Legal Council for Health Justice (Legal Council) seeks a staff attorney to provide a wide range of civil legal services to low-income persons impacted by HIV in our AIDS Legal Council program.
Legal Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer: People of color, women, persons with disabilities, the elderly, LGBTQ+, and Veterans are welcomed and strongly encouraged to apply.
The AIDS Legal Council program works closely with social service agencies, community groups, AIDS service organizations, and medical providers across the city. Our team of attorneys and legal advocates works on-site in healthcare clinics to counsel and represent clients impacted by HIV. Partner organizations include: Howard Brown Health, Mercy Hospital, TPAN and the CORE Center. Legal issues include eligibility for public benefits, access to healthcare and health insurance, discrimination, employment rights, and medical confidentiality. Our legal work encompasses individual representation, policy work with legislative bodies and administrative agencies, and impact litigation.
All applicants must demonstrate a commitment to the mission of Legal Council. Experience in one or more of the following areas is preferred:
Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare and other state and federal public benefits programs
Disability discrimination and healthcare confidentiality
Excellent writing and communication skills
Models of harm reduction and trauma-informed care
Experience working with people living with HIV
Experience working with people experiencing, poverty, homelessness or mental illness
Spanish proficiency is a plus.
Experience and competence working with the LGBTQGNC community is a must.
Relevant experience includes not only professional advocacy on behalf of others, but personal experience with poverty, chronic illness, HIV, mental illness, public housing or other issues affecting our client population.
Principal Responsibilities: The staff attorney will work with the AIDS Legal Council program on a variety of legal matters. Responsibilities include:
Providing legal representation, legal counsel, and referrals to eligible clients in a wide range of areas, including: public benefits programs, employment; health coverage including private insurance, Medicaid, Medicare and other programs; discrimination; guardianship; estate and permanency planning; and transgender legal issues.
Coordinating on-site legal clinics and intake at several medical outreach sites;
Planning, implementing, and documenting outreach and training programs;
Engaging, where appropriate, in impact litigation, administrative, and legislative advocacy; and
Assisting in supervision and support of legal advocates, law students, and volunteer attorneys.
Applicants must have a J.D. degree and be admitted to the Illinois Bar or be eligible for admission through reciprocity.
How to Apply: To apply, email a resume, compelling cover letter, writing sample, and three professional references to:
Ruth Edwards, Senior Director of Program Services
Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience and based on Legal Council’s salary scale.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is commensurate with experience and based on Legal Council’s salary scale.
About Legal Council for Health Justice
Legal Council for Health Justice uses the power of the law to secure dignity, opportunity, and well-being for people facing barriers due to illness or disability. Founded in 1987 as AIDS Legal Council of Chicago to respond to the urgent legal and human needs of persons impacted by HIV/AIDS, the agency broadened its focus in 2014 to address discrimination, disadvantage, and disparities in health, wealth, and well-being in various populations including homeless individuals and families of children with complex health conditions.