Martin Luther King Jr. Fellowship Opportunity - PA Health Law Project

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Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc.

Martin Luther King Jr. Fellowship Opportunity
PA Health Law Project

About Our Fellowship Program

In 2004, PLAN Inc. created the Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellowship Program to enhance cultural and ethnic diversity within its legal services network. In partnership with a sponsoring regional or specialty program, law school graduates and attorneys who are new to practice are hired as full time staff attorneys for a two-year fellowship.

Fellows are assigned mentors and supervised by experienced attorneys. Salary and benefits are determined by the host program. In addition, loan repayment assistance (lra), up to $5,500, is available per fellowship year. The fellowship is intended to support and promote new lawyers who are interested in long-term public interest careers. Employment is not limited to two years.

Fellowship Opportunity

Program:  Pennsylvania Health Law Project (PHLP), either Harrisburg or Philadelphia Office

Anticipated Start Date: On or about August 1, 2017

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Description:  PHLP has a single focus: protecting and advancing the health rights of low-income and underserved individuals. The state’s oldest nonprofit of its kind, PHLP advances its mission through direct legal service, education and training, and the advancement of sound policy and practice. PHLP concentrates on Medicaid (Medical Assistance) which is the Pennsylvania-operated health insurance program for 2.7 million low-income Pennsylvanians. PHLP represents 1) uninsured clients who need legal assistance to become eligible for Medicaid insurance and 2) clients who have Medicaid coverage but have been denied services prescribed by their health care provider. PHLP represents vulnerable populations—e.g., children with special health care needs, adults with disabilities and seniors.

An MLK Fellow at PHLP will, inter alia, help clients overcome the decisions by Medicaid managed care plans to limit medically needed services. PHLP is particularly concerned about the enrollment of low-income seniors and persons with disabilities in managed care through a new state program called Community HealthChoices.

Requirements:  PHLP is seeking an attorney who desires to make a significant contribution to the well being of low-income individuals. The successful candidate should have a demonstrated commitment to provide quality legal services to low-income individuals seeking access to affordable and sustainable healthcare coverage. Prior experience with healthcare-related law and/or advocacy is preferred, but not essential. Spanish fluency is helpful. Applicants must be a new-to-practice attorney licensed in Pennsylvania or sitting for the July 2017 Pennsylvania Bar Exam.

To apply for this fellowship, please forward a cover letter, resume, three professional references (must identify relationship with reference), official law school transcript and a writing sample to:

Arlene Marshall-Hockensmith, Esq.
Administrative Officer
Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc.
118 Locust Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
1-800-322-7572, ext. 216

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