rich tradition of successful, high-impact, strategic advocacy on behalf of the more than 6 million seniors living in poverty in America. As the safety net upon which seniors rely comes increasingly under attack, Justice in Aging’s fight for the rights of low-income older adults is more important than ever. We seek to sponsor an outstanding legal fellow to help us in that cause. More information is available at www.justiceinaging.org.

The Position:  Justice in Aging seeks to sponsor law student applicants for 2018 Fellowships, including school-based fellowships, the Borchard Foundation Center on Law and Aging Fellowship, the Equal Justice Works Fellowship, the Skadden Fellowship, and others. Work could commence in summer or fall 2018. The location for the Fellow is Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, or Oakland, depending on the fellow’s preference, the subject matter, and Justice in Aging’s needs.

The Project:  Justice in Aging staff will work with the applicant to prepare a fellowship application for a project of the applicant’s choosing, in any area of Justice in Aging’s expertise, including income security advocacy (Social Security and Supplemental Security Income), issues affecting dual eligibles (those on both Medicare and Medicaid), and Medicaid issues around community-based options for long-term care, including assisted living. Justice in Aging attorneys will work very closely with prospective fellowship applicants to develop a fellowship project that meshes Justice in Aging’s priorities with the applicant’s interests and talents. We have hosted Borchard and Skadden fellows in the past, and hope to continue and expand our fellowship program.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate has a genuine and documented commitment to working for poor and underserved populations, high-caliber legal research and writing skills, and the ability to take initiative and work independently.  A commitment to a public interest career is extremely desirable.

Applications:  Please send a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, writing sample, and list of three references to Katrina Cohens, kcohens@justiceinaging.org. In your cover letter, please address the following question:

Justice in Aging advocates for older adults, particularly those in populations that have traditionally lacked legal protection, such as women, people of color, LGBT individuals, and people with limited English proficiency. To promote social justice and best achieve our mission, Justice in Aging is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace in which differences are acknowledged and valued.  How has your personal background or experiences, professional or otherwise, prepared you to contribute to our commitment to social justice and diversity amongst our staff?

Applicants must apply by June 16, 2017.

Summer and Term-Time Internship and Externship Positions

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Internship and Externship positions: Justice in Aging seeks outstanding law students to work with us through summer and term-time internships and externships in each of our three offices, Washington DC, Oakland and Los Angeles CA.  Law students are fully integrated into our health and income security teams and participate actively in our work.

Qualifications: We seek applicants with a genuine and documented commitment to working for poor and underserved populations, interest in aging issues, high-caliber legal research and writing skills, and the ability to take initiative and work independently. A commitment to a public interest career is desirable. Individuals with ties to low-income, racial/ethnic minority communities, and other underserved populations are encouraged to apply.

Applications: Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. To apply for a summer or term-time internship or externship, please send a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, writing sample, and list of three references to Katrina Cohens, kcohens@justiceinaging.org.

Justice in Aging is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of Justice In Aging to seek and employ qualified persons, to provide equal opportunities in all aspects of employment, and to administer all personnel activities in a manner that will not discriminate against any person because of race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other consideration prohibited by law. Justice in Aging particularly encourages applications from members of minority groups, women, and others whose background may contribute to more effective representation of low-income people and underserved communities.