Staff Attorney – Health Justice

September 21, 2022

Health Justice, News

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI), a community-driven civil rights organization, seeks a Staff Attorney in our Health Justice program.

About the Health Justice Program

The Health Justice (HJ) program brings a racial justice and immigrant rights focus to healthcare advocacy in New York City and State. In partnership with individuals and community-based organizations, we use a wide range of advocacy tools – including community organizing, coalition-building, individual representation, impact litigation, and legislative advocacy – to advance four broad goals: (1) combat the human rights crisis in immigration detention; (2) promote immigrant access to healthcare; (3) eliminate racial and ethnic discrimination and systemic and institutional barriers that limit New Yorkers access to healthcare; and (4) address the social determinants of health so that all New Yorkers can live a healthy life. Current campaigns focus on advancing the rights of people confined to immigration detention, including the right to access necessary care, and advocating for their release; providing immigration representation and health advocacy for undocumented and uninsured immigrants with serious health conditions; providing immigration representation and health advocacy for undocumented immigrants who identify as transgender, gender-nonconforming, or intersex; improving access to medical care for people with disabilities; and addressing social determinants of health, including outreach and education on health-related matters.

 

About the Role

The Staff Attorney will join NYLPI’s multidisciplinary practice, working with other attorneys, community organizers, and communications and lobbying experts to engage in litigation, policy and administrative analysis, advocacy, as well as community organizing and outreach, coalition-building, and media work to further health justice goals. The Staff Attorney will have the opportunity to identify and propose new campaigns, litigation, and legal advocacy.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

Required

  • Attorney in good standing, licensed to practice law in the State of New York or eligible for admission to the New York Bar at the time of hiring.
  • Previous civil-rights litigation experience (preferably federal court experience) including writing pleadings and briefs, conducting discovery and other motion practice and handling hearings and trials.
  • Demonstrated commitment to community lawyering and experience in health justice, racial justice, and/or immigrant rights.
  • Excellent writing, analytic, interpersonal, and public speaking skills.
  • Ability to relate to and communicate effectively with a diverse group of clients, community partners, and staff, as well as nonprofit, government, judicial, and business communities.
  • Excellent strategic judgment and the drive to originate and effectuate challenging campaigns.

Preferred

  • Experience in city, state and/or federal policy change campaigns.
  • Fluency in a second language preferred, fluency in Spanish strongly preferred.
  • Experience in and/or basic knowledge of immigration law or systems.
  • Experience working with the LGBTQIA+ community.
  • Experience working in coalitions of community-based and advocacy organization.

 

About NYLPI

For more than 40 years, NYLPI has been a leading civil rights advocate partnering with communities fighting a legacy of marginalization based on race, immigration status, poverty, neighborhood pollution, and disabilities. NYLPI pioneered the practice of community lawyering in the five boroughs of New York City. These communities shape our priorities, and their struggles for justice demand innovative solutions. Our interdisciplinary teams of advocates use every tool available – community organizing, impact litigation and individual representation, policy advocacy, media, pro bono partnerships, and public education – to solve seemingly intractable problems, develop leaders, and build collective power to achieve justice. We strive to secure environmental justice for disadvantaged communities, create equal access to health care, achieve equality of opportunity and self-determination for people with disabilities, ensure immigrant opportunity, and strengthen local nonprofits. To learn more about NYLPI, visit www.nylpi.org

NYLPI offers a competitive salary based on years of relevant experience. A person in this role with three to six years of experience would earn $83,500 to $91,500. NYLPI offers comprehensive employer-paid benefits, including health insurance, short- and long-term disability and life insurance, an outstanding retirement savings plan, fifteen (15) days of vacation during the first year of employment, and a holiday swapping policy to allow for the observation of holidays of your choice.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, with interviews starting as early as July 11. Please email applications to [email protected] with the subject line “Attention: Health Justice Staff Attorney Position.” Applications must include:

  1. Detailed cover letter explaining how you learned of this position, your interest, passion, and experience, with a specific answer to the following required question: How have your background or experiences, professional or otherwise, prepared you to contribute to our commitment to cultural competency and diversity, equity, and inclusion? Feel free to think broadly about your response to this question, applying various aspects of your life and personal experiences. Please also reference in your cover letter where you saw this posting.
  2. Resume
  3. Legal writing sample

We strongly encourage candidates fluent in multiple languages and candidates from historically oppressed groups to apply. We are committed to advancing social justice and civil rights in our advocacy, and we value the dynamism and perspective that staff diversity, equity, and inclusion bring to the work and culture of our organization. We strive to promote behaviors, attitudes and policies that enable us to work inclusively and effectively in cross-cultural situations with clients, co-workers, and community partners. We actively recruit and seek to grow and maintain a staff that is diverse along many axes, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, national origin, disability, socioeconomic background, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

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