Location: Greensboro, NC
Legal Aid of North Carolina is seeking a creative, passionate, and dedicated Public Benefits Staff Attorney to work in its Triad Region Public Benefits Practice Group. LANC is a statewide, nonprofit law firm with a nearly 60-year history of providing free, high-quality legal assistance in civil matters to low-income persons in North Carolina. We provide free legal services in civil matters to those households in which income generally falls below 125% of the federal poverty guidelines. LANC has some of the most creative and experienced public benefits attorneys and administrative law litigators found anywhere. The attorneys in our Public Benefits Practice Group have decades of experience and each year assist and counsel clients from across the state who are facing improper termination, denial, or reductions of Medicaid, Social Security, and Food and Nutrition benefits. LANC works to protect public benefits for children, families, and individuals in every part of the state. LANC annually assists thousands of households threatened with loss of income and litigates these disputes to a conclusion, protecting these families and children from arbitrary and capricious administrative decisions that can throw a family into homelessness, food insecurity, and even deeper poverty and despair. If you have the desire to learn and to help, along with the requisite intelligence, passion, and empathy to serve as a voice and a champion for individuals and families in poverty, we need you –especially in the still-critical pandemic times facing those in poverty in 2021.
Responsibilities & Duties: Duties include, but are not limited to: Providing genuinely effective legal representation and advice to low-income clients who may be victims of erroneous, arbitrary, and capricious administrative denials and other similar decisions that can undermine family health and stability. Specifically, the* Triad Region Public Benefits Staff Attorney *will focus their practice on Social Security Disability Law (SSDI and SSI). Specifically, the attorney will litigate appeals to help Triad Region residents establish initial entitlement for SSDI and SSI, help maintain their eligibility during Continuing Disability Reviews and non-medical cessations of benefits, and help residents maintain their benefits through appeals and requests for waiver of overpayment. In addition, the attorney will focus their practice on administrative appeals to help Triad Region residents with erroneous Medicaid eligibility and treatment denials. At times, the Triad Region Public Benefits Attorney will be called upon to litigate cases involving erroneous denials of Food and Nutrition Services to help Triad Region residents attain food security in their households.
Our staff attorneys are trained in, and expected to employ, techniques and principles of trauma-informed advocacy in their interactions with clients. They engage in a variety of community lawyering efforts, providing outreach and legal education to a wide range of groups and associations working to reduce poverty in our communities. As part of the attorney’s community lawyering efforts, they will be expected to provide outreach and education to the medical providers and consumers that participate in the Triad Region. Collegiality and working in a team-oriented environment, flexibility, resiliency, and the expectation that this position is not merely “9 to 5” are required.
The Staff Attorney will also be required to successfully complete and pass Certification Training as a Navigator under the Affordable Care Act, complete any additional training required by the program, provide in-person assistance to consumers enrolling in Qualified Health Plans through the Federally Facilitated Marketplace, organize and present information at enrollment affairs and outreach programs, attend meetings and conferences statewide. The Staff Attorney’s Affordable Care Act legal caseload will include ACA Marketplace appeals for Triad Region Residents.
We are looking for a Staff Attorney to help our office and community partners achieve positive, life-changing health outcomes for children, aged adults, and disabled community members living in poverty in the Triad Region through legal advocacy and community lawyering.
Qualifications: North Carolina Bar license. The ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with clients, other attorneys and court personnel, and the general public are required. A demonstrated commitment to assisting low-income people and generally to social justice efforts is preferred. The ability and willingness to travel throughout the Triad Region. Please bring all the office and basic word-processing skills sufficient to perform the responsibilities of the job. Strong preference will be given to applicants with Spanish proficiency and fluency. Strong preference will also be given to JDs with joint degrees in Public Health and/or Social Work.
Must have received or been willing to receive the COVID-19 vaccine by the date of hire to be considered for this position.
$45,000 (entry-level)+ DOE. Excellent medical, dental, life benefits. 401(k) contribution, loan repayment assistance available. Generous leave package.
Application Deadline: Open until filled.
Email résumé, cover letter, and names and contact information of three references to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Public Benefits Attorney Position” in the subject line.
Legal Aid of North Carolina is an equal opportunity employer. Selection will be based on merit and will be without discrimination because of race, color, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, citizenship, creed, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender status, age, religion, genetic information, mental disability, marital status, familial status, or any other legally-protected status. Minorities, women, senior citizens, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.