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Posted by: LegalHeath Unit - 3/17/2023
Job Expires: 6/16/2023
Staff Attorney

About NYLAG:

Founded in 1990, NYLAG is a leading civil legal services organization combatting economic, racial, and social injustice by advocating for people experiencing poverty or in crisis. Our services include comprehensive, free civil legal services, financial empowerment, impact litigation, policy advocacy, and community partnerships. NYLAG exists because wealth should not determine who has access to justice. We aim to disrupt systemic racism by serving individuals and families whose legal and financial crises are often rooted in racial inequality. NYLAG goes to where the need is, providing services in more than 150 community sites (e.g. courts, hospitals, libraries) and on our Mobile Legal Help Center. During COVID-19, most of our services are virtual to keep our community safe. NYLAG’s staff of 300 impacted the lives of nearly 90,000 people last year.


About the Evelyn Frank Legal Resources Program (EFLRP):

EFLRP advocates for access to health and long-term care services for New Yorkers living in poverty, who, because of aging and/or disability, need Medicaid services to enable them to remain in their homes and avoid institutionalization.  EFLRP was launched by Selfhelp Community Services, Inc., in 2002, with a focus on helping Holocaust survivors.  In 2013, EFLRP joined NYLAG and serves all low-income seniors and people with disabilities in New York City, subject to resource limitations.   EFLRP is a statewide leader in policy advocacy, professional training, and direct representation of consumers navigating the complex Medicaid eligibility and Medicaid community-based long term care systems.   

EFLRP is unique among legal services providers because of its use of a combination of tools to safeguard the right to health care and long-term care:


  • Direct representation of clients in denials and reductions of Medicaid, Medicare Savings Program, Medicaid home care services, and Medicare Part D prescription drug program,
  • Training of legal, social services, and health care professionals about the arcane rules of and rapid changes in health care programs for low income seniors and people with disabilities
  • Educating the public through the website  
  • Engaging in policy advocacy on a state and local level with the goal of improving the regulations, policies and procedures that create obstacles to accessing vital services.


Job description

This is a staff attorney  position in the Evelyn Frank Legal Resources Program unit at NYLAG, reporting to the Associate Director and working with other unit attorneys and paralegals.  The staff attorney will provide legal services predominantly in EFLRP’s priority areas of access to health care services through Medicaid and Medicare, with an emphasis on Medicaid home care services, with secondary work involving Social Security, SSI, and planning for incapacity through powers of attorney, health care proxies, and other advance directives.   The staff attorney will primarily provide direct legal services for seniors and people with disabilities involving eligibility counseling, advocacy regarding problems with applications for and retention of Medicaid and with enrollment in Managed Long Term Care (MLTC) plans, and representation of consumers against Managed Long Term Care plans regarding denials or reductions of home care or other services in fair hearings and external appeals.    The staff attorney will also provide “technical assistance” to professionals who request EFLRP’s expertise in how to advocate for their clients in the same subject areas in which EFLRP provides direct representation.

The staff attorney will also assist in EFLRP’s other activities beside direct legal services, including:


  • conducting professional legal education programs, and maintaining and updating the website at  that empowers New York’s social workers, health care workers, elder care lawyers, and other professionals to advocate for health access and other issues faced by the low-income elderly they serve;
  • engaging in policy advocacy with the State and New York City Medicaid agencies to improve policies and procedures that impact Medicaid recipients who are aged or disabled.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for all aspects of direct client legal services, including conducting intake and assessment, providing counseling, conducting factual investigation and legal research
  • Represents clients at all stages of administrative process including initial requests for authorizations, MLTC plan appeals, fair hearings, external appeals, and Medicaid and Medicare eligibility counseling, advocacy and appeals
  • May also be assigned cases in other issue areas as discussed above
  • Travel to clients at their homes, hospital, or nursing home in all boroughs of New York City is required as necessary to investigate and represent clients who are unable to travel to the NYLAG office because of disability.  
  • Participates in staff meetings, training seminars, and community activities as required
  • Maintains required paper and electronic case records, reports and statistics in a timely and complete manner   
  • Conducts outreach to and provides legal education trainings, as assigned, for community-based organizations
  • Participates in coalitions, as assigned, to work on policy advocacy on issues arising in the attorney’s practice areas



  • J.D. and admission to practice law in the State of New York and maintain active license is required
  • Pending admission to the New York State bar will be considered
  • Experience in the Medicaid and Medicare practice areas is required
  • Passion for working with people with disabilities, older adults, and caregivers
  • Fluency in Russian, Spanish or Chinese languages is preferred


NYLAG’s Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

NYLAG is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, people with disabilities, immigrants, veterans, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people, and those with lived experiences in the communities we serve are strongly encouraged to apply.


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Salary Range:

NYLAG is a unionized workplace, and salaries are set pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement. The current salary range for this position is between $71,576 - $77,294.


Benefits: Medical, dental, vision, 401k, life insurance, long term disability, commuter benefits, flexible spending accounts (FSA) for Medical and Dependent care.


Application Instructions: Please save resume and cover letter on one pdf.


Covid Vaccination Policy:Please note, to safeguard the health and well-being of our employees and clients, NYLAG requires all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless a medical or religious exemption is approved.


NYLAG is committed to a hybrid work policy for staff whose work does not require their full-time presence in the office. NYLAG’s current policy is that most staff are required to work in NYLAG’s offices or do other in-person work at least two days each week.

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