Staff Attorney for Medical Legal Partnership

Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, Inc., (SMRLS) is seeking to fill a Staff Attorney position in the St. Paul Office of its Metro Region for an established medical legal partnership with Children’s Hospitals and Clinics. The partnership integrates free civil legal services into a health care delivery model. The attorney will handle a variety of poverty law matters. This is a grant-funded position through 2023 and highly anticipated for renewal due to its success.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The Medical Legal Partnership Staff Attorney position will provide legal assistance to eligible clients with health-harming legal issues related to housing, government benefits, family law, problems accessing medical care, and other types of problems. The attorney will provide legal advice and represent clients in contested court and administrative proceedings. Assignments may change over time based upon client and firm needs. The attorney will be the primary point of contact for Children’s Hospitals patients (and/or patient parents) with SMRLS and will be available on-site at the Children’s Hospital St. Paul campus a minimum of 50% of the time. The attorney will attend meetings with Children’s staff and will also provide training to Children’s staff on identifying health-harming legal issues. The attorney will be under supervision of the Medical-Legal Partnership Lead Attorney, located at the SMRLS Metro Office. The attorney will maintain a caseload in compliance with SMRLS’ written practice standards and must comply with SMRLS’ policies, practices, and guiding principles in furtherance of SMRLS’ mission. Community education, outreach, intake responsibilities, and active bar participation are also required activities. The position is funded annually by SMRLS and Children’s Hospitals and Clinics.

QUALIFICATIONS: Must be licensed to practice law in Minnesota or be a candidate for Bar admission. Non-academic experience working in low-income communities, or other activities that demonstrate an interest in working with low-income clients, will be given great weight. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with victims of domestic abuse and persons from different cultural backgrounds is essential. Prior experience working in or familiarity with medical settings will be helpful. Good communication skills; ability to work constructively with others in a team work setting; good judgment; strong organizational capability: ability to learn quickly and to work hard, independently, and under pressure; and ability to handle contested hearings are all required. Fluency in a second language, particularly Spanish or Somali, will be beneficial but is not required. Basic computer competence required.

SALARY: The salary is $53,509+ DOE, pursuant to scale. Excellent benefits provided.

STARTING DATE: As soon as possible after the position is filled.

TO APPLY: Email or mail cover letter and resume with references to:

Suzanne Guertin, Lead Attorney - Healthcare Legal Partnership Team
Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services
55 East Fifth Street, Suite 400
Saint Paul, MN 55101

Email suzanne.guertin@smrls.org

SMRLS IS COMMITTED TO DIVERSITY IN THE WORK PLACE. WOMEN, MINORITIES, AND
PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES ARE ESPECIALLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.

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