Staff Attorney for Medical Legal Partnership
Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, Inc., (SMRLS) is seeking to fill a Staff Attorney
position in the St. Paul Office of its Metro Region for an established medical legal partnership
with Children’s Hospitals and Clinics. The partnership integrates free civil legal services into a
health care delivery model. The attorney will handle a variety of poverty law matters. This is a
grant-funded position through 2023 and highly anticipated for renewal due to its success.
RESPONSIBILITIES: The Medical Legal Partnership Staff Attorney position will provide legal
assistance to eligible clients presenting with health-harming legal issues related to housing,
government benefits, immigration, problems accessing medical care, and other types of
problems. The attorney will provide legal advice and represent clients in contested court and
administrative proceedings. The attorney will be the primary point of contact for M-
Health/Fairview’s Bethesda Clinic patients with SMRLS and will be available on-site at
Bethesda Clinic in St. Paul campus a minimum of 50% of the time. The attorney will attend
meetings with Bethesda Clinic’s staff and will also provide training to the clinic’s staff on
identifying health-harming legal issues. The attorney will be under supervision of the Medical-
Legal Partnership Lead Attorney, located at the SMRLS Metro Office. The attorney will
maintain a caseload in compliance with SMRLS’ written practice standards and must comply
with SMRLS’ policies, practices, and guiding principles in furtherance of SMRLS’ mission.
Community education, outreach, intake responsibilities, and active bar participation are also
required activities. The position is funded annually.
QUALIFICATIONS: Must be licensed to practice law in Minnesota or be a candidate for Bar
admission. Non-academic experience working in low-income communities, or other activities
that demonstrate an interest in working with low-income clients, will be given great weight.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with victims of domestic abuse and persons from
different cultural backgrounds is essential. Prior experience working in or familiarity with
medical settings will be helpful. Good communication skills; ability to work constructively with
others in a team work setting; good judgment; strong organizational capability: ability to learn
quickly and to work hard, independently, and under pressure; and ability to handle contested
hearings are all required. Fluency in a second language, particularly Spanish or Somali, will be
beneficial but is not required. Basic computer competence required.
SALARY: The salary is $56,987+ DOE, pursuant to scale. Excellent benefits provided.
STARTING DATE: As soon as possible after the position is filled.
TO APPLY: Email or mail cover letter and resume with references to:
Suzanne Guertin, Lead Attorney – Healthcare Legal Partnership Team
Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services
55 East Fifth Street, Suite 400
Saint Paul, MN 55101
Office Phone: (651) 222-5863
Office Fax: (651) 297-6457