The Public Health Law Center (the "Center"), a dynamic, public interest affiliate of Mitchell Hamline School of Law in Saint Paul, Minnesota, is seeking to hire multiple full-time Staff Attorneys/Senior Staff Attorneys who have a passion for working for the social good and who share our commitment to advancing racial and social justice, including the social determinants of health, implicit bias, and systemic oppression. We are looking for candidates with a demonstrated ability to work in partnership with diverse populations and social identities, and with those most affected by systemic health problems.
The prospective employees will join the Center's recently established climate policy project pursuing healthy buildings for all. We seek to advance health and climate equity by strengthening laws and policies relating to building decarbonization, particularly for disenfranchised and marginalized populations. Our current climate justice work aims to attain greater protections for residents assisted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) by raising awareness of the causes of indoor air pollution and by connecting housing providers and residents to financial resources available to support energy efficiency improvements and climate change resilience. The climate policy attorneys also provide legal technical assistance in support of efforts to enact local laws to decarbonize buildings and move away from the harmful effects of burning fossil fuels indoors.
Please note to be considered as a Senior Staff Attorney, the candidate must have at least five years of relevant legal work experience; demonstrated ability to work with substantial independence in furtherance of the Center's mission; to provide mentorship and support to less experienced colleagues; and to initiate project development work. For both the Staff Attorney and Senior Staff Attorney, compensation will be commensurate with experience.
Assist the Program Director in meeting the performance objectives of the Center.
Provide legal technical assistance to Tribal public health advocates, community groups, and to state and local health officials, government attorneys, and other public health advocates working to advance public health and health equity through law and policy.
Work with constituency groups to deliver meaningful services and support, including participation on task forces and work groups, speaking engagements, and training on public health law and policy issues.
Research, analyze, write, and present reports, articles, sample policies, and other written materials under the direction of the Program Director.
Assist with project development and reporting requirements, including preparation of budgets, narratives, and work-plans for grant proposals and periodic reports to funders.
Depending on experience and skill level, manage and direct specific project activities for the Center, subject to oversight by the Program Director.
Occasional in-state and out-of-state travel.
Juris Doctorate degree.
Active license to practice law in Minnesota, or any other state or Tribe within the United States. Must be in good standing with the applicable licensing authority.
At least 2 years of relevant work experience.
Demonstrated commitment to advancing health equity.
Able to work both independently and collaboratively with colleagues and external partners diverse backgrounds and disciplines.
Strong interpersonal communication skills, including demonstrated ability to explain complex issues or ideas using language appropriate to audiences of specialists or non-specialists.
Great public speaking/presentation skills, including the ability to articulate mission and purpose of work to funders and other audiences.
Excellent legal research and writing skills.
Experience in developing written legal and policy educational materials for varied audiences and educational levels.
Demonstrated ability to work in partnership with diverse populations and social identities, and with those most affected by systemic health problems.
Experience in working with climate or energy law, housing law, state/local preemption, or building codes.
Experience in drafting, implementing, or enforcing local, state, federal, or Tribal laws.
Experience working with other attorneys, policy analysts, or public health professionals.
HOW TO APPLY: Applications submitted on or before Monday, October 10, 2022 will receive strongest consideration. To be considered for this position, applicants must provide the following documentation:
Cover Letter, including salary requirements
Writing sample demonstrating legal analysis
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Mitchell Hamline School of Law was formed in 2015 by the combination of William Mitchell College of Law and Hamline University School of Law. This extraordinary union brought together two law schools that have shaped Minnesota’s legal landscape for more than a combined 155 years, creating the top law school in the Midwest for students seeking a rigorous, practical, and problem-solving approach to legal education.
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