LAC is a non-profit law and policy organization that specializes in fighting discrimination against and protecting the rights of people with substance use disorders, HIV/AIDS, or criminal records.

New York

The Legal Action Center (LAC) is a national non-profit law and advocacy organization founded in 1973, with offices in New York City and Washington, D.C.  LAC is the only organization in the country whose sole mission is to fight discrimination against people with criminal records, substance use disorders, and/or HIV/AIDS.  LAC is a national leader in preserving the gains realized through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) of expanded access to health care for people with mental health and substance use disorders and people in the criminal justice system.  LAC is also a leading advocate for the privacy of substance use disorder and HIV information.

LAC seeks a full-time Senior Staff Accountant in its New York Office.  Reporting directly to the Director of Finance, the Senior Staff Accountant will prepare fiscal reports, vouchers, and billings/invoices for payment.  The Senior Staff Accountant will also assure that fiscal records, reports, vouchers, billings, time/leave and any other records are maintained in compliance with funder, auditor, agency and regulatory requirements.

Responsibilities include:

  • Manage the maintenance of the agency’s fiscal records ensuring accountability and the safeguarding of assets.
  • Maintain the general ledger.
  • Review and approve journal entries.
  • Advise the Director of Finance on financial matters.
  • Develop governmental budgets.
  • Monitor and analyze expense on an on-going basis.
  • Evaluate the need for budget revisions and develop budget modifications based on current year spending patterns which are consistent with funder guidelines and time frames.
  • Provide revisions to the Fiscal operations manual to the Director of Finance.
  • Prepare reports, vouchers and billings to funders in an accurate manner by the due date specified by the funder guidelines.
  • Ensure fiscal compliance with government contracts.
  • Reconcile all agencies’ bank accounts.
  • Prepare schedules for audit and manage the agency audits.
  • Assist the Director of Finance in preparing and conducting cost control meetings with Program Directors.
  • Prepare quarterly fiscal reports for the Board of Directors and the Finance Committee to manage the agency finances.
  • Assist the Director of Finance in preparing cost center analysis geared towards meetings with program staff and management.
  • Manage monthly closing of all accounting systems, G/L, A/P, and A/R.
  • Monitor and reconcile monthly and quarterly accounting reports to external funding.
  • Monitor and reconcile monthly and quarterly accounting reports with development report.
  • Manage time reporting activities by developing allocation percentages consistent with budget and supervising payroll/timekeeping activities.
  • Prepare the Consolidated Fiscal Report (CFR).
  • Preform other related tasks as assigned.

Job Qualifications and Requirements:

Candidate must be college graduate with a minimum of five years finance or accounting experience.  Computer skills and exposure to fund accounting are also required.  Knowledge of FUND EZ 10 and Excel are essential.

Compensation and Benefits:

Salary is commensurate with experience.  Excellent benefits, including medical insurance, 403(b) plan with employer contribution, and pre-tax flexible benefits.

Application Instructions:  Please email a cover letter and résumé (no calls) to [email protected].  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled, but please apply as soon as possible.  Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

The Legal Action Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Members of LAC’s stakeholder populations are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Legal Action Center (LAC) seeks a full time Litigation Director in its New York office to lead its impact litigation and direct legal services program. This new position will grow LAC’s impact litigation docket while working to ensure its integration with LAC’s policy, legal services, and other work in furtherance of LAC’s strategic objectives.

About the Organization:  LAC is the only non-profit law and policy organization in the country whose sole mission is to fight discrimination against and protect the privacy of people with criminal records, substance use disorders, and/or HIV/AIDS. With offices in New York City and Washington, D.C., LAC uses a multi-faceted approach to effectuate its mission and create systemic change, including through impact litigation, legal services, education, and policy advocacy.

For over 45 years, our litigation and legal services program has created cutting edge legal precedents and helped tens of thousands of individuals with criminal records, substance use disorders, and/or HIV/AIDS overcome employment, housing, and other forms of discrimination and vindicate their privacy rights.  In recent years, we have brought individual and class action lawsuits to challenge employment discrimination, violation of background screening laws, massive HIV privacy breaches, and denied access to addiction treatment in the criminal justice system.  (Read about our leading cases.) Our litigation and legal service team of seven attorneys, three paralegals, and administrative staff serves close to 2,000 New Yorkers annually, most of whom are working to overcome barriers related to their criminal record. Many also seek to overcome discrimination based on their HIV status or substance use disorder and the violation of their privacy rights. We leverage our resources through pro bono partnerships and collaborations with plaintiff-side law firms, including civil rights, employment and consumer protection law firms.

LAC also runs a robust training, education, and technical assistance program to educate and support legal, health care, and social services providers, government agencies, and employers. Our web- and print-based “know your rights” educational materials are widely used, and our reports on cutting edge issues inform the national discussion.

LAC’s state and national policy work complements its legal and educational strategies by addressing discrimination in public and private health insurance, protecting health privacy rights, improving access to health care for justice-involved individuals, and removing barriers to re-entry. LAC’s client work directly informs our policy development and advocacy, enabling LAC to take a multi-dimensional approach to achieving system-wide change. LAC is currently pursuing even more effective integration of its client-based and policy work and expansion of directly impacted people’s voices in all aspects of LAC’s work.

LAC is experiencing an exciting time of organizational growth, the beginning of a three-to-five-year strategic planning process, and greater application of a racial justice and equity lens to all aspects of the organization and our work.

Position Overview: The Litigation Director will lead LAC’s litigation and legal services program. Reporting to the Vice President of Legal Advocacy, the Litigation Director will play a critical role in developing and implementing LAC’s impact litigation strategy to effectively integrate with LAC’s racial justice and equity priorities, legal services, education, community engagement and policy work.

Job Responsibilities:

  1. Developing, conducting, and leading cutting edge individual and class action litigation in federal and state courts and administrative agencies and engaging in pre-litigation negotiations. Includes developing and maintaining relationships with pro bono and other co-counsel (e.g., private plaintiff-side firms and public interest group).
  1. Supervising LAC’s direct legal services program, which includes provision of legal counsel and advice, informal advocacy, representation in administrative proceedings and education.
  1. Helping to develop the strategic vision for litigation and legal services, in coordination with Vice President of Legal Advocacy, and directing its implementation.
  1. Supervising both the Senior Attorney for Legal Services (who supervises a team of three paralegals) and a Staff Attorney. The position also will oversee the cases conducted by three other attorneys who participate to a limited degree in LAC’s litigation and legal services.
  1. Supervising and participating in the “attorney on call” rotation, through which six attorneys alternate providing paralegals with guidance about serving clients and identifying cases to litigate.
  1. Collaborating with other legal services providers, plaintiffs’ attorneys, and advocacy groups by participating in task forces and coalitions, making presentations, and attending conferences.
  1. Managing the updating and implementation of litigation policies and procedures.
  1. Providing training to health and social service providers, lawyers, and others working in the re-entry, substance use disorder, and HIV fields.
  1. Engaging in the broader advocacy work of the legal department by working with the policy and communications departments to: participate in policy discussions and shape LAC’s policy agenda; conduct limited policy advocacy; cultivate and respond to media opportunities on issues relevant to LAC’s litigation agenda.
  1. Actively participating on LAC’s management team.
  1. Strategizing with the Vice President of Legal Advocacy, the development department and other managers on funding for litigation and legal services, including through attorneys’ fee awards, cy pres awards, and institutional sources.

Job Qualifications and Requirements:

  • 10+ years of experience conducting all aspects of civil trial and appellate litigation, including case development and filing, discovery, evidentiary proceedings, appeals, and settlements, with a strong background in civil rights, public interest law, and impact litigation.
  • Strong legal skills and ability to analyze systems-level problems and develop creative solutions using legal, policy, educational, and media strategies.
  • Demonstrated ability to inspire, lead and support the growth and development of a team of attorneys, paralegals and administrative staff.
  • Proven ability to engage in strategic planning and implementation.
  • Excellent written and oral communication and advocacy skills, including the ability to relate and communicate effectively with a diverse group of clients, community partners, and legal, non-profit, and government stakeholders.
  • Experience in program management.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work cooperatively within LAC and to network effectively with external stakeholders, including government officials, service providers, advocates, and directly impacted individuals.
  • Proven ability to creatively problem-solve while maintaining a sense of humor.
  • Experience speaking publicly and to the media.
  • Experience in a high-volume direct legal services practice preferred.
  • Prior work with underrepresented communities, preferably people living with chronic health conditions such as HIV and substance use disorders and with criminal justice involvement.
  • Knowledge of employment, disability rights, and/or criminal justice law and issues strongly preferred. Familiarity with insurance, substance use- and HIV-related issues a plus.
  • Demonstrated commitment to racial justice and equity.
  • Passion for dismantling barriers to re-entry, ending mass incarceration, promoting a public health approach to addiction, securing and enforcing privacy rights, and promoting racial and economic justice.
  • Spanish language fluency preferred.
  • J.D. and admission to New York State Bar.

Compensation and Benefits:  Salary is commensurate with experience.  Excellent benefits, including medical insurance, 403(b) plan with employer contribution, and pre-tax flexible benefits.

Application Instructions:  Please email a cover letter, résumé, and writing sample (no calls) to [email protected] and write “Litigation Director” in the subject line.  Please submit your resume and cover letter as one PDF document. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

 

The Legal Action Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Members of LAC’s stakeholder populations are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

Posted:  August 6, 2019

 

The Legal Action Center (LAC) seeks a full time Senior Staff Attorney for Legal Services in its New York office to provide legal services to LAC’s clients, oversee client services provided by paralegals, and direct LAC’s client education and outreach.

About the Organization:  LAC is the only non-profit law and policy organization in the country whose sole mission is to fight discrimination against and protect the privacy of people with criminal records, substance use disorders, and/or HIV/AIDS.  With offices in New York City and Washington, D.C., LAC uses a multi-faceted approach to effectuate its mission and create systemic change, including through impact litigation, legal services, education, and policy advocacy.

For over 45 years, our litigation and legal services program has created cutting edge legal precedents and helped tens of thousands of individuals with criminal records, substance use disorders, and/or HIV/AIDS overcome employment, housing, and other forms of discrimination and vindicate their privacy rights.  In recent years, we have brought individual and class action lawsuits to challenge employment discrimination, violation of background screening laws, massive HIV privacy breaches, and denied access to addiction treatment in the criminal justice system.  (Read about our leading cases.) Our litigation and legal service team of seven attorneys, three paralegals, and administrative staff serves close to 2,000 New Yorkers annually, most of whom are working to overcome barriers related to their criminal record. Many also seek to overcome discrimination based on their HIV status or substance use disorder and the violation of their privacy rights. We leverage our resources through pro bono partnerships and collaborations with plaintiff-side law firms, including civil rights, employment and consumer protection law firms.

LAC also runs a robust training, education, and technical assistance program to educate and support legal, health care, and social services providers, government agencies, and employers. Our web- and print-based “know your rights” educational materials are widely used, and our reports on cutting edge issues inform the national discussion.

LAC’s state and national policy work complements its legal and educational strategies by addressing discrimination in public and private health insurance, protecting health privacy rights, improving access to health care for justice-involved individuals, and removing barriers to re-entry. LAC’s client work directly informs our policy development and advocacy, enabling LAC to take a multi-dimensional approach to achieving system-wide change. To increase our impact, LAC is currently pursuing greater integration of its client-based and policy work and expansion of directly impacted people’s voices in all aspects of LAC’s work.

LAC is experiencing an exciting time of organizational growth, the beginning of a three-to-five-year strategic planning process, and greater application of a racial justice and equity lens to all aspects of the organization and our work.

Position Overview: The Senior Staff Attorney for Legal Services will provide legal services to LAC’s clients, participate in litigation, oversee the substantial client services performed by paralegal and administrative staff, and direct client education and outreach. The Senior Staff Attorney will play a critical role in shaping and implementing LAC’s legal services, education, and community engagement program to effectively integrate with LAC’s racial justice and equity priorities, litigation, and policy work for the next three to five years, as LAC develops its next multi-year strategic plan. The Senior Staff Attorney will report to a newly created staff position of Litigation Director.

Job Responsibilities:

  1. Participating in all aspects of LAC’s direct legal services work, and to a limited degree, impact litigation. Includes providing legal counsel, informal advocacy, pre-litigation negotiations, representation in administrative proceedings and court; investigating and developing potential cases; and participating in the “attorney on call” rotation, through which six attorneys provide paralegals with guidance about client services and litigation screening.
  1. Directing the client services provided by paralegals and administrative staff, which services include a phone hotline, weekly rap sheet workshop, offsite programs and community engagement. Specific duties include:
    • Supervising LAC’s Supervising Paralegal and Senior Paralegal/Legal Advocacy Specialist;
    • Working closely with Vice President of Legal Advocacy to manage legal services contracts;
    • Developing and directing offsite projects and other legal services collaborations;
    • Developing and implementing legal services policies and procedures;
    • Strategizing and coordinating with the Litigation Director, Vice President of Legal Advocacy, and New York policy team to ensure that LAC’s direct services program complements and supports LAC’s litigation and policy goals.
  1. Supporting and ultimately supervising direct legal services work performed by Staff Attorneys.
  1. Directing client education and outreach and helping to shape and implement a new community engagement strategy. Includes working with legal, policy, and communications teams to:
    • Develop and implement strategies to educate and engage New York residents in need of LAC’s services and resources;
    • Supervise, create, and disseminate written and web-based material;
    • Cultivate relationships with community-based partners;
    • Create and implement strategies to engage directly impacted communities and in aspects of LAC’s work, including informing LAC’s legal services program.
  1. Developing and managing pro bono relationships as needed.
  1. Providing legal counsel (“technical assistance”) and training to health and social service providers, lawyers, and others working in the re-entry, substance use disorder, and HIV fields.
  1. Engaging in the broader advocacy work of the legal department, working with the policy and communications departments: participate in policy discussions and shaping of LAC’s policy agenda; conduct limited policy advocacy; cultivate and respond to media opportunities on issues relevant to LAC’s legal services agenda.
  1. Helping to inform and implement LAC’s racial justice and equity priorities as they apply to LAC’s legal services practice and LAC more broadly.
  1. Helping to guide strategic planning for legal services and directing its implementation.
  1. Collaborating with outside legal services providers, plaintiffs’ attorneys, and advocacy groups by participating in task forces and coalitions, making presentations, and attending conferences.

Job Qualifications and Requirements:

    • 5+ years of experience in a high-volume direct legal services practice working with underrepresented communities, preferably people living with chronic health conditions such as HIV and substance use disorders and with criminal justice involvement.
    • Supervisory experience and demonstrated ability to inspire, lead, and support the growth and development of a team of three paralegals and administrative staff.
    • Demonstrated commitment to racial justice and equity.
    • Familiarity with and passion for dismantling barriers to re-entry, ending mass incarceration, promoting a public health approach to addiction, securing and enforcing privacy rights, and promoting racial and economic justice.
    • Excellent written and oral communication and advocacy skills, including the ability to relate and communicate effectively with a diverse group of clients, community partners, legal, non-profit, and government stakeholders.
    • Ability to write in plain English and create and edit educational materials for low-literacy audiences as well as LAC’s other stakeholders is critical.
    • Experience speaking publicly and to the media a plus.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work cooperatively within LAC and to network effectively with external stakeholders, including government officials, service providers, advocates, and directly impacted individuals.
    • Proven ability to problem-solve creatively while maintaining a sense of humor.
    • Knowledge of the criminal justice system strongly preferred; familiarity with employment, disability rights, insurance and health privacy law, substance use and HIV-related issues a plus.
    • Bilingual in Spanish strongly preferred.
    • J.D. and admission to New York State Bar.

Compensation and Benefits:  Salary is commensurate with experience.  Excellent benefits, including medical insurance, 403(b) plan with employer contribution, and pre-tax flexible benefits.

Application Instructions:  Please email a cover letter, résumé, and writing sample (no calls) to [email protected] and write “Senior Attorney” in the subject line.  Please submit your resume and cover letter as one PDF document.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

The Legal Action Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Members of LAC’s stakeholder populations are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

Posted:  August 6, 2019

The Legal Action Center (LAC) seeks a part-time Manager of Human Resources based in its New York City office to develop and administer LAC’s employment-related policies and procedures and manage all human resource activities, such as employment, conflict resolution, training, employee services, and advising on benefits.  A key component of this position will be assisting LAC in fostering an office culture of equity, inclusion, and diversity.

About the Organization:  LAC is a private, not-for-profit law and policy organization with offices in New York City and Washington, D.C.  LAC is the only organization in the country whose sole mission is to fight discrimination against people with criminal records, substance use disorders, and/or HIV/AIDS.  LAC effectuates its mission through policy advocacy, training and technical assistance, impact litigation, and legal services.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Manage all aspects of recruiting, interviewing, hiring, onboarding, promotion, discipline and termination processes.
  • Compile and maintain data on recruitment activities, applicant flow, interviews, and hires.
  • Develop and implement orientation and training programs for all new and current personnel, working closely with managers.
  • Maintain LAC organization charts and the employee directory.
  • Evaluate, direct, and implement the performance review process.
  • Provide guidance to staff about human resources matters.
  • Investigate and address employee concerns, grievances, and incidents in concert with management.
  • Experience in mediating conflicts that may arise in the workplace.
  • Work with management, the Racial Justice & Equity Working Group, and other staff to develop and implement strategies incorporating a racial justice and equity lens into all LAC’s human resources practices.
  • Coordinate necessary outside training on topics such as supervision, management, cultural competency, sexual harassment, and racial justice and equity in the workplace.
  • Collaborate with management and outside legal counsel in developing, revising, and implementing personnel policies/practices and related documents.
  • In conjunction with legal counsel, identify legal requirements and government reporting regulations affecting human resources and ensure policies, procedures, and reporting are in compliance for LAC’s offices in NY, DC, and GA.
  • Oversee the maintenance of records required by law, funders, or oversight organizations.
  • Keep records of benefit plan participation such as medical insurance and pension plan.
  • Plan and manage implementation and administration of agency benefit programs, such as health, dental, life, and disability insurances, pension plans, and leaves of absence.
  • Perform related duties, special assignments and projects as required and/or needed.

The position will report to the Director/President.

Educational Requirements

Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) in management, human resources, psychology or related area from a four-year accredited college or university.

Experience and/or Skills Required
  • Minimum of five (5) years’ experience in human resources, including in a non-profit setting.
  • Demonstrated experience working with senior management on human resources issues.
  • History of experience in conflict-resolution.
  • Knowledge of trainings/training sources for staff in the organization including confidentiality, trauma informed care, and crisis response.
  • Must be able to interact effectively and cooperatively with colleagues and partners at all levels
  • Ability to advise on human resources issues with outside partners
  • Knowledge of applicable laws and regulations.
  • Proven experience and a demonstrated commitment to helping to maintain a diverse and inclusive workforce and to supporting the development and implementation of policies and procedures that promote a race equity culture.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Computer literacy, including proficiency in Windows environment, word processing, spreadsheet and database software.
Licenses/Certifications/Registration

Preferred

  • Professional designation/accreditation, such as Professional in Human Resources awarded by the Society of Human Resources Management
Compensation and Benefits:

Salary is commensurate with experience.

Application Instructions:

Please email a cover letter and resumé (no calls) to [email protected]. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled, but please apply as soon as possible.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

The Legal Action Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Members of LAC’s stakeholder populations are strongly encouraged to apply.

Posted:  June 10, 2019

Legal Internships

The Legal Action Center (LAC) hires law student interns for the summer and Spring/Fall semester in our New York City office. LAC offers an hourly salary to interns who do not receive course credit or outside funding for their work.

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION: LAC is the only non-profit law and policy organization in the United States whose sole mission is to fight discrimination against people with histories of addiction, HIV/AIDS, and criminal records, and to advocate for sound public policies in these areas. For over 40 years, LAC has championed public health approaches to substance use disorder and HIV/AIDS, fought mass incarceration, and challenged the myriad collateral consequences of a criminal record. LAC uses a multi-faceted approach to effect change, including direct legal services, impact litigation, education, and policy advocacy at the local, state, and federal levels.

JOB DESCRIPTION AND DUTIES: Working in the New York City office, legal interns work directly with our attorneys and policy staff to further LAC’s work as needed, which may include:

  • Providing direct legal services to individuals with criminal justice involvement, including conducting intakes, drafting client advocacy documents, and preparing motions to seal eligible criminal records under New York’s new sealing law, CPL 160.59.
  • Conducting legal research for LAC’s cutting-edge impact litigation in privacy rights and anti-discrimination protections for individuals with criminal records, substance use disorder, and/or living with HIV/AIDS;
  • Conducting legal research for LAC’s policy advocacy at the federal, state, and local level; and
  • Drafting position papers, model legislation, and other policy documents in support of LAC’s core mission.

LAC encourages our legal interns to join our meetings with partner organizations, conferences, public hearings, and trainings with LAC attorneys and policy staff, depending on programming and interns’ interests.

Legal interns may also develop a substantial writing sample or law review-style article about novel legal issues that arise in our work. We encourage legal interns to develop projects and apply for post-graduate fellowships at LAC.

For more information about LAC’s current litigation and policy work, see our recent Highlights.

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must be students who have completed their first or second year of law school. Strong analytic and communication skills required. Experience with and/or demonstrated commitment to the issues facing the communities served by LAC preferred. Proficiency in a second language welcomed. The Legal Action Center is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

TIME COMMITMENT: Summer interns are expected to work at least 35-40 hours per week, for at least 10 weeks. Semester interns are expected to work at least 10 hours per week, for at least 10 weeks.

COMPENSATION: LAC pays an hourly rate to legal interns if they do not receive external funding or course credit for the internship.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Please read carefully. To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to the Legal Action Center at [email protected], with the subject line “Legal Internship.” Cover letters should include a statement of interest in LAC’s work and clearly indicate whether the applicant is applying for a Spring, Summer, or Fall internship.

We will review applications on a rolling basis. The application deadline is August 15 for the fall term, December 1 for the spring term, and February 15 for the summer. First-year law student applications for the summer internship will not be accepted before December 1, in accordance with the NALP Principles and Standards. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply early.

Washington, D.C.

The Washington, D.C. office of the Legal Action Center seeks a Health Policy Attorney who will conduct policy analysis, development and advocacy to achieve reforms related to state and federal drug policy. The Health Policy Attorney will report to the Vice President for Health Initiatives.  The position is available immediately.

The Legal Action Center (LAC) is the only non-profit law and policy organization whose sole mission is to fight discrimination against people with histories of substance use disorders, criminal records and HIV/AIDs. This position, located in LAC’s D.C. office, will be part of a dynamic team working to advance health equity and criminal justice reforms through policy advocacy and regulatory changes.  Working with state and national partners and inter-disciplinary coalitions, LAC’s D.C. team crafts, advocates for, and implements effective and equitable health and criminal justice policies on behalf of our stakeholder population. LAC is a progressive, Equal Opportunity Employer with offices in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Atlanta, Georgia.

Job Responsibilities

The Health Policy Attorney will be responsible for state and federal policy development and advocacy to achieve the implementation of evidence-based health responses to substance use disorders (SUD).  The work will focus primarily on expanding coverage of and access to SUD care through Medicaid, private insurance plans and Medicare and through greater enforcement of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, the Affordable Care Act, and other related state laws.  The Health Policy Attorney will help LAC launch a new initiative to expand coverage of SUD services in Medicare.

Activities will include:

  • Conducting legal and policy research related to health care delivery and financing and strategies to expand access to substance use disorder treatment in private and public insurance programs.
  • Developing education materials and policy briefs for policymakers and stakeholders.
  • Helping to develop and implement advocacy and policy reform strategies in collaboration with federal and state partners.
  • Responding to proposed regulations and legislation with written analysis and comments.
  • Providing education and technical assistance on various health policy issues.
  • Helping to coordinate activities for a coalition of national SUD and mental health organizations.
  • Working with state coalitions of providers and consumers to implement policy initiatives.
  • Working with the LAC staff to implement LAC’s racial justice and equity priorities as they apply to the organization’s health policy work and internal operations.

Job Qualifications and Requirements 

  • A passion for advocacy to expand access to health care and eliminate discrimination for our clients.
  • J.D. and bar admission (in any jurisdiction) required.
  • Public policy experience (minimum 2 years) preferably in the area of health law.
  • Federal or state legislative experience and/or knowledge of substance use disorder issues a plus.
  • Some knowledge of health law, especially private insurance, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act.
  • Excellent written and oral communication, advocacy, and analytical skills, including the ability to explain complex issues in clear, persuasive terms for non-lawyer audiences.
  • High level of independence, initiative, and creativity, and demonstrated skills in problem solving, time management, team-building and organization.
  • Desire and ability to work in a small (5-person), busy office and to coordinate work with colleagues in LAC’s New York office.
  • Strong networking skills and the ability to develop and maintain relationships with individuals, organizations and government agencies and to work with diverse groups of people.

Compensation and Benefits

Salary is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits, including medical insurance, 403(b) plan with employer contribution, and pre-tax flexible benefits.

Application

Please e-mail a resume and cover letter (no calls please) to Hiring Manager at  [email protected] and write “Health Policy Attorney” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but please apply as soon as possible. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. The Legal Action Center is an equal opportunity employer.  Members of LAC’s stakeholder populations are strongly urged to apply.

About the Organization 

The Legal Action Center’s work is guided by our core belief that discrimination has no place in a just society. We employ a multifaceted approach including impact litigation, legal services, education, policy development and advocacy, and coalition building to dismantle discriminatory barriers that systemically deny people their civil rights and liberties.

Since our founding in 1973, LAC has been a national leader in the development and enactment of laws to protect individuals with histories of substance use disorders, HIV or AIDS, and/or criminal records against discrimination. LAC is a leading expert on the laws governing the confidentiality of substance use treatment records (including HIPAA) and has worked with treatment providers and policy makers on these confidentiality issues for decades. We led the substance use disorder field advocacy on the Fair Housing Amendments Act and the Americans With Disabilities Act and helped lead the field’s work on the enactment of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act and key provisions of the Affordable Care Act. LAC also helped lead the field’s advocacy toward successful passage of the Second Chance Act, and it continues to play a major leadership role in supporting effective policies and programming for people reentering the community from incarceration.

Through our legal service and litigation work, the Legal Action Center has created cutting edge legal precedents and helped tens of thousands of individuals with criminal records, substance use disorders, and/or HIV/AIDS overcome employment, housing, and other forms of discrimination and vindicate their privacy rights.  (Read about our leading cases.) LAC also runs a robust training, education, and technical assistance program to educate and support legal, health care, and social services providers, government agencies, and employers on a myriad of issues related to the civil rights and health care needs of our clients.

Posted:  October 10, 2019

Legal Internship – Fall 2019

The Legal Action Center (LAC) is hiring a law student for the fall 2019 semester in our Washington, D.C. office.  The internship would be for the full semester.  Applicants may elect to receive a salary ($15.00/hour) or academic credit for their work.

LAC’s D.C. office advocates with Congress, federal administrative agencies and state policy-makers to end discrimination against people with histories of addiction; to expand funding and coverage for substance use disorder treatment, prevention, and research through all forms of health care financing; and to eliminate barriers to re-entry for people with criminal records.  LAC’s DC office collaborates with organizations around the country and national coalitions to achieve its goals.

JOB DESCRIPTION AND DUTIES:  The legal intern will research, track, and analyze federal and state legislation, laws, regulations, and policies related to private and public health insurance and criminal justice initiatives affecting persons with addiction histories; attend Congressional hearings and briefings; conduct legal research on health care coverage and insurance discrimination; and assist in other ongoing projects related to both state and federal advocacy work.  Excellent research and writing skills are required.  Past interns have included law students interested in policy development and advocacy and the substantive issues at the core of LAC’s work.

The Legal Action Center is an equal opportunity employer. Members of LAC’s stakeholder populations are strongly urged to apply.

More information about LAC and our National HIRE Network, which focuses on expanding employment opportunities for people with criminal records, can be found on our websites, https://www.lac.org and www.hirenetwork.org, or by contacting Sherie V. Boyd, D.C. Office Manager at [email protected].

To apply, please send your resume and a cover letter explaining your interest in LAC’s work and relevant experience to Ms. Boyd at [email protected].

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