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Health Staff Attorney

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Health Care and Long-Term Services and Supports
Los Angeles Office, Oakland or Washington DC Office

Justice in Aging seeks an attorney with a commitment to social justice to join our organization. The successful candidate will work closely with our strong, respected, and effective health team to ensure older adults receive the long-term services and supports that they require, with particular focus on older adults of color, women, those with limited English proficiency, and LGBTQ older adults. The attorney will assist in supporting legal services attorneys and aging and disability network professionals 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. This position can be based in any of our three offices – Los Angeles, Oakland or Washington DC.

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 successful, high-impact, strategic advocacy on behalf of the more than 7 million seniors living in poverty in America. The National Center on Law and Elder Rights (NCLER) is a national resource center for the legal services and aging and disability networks, focused on the legal rights of older adults with the greatest social and economic needs. 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.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Questions about the position can be directed to Katrina Cohens, kcohens@justiceinaging.org.

Responsibilities

  • Work with our health and NCLER teams to improve older adults’ access to long-term services and supports, including home and community-based services and nursing facility care.
  • Work with a directing attorney to develop written materials for both educational and advocacy purposes, including alerts, issue briefs, and training materials.
  • Work with a directing attorney to develop training for the legal services, aging and disability networks, and respond to questions and inquiries from persons in those networks.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with members of the legal services, aging and disability networks, including legal services providers, social services providers, state units on aging, area agencies on aging, and others involved in protecting the legal rights of older adults.
  • Work with other Justice in Aging team members to advance organizational objectives.
  • Limited travel will be required.

Requirements

  • A J.D. and current admission to a state bar.
  • Capacity to handle multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.

Desired

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to work as part of a team, build internal and external relationships, and work with partners.
  • Collegial, collaborative approach.
  • Diversity of personal and professional experience.
  • Passion for social justice for low-income older adults and desire to provide assistance to underserved populations.
  • Experience with or interest in partnering with organizations serving diverse populations and/or working with communities of color.
  • Experience with or interest in direct legal services for low-income individuals (including through law school clinics, for example).

Compensation:

Salary for this position will starts at $60,000 and rises based on a fixed salary scale commensurate with experience. Justice in Aging also offers a competitive benefits package, including health, dental and life insurance; flexible reimbursement plan; 403(b) retirement savings plan; paid parental leave, a sabbatical benefit, 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 and how your skill set would be a good fit,
  • 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 regarding systemic injustice and the resulting inequities that often impact women, people of color, people with disabilities, 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 and/or professional experience or background has prepared you to contribute to a work environment with a strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion? Feel free to think broadly about your response to this question, applying various aspects of your life and personal experiences to your response.

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, people with disabilities, the LGBTQ community, and others whose background may contribute to more effective representation of low-income people and underserved communities.

Litigation Attorney

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Oakland or Los Angeles, CA Office

Justice in Aging seeks a litigation attorney with at least five years of experience to join our Oakland or Los Angeles, CA office. The successful candidate will work closely with the Litigation Director and the Litigation Team in developing and pursuing high impact cases that promote and defend the rights of older adults. The litigation attorney will be based in one of our California offices, but work closely with attorneys in all three of our offices (Washington, DC, Oakland and Los Angeles) on issues related to health, economic security, and preserving the social safety net for seniors. This attorney will identify, develop, and litigate impact cases primarily on behalf of older adults in California, and will also contribute to our litigation across the country.

Justice in Aging uses the power of law and our expertise in safety net programs like Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and Supplemental Security Income to fight senior poverty. For more than 40 years we’ve focused on addressing systemic injustice and the resulting inequities that often impact women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and people with limited English proficiency.

We have a rich tradition of successful, high-impact, strategic advocacy on behalf of the more than 7 million seniors living in poverty in America. Our litigation program partners with local advocates and pro bono partners across the country to monitor legal issues that impact our clients and advance systemic litigation to protect their rights. This Litigation Attorney position presents an excellent opportunity to contribute to this impactful work in a time when the challenges to the safety net older adults rely on could not be greater.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Candidate review will begin on October 7, 2019. Questions about the position can be directed to Katrina Cohens at kcohens@justiceinaging.org.

Responsibilities:

  • Handle cases to promote and defend the rights of older adults in federal and state courts, with a focus on litigation impacting older Californians.
  • Develop and prosecute cases, including research, investigations, discovery, motions practice, trials, and appeals. Negotiate possible settlements in lieu of trial where appropriate.
  • Work closely with the Litigation Director and members of the Litigation Team, as well as advocates and pro bono partners in multiple jurisdictions.
  • Work with Justice in Aging attorneys to identify new cases that address systemic inequities based on race, gender, disability, language, immigration status, and LGBTQ identity.
  • As needed, supervise fellows, law clerks, pro bono attorneys, and other staff or consultants.
  • Limited travel will be required.

Requirements:

  • A J.D., with admission in the CA Bar (or admission in another Bar with eligibility for admission in CA).
  • Five to ten years of hands-on litigation experience (may be partially fulfilled with other relevant experience).
  • Strong legal writing, analytical and advocacy skills.

Desired:

  • 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, Medicare, SSI, Social Security, or the Americans with Disabilities Act).
  • Commitment to using the law to address systemic injustice and resulting inequities.
  • Collegial, collaborative approach.
  • Diversity of personal and professional experience.
  • Ability to work independently, meet deadlines, and produce a high quality work product.

Compensation:

Salary for this position starts at $76,500 and rises based on a fixed salary scale commensurate with experience. Justice in Aging also offers a competitive benefits package, including health, dental and life insurance; flexible reimbursement plan; 403(b) retirement savings plan; parental leave, 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 regarding systemic injustice and the resulting inequities that often impact 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, equity and inclusion? Feel free to think broadly about your response to this question, applying various aspects of your life and personal experiences to your response.

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, people with disabilities, the LGBTQ community, and others whose background may contribute to more effective representation of low-income people and underserved communities

Summer and Term-Time Internship and Externship Positions

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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.

The Organization: Justice in Aging is a non-profit organization with a rich tradition of over 47 years of successful, high-impact strategic advocacy on behalf of more than 7 million older adults living in poverty in America. Justice in Aging is the only national aging organization to focus explicitly on issues of senior poverty and, as a part of that work, we recognize how senior poverty is linked to historic and systemic discrimination.

Justice in Aging works primarily in two critical areas: health care and economic security. We focus our work on the needs of older women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and people with limited English proficiency. We strive toward equity for older adults through our work and in our workplace environment, where all staff members are supported and valued.

The Position: Justice in Aging seeks current law students to work with attorneys on multiple projects that integrate Justice in Aging’s core programs. Generally, interns will have the opportunity to author a writing sample, conduct shorter term writing and research projects, participate in intern trainings and events, attend external stakeholder meetings, and have the opportunity to learn more about the legal non-profit world. You could work on policy advocacy or litigation-based projects.

Qualifications: We seek applicants with a strong interest in working for low-income and underserved populations, and strong legal research and writing skills.

Justice in Aging is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to maintaining a diverse staff, and we particularly encourage applications from members of people of color, women, the LGBTQ community, persons with disabilities, and others whose personal experiences may contribute to more effective representation of low-income people and underserved communities.

Application: Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. To apply for a summer 2020 or term-time internship or externship, please send the following materials to Katrina Cohens at kcohens@justiceinaging.org:

  1. Cover letter, indicating which office(s) you are applying for,
  2. A separate statement under one page about an advocacy issue that you are passionate about and why it’s important to you,
  3. Resume,
  4. Writing sample, and
  5. A list of two references.

Racial Justice Fellowship for Summer 2020

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Justice in Aging seeks an outstanding law student for its third annual Racial Justice Fellowship for Summer 2020. The fellow may work in any of our three offices: Washington, DC, Oakland, or Los Angeles, CA. This is a paid fellowship.

The Organization: Justice in Aging is a non-profit organization with a rich tradition of over 47 years of successful, high-impact strategic advocacy on behalf of more than 7 million older adults living in poverty in America. Justice in Aging is the only national aging organization to focus explicitly on issues of senior poverty and, as a part of that work, we recognize how senior poverty is linked to historic and systemic discrimination.

Justice in Aging works primarily in two critical areas: health care and economic security. We focus our work on the needs of older women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and people with limited English proficiency. We strive toward equity for older adults through our work and in our workplace environment, where all staff members are supported and valued.

The Position: Justice in Aging seeks a rising 3L (current 2L) student to work with attorneys on multiple projects that integrate Justice in Aging’s core programs and focus on racial justice. Generally, the fellow will have the opportunity to author a writing sample, conduct shorter term writing and research projects, participate in intern trainings and events, attend external stakeholder meetings, and have the opportunity to learn more about the legal non-profit world. You could work on policy advocacy or litigation-based projects. The fellow will also prepare and present an internal training to the staff on a topic they have researched during the summer.

Justice in Aging will pair the fellow with one attorney as a mentor for the summer. Justice in Aging may also be 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 applicants with a strong interest in working for low-income and underserved populations, and strong legal research and writing skills.

Justice in Aging is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to maintaining a diverse staff, and we particularly encourage applications from members of people of color, women, the LGBTQ community, persons with disabilities, and others whose personal experiences may contribute to more effective representation of low-income people and underserved communities.

Application: Applications are accepted until Friday, October 4 and reviewed on a rolling basis.

To apply for the summer Racial Justice Fellowship, please send  the following materials to Katrina Cohens at kcohens@justiceinaging.org:

  1. Cover letter,
  2. A separate statement under one page about an advocacy issue that you are passionate about and why it’s important to you,
  3. Resume,
  4. Writing sample, and
  5. A list of two references.

In your cover letter, you must discuss your interest in racial justice. Cover letters without this explanation will not be considered. Please also include any scheduling conflicts during the weeks of September 30 and October 7 that may affect your availability for a first-round phone interview.

Colin Alexander Health Law Fellowship for Summer 2020

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Justice in Aging seeks an outstanding law student for its third annual Colin Alexander Health Law Fellowship for Summer 2020. The fellow may work in any of our three offices: Washington, DC, Oakland, or Los Angeles, CA. This is a paid fellowship.

The Organization: Justice in Aging is a non-profit organization with a rich tradition of over 47 years of successful, high-impact strategic advocacy on behalf of more than 7 million older adults living in poverty in America. Justice in Aging is the only national aging organization to focus explicitly on issues of senior poverty and, as a part of that work, we recognize how senior poverty is linked to historic and systemic discrimination.

Justice in Aging works primarily in two critical areas: health care and economic security. We focus our work on the needs of older women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and people with limited English proficiency. We strive toward equity for older adults through our work and in our workplace environment, where all staff members are supported and valued.

The Position: Justice in Aging seeks a rising 3L (current 2L) student to work with attorneys on multiple projects related to the major health care programs that impact older adults. Generally, the fellow will have the opportunity to author a writing sample, conduct shorter term writing and research projects, participate in intern trainings and events, attend external stakeholder meetings, and have the opportunity to learn more about the legal non-profit world. You could work on policy advocacy or litigation-based projects. The fellow will also prepare and present an internal training to the staff on a topic they have researched during the summer.

Justice in Aging will pair the fellow with one attorney as a mentor for the summer. Justice in Aging may also be 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 applicants with a strong interest in working for low-income and underserved populations, and strong legal research and writing skills.

Justice in Aging is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to maintaining a diverse staff, and we particularly encourage applications from members of people of color, women, the LGBTQ community, persons with disabilities, and others whose personal experiences may contribute to more effective representation of low-income people and underserved communities.

Application: Applications are accepted until Friday, October 4 and reviewed on a rolling basis.

To apply for the Colin Alexander Health Law Fellowship, please send the following materials to Katrina Cohens at kcohens@justiceinaging.org:

  1. Cover letter,
  2. A separate statement under one page about an advocacy issue that you are passionate about and why it’s important to you,
  3. Resume,
  4. Writing sample, and
  5. A list of two references.

In your cover letter, you must discuss your interest in health law or health policy. Cover letters without this explanation will not be considered. Please also include any scheduling conflicts during the weeks of September 30 and October 7 that may affect your availability for a first-round phone interview.