Systemic Litigation and Advocacy Attorney

Date Posted: 
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 1:15pm

The Michigan Elder Justice Initiative (MEJI) is seeking a lawyer to focus on litigation and advocacy on issues of greatest concern to low income older adults and people with disabilities.

MEJI advocates for low-income older adults and people with disabilities on issues related to healthcare, benefits, long term care, elder abuse, and individual rights. MEJI serves as the home for the Michigan Long Term Care Ombudsman Program (MLTCOP) and the MI Health Link Ombudsman program as well as overseeing two local long term care ombudsman programs. It also engages in elder abuse prevention and remediation efforts. In addition, MEJI provides advice and support to legal services lawyers and other advocates serving low income older adults and people with disabilities across the state. MEJI also undertakes systemic advocacy efforts, often in collaboration with state and federal advocacy partners, and works closely with MAP’s Crime Victims Legal Assistance Project for victims of elder abuse.

The Systemic Litigation and Advocacy Attorney’s tasks will focus on doing individual and systemic litigation and supporting the litigation efforts of other legal services attorneys within MEJI, CVLAP, and other legal services programs around the state.  Other responsibilities may include legislative and administrative advocacy, public education, convening or participating in task forces or workgroups of diverse stakeholders, developing advocacy materials, and working with the media.  An initial priority will be working to improve the state’s guardianship system and other impact work consistent with MEJI’s priorities and responsibilities.

This is a full-time position in Lansing, MI.  Successful applicants will possess strong litigation skills, excellent research and writing skills, a great deal of initiative and an ability to work independently, a passion for systemic advocacy on behalf of vulnerable individuals, leadership skills, creativity, and an ability to juggle multiple responsibilities. Applicants must be able to travel across the state. Applicants must be attorneys licensed to practice in Michigan or be eligible to waive in. A minimum of 5 years’ experience is required. Salary is from $44,000 DOE and includes excellent benefits; an attorney with 5 years’ experience can expect a salary of approximately $53,000 depending on experience.

MEJI is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage minorities, women, and persons with disabilities to apply.

Please email your resume with a cover letter to scoolbaugh@meji.org with the subject line, “MEJI Systemic Litigation Position.” Please indicate whether you are applying to any other positions with LSSCM, MAP, or MEJI. If you have questions about the program or the position, please email Shelby Coolbaugh at the above address.

The position is open until filled; applications received by July 18, 2018 will receive priority.

Date Posted: June 20, 2018