Harvard Law School - Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation - Racial Justice Senior Staff Attorney

22 Dec 2020 5:52 PM | Michael Murphy (Administrator)

HARVARD LAW SCHOOL is hiring for an open position of Racial Justice Senior Staff Attorney.

Job Summary

The Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation (CHLPI) advocates for legal, regulatory, and policy reforms to improve the health of underserved populations. Our work on behalf of low-income people focuses on improving access to high quality health care, reducing health disparities, and promoting more equitable and effective health care and public health systems. The racial justice senior staff attorney ("staff attorney") will identify and advance issues of racial justice and equity across the broad spectrum of CHLPI's advocacy portfolio, including federal and state health policy reform, administrative and legislative advocacy and impact litigation. The staff attorney will also be afforded some discretion to identify new matters within CHLPI's areas of expertise, with an eye toward adding an explicit and focused racial justice component to our law practice. To meet these goals, the staff attorney will work with diverse stakeholders, including consumers, advocates, community-based organizations, health and social services professionals, government officials and others, as well as with CHLPI's staff and students.

Job Code
365058 Legal Professional

Job-Specific Responsibilities

As a Racial Justice Senior Staff Attorney, you will:

  • Serve as the lead attorney on one or more CHLPI projects to increase access to health care and the quality of health care for low-income individuals and families, explicitly working toward racial justice and equality goals.

  • Develop new and support existing policy reform, administrative advocacy and/or impact litigation projects with a general goal of reducing racial and socioeconomic disparities in health and public health systems.

  • Liaise with other CHLPI attorneys to enhance the focus on pursuing goals related to racial equity across the organization's initiatives.

  • Supervise and mentor students on a broad range of relevant skills.

  • Review government and government-funded health care policies for racially disparate impacts subject to antidiscrimination law.
  • Audit and address health insurance policies that further entrench systemic racism.

  • Work with state-based advocates to develop progressive health care policy reforms targeted at increasing access to care for communities of color.

Basic Qualifications

J.D., admission to a state bar, and five or more years of related experience.

Certificates and Licenses
Bar admission required
Working Conditions
Some travel may be required (once safe travel is resumed).

Job Function
General Administration

Sub Unit

USA - MA - Cambridge

Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation

Time Status

00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Salary Grade

Pre-Employment Screening
Education, Identity, License/Cert.

EEO Statement
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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