BU Law Public Service Fellow


Fellowship Description

HLA seeks to host a Boston University School of Law 2019-2020 Post Graduate Public Service Fellow. The Fellow will serve as an HLA Staff Attorney and be active in all facets of our work. The Fellow will work closely with the Legal Director and other members of HLA’s legal staff. This Fellowship is most appropriate for graduates who are interested in a fast-paced learning environment with immediate and direct client contact, representing clients in formal legal proceedings and negotiations, and advocating for public policies to expand health care access. HLA prioritizes training and mentoring new attorneys to ensure they thrive. HLA is headquartered in convenient and well-equipped offices at One Federal Street in Downtown Boston.

 

Responsibilities

The Fellow’s primary responsibility will be representing vulnerable clients who are being denied access to or unfairly billed for health care, typically because of actions by health insurers or health care providers. HLA is also involved in state and federal litigation, including impact litigation, at various times and the Fellow will have opportunities to participate in such efforts when they occur. This Fellowship further allows the graduate to advance public policies and thereby blend direct client advocacy with policy work in health law. Whereas much of HLA’s policy advocacy is conducted in partnership with other advocacy organizations, the Fellow will have the opportunity to collaborate with staff members from two other nationally-recognized health care non-profits, Health Care For All and Community Catalyst, that are co-located with HLA, as well as from other leading consumer and health care advocacy organizations. 

The Fellow will also concentrate on one or more of HLA’s existing strategic initiatives or develop a new project in partnership with HLA. HLA’s current priority areas include health care access for immigrants, children’s mental health care access, health care services for persons with disabilities, mental health parity, transgender health access, medical debt and protection of the Affordable Care Act and the state’s Medicaid program (MassHealth).

 

Qualifications

  • Only '19 Boston University School of Law graduates are eligible for the Fellowship
  • Must have a strong commitment to public interest law. 
  • Health care-related work experience and/or who have completed significant health care-related coursework.
  • Willingness to take the July 2019 bar is preferred.

 

How to apply

Applicants should submit a one-page cover letter, resume and law school transcript. Applications should be sent by email to: 

Matt Selig, Executive Director, at selig AT hla-inc DOT org.

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Health Law Advocates is an AA/EO Employer. People of color, LGBTQ identified people, gender nonconforming people, individuals with disabilities, veterans and people who speak a language in addition to English are encouraged to apply.