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Legal Counsel - Michigan Long Term Care Ombudsman Program - Lansing, MI

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The Michigan Elder Justice Initiative (MEJI) is seeking a lawyer to serve as Legal Counsel to the Michigan Long Term Care Ombudsman Program (MLTCOP) in its Lansing office.

This position is a unique opportunity to serve as Legal Counsel to MLTCOP, which was a state government program before being transferred to MEJI in 2016. MLTCOP is charged with addressing the quality of life and quality of care experienced by residents living in nursing homes, homes for the aged, and adult foster care facilities. The program engages in a variety of systemic advocacy efforts to empower and protect long term care consumers and supports the 20 local Long Term Care Ombudsmen throughout the state. These local ombudsmen are housed at various nonprofits across Michigan and they are responsible for visiting facilities, advocating for residents, and investigating and resolving resident concerns. Visit mltcop.org for more information.

MEJI is a recognized leader in advocacy for low-income older adults and people with disabilities. Most recently, MEJI joined Attorney General Dana Nessel’s new taskforce on elder abuse. For more on that and other recent updates, please visit meji.org/news.

MEJI is part of Michigan Statewide Advocacy Services and is administered by the Michigan Advocacy Program.

Primary responsibilities for the Legal Counsel include:

  • Providing consultation and support to state and local ombudsman staff and legal services attorneys representing residents in licensed long term care settings;
  • Engaging in systemic advocacy to protect the health, safety, welfare, and rights of residents;
  • Engaging in administrative advocacy and litigation for long term care consumers facing guardianship, involuntary discharge, public benefits, individual rights, and other issues;
  • Representing MLTCOP and local ombudsman staff if legal action against them is brought or threatened;
  • Promoting and improving access to legal services for long term care consumers;
  • Coordinating advocacy with MEJI’s elder abuse prevention efforts; and,
  • Providing statewide education and support to lawyers, care providers, advocates, and others regarding the rights of long term care consumers.

Qualifications: Successful applicants will possess excellent research and writing skills, an interest in systemic advocacy, some litigation experience, great people skills, good judgment, and an ability to juggle multiple responsibilities. Experience advocating for long term care consumers or other vulnerable populations is preferred. Applicants must be attorneys licensed to practice in Michigan or be eligible to waive in. A minimum of three years’ experience in litigation or administrative advocacy preferred but not required.

Benefits: Full-time position with a salary from $46,000, depending on experience, and includes excellent health, disability, and fringe benefits.

To Apply: Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis.  Please email your resume with a cover letter to scoolbaugh@meji.org with the subject line, “MLTCOP Legal Counsel 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 scoolbaugh@meji.org.

The position is open until filled; applications received by September 13, 2019 will receive priority.

MEJI is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Date Posted: Aug 16, 2019