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Mitchell Hamline School of Law is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, veteran/military status, disability or handicap, age, sexual orientation, status with regard to public assistance, or any other protected class status. Members of marginalized and underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Staff Attorney/Senior Staff Attorney

To staff our expanding programs, the Public Health Law Center, a dynamic, public interest affiliate of Mitchell Hamline School of Law in Saint Paul, Minnesota, is hiring a full-time Staff Attorney/Senior Staff Attorney to work in the Commercial Tobacco Control Program who has a passion for working for the social good and who shares our commitment to continued learning on issues related to racial and social justice, including the social determinants of health, implicit bias, and systemic oppression. We offer a pleasant campus work environment and competitive benefits. All positions are located in St. Paul, Minnesota. During the pandemic, all staff are working remotely from their homes.

The Center's mission is health through the power of law and policy. The Center collaborates with partners to reduce and eliminate commercial tobacco, promote healthy food, support physical activity, and address other causes of chronic disease. Our belief in health and equity for all people is at the core of our work. 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 deep knowledge, thoughtful legal and policy analysis, and individualized approach help these partners create healthier communities around the country.

Minimum qualifications include admission to a state or Tribal bar and excellent legal research, writing, and public speaking skills. We are looking for candidates with a demonstrated ability to work in partnership with diverse populations and social identities, and with those most affected by systemic health problems. The Senior Staff Attorney level requires at least five years of public health law experience and the demonstrated ability to work with substantial independence in furtherance of the Center's mission.

Preference will be given to candidates who have relevant experience in one or more of the following: public health law, Tribal law, federal Indian law, housing law, municipal law, land use planning, or administrative law. Candidates with experience drafting, implementing, or enforcing local, state, or Tribal laws, are also preferred. Occasional in-state and out-of-state travel is required, although not currently during the pandemic.

Mitchell Hamline School of Law is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, veteran/military status, disability or handicap, age, sexual orientation, status with regard to public assistance, or any other protected class status. Members of marginalized and underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.  Apply Here

Research Assistants

The Public Health Law Center is looking for student legal Research Assistants who are interested in public policy work and have a passion for working for the social good and who share our commitment to continued learning on issues related to racial and social justice, including the social determinants of health, implicit bias, and systemic oppression. The Center, one of America’s preeminent centers of expertise in public health law and policy, uses the law to improve health by developing cutting-edge policies, providing guidance on public health legal issues and helping defend effective laws against legal challenges. Working with partners nationwide, the Center helps create communities where everyone can be healthy, and empowers its partners to transform their environments by promoting healthy food, eliminating commercial tobacco, and encouraging active lifestyles. Our belief in health and equity for all people is at the core of our work. We provide legal research and other legal policy support to groups both in Minnesota and across the U.S., including local and state health departments, the CDC, health advocacy organizations, government attorneys, community coalitions, and others working on public health policy.  The Center has immediate openings for part-time on campus legal Research Assistants to work 15-20 hours per week.  Duties will include working with staff attorneys and policy analysts to examine federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and policies; help prepare publications and memos on legal and policy issues; and respond to requests for legal research and other legal technical assistance on questions related to food policy, active transportation, e-cigarettes, commercial tobacco usage, and health equity.  Student legal Research Assistants have opportunities to learn about local government laws and authority, state and federal regulatory processes, land use laws, business licensing laws, food safety laws, and other areas of practice. Applicants must be in a JD program, or have experience in the legal or policy field.  Qualified applicants will have excellent legal research and writing skills, strong interpersonal and critical thinking skills, and 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, resume, and writing sample to Jon Lee, (jon.lee@mitchellhamline.edu). 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 $11.50 and $13.50 per hour depending on year of study.

Mitchell Hamline School of Law is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, veteran/military status, disability or handicap, age, sexual orientation, status with regard to public assistance, or any other protected class status. Members of marginalized and underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.