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CLA SoCal is Hiring - Health Unit Staff Attorney

Thursday, April 28, 2022 11:16 AM | Mimi Ahn (Administrator)

DATE: April 18, 2022

POSITION: Staff Attorney – Health Unit

SUPERVISOR: Supervising Attorney

WAGE RANGE: $70,000.00 to $91,866.11 DOE




The Health Staff Attorney will work as a member of the Health Unit to address issues of health coverage

eligibility and service issues. This full-time exempt position reports to the Supervising Attorney of the Health



 Represent health consumers with health coverage eligibility and health care services issues involving private and public health insurance programs.

 Partner with community groups to educate the public about health consumer rights and health care related topics.

 Participate in local and statewide strategy calls and task forces to develop health unit priorities and pursue strategies for eliminating barriers to coverage and access to services.

 Track and Identify trends and engage in systemic advocacy

 Stay current on health care changes and updates.

 Assisting with grant reporting.

 Accurately complete Health Consumer Alliance database coding.

 Maintain compliance with HIPPA rules and regulations.

 Represent clients, counsel and advise clients in legal matters.

 Maintain detailed and accurate case notes and timekeeping in case management system (LegalServer).

 Interview clients. Effectively and efficiently communicate with clients.

 Engage in case investigation, witness interviews, factual and legal research.

 Research and write pleadings, memoranda, correspondence and other legal documents.

 Work with community groups, conduct outreach, and provide community education presentations and materials.

 Engage in policy advocacy, coordinate, and collaborate in policy campaigns with partner community based organizations to improve systemic issues.

 Work with community groups, conduct outreach, and provide community education presentations and materials.

 Direct and supervise the legal work of paralegal and law students, interns, and volunteers.

 Identify wrap around legal services and work collaboratively with CLA SoCal’s various legal units.

 Work with a multi-cultural perspective of inclusion and diversity.

 Follow all organizational and grant compliance policies and procedures.

 Perform other duties as required to meet the needs of the organization.


 Knowledge in health coverage eligibility and health care services involving private and public health insurance programs - Preferred.

 Experience with, including but not limited to, Medi-Cal, Medicare, Covered CA, Cal MediConnect Plan, Private Health Insurance Plans, Self-Funded Plans, and Managed Care System - Preferred.

 Experience working with diverse populations, seniors, and persons with disabilities - Preferred.

 Juris Doctor degree and an active member in good-standing of the California Bar or member to another state bar and ability to register as a legal services provider.

 Articulate, creative, and passionate advocate with excellent written and oral communication skills, computer skills, and problem-solving skills.

 Strong personal work ethic, initiative, and ability to organize time, manage diverse activities, and meet critical deadlines with minimal supervision.

 Ability to spot legal issues and comfort with providing real-time counsel & advice.

 Strong interpersonal skill, client communication skills and comfort working with indigent clients.

 Strong technical skills; including proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, Excel,

PowerPoint, Teams).

 Reliable team player.

 Great organizational skills with keen attention to detail.

 Desire to learn as well as share knowledge with other team members.

 Empathetic and energetic attitude while working with others.

 Ability to interact with a wide range of clients utilizing client-centered lawyering and trauma-informed frameworks.

 Proven interest in social justice issues.

 Ability to model CLA SoCal’s values (compassion, collaboration, trust, accountability and excellence) in the performance of job duties – Required.

 Commitment to CLA SoCal’s mission – Required.

 Must have a valid driver’s license, reliable vehicle, active insurance policy and ability to travel frequently in and around the service area for representation and to engage with clients and community partners.

 Prior legal services advocacy experience – Preferred.

 Bilingual proficiency – Preferred.


Our staff members work a 35-hour week, and we offer a flexible and remote work schedule. We also offer an outstanding benefit package which includes medical/dental/vision, 401k with employer contribution; life insurance with an optional employee buy-in; and long-term disability. Our employees have access to paid holidays, vacation, personal time, and sick time on their first day. Employee Assistance Program available.

Employees who are able to prove bilingual proficiency are eligible for a monetary bonus.


The position requires working with individuals during moments of extreme stress and instability. The position also requires the provision of culturally sensitive and empathetic services. Due to the COVID pandemic, our office is largely working on a hybrid schedule. Exceptions include mandatory court appearances, required client meetings and hearings and some administrative staff. Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination is required as a condition of employment before date of hire.


To be considered for this position as an internal candidate, you must currently be classified as a regular or temporary staff member or be a volunteer with our organization. TO APPLY, please submit a copy of your resume and cover letter to America Valdez, HR Director by emailing avaldez@clsocal.org. Please include the following in the subject line of your email: “INTERNAL: [Job Title as Shown in the Posting] – [Last Name].”

Current staff (not volunteers) will also need to complete an Internal Transfer and Consideration Form. Position open until filled.

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Community Legal Aid SoCal is an equal opportunity employer.

OCKABA is a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization.  Contact us at admin@ockaba.org or PO Box 6130, Newport Beach, CA 92658.

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