Staff Attorney

POSITION: The Michigan Elder Justice Initiative (MEJI), a project of Michigan Statewide Advocacy Services (MSAS), is seeking an attorney with a demonstrated commitment to public interest advocacy to serve as a Staff Attorney in our new Home and Community Based Services Ombudsman Program. This program will represent long term care consumers who want to receive services and support in their own homes and communities instead of in nursing homes. The successful candidate will be responsible for helping to establish this new program; managing an individual caseload; engaging in significant policy analysis and administrative advocacy; collaborating with community partners; drafting educational materials; and providing outreach and training to consumers, advocates, and attorneys. 

DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAM: MEJI seeks to empower, educate, and protect low income older adults and people with disabilities through administrative and policy advocacy, litigation, educational efforts, and collaboration with multi-disciplinary partners. MEJI focuses on issues of particular concern to vulnerable older adults and people with disabilities including long term care, access to health care, public benefits, guardianship and individual rights, and elder abuse. Learn more at

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must be licensed to practice law in Michigan or qualified to be admitted by waiver. Applicants must possess excellent communication, collaboration, analytical, and problem-solving skills and be equipped to balance varied responsibilities. Experience advocating for vulnerable populations, especially older adults or people with disabilities, is preferred. 

BENEFITS: Salary is from $47,000 depending on experience and includes excellent health, disability, and fringe benefits.

Send a cover letter and resume to Shelby Coolbaugh at with the subject, “Application for Home and Community Based Services Staff Attorney Position.”
This position is open until filled. Applications received by 2/22/21 will receive priority.

MEJI/MSAS is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Thu, 02/11/2021