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Part-Time Staff Attorney or Senior Staff Attorney

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Washington DC, Oakland, or Los Angeles Office

Justice in Aging seeks a part-time attorney with a strong commitment to and experience providing legal services for older adults to join our organization. The successful candidate will strengthen legal services delivery to older Americans as part of the National Center on Law and Elder Rights (NCLER), which Justice in Aging administers under a contract with the Administration for Community Living. The attorney will work closely with the Project Manager, Directing Attorney and the entire NCLER team to provide technical assistance, training, and resource support to legal assistance developers, legal services attorneys, and the aging and disability network. The location for this position is Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, or Oakland, CA. Exceptional candidates in other locations will also be considered.

Justice in Aging uses the power of law and our expertise in safety net programs like Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and SSI to fight senior poverty. Founded as a legal services back-up center in 1972, we have a rich tradition of supporting legal services providers who serve older adults with the greatest social and economic needs. The National Center on Law and Elder Rights (NCLER) is a new national resource center for the legal services and aging and disability networks, focused on the legal rights of older adults. Providing webinars, trainings, written materials, and case consultations, NCLER is a one-stop resource for professionals serving older adults with the greatest economic and social needs. We are seeking an experienced attorney to help us ensure older adults receive the high quality legal services they require to see their doctor, keep a roof over their head, have food on the table, and live safely and in dignity.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Candidate review will begin on November 15, 2017. Questions about the position can be directed to Fay Gordon at fgordon@justiceinaging.org.

Responsibilities

  • Work with the Project Manager and Directing Attorney for NCLER to provide technical assistance and training to states and programs working to improve legal services development.
  • Provide a range of resource support designed to enhance the quality, cost effectiveness, and accessibility of legal assistance and elder rights programs provided to older persons with the greatest social or economic needs.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with members of the legal services, aging and disability networks, including legal assistance developers, legal services providers, state units on aging, area agencies on aging, and others involved in the delivery of legal services to older adults.
  • Develop skills-based training for legal services providers who serve older adults.
  • Develop written materials, including informational alerts, issue briefs, and training materials.
  • Work with the NCLER team to advance other NCLER objectives.
    As needed, supervise other attorneys, pro bono attorneys, fellows and law clerks.
  • Limited travel will be required.

Requirements

  • A J.D., or other advanced degree
  • Experience providing direct legal services to low-income older adults and/or developing legal services delivery systems for older adults;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to work as part of a team, build internal and external relationships, and work with partners.
  • Capacity to handle multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Effective speaking, presentation, and written communication skills.
  • Collegial, collaborative approach.
  • Experience partnering with organizations serving diverse populations and/or working with communities of color.
  • Passion for social justice for low-income older adults and desire to provide assistance to underserved populations.

Desired

  • Experience working with legal assistance development on a statewide level.

Compensation:
Expected salary for this position will range from $45,000 to $55,000 based on a fixed salary scale, for work performed on a half-time basis. 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.

Racial Justice Fellowship for Summer 2018

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Justice in Aging is pleased to announce its first Racial Justice Fellowship for Summer 2018. The fellow may work in any of our three offices in Oakland, Los Angeles, or Washington D.C. This is a paid fellowship.

The Position: Justice in Aging seeks a rising 3L (current 2L) with a passion for public interest law and a commitment to communities of color for a 10-week summer fellowship focused on the intersection of poverty, aging, and racial justice. The fellow will work with staff to identify a project that integrates Justice in Aging’s core programs, health care and economic security, with the fellow’s personal and professional interests.

During the fellowship, the fellow will have the opportunity to author a published writing sample. The fellow will participate in all intern trainings and events, attend external stakeholder meetings and events, and have the opportunity to learn more about the legal non-profit world. The fellow will also prepare and present an internal training to the staff on a topic they have researched during the summer.

The fellow will be an integrated member of the Justice in Aging team and will participate in our substantive team meetings and in our Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Justice in Aging will pair the fellow with at least one attorney as a mentor for the summer. Justice in Aging is also interested in working with the summer fellow to craft a post-graduate fellowship application for Skadden, Equal Justice Works, or the equivalent.

Compensation: The fellow will be provided a $5,000 stipend.

Qualifications: We seek current law school students with a genuine commitment to working on behalf of communities of color, interest in aging issues, high-caliber legal research and writing skills, and the ability to take initiative and work independently. An interest in a public interest career is desirable. Individuals with ties to low-income, racial/ethnic minority communities, and other underserved populations are encouraged to apply.

The Organization: Justice in Aging is a 45-year old non-profit organization with a rich tradition of successful, high-impact strategic advocacy on behalf of more than 6 million seniors living in poverty in America. Justice in Aging works primarily in two areas: health care (including long-term services and supports) and economic security. We use a variety of legal tools to improve access to benefits for seniors, including producing educational materials, participating in administrative and legislative advocacy, litigating on behalf of older adults, and supporting direct legal services providers with complex legal issues.

Justice in Aging is the only aging organization to focus explicitly on issues of senior poverty and, as a part of that work, we recognize that senior poverty is often a result of historic and systemic discrimination based on race and other identities. We work to foster equity for older adults in our core program areas as well as working internally to create an inclusive environment where all staff members are supported and valued.

Application: Applications are accepted until October 9, 2017. First-round phone interviews will be conducted the week of October 9. To apply for the summer Racial Justice Fellowship, please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and a list of three references to Katrina Cohens at kcohens@justiceinaging.org. In your cover letter, please explain how your personal background or experiences, professional or otherwise, have shaped your interest in racial justice and aging issues. Please also include any scheduling conflicts during the week of October 9 that may affect your availability for a first-round phone interview.

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 July 14, 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.