Oct 09, 2019


  • Mental Health Advocacy Services, Inc.
  • Los Angeles, CA, USA
Legal Legal Aid and Advocacy Mental Health

Job Description

Mental Health Advocacy Services, Inc. (MHAS) is a private, non-profit organization whose mission is to protect and advance the legal rights of children and adults with mental health disabilities, in order to maximize autonomy, promote equality, and secure the resources needed to thrive in the community.

MHAS seeks to hire a full-time attorney with prior public interest legal experience to become part of our dynamic Medical-Legal-Community Partnership (MLCP) team. The MLCP is a project administered by the Los Angeles County Department of Health as part of its Whole Person Care initiative. Through the MLCP, MHAS provides legal advocacy for vulnerable patients to ensure they have the resources and support needed to achieve better health outcomes and overall well-being. The ideal candidate will be expected to respond quickly to a high-volume of legal referrals in a wide-range of subject areas, including housing, public benefits, consumer, education, tickets and expungement, and health and mental health. Other responsibilities will include providing legal training and technical assistance to county health workers, and engaging in policy advocacy. The attorney will also take on such other client and policy work from time to time as deemed appropriate to MHAS's mission and client goals.


  1. Providing competent legal assistance to clients through advice and counsel, research and writing, negotiation, administrative advocacy, and court advocacy;
  2. Developing expertise in a broad range of poverty law issues;
  3. Maintaining a high-volume caseload in an organized and efficient manner;
  4. Creating training materials for county health workers;
  5. Providing technical assistance and training to county health workers and other stakeholders;
  6. Assisting with project administration;
  7. Participating in policy advocacy projects;
  8. Assisting with other projects and tasks as identified related to MHAS’s mission.


  1. J.D. degree and membership in California State Bar.
  2. Commitment and sensitivity to the rights of people with mental health disabilities and other vulnerable populations.
  3. Excellent legal research skills.
  4. Excellent oral and written communication skills with attention to detail.
  5. Excellent organizational skills.
  6. Ability to prioritize tasks, manage time, and meet deadlines.
  7. Demonstrated ability to analyze complex problems and develop creative solutions.
  8. Cultural sensitivity and demonstrated ability to work well with diverse social, economic, and ethnic groups.


  1. Spanish language fluency or proficiency preferred.
  2. Three (3) or more years of public interest legal experience preferred.
  3. Experience advocating on behalf of vulnerable populations.


Generous fringe benefits include paid vacation, holidays and sick leave and employee health, dental, vision, long term disability and life insurance.

Level of Language Proficiency

Spanish language fluency or proficiency preferred.



$54,000 - $60,000


How to Apply

Submit a resume and cover letter describing how you meet the minimum and desirable qualifications and discussing your motivation for seeking the position.

E-mail application to: info@mhas-la.org (state Employment Application in subject line).

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