Staff Attorney Opening – Whitman-Walker Legal Services (DC) – (2 of 2)

June 4, 2014

STAFF ATTORNEY

Whitman-Walker Legal Services is seeking a full-time staff attorney to counsel and represent patients of our health center, and others in the Washington, DC metropolitan area who are living with HIV or who are members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) community, on a wide range of health-related civil legal issues.  Note that this is a different position from the part-time Discrimination Attorney and full-time Max Robinson Center Attorney positions that we have previously advertised.

About Whitman-Walker and our Legal Services Program.  Whitman-Walker Health is a non- profit community health center serving greater Washington’s diverse urban community, including individuals who face barriers to accessing health care and a special expertise in LGBT and HIV care.

Since 1986, Whitman-Walker’s Legal Services Program has provided pro bono counseling and representation to persons living with HIV, of every sexual orientation and gender, on a variety of civil legal issues related to an HIV diagnosis.  We also provide legal advice and representation to LGBT individuals and families, and Whitman-Walker health care patients, regardless of HIV status, on issues within our areas of expertise.  Our primary areas of practice are: discrimination based on HIV, sexual orientation, or gender identity; Social Security disability, Medicaid, Medicare and other federal, state and local public benefits programs; private health and disability insurance; elder law; immigration; wills, powers of attorney, and advance health care directives; and name and gender marker changes on legal records for transgender persons.  We have two offices: at the Clinic’s Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center, located at 1701 14th Street, NW, and the Max Robinson Center, located at 2301 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, SE, in the District of Columbia.  Our staff attorneys provide direct counseling and representation and also recruit, train, and assist volunteer attorneys, public benefits volunteers, and community partners throughout the Washington region.

Whitman-Walker Health emphasizes holistic care and coordination of legal assistance with a client’s health care needs and is proud to be one of the oldest medical-legal partnerships.  The position offers a unique opportunity to work not only with other lawyers and paralegals in a collegial, committed law office, but also with medical and mental health providers and care coordinators to achieve more effective, longer-term benefits for our clients.

Responsibilities of the Staff Attorney.  The Staff Attorney will be based at our main office in Northwest D.C., but must be available and willing to rotate on an as-needed basis to our satellite office in Southeast D.C., and may also meet with clients in their homes, in hospitals, and long-term care facilities, as needed.  In addition, the Staff Attorney will need to have the flexibility to travel throughout the greater Washington metropolitan area when needed.

The Staff Attorney will be responsible for assisting clients with a range of legal issues.  A strong interest in working with transgender individuals, and addressing the legal issues they face, is a strong plus, as transgender law is one of our fastest-growing practice areas.  The Staff Attorney will also assist clients with a number of public benefits programs, including Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security Retirement and Disability, and health insurance subsidies available through the Affordable Care Act.  Prior experience with these areas of law is not required but would be a plus.

The staff attorney will perform a variety of tasks, including client intake and counseling; investigation and analysis of cases; legal research; direct representation of clients in our practice areas; training and mentoring of volunteer attorneys; oversight and administration of volunteer-staffed legal clinics; public speaking to client and provider groups and other community outreach activities; preparation of training and resource materials for volunteers; and assisting the Legal Services director and managing attorneys with various aspects of program administration.  The job requires the flexibility to work several evenings per month.

Qualifications.  Applicants should have a law degree from an accredited law school, and be admitted to practice in the District of Columbia or eligible for immediate admission to become a member of the DC Bar.  Admission to the Virginia and/or Maryland Bar is a strong plus.

We are not considering any candidates who would need to sit for the Bar exam in July 2014 – applicants must be licensed to practice law in DC or qualified to immediately waive into the DC Bar.

Although we will consider applicants who graduated from law school in May 2013, we are particularly interested in applicants with at least several years of prior experience practicing in relevant areas of law.

Applicants also should have a commitment to working with people living with HIV; persons of diverse sexual orientations, genders, racial and ethnic backgrounds; and indigent and low-income clients.

Hours and salary:  Our standard work week is 37.5 hours, although attorneys frequently work additional hours.  The flexibility to attend meetings and oversee legal service clinics on evenings and weekends is essential.  The salary is up to the mid-$50,000’s, depending on experience.  Whitman-Walker offers an excellent benefits package, including health, dental and vision insurance, life and disability insurance, and a generous 403(B) retirement plan.  This is a union position.

Application.  Interested applicants should submit an electronic resume and cover letter through the Clinic’s web site, <http://www.whitman-walker.org>.  (Click on “About Us” and then on “Career Center”.)  Be sure and apply for the position with Job Code 248.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  EOE/AA.

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