Staff Attorney – North Carolina office

Staff Attorney – North Carolina office

The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) protects and advances the health rights of low-income and underserved individuals. Our offices (in Los Angeles, Washington D.C., and Chapel Hill, N.C.) engage in national, state, and local advocacy efforts, ranging from analyses of federal and state laws, policy advocacy, litigation, continuing legal education, and individual technical support. We work with lawyers and advocates, community-based entities, federal and state policy makers, health care providers, and clients.

NHeLP is committed to health equity—ensuring that everyone has access to the resources they need to be healthy—and to cultivating an internal environment that empowers an exceptional and diverse staff. For more information, see our Equity Stance.

NHeLP particularly encourages applications from members of racial and ethnic minority groups, women, the LGBTQ+ community, people with disabilities, and others whose background may contribute to effective representation of low-income people and underserved communities.

NHeLP’s litigation and enforcement team engages in broad national, state, and local advocacy efforts, focusing on class action and individual representation in state and federal courts. Over the years, our litigation efforts have established important precedents and models for advocates across the country, particularly with respect to enforcing Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, and civil/disability rights laws. We also consult on legal and litigation issues with other law offices (e.g., disability rights and legal services), health organizations, and clients. Our Amicus Project prepares briefs on behalf of national, state, and community-based organizations to share their perspectives when courts are considering major health access and equity issues.

The position:

We are seeking a full-time staff attorney in the North Carolina office. For the most part, the attorney will work with our litigation team. However, the position will also involve some policy advocacy and legal education. The ideal candidate will have litigation experience and knowledge of health and disability laws, particularly Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act; strong analytical, research and writing skills; and the ability to work individually and with others. Before the pandemic, NHeLP staff were able to telecommute two days a week. We are now fully virtual because of COVID-19. We do not plan to require anyone to come into the office until it is safe to do so; we also are exploring various more permanent options for expanded remote work.

SPECIFICALLY, the attorney will perform the following functions:

  1. Work with NHeLP’s litigation team to develop innovative legal theories to enforce federal and state laws designed to ensure access to health care, including Medicaid, Social Security Act, civil and disability rights laws, and constitutional laws.
  2. Engage in litigation and amicus practice to protect and expand health access, including work on case development, discovery, motions, merits briefs, trials, and oral arguments.
  3. Keep NHeLP’s policy teams apprised of enforcement and litigation developments and activities and how they may affect our policy work.
  4. Provide consultation and technical assistance to legal services, disability rights, and health advocates.
  5. Assist with media and communications focusing on legal developments, legislation and regulations, litigation, and advocacy strategies, including publications, blog posts, and training and conference sessions.


  • J.D. degree from an accredited law school, with strong interest in civil procedure, administrative law, and federal court jurisdiction
  • Admission to a state bar
  • 6-8 years of litigation experience
  • Excellent legal research, writing, and analytical skills
  • Knowledge of Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program, Social Security Act, ADA, and laws intended to benefit low-income individuals, race/color/national origin populations, and individuals with disabilities
  • Commitment to representation of low-income and underserved populations
  • Commitment to NHeLP’s mission and values, including commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail, including the ability to handle multiple tasks and projects and prioritize appropriately
  • Strong sense of self-motivation; ability to work independently while not hesitating to ask questions or to seek guidance when necessary
  • Willingness to tackle new projects as they arise
  • Experience with PowerPoint, Excel, or Westlaw/Lexis
  • Ability to research and analyze proposed and final legislation, regulations, and sub-regulatory guidance
  • Ability to travel (some travel will be required)


Full-time, starting immediately.


Salary is determined by a scale based on years out of law school.  For instance, the salary for a candidate with a J.D. and 6 years of experience is $89,100 and for someone with 8 years of experience is $97,900. A step up in the salary scale is given for someone with an additional, relevant advanced degree, such as an MPH.

The National Health Law Program offers a generous benefits package that includes employer-paid medical, dental, life, and disability insurance, as well as pre-tax savings plans, and a retirement savings opportunity. The National Health Law Program also offers generous paid time off including holidays, sick time, parental leave, 150 hours (20 days) of vacation per year, and more.

About the North Carolina office:

The office is located in Chapel Hill—home of the University of North Carolina and a quintessential college town. This is a diverse, culture-rich community, with great farm to table food and a thriving music scene. The mountains and the ocean are a couple of hours away.

How to Apply:

Qualified applicants should email application documents in one PDF document; it should include: a cover letter and resume in pdf format, with subject that describes the position the applicant is seeking (i.e., Staff Attorney-NC) to: [email protected]. Please add your name to the application attachment that you send. For example: JaneSanchezApplication.PDF.

No phone calls please, except for reasonable accommodation requests. If a reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, please contact us at: [email protected] or at 919-968-6308.


September 17, 2021 (applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis if received later).

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