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Staff Attorney - Veterans Medical-Legal Partnership | South Puget Sound

The Northwest Justice Project (NJP) is a not-for-profit law firm whose mission is to combat injustice, strengthen communities and promote human dignity through high quality legal representation, community partnerships, education and other advocacy to mitigate systemic barriers to opportunity experienced by our client communities. NJP seeks applications from qualified attorneys to implement a Veterans Medical-Legal Partnership (V-MLP) to engage with health care providers serving veterans to improve health outcomes by addressing the legal needs of low-income Veterans in Washington. This is currently a one-year grant-based position and continued employment is subject to continue funding.
 
The V-MLP Attorney will work together with NJP’s existing MLP and Veterans Project staff to develop partnerships and address the range of legal needs experienced by Veterans identified through collaborative efforts of Veteran Administration and other community health care providers focused on the health care needs of low-income Veterans in the south Puget Sound Region (Pierce, Thurston, and/or Kitsap Counties).  While the attorney will work across legal and practice disciplines, priority areas of legal practice will include access to Veteran’s health and other benefits, other public benefits, housing, and disability rights.  Location of this position is anticipated to be in NJP’s Tacoma office, however, Olympia is also under consideration.  
 
Demonstrated experience working with Veteran communities and experience with community based outreach and advocacy efforts are important qualifications for this position. Applicants must be culturally competent and able to work effectively with low-income and diverse communities. Washington State Bar membership in good standing or ability become a member through reciprocity or by taking the next available WSBA bar exam is required.    
 
JOB DUTIES: 
 
The attorney will undertake a range of duties including, but not limited to:
  • Work collaboratively with health care providers to establish V-MLP arrangements and identify the most important legal problems experienced by Veterans. 
  • Conduct outreach and provide training to health care providers and client organizations on a broad range of legal issues, including identification of legal needs. 
  • Engage with the low-income Veteran communities and their supporters to devise and seek systemic solutions to health care access, housing, and other legal needs presented by the target client population.
  • Provide representation to access Veteran health and other benefits, other public benefits, housing, and enforce rights of disabled veterans.
  • Develop collaborative working relationships with a network of advocates addressing similar and related issues through advocacy task forces or work groups to address systemic issues that arise for Veteran and their allied families and communities. 
  • Produce legal brochures and materials to assist Veterans to address day-to-day legal needs. 
  • Utilize NJP’s case management/timekeeping systems and comply with all applicable regulatory requirements and reporting needs. 
  • Support the work of NJP partners including the volunteer lawyers, private attorneys, other legal aid providers and interested parties and organizations addressing the legal needs of low-income Veterans on matters related to their health care and other legal needs.
  • Work with MLP partners to prepare reports of activities as needed to meet grant reporting requirements.
NJP has an organizational commitment to fight racism and to incorporate equity and inclusion in both the work we do and work environment we create.  All staff are expected to uphold this commitment and approach their role with a desire to learn and grow in this area.
 
COMPENSATION:  
Starting salary is based upon years of experience, beginning at $61,933 annually.   We offer a comprehensive benefits package which includes 100% paid employee health premiums and significant premium shares for family health premiums, as well as generous time off.
 
TO APPLY:  Submit a letter of interest, current resume and writing sample to Karen Holland at karenh@nwjustice.org. Cover letter and email subject line should clearly reference “Attorney–Medical-Legal Partnership Veterans”.   Cover letter should include description of any past experience, personal or professional, with low income or other marginalized communities.  The Northwest Justice Project is especially interested in qualified candidates whose professional, personal and/or service experience allow them to contribute to and support the legal aid community’s commitment to race equity.  Closing date for applications:  January 31, 2019.
 
NJP is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and fosters an environment free of barriers and discriminatory practices. NJP actively promotes mutual respect, acceptance, teamwork and productivity. NJP is committed to maintaining an organization whose staff, Board and clients are diverse in background, experience, race, color, national origin, gender, age, religious reference, marital status, sexual orientation, sensory, mental or physical abilities, veteran status, and other qualities that strengthen the program while reinforcing its commitment to basic fairness. People of color, people who identify as transgender, lesbian, gay, or bisexual, and those with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Individuals needing a reasonable accommodation for the application or interview process or for more information about the project should contact Karen Holland at (206) 707-0802.