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Salinas, Basic:

Job Number: 47776

Staff Attorney - Medical Legal Partnership

CRLA’s Monterey County Medical-Legal Partnership is seeking a staff attorney promote rural health equity through direct legal services, community partnership, and legal education. The foundation of health begins in homes, schools, workplaces, and neighborhoods. Integrating legal services with the healthcare system can be a means to disrupt a cycle of returning people to the unhealthy conditions that would otherwise bring them right back to the clinic or hospital. CRLA’s Monterey County Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP) addresses the health-harming legal needs of patients at the Monterey County Health Department Clinics, which provide healthcare to a largely farm worker community regardless of ability to pay. Healthcare providers refer patients to MLP staff attorneys, who conduct intakes on-site at the clinics and provide comprehensive legal services to eligible clients in diverse areas of the law, including employment, housing, education, public benefits, and environmental justice—in accordance with CRLA program guidelines, the ABA Standards for Providers of Civil Legal Services and the Code of Professional Responsibility. MLP staff attorneys generally work on-site at a Monterey County Health Department Clinic at least one day per work.

Medical-legal partnership is an innovative model where attorneys are out in the community meeting with clients in a setting that reveals a wide range of legal issues, including some that may not ordinarily present themselves in CRLA’s field offices. The model lends itself to attorneys that can work across different legal issue areas, enjoy working with community partners, and are willing to thinking outside the box. Client representation will include interviews, negotiations with opposing parties/government agencies, research and writing, and representation at administrative and court proceedings. MLP staff attorneys are also expected to train health professionals on issue-spotting and triage of the civil legal needs of their patients, and to engage in outreach with social services and other community organizations. MLP staff attorneys resolve specific problems for individual patients, while also helping healthcare staff navigate system and policy barriers and transform institutional practices.

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