The Law School's Health Insurance Counseling Project (HICP), part of the Jacob Burns Community Legal Clinics, seeks a full-time Legal Associate. This position will report to a faculty member and will have the following responsibilities:
Responsible for client representation by providing information, counseling, assistance and legal representation to clients of the Health Insurance Counseling Project (a grant funded advocacy organization for DC residents with Medicare).
Provides educational programs for community groups, volunteers, law students and professionals through workshops, training programs, classes, and publications. Attends and/or conducts meetings, workshops, trainings, conferences (including periodic regional and national conferences) and continuing educational programs to keep current with the latest issues/laws on health insurance.
Advocates for clients as a group through systems reform and legislative projects, including networking and coalition-building in support of needed reforms.
Supervises community volunteers in client and/or project work. Confers with colleagues and supervisor to make recommendations on programs and to ensure information is communicated accurately and work is of the highest quality. Makes recommendations regarding program effectiveness and procedures.
Ensures that client/caller records and files/databases are accurate and protected against any breach of confidentiality. Performs other work-related duties as assigned.
Client representation and teamwork:
Provides information, counseling, assistance and legal representation to callers and clients of the Health Insurance Counseling Project; an advocacy organization for D.C. residents with Medicare. Supervises community volunteers in client and/or project work. Confers with colleagues and seeks supervision regularly to ensure high quality work, informs others of own work, and makes recommendations regarding program effectiveness. Maintains accurate and legible client and caller records in own files and client databases.
Outreach and organization:
Provides educational programs for community groups, volunteers, law students, and professionals, through workshops, training programs, classes, and publications. Attends meetings, workshops, trainings, conferences (including periodic regional and national conferences) and continuing educational programs to maintain skills, network and organize reform projects.
Performs other work related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.
Juris Doctor Degree
Knowledge of health insurance issues and law pertaining to Medicare, and the ability to find relevant laws, regulations, and other authorities pertaining to each client's matters.
Ability to develop and effectively deliver educational programs/workshops.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
Ability to supervise and train volunteers.
Ability to maintain clear and complete records of interactions with clients, using paper forms and computer databases.
Juris Doctor Degree plus six months of professional or internship experience.
Special Instructions to Applicants::
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