Partnering for Native Health AmeriCorps Member Medical-Legal Partnership Legal Advocate

Partnering for Native Health is an award-winning multidisciplinary project that embeds AmeriCorps Members in the tribal health care system to address the health-harming legal needs

 

Member Description

AmeriCorps member will offer trainings for health providers and comprehensive legal assistance for low-income patients at partnering hospital or health clinic serving tribes. By focusing on cases that promote income growth, housing stability, and personal safety, the MLP uses legal advocacy as a tool to address social determinants of health. New Mexico Legal Aid is actively seeking an AmeriCorps member position to serve full-time or part-time in Taos, NM.

 

The AmeriCorps Member will provide direct legal help to low-income patients at Tao-Picuris Indian Health Center. Areas of legal advocacy include public benefits, housing, special education, domestic violence, elder law, family law, and consumer law. The AmeriCorps Member will be responsible for providing periodic trainings and presentations to providers at medical facilities, as well as for regularly consulting with medical providers.  

 

Although AmeriCorps members will work independently at their local location, member will be part of a national collaborative network of members to improve social determinants of health for Native American and Alaska Native people. All AmeriCorps members will attend an MLP Boot Camp (location and dates TBD, travel expenses will be covered). The MLP Boot Camp will train each member on vision of the project and arm each member with the tools to nurture each new Medical-Legal Partnerships. Each member will have a local attorney supervisor for day-to-day activities. Project support will be provided by the MLP Project Director, including monthly conference calls and AmeriCorps updates.

 

Minimum Requirements:

  • Over 18 with a high school diploma or GED: law school degree or equivalent work experience preferred
  • Passion for increasing access to justice for marginalized individuals  
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a variety of contexts
  • Prior experience in managing independent projects or assignments
  • Basic Computer Proficiency
  • A driver’s license and personal means of transportation highly recommended
  • Ability to travel throughout the surrounding region 
  • Those with experience regarding Indian Law strongly encouraged to apply
  • Qualified individuals with disabilities and those from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.  We provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals.

Term of Service: March 1, 2020 to February 28, 2021 (or one year from actual state date.)  To successfully complete term of service, members are required to complete 1700 hours of service within 365 days.  Members may be eligible to continue their service for additional one-year terms.

 

Schedule: Full Time OR Part Time

Practice Areas: Children's Rights, Consumer Protection/Debt/Bankruptcy, Disability Law/Rights, Education, Elder Law, Employment/Labor, Family Law, General Legal Services, Health Law, Housing/Landlord-Tenant, Juvenile Issues, LGBTQ, Litigation, Alaska Native/Native American/Indian/Tribal Law, Poverty, Probate/Trust & Estate Issues, Public Benefits/Social Security, Racial Justice Issues, Women's Rights

 

Benefits:

  • Annual living allowance of $27,984 (full-time)
  • An AmeriCorps Education Award of $6095 upon successful completion of service.  This award can be used to pay education costs at qualified institutions of higher education, for education training and resources, or to repay qualified student loans.  Members aged 55 and over may transfer the education award to a child, grandchild or foster child.
  • Eligible for deferment on qualified student loans
  • Health benefits
  • Child care assistance if qualified
  • Hands-on experience and training in the legal field

Member placement is contingent upon ability to pass AmeriCorps, State and Tribal-mandated criminal background checks

 

Application Instructions:

 

Please send a current resume and letter explaining what you hope to accomplish if you are selected for this position to: jobs@nmlegalaid.org, Candidates are encouraged to apply sooner as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Or search for “Partnering for Native Health” on MyAmeriCorps.gov

 

Why become and AmeriCorps Member?

Help your community: Know that you are giving your time, talent, wisdom, and experience to your community and neighbors who need you.

Help yourself: Through service, you can add to the quality and health of your life. Research indicates that volunteers enjoy better health, make new friendships, stay active and involved in the community, and learn new skills.

 

Make a difference: Be part of a national movement to transform America through the involvement of its citizens.

Save money for the organizations you serve: By donating your time and skills, you help make funds go farther for organizations that address critical needs in your community.

 

 

 

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