Staff Attorney, Medical-Legal Partnership at Yale-New Haven Hospital

The Center for Children’s Advocacy’s Medical-Legal Partnership Project (MLPP) has an opening for a staff attorney position in our Yale-New Haven Hospital based MLPP office.

The Center for Children’s Advocacy (CCA), is a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting for the legal rights of Connecticut’s most vulnerable children. To learn more about the Center for Children’s Advocacy, please visit CCA’s website at www.cca-ct.org.

The MLPP’s mission is to focus on health equity by improving health outcomes for low-income children who are patients at partner health institutions in Connecticut (Yale New Haven Hospital, Yale Child Study Center, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Community Health Center, Inc. and other clinical sites), as well as to address issues of health equity and health disparities in the state’s pediatric and young adult population. More information about the MLPP can be found here.

CCA is committed to the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. CCA is also committed to advancing racial justice, cultural competence and anti-racism practices and policies internally as well as in the communities we serve.

Description of Position

CCA has an opening for an experienced attorney to staff its nationally recognized interdisciplinary MLPP. To improve health outcomes for low income children and to address health inequities for patients at Yale New Haven Hospital (YNHH) and Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital, the attorney will: provide legal consultation and direct legal representation in selected cases directly to families referred by physicians and other clinical staff; provide legal consultation directly to medical providers; train hospital staff (physicians, social workers, etc.) on children’s legal rights and entitlements; supervise law student interns; and help to strengthen the advocacy efforts of both physicians and the community on systemic health policy issues affecting children and young adults. The attorney will be employed by CCA, but will work out of an office at YNHH in New Haven, Connecticut.

Qualifications

We are seeking an attorney who has demonstrated commitment to provide quality legal representation for children and who is skilled in providing advocacy through public policy as well as traditional litigation. Candidates should have extensive knowledge of poverty law including Medicaid, public benefits, housing, SSI, special education laws; excellent communication and writing skills; demonstrated interest in cross-disciplinary collaboration; and a passionate commitment to legal advocacy for at-risk children and youth. Knowledge of the health field is preferred. Applicants must have a minimum of three years related legal experience and be admitted to practice in the state of Connecticut (or be eligible to waive into the Connecticut state bar).

Salary/Benefits

Salary is commensurate with experience and are within the general range of salaries for public interest organization in Connecticut. CCA provides generous health, disability and paid time off benefits and eligible employees may participate in a 403(b) plan with employer contribution. `

Application Process

Please send a cover letter expressing qualifications for the position as well as a detailed resume to employment@cca-ct.org.

Applications will be received until the position is filled.

CCA is an equal opportunity employer that actively seeks a diverse and vibrant work staff. CCA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, ethnicity, religion, national origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, sex, marital status, disability, or status as a U.S. veteran.


Internship Opportunities

Please note that the Center does not have funding to pay for internships. Students must secure their own funding from their law school or another source, or be willing to volunteer their time for an internship with the Center.


Legal Intern – Medical Legal Partnership
Fall, Spring

The Center’s Medical Legal Partnership is a collaborative project that provides on-site legal assistance, education, training, and policy advocacy to central Connecticut pediatric centers. We offer internships to one or two energetic and dedicated law students for the fall and spring semesters and each summer.

Applicants must have excellent writing and legal reasoning skills, and should be familiar with basic aspects of poverty and public interest law.

Interns must have access to a car, and will be expected to participate in client interviews, negotiations, litigation and legal research activities. In addition, students will participate in and assist attorneys on matters at the MLPP sites at Saint Francis Hospital, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Charter Oak Community Health Center, Community Health Services, and The Hospital of Central Connecticut.

More information about the Medical Legal Partnership Project is available here.

Application Deadlines
For fall must be received by June 1.
For spring must be received by November 1.
For summer must be received by February 15.

Please send cover letter and resume to broswig@cca-ct.org 


Marketing and Development Intern

The Center for Children’s Advocacy is seeking a volunteer marketing, communications and development intern to assist marketing and development staff.

Responsibilities include website updates; donor data management; planning and execution of  fundraising events; updates to social networking sites; assistance with press releases and media contacts; publication updates.

Please email cover letter and resume to: email Eileen Brennan.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Center is always looking for energetic volunteers!
Please email email Eileen Brennan if you can help us with events, mailings, office support, donor research, or more!

Volunteer help is needed in the following areas:

Administrative
Filing and organizing, data management, development research 

Special Events
Planning, logistics, day of event

Community Outreach
Spread the word about the Center’s important work

Holiday Gift Committee
Organize wrapping and gift delivery, coordinate gift donation requests

Advocacy
Contact legislators and community on behalf of the Center

Volunteer Interpreter – Spanish/English

Support attorneys who provide legal services to Spanish-speaking clients. This unpaid position may be filled by a college or graduate student and requires a commitment of at least one day per week.  The Center for Children’s Advocacy will assist volunteers with work-study applications, service learning or clinical credit that is available from their schools. 

Volunteer will provide interpretation during client intake calls, meetings, and telephone follow-up. May assist with document translation and other administrative tasks, will learn basic interviewing skills and become familiar with immigration law, education and juvenile law. 

Qualifications

  • Fluent in Spanish
  • College or graduate student
  • Good interpersonal and organizational skills, self-starter and highly motivated
  • Ability to work collaboratively and independently

Your application should include a resume, cover letter and two references. 
To apply, please email Eileen Brennan

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