Medical-Legal Partnership Post-Graduate Fellow - 12967BR

Medical-Legal Partnership Post-Graduate Fellow

Law School
University of Ks Medical Ctr
Employee Class: 
U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Position Overview

The Medical-Legal Partnership (“MLP”) staff and law student interns provide free civil legal representation in income supports, housing, education and employment, legal status, and personal and family stability to patients and clients from low-income communities; those who have mental health needs; those who are members of marginalized or vulnerable identities; or any combination thereof. The MLP staff and interns work collaboratively with health care partners to provide legal assistance focusing on social determinants of health at the patient, clinic, and population levels. This fellow will work directly with applicants, clients, and healthcare providers to ensure the best possible outcomes for a diverse, complex, high-needs client population. In addition, the fellow will work in collaboration with the MLP managing attorney to supervise student intern work.

The Medical-Legal Partnership Post-Graduate Fellowship provides an opportunity for a new or recent law school graduate licensed to practice law to assist clients with a wide variety of civil legal issues that present barriers to positive health outcomes. This opportunity also allows the fellow to further their career in poverty law and public service by gaining valuable legal practice experience in a clinical setting while enhancing the capacity of the legal services Bar to serve needy clients.

This position is a regular, full time, benefits-eligible, 2-year limited term position located on the KU Medical Center main hospital campus in Kansas City, Kansas.

Job Description

(65%) - Conduct applications with and provide direct legal representation to clients with legal needs impacting their health. Serve as a teaching assistant to the managing attorney, especially with regard to supervision of student intern work involving conducting applications for services and transactional support work.

(25%) - Conduct program evaluation and research as needed to support the MLP Partnership with the KU Health System at KU Medical Center. This includes the collecting and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data demonstrating patient health outcomes, compiling statistical reports on client caseload and client satisfaction or other surveys, and research and writing on discrete topics regarding social determinants of health and the law. Perform other such duties as may be assigned.

(10%) - Foster relationships with new and existing health providers to raise awareness of patient-client legal needs and facilitate referrals to the MLP for patients. Maintain relationships throughout the course of direct legal representation.

Required Qualifications

  1. Juris Doctor degree – recent graduate defined as 2016, 2017 or 2018 graduate
  2. Eligible to practice law in the state of Kansas. (license or temporary license pending bar results)
  3. Demonstrated experience working with or serving people from low-income communities, people with mental health needs, those who are from marginalized or vulnerable communities, or any combination thereof
  4. Experience working with people from diverse cultural, geographic, racial, economic, and religious backgrounds as demonstrated in application materials.
  5. Demonstrated experience working in high stress, emotionally charged environments while maintaining a client-focused service mindset
  6. Excellent computer and word processing skills using Microsoft Office suite and commercial client management software as evidenced by application materials

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Participation in an MLP field placement during law school
  2. Recent graduate from the University of Kansas School of Law
  3. Demonstrated commitment to public service, advocacy, health care reform, and social justice
  4. Strong communication and interpersonal skills; excellent oral advocacy and writing skills
  5. License to practice law in the state of Missouri
  6. Second-language fluency in one or more of the following languages commonly spoken by our applicant and client populations: Spanish, Arabic, Nepali, Somali, or Maay Maay

Additional Candidate Instructions

Please apply through the University of Kansas Human Resources portal. Please include a cover letter addressing why you are interested in this position and how your experience and qualifications match the posting. Please provide a resume that includes three professional references with contact information.

To be considered, please apply no later than October 31, 2018.

Contact Information to Applicants

Lindsey Collins
Managing Attorney
KU School of Law Medical Legal Partnership – KU Medical Center

No calls please.

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