Senior Attorney

Job Locations US-MI-Ann Arbor
Posted Date 2 months ago(11/15/2021 4:20 PM)
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Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy
Fiscal Sponsorship Organizations
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Network for Public Health Law (Ann Arbor)


At the Network for Public Health Law (The Network) ( we believe in the power of public health law and policy to improve lives and make our communities safer, healthier, stronger and more equitable. We know that understanding, navigating, and using law and policy can transform our communities so we work to help public health leaders, policymakers, researchers, educators, advocates, and health care providers do just that.


The Network for Public Health Law is a fiscally sponsored project of TSNE ( 


The Network is seeking a Public Health Senior Attorney to work with its Mid-States Region Office in Ann Arbor, Michigan. This position will provide legal technical assistance, conduct training, develop tools and educational materials, and facilitate opportunities for networking and peer assistance on a wide variety of public health law topics. This position will primarily focus on legal issues regarding collecting, sharing, and protecting data for public health purposes, including addressing determinants of health and promoting racial and health equity. As a team member, the Senior Attorney will help to identify funding opportunities, write grant proposals, manage contracts and project deliverables, and perform other duties as assigned.


For best consideration please apply by Friday, January 6, 2022.


Essential Functions


Legal Technical Assistance 60%

  • Provide timely, high-quality, practical, and relevant technical assistance and training in all areas of public health law, including referrals in consultation with Network colleagues. This position is focused primarily on legal issues relating to public health data and health equity;
  • Contribute to a comprehensive repository of legal information (Legal Assistance Library), typically at least one entry per month;
  • Provide legal, technical assistance, consulting, and recommendations for the Network’s public health data projects portfolio.

Resource Development (20%)

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

Outreach and Relationship-Building (10%)

  • Build and maintain collaborative relationships with public health and legal experts in the Mid-States region and areas of subject matter expertise;
  • Represent the Network at conferences and gatherings;
  • Provide opportunities for networking and peer assistance to Network stakeholders;
  • Deliver a minimum of 3-6 public health law presentations per year, including in-person presentations and webinars.

Strategic Planning (10%)

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

Other duties as assigned.


Supervisory Duties


This position may supervise research assistants or law student on specific projects, or new attorneys who participate in Network fellowship or intern positions.


We will consider exceptional candidates who demonstrate a strong combination of the specific qualifications and skills described below.

  • Attorneys in good standing of the Bar of a U.S. jurisdiction, with at least five to seven years of experience in providing legal counsel or technical legal support in public health law or health law, which includes substantial responsibility related to compliance with data protection laws, are encouraged to apply;
    • Related areas of law that demonstrate significant knowledge and practical experience regarding the organization and powers of government to protect the public and promote its well-being may be considered. These areas include, but are not limited to, municipal law, tribal law, environmental law, education law, administrative law, poverty law, and civil rights law.
    • We may consider graduate level education regarding health information, data privacy and security, or related areas in place of some legal practice experience.
  • Excellent legal research, writing, and public speaking skills;
  • Excellent organizational skills;
  • Demonstrated commitment to health equity and social justice, and the ability to create and maintain partnerships and collaborative relationships with a wide variety of individuals and communities.

Physical Demands/Work Environment


The physical demands described here are representative of those for this position. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. Work is performed in an office environment and in close proximity to other workers.


While performing the duties of this position, the employee is required to:

  • Handle, or feel objects, tools or controls;
  • Reach; traverse; sit (usually for longer periods of time); occasionally ascend/descend; and position self (to) move;
  • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds;
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate;
  • Job is not subject to significant occupational or environmental hazards;
  • Likelihood of personal injury would be relatively slight;
  • Environmental and work hazards are not present to a measurable degree.

Compensation and Benefits


Location: Work will be based in the Mid-States Region office, Ann Arbor, Michigan, but can be performed remotely, with occasional travel to Ann Arbor.

Compensation: The salary range for this position begins at $75,000.00/yr and is commensurate with experience. Bar fees and Continuing Legal Education credits are paid by the Network.

 Benefits: This position is eligible for a full benefits package including:

  • Generous Paid-Time-Off (PTO): 12 paid holidays, 3 weeks vacation, 1 week personal holiday, and sick time for full-time staff;
  • 80% Employer-paid, $0 deductible Health Insurance through Harvard Pilgrim;
  • Low-cost MetLife Dental and Vision;
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) for Health and Dependent Care;
  • Employer-paid Life, Long- and Short-Term Disability Insurance;
  • Employer-paid Pension through TIAA;
  • ...and more!

TSNE/The Network for Public Health Law envisions a society grounded in the principles of social and economic justice. As such, we strive to achieve excellence through a diverse and inclusive workplace that honors the unique talents and lived experiences of each person. Our vision and values are reflected in all our employment-related decisions, including hiring practices. Accordingly, TSNE actively seeks people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in our work.


As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE/NPHL 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.


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