Managing Attorney - HELP: MLP, Philadelphia

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HELP: MLP is seeking an experienced Managing Attorney for its Philadelphia office. 

The Health, Education and Legal assistance Project: A Medical-Legal Partnership at Widener University (“HELP: MLP”) provides free civil legal services to individuals in order to improve their overall health and well-being.

HELP: MLP serves the southeastern Pennsylvania region through its health care partners, the Foundation for Delaware County’s Healthy Start and Nurse-Family Partnership programs, and Philadelphia Nurse-Family Partnership and Mabel Morris Family Home Visit Program.

Position Summary:

Manage Philadelphia office of law school based MLP supporting Nurse Family Partnership Philadelphia where lawyers are co-located with home visiting nurses. See for more information about HELP: MLP which supports health partners in both Chester and Philadelphia.

Engage in individual representation, policy advocacy, training, and supervision of staff attorney and students.

To Apply:

Email resume and cover letter to Dan Atkins at

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (include but are not limited to)

Essential Duties

  • Represent clients in court and administrative hearings, particularly to prevent evictions and address health harming housing conditions.
  • Train and consult with health care partners about operational, administrative, and other issues.
  • Coordinate and engage in policy and systemic advocacy, and coalitions.
  • Supervise legal work of Philadelphia office, including the work of another attorney, the nurse liaison, and students.
  • Present at local, regional and national conferences, and support teambuilding and other events hosted by site partner.
  • Support administrative/leadership team with grant applications, newsletters, articles, and other publications.
  • Ensure quality and ethical legal representation and satisfaction of grant deliverables.

Secondary Responsibilities:
Support class instruction and field supervision when class offered.

Supervision: Project Director, Daniel Atkins

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: (Education/Training and Experience Required)


  • J.D.
  • Pennsylvania Bar Admission (or eligible to waive in and prepared to take bar exam at next available test date).
  • Five years of post-law school experience.
  • Demonstrated commitment to representing people who are poor or otherwise vulnerable, with some subject matter expertise in housing and public benefit matters.


  • Experience supervising other attorneys
  • Spanish Fluency
  • Familiarity/experience with the Philadelphia legal network

Physical Requirements and/or Unusual Work Hours:

Legal services at HELP MLP are delivered at two sites-one in Chester, Pa. and one in Philadelphia, Pa. This position will be housed in Philadelphia, but that is always subject to change depending on funding.


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