Supervising Attorney, Healthy Together (Medical-Legal Partnership)

$71,000 - $85,600 yearly
  • Children's Law Center
  • Dec 06, 2021
Full time Legal Nonprofit-Social Services

Job Description

Who We Are

Children's Law Center fights so every child in DC can grow up with a stable family, good health, and a quality education.  At Children’s Law Center, everything we do is focused on one thing – delivering better client outcomes for kids and families in DC. Our staff are empowered to open minds, shape decisions, and offer solutions. We encourage intellectual curiosity, innovation, diversity, and mutual respect. 

Our greatest assets are our people. We strive to attract and cultivate a vibrant, creative, and diverse community.  We recognize that people with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives fuel our ability to provide the best outcomes for our clients. Our staff drive Children’s Law Center’s mission with their leadership, result-orientated mindset, and commitment to cultural humility and centering the needs of our clients.   We are looking for an individual who enjoys working in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment, likes to be challenged, and values the opportunity to make a difference. 

Children Law Center’s success depends on recruiting and retaining individuals who possess and value these attributes. 

Children’s Law Center’s Healthy Together program is a medical-legal partnership for DC’s children. Children’s Law Center partners with Children’s National Hospital, Mary’s Center and Unity Health Care to provide legal services to children and families who have health-harming legal needs.   Through the partnership, Healthy Together advocates for landlords to fix housing conditions that harm a child’s health, ensures school systems provide appropriate educational programs to students with disabilities, and holds government agencies and health insurance providers accountable for providing medically-necessary services to children.   By focusing on social determinants of health and working side-by-side with the community, Healthy Together reduces the health inequities and racial disparities that many of our client families face.

Children’s Law Center is currently operating remotely. This position will work from a remote location until the organization returns to the office. All Children’s Law Center staff are expected to have a permanent address in the D.C. area during remote work. 

At Children’s Law Center, we prioritize the health and wellbeing of our clients, employees, and their families and friends. All employees must be fully vaccinated and provide proof thereof as a condition of employment, unless the employee is approved for an exemption as an accommodation due to a disability or a sincerely-held religious belief.

Job Summary

This position is part of our Healthy Together Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP). Attorneys in Healthy Together provide legal assistance to parents and caregivers with limited financial resources where legal solutions are required to address children’s health problems.  Healthy Together Staff Attorneys also perform community and medical partner outreach activities.

The supervising attorney serves as the primary supervisor for Healthy Together attorneys and is responsible for the training, supervision, professional development, and evaluation of supervisees.  The supervising attorney is responsible for ensuring that their supervisees provide high quality representation on behalf of client families referred to CLC to address health-harming legal needs, such as housing conditions, special education, access to health care (Medicaid-related matters), public benefits, guardianship of incapacitated adults and other substantive legal areas.  Supervision tasks include being regularly available to supervisees, attending hearings, reviewing pleadings and other written material, actively participating in litigation preparation, providing guidance and feedback on informal advocacy, providing consistent and timely feedback on performance, and ensuring compliance with program and organizational policies.  The supervising attorney will meet regularly with their supervisor to review case issues and trends, spot supervision and mentoring issues, assess plans for assisting in the professional development of their supervisees, and assist with innovation and evaluation efforts.  In addition to supervising staff attorneys, the supervisor will maintain a partial caseload, provide brief advice and services, develop and conduct trainings for community stakeholders and medical partners, mentor and train volunteer pro bono attorneys, and lead specific projects as delegated by the Healthy Together Director or Legal Director.

The supervising attorney reports to the Healthy Together Program Director or Senior Supervising Attorney.  

Duties/Responsibilities

Supervision: Advocacy and Litigation

  • Accompany supervisees to court appearances, administrative hearings, and other advocacy events as needed depending on experience of supervisee.
  • Review all written pleadings, demand letters, and advocacy correspondence with opposing parties as needed depending on experience of supervisee.
  • Support development of trial and advocacy skills of supervisee by providing feedback on court and hearing appearances as well as written material, including trial preparation and litigation plans.
  • Provide guidance and feedback on informal advocacy.

Supervision: CLC Policy and Protocol Adherence

  • Ensure compliance with applicable policies and protocols, including case planning notes, case management protocols, timekeeping policy, client visitation and contact protocol, and supervision standards.

Supervision: High Quality Supervision Meetings

  • Conduct regular meetings with their supervisees to brainstorm case strategies, ensure quality of representation, and provide professional development for supervisees.
  • Ensure attorneys are spotting and referring cases to the Appellate Team in accordance with the Targeted Appellate Strategy Issue List.
  • Meet regularly with the Healthy Together Director or Senior Supervising Attorney to discuss issues and develop strategies for their cases and those of their supervisees, discuss systemic issues in cases on the team, review supervising tasks and techniques, and assess and plan for professional development and performance.

Supervision: Professional Development

  • Set annual goals, participate in quarterly goals reviews, and exchange positive and constructive feedback to assist in staff development. 
  • Identify supervisees’ strengths and provide support and direction around professional development.
  • Identify supervisees’ challenges and formulate plans, timelines, and measures of success to address them.
  • Regularly address supervisee performance and planning in supervision with the Healthy Together Director.

Supervision: Personnel Management

  • Interview, hire, and train new staff.
  • Provide constructive and timely performance evaluations.
  • Handle discipline and termination of employees in accordance with company policy.

Supervision: Program Activities

  • Attend regular Healthy Together Program team meetings and Healthy Together Supervisor Meetings.
  • Take a leadership role in program activities as assigned, including trainings and materials.

Medical Partner Relationship-Building, Site Management and Community Outreach

  • Lead and support supervisees in efforts to nurture and build relationships with Children’s National, Mary’s Center, and/or Unity to expand impact and increase effectiveness of Healthy Together.
  • Provide and supervise consultation, training and technical assistance to healthcare partners in legal needs screening and substantive legal areas.        
  • Lead, conduct and provide supervisees with support to create and conduct trainings and outreach geared to caregivers and patient families in client advocacy support and specific legal areas related to children’s health outcomes.
  • Develop, provide input on, and implement medical-legal partnership processes with a focus on any clinic location where supervisees are located. 

Case Handling

  • Maintain a caseload of approximately five to fifteen cases, providing high-quality direct legal representation in MLP health-harming legal needs matters.
  • Support and handle program intakes as assigned, including provision of brief advice, brief service, and referrals.
  • Ensure timely and accurate input of case and intake information into case management system and adhere to applicable policies and protocols, including but not limited to case planning, intake and case-handling timelines, and case notes/timekeeping policies.

Volunteer Pro Bono Support

  • Mentor external pro bono volunteer attorneys handling special education and/or housing conditions cases.
  • Develop and conduct pro bono trainings as assigned.
  • Provide mentor guidance and training to other CLC pro bono mentors.

Systemic Work

  • Provide support to CLC’s Policy Team in areas of expertise to address the systemic needs of CLC’s clients.
  • Participate on court or other external committees as needed and requested by the Healthy Together Director.
  • Work with other legal service providers and other members of the special education and health advocacy communities to address issues relating to practice, collaboration and systemic improvements.

Skills/Abilities

  • A demonstrated commitment to social, economic, and racial justice.
  • A combination of strong legal skills and knowledge, self-reflection, cultural humility, and leadership skills.
  • Strong litigation, legal analysis, research, writing, and oral advocacy skills.
  • Strong organizational, analytic, oral and written communication, and teaching skills.
  • Supervisory and/or mentoring experience (strongly preferred, but not required).
  • Demonstrated capacity to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, and relationship-building skills.
  • Intellectual aptitude and curiosity.
  • Bilingual English/Spanish a plus.

Education and Experience

  • JD and DC Bar membership or immediate eligibility to waive in.
  • Substantial experience (at least two years) in or with legal services, preferably with a background in community lawyering, special education, child welfare and/or other legal services matters.
  • Prior litigation experience.
  • 1-2 years’ experience supervising attorneys preferred. Supervising experience can include formal and informal supervision and/or formal mentoring.

Salary and Benefits

The salary for this position ranges from $71,000 to $85,600 annually based on relevant experience.  Children’s Law Center offers a generous benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, and short- and long-term disability insurance; employer-provided retirement contributions; flexible spending plans; and vacation, sick, holiday, family and medical leave.  Children’s Law Center is a 501(c)(3) organization.  Employees with federal student loan debt can apply for Public Service Loan Forgiveness.   For more information, go to https://myfedloan.org/borrowers/special-programs/pslf.  

Additionally, the DC Bar Foundation’s Loan Repayment Assistance Program provides renewable one-year, interest-free, forgivable loans up to $12,000 per year for qualified Children’s Law Center attorneys.  For more information, see https:/dcbarfoundation.org/lrap/.

Application Instructions: 

To apply, please submit the following materials in one PDF file: cover letter, resume, writing sample and 3 professional references.  Apply here: https://childrenslawcenter.org/get-involved/careers/

Children’s Law Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunities for all applicants and existing employees.   We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to ancestry, age, color, disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, military or veteran status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and any other basis protected by federal, state, or local law, ordinance, or regulation. We invite you to visit us here to learn more about our company and our career opportunities (https://childrenslawcenter.org/get-involved/careers/).

Children’s Law Center is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment. If you believe that you need accommodation to search for, or apply for, one of our positions please send an email to Jobs@ChildrensLawCenter.org. In your email, please include the accommodation you are requesting and the job title you are applying for. It may take up to three business days to receive a response to your request.