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Systemic Advocacy Attorney - Michigan Elder Justice Initiative - Lansing

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The Michigan Elder Justice Initiative (MEJI) is seeking a lawyer to focus on systemic advocacy 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 Advocacy Attorney will focus initially on initiating and coordinating advocacy efforts with the goal of improving the state’s guardianship system. Tasks will likely include becoming intimately familiar with probate court rules and practice, individual and systemic litigation, legislative and administrative advocacy, public education, convening task forces or workgroups of diverse stakeholders, drafting white papers or other advocacy materials, working with the media, researching best practices and guardianship developments in other states, and supporting legal services attorneys engaged in guardianship litigation. The Systemic Advocacy attorney will also become involved in other impact work consistent with MEJI’s priorities and responsibilities.

This is a full-time position in Lansing, MI. Successful applicants will possess a great deal of initiative, strong litigation skills, excellent research and writing skills, a passion for systemic advocacy on behalf of vulnerable individuals, leadership skills, creativity, and an ability to juggle multiple responsibilities. Experience coordinating advocacy initiatives strongly preferred. 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.

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

Please email your resume with a cover letter to with the subject line, “MEJI Systemic Advocacy 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 January 19, 2018 will receive priority.

Date Posted: Jan 03, 2018