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    Research Assistants

    The Public Health Law Center, a nonprofit affiliate of Mitchell Hamline School of Law, is looking for graduate and law school student Research Assistants to work with Center staff attorneys and policy analysts to examine federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and policies; prepare publications, memos and presentations on legal and policy issues; and respond to requests for legal research. The Center has three program areas, Commercial Tobacco Control, Healthy Eating/Active Living, and Climate Justice, and is committed to health equity and continued learning on issues related to racial and social justice, including the social determinants of health, implicit bias, and systemic oppression.

    The Center collaborates with its partners to reduce and eliminate commercial tobacco, promote healthy food access and food systems, support physical activity, pursue climate justice, and address other causes of chronic disease. Our partnerships include Tribal health leaders, federal agencies, national health advocacy organizations, state and local governments, planners, researchers, attorneys, community coalitions, and individuals working on public health issues. Our staff includes people with JDs, MPHs, joint JD/MPHs, and planning degrees. Our deep knowledge, thoughtful legal and policy analysis, and individualized approach help our partners create healthier communities around the country.

    The Center has openings for part-time or full-time legal Research Assistants to work 15-20 hours per week during the school year and up to 40 hours per week in the summer. Center staff work remotely, but there may be occasional opportunities for in-person meetings with staff and partners in the Twin Cities area. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a JD program, or a public health or urban planning graduate program. Qualified applicants will have excellent research and writing skills, strong interpersonal and critical thinking skills, interest in public health law and policy, and the ability to work independently. This is a good opportunity for students to hone their research and writing skills under the supervision of nationally recognized public health law experts.

    Please e-mail a cover letter describing your interest in and experience relevant to the position, as well as a resume, and writing sample to Jon Lee at Jon.Lee@mitchellhamline.edu and Nasimah Mayat at Nasimah.Mayat@mitchellhamline.edu. Please indicate your preferred area of work, if any, among the Commercial Tobacco Control, Healthy Eating/Active Living, and Climate Justice teams. Although these are not exclusively work-study positions, please note your work study eligibility in your application e-mail and your cover letter. This position pays between $15 and $17 per hour depending on year of study.