Senior Attorney, Harm Reduction Legal Project, Network for Public Health Law

The Network is seeking a senior attorney to support the Network’s Harm Reduction Legal Project. The attorney will provide responsive legal technical assistance including research and assessment of laws and policies, consultation on best practices, and strategic guidance to individuals and organizations working to create, expand, and defend syringe access and disposal programs, naloxone distribution programs, supervised consumption facilities, evidence-based treatment, and related initiatives in furtherance of the creation, continuation, and effective operation of harm reduction programs in the United States. The attorney will also provide actionable information to governmental and non-governmental organizations as well as individuals and private sector partners regarding legal rights, barriers and facilitators, and best practices for the creation and operation of harm reduction programs and practices through the development of written materials, participation in webinars and trainings, and related activities.

Attorneys in good standing of the Bar of a U.S. jurisdiction, with 2-5 years of experience in providing either legal counsel or technical legal support in public health law, harm reduction law and policy, and related fields are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will have excellent legal research, writing, and public speaking skills; excellent organizational skills; a strong, demonstrated commitment to social justice and the rights and dignity of people who use drugs; and the ability to create and maintain partnerships and collaborative relationships with a wide variety of individuals and communities. As this is a full-time remote working position, the successful candidate will be a professional who thrives in a structured independent environment with external supervision (individuals who reside in, or are able to relocate to Minnesota have the option to work out of the Network’s office located in the Twin Cities area). This position requires the ability to travel as needed, potentially six or more times per year.

The Network and TSNE MissionWorks envision a society grounded in principles of social and economic justice. As such, we strive to achieve excellence through a diverse and inclusive workplace that honors each individual as a whole person. Our vision and values are reflected in all our employment-related decisions, including hiring practices. Accordingly, we actively seek people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in our work. We value the unique talents and contributions of each of our employees. Individuals with lived experience are particularly encouraged to apply for this position.

JOB OVERVIEW

This position may assist in the supervision of students and research assistants.

Legal Technical Assistance

  • Provide timely, high quality, practical, and relevant technical assistance, training, and referrals in the area of harm reduction law and policy in consultation with Project Director and other Network colleagues.
  • Contribute to a comprehensive repository of legal information (Knowledge Base), typically at least one entry per month.

Resource Development

  • Work directly with public health practitioners, attorneys, community-based and governmental organizations, impacted individuals and communities and other relevant stakeholders on an ongoing basis to identify relevant legal issues and evidence-based solutions.
  • Develop practical or scholarly Network resources for use by public health practitioners, attorneys, policy advocates, and other interested persons.

Outreach and Relationship-Building

  • Build and maintain collaborative relationships with public health and legal experts, as well as cross-sector partners, community members, advocates, and other relevant parties.
  • Generate new TA and partnership opportunities through outreach and resource development
  • Represent the Harm Reduction Legal Project at conferences and gatherings.
  • Provide opportunities for networking and peer assistance to Network stakeholders.
  • Deliver briefings and presentations, which may include in-person presentations and webinars.

Strategic Planning

  • Participate in strategic planning, including efforts to identify, obtain, and fulfill grants and contracts.
  • Participate on Network-wide committees and workgroups as appropriate.

Other duties as assigned.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Must be a practicing attorney in good standing of the Bar of a U.S. jurisdiction.
  • 2-5 years of experience in providing either legal counsel or technical legal support in public health law, harm reduction law and policy, or a related field.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Exceptional time management and organizational skills with ability to prioritize tasks effectively.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and WestLaw.
  • Required to use good judgment, integrity, and discretion in handling confidential information.
  • Ability to work remotely from home office. (Individuals who reside in the Twin Cities area in Minnesota will have the option to work in the Network’s office.)
  • Ability to travel up to six or more times a year.


TO APPLY

The Network is a fiscally sponsored program of TSNE MissionWorks (TSNE). Interested individuals can apply on TSNE's job site. For best consideration, please apply by September 30th. 

As an EOE/AA employer, the Network/TSNE MissionWorks will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, genetic information, veteran or disability status or any other factor prohibited by law.