AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION OF ARKANSAS (1 position)
The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas is a private, nonprofit membership organization, founded in 1969 to preserve America’s original civic values enshrined in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The ACLU of Arkansas is an affiliate to the national ACLU, and both organizations challenge governmental action that poses a threat to the civil liberties or civil rights of a group of persons. These liberties include, among others, free speech, religious freedom, racial and ethnic justice, due process, privacy, LGBT rights, reproductive freedom, voting rights, and students’ rights. The ACLU works in the courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States. More information about the ACLU of Arkansas.
An extern for the ACLU of Arkansas will: (1) assist with intake of requests for assistance; (2) conduct research and write issue papers; and (3) work with the Legal Director to address a variety of civil rights issues, both formally and informally. During the legislative session, an extern also will have the opportunity to research proposed legislation and develop information to be used for legislative committee hearings. The ACLU of Arkansas will interview students recommended for an externship prior to final approval of the placement.
CARTI OFFICE OF GENERAL COUNSEL (1 position)
CARTI is an independent, not-for-profit cancer care provider. CARTI currently has 18 locations throughout Arkansas offering medical oncology, radiation oncology, surgical oncology, and advanced imaging and screening procedures. Through its network of cancer treatment centers, CARTI provides patients with convenient access to leading-edge cancer treatment. CARTI strives to deliver compassionate, patient-centered care and to improve care through education and research, transforming the way cancer care is delivered.
CARTI’s Office of General Counsel reviews all vendor or supplier contracts; reviews all physician employment, affiliation, nondisclosure, and professional services agreements; responds to probate, garnishment, and bankruptcy pleadings as needed; assists Human Resources with employee issues; and works with the Executive team on strategic initiatives.
An extern at CARTI will work under the supervision of the General Counsel and will be involved in reviewing contracts, responding to probate filings, and assisting with legal research on regulatory compliance issues. The extern will gain experience in contract review, healthcare operations, employment law, and probate proceedings. Prior healthcare or accounting experience would be helpful, but it is not required. CARTI will interview students recommended for an externship prior to placement.
CARTI Revenue Integrity Department (1 position)
CARTI is an independent, not-for-profit cancer care provider. Based in Little Rock at the CARTI Cancer Center, CARTI currently has 18 locations throughout Arkansas offering medical oncology, radiation oncology, surgical oncology, and advanced imaging and screening procedures. Through its network of cancer treatment centers, CARTI provides patients with convenient access to leading-edge cancer treatment. CARTI strives to deliver compassionate, patient-centered care and to improve care through education and research, transforming the way cancer care is delivered.
One of the primary tasks of the CARTI Revenue Integrity Department is to appeal insurance denials and adverse authorization determinations, relieving patients of that burden. In doing so, the department draws on diligent research and a thorough understanding of insurance company policies, applicable contracts, Arkansas law and Arkansas Insurance Department regulation, ERISA law and regulation, Medicare/Medicaid regulation and guidance, and other resources as needed. Additionally, the broad scope of that work has implications throughout the organization: the department reviews and negotiates payer contracts, analyzes data related to denials and reimbursements, responds to audits from regulatory agencies, and uses legal research and resources to improve the way the organization addresses these challenges. While much of this work occurs “behind the scenes,” Revenue Integrity is a front-facing department that routinely interacts with patients to address their concerns and advocate on their behalf.
An extern at CARTI will be involved in all of the above tasks, with the majority of the work consisting of researching denials and drafting appeals. The extern will gain experience in many areas of legal practice, including contracts, appeals, healthcare, finance, insurance, and administrative law. Prior work experience in a healthcare setting would be helpful, but it is not required. CARTI will interview students recommended for an externship prior to final approval of the placement.
CENTER FOR ARKANSAS LEGAL SERVICES (1 position)
The Center for Arkansas Legal Services (CALS) is a nonprofit organization that provides legal services to low-income Arkansans in civil cases. CALS focuses on matters involving family law, housing law (landlord-tenant), domestic relations, consumer law, and public benefits law. The attorneys and advocates at CALS assist clients depending on each client’s unique situation. More information about CALS.
An extern at CALS will work directly with the attorneys in the office, assisting them in drafting pleadings, performing legal research, interviewing clients, investigating cases, and preparing for trials. An extern also will have the opportunity to attend and observe courtroom proceedings. Strong research ability, people skills, initiative, and a commitment to equal access to justice are required. The staff of CALS will interview students recommended for an externship prior to final approval of the placement.
DISABILITY RIGHTS ARKANSAS (1 position)
Disability Rights Arkansas (DRA) is the federally mandated and funded nonprofit agency designated as the Protection and Advocacy System (P&A) and the Client Assistance Program (CAP) for the State of Arkansas. As such, DRA has broad federal authority to advocate for the rights of individuals with disabilities in the state and to investigate allegations of abuse and neglect when such incidents are reported to it or when it determines that there is probable cause to suspect that abuse or neglect has occurred. DRA provides legally based advocacy to defend and protect the rights of thousands of individuals with disabilities living both in the community and in institutions throughout Arkansas.
DRA acts with and on behalf of individuals with disabilities to enforce federal and state laws to protect and advocate for their rights. As an active participant in the legislative process, DRA helps educate and inform legislators of proposed legislation and its impact on the clients that DRA represents. DRA is also a law firm and can litigate to enforce the rights of individuals with disabilities according to both state and federal law. DRA’s services are provided statewide and free of charge.
A broad range of individuals with disabilities contacts DRA for assistance. People with mental illness, traumatic brain injury, hearing impairment or deafness, visual impairment or blindness, learning disabilities, mental retardation, physical disabilities, developmental disabilities, mobility impairment, or individuals perceived as having a disability, can all be DRA’s clients when their issues fall within its annual priorities. DRA focuses on five primary areas, which include Accessibility, Community Integration and Institutions, Employment, Education, and Housing.
An extern for DRA will have many responsibilities, including assisting with case and systemic litigation and advocacy services, research and support to DRA staff attorneys, assisting with client intakes, tracking state and federal legislation, and working with policymakers. DRA will interview prospective externs recommended for placement in its office prior to final approval of the placement. More information on DRA.
MEDICAL-LEGAL PARTNERSHIP, LEGAL AID OF ARKANSAS (1 position)
Legal Aid of Arkansas is a public interest, not-for-profit law firm dedicated to assuring equal access to justice in civil matters for low-income Arkansans. It is a recognized national leader in the deployment of innovative service models, with Medical-Legal Partnerships (MLPs) in rural community health centers, at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, and with community mental health agencies. Legal Aid of Arkansas cultivates corporate and pro bono commitments to the MLPs and leverages the power of MLPs to effect meaningful change for its clients. Legal Aid of Arkansas seeks an extern for its Arkansas Children’s Hospital office in Little Rock. Primary duties will include research, legal writing, drafting court documents and client correspondence, and providing assistance to attorneys throughout a wide range of client representation. The successful candidate should have strong legal research skills, the ability to write memos and other documents that are clear and concise with respect to relevant information, and efficient attention to details. Must have pleasant, compassionate interpersonal skills dealing with diverse people of varying backgrounds. Most importantly, a successful candidate must be a team player and flexible in their ability to shift with changing priorities while still accountable for deadlines. A good sense of humor is a plus!
The MLP extern will be provided with a comprehensive view into the issues faced by low-income patients treated by the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Network and their families. They will be integral to the daily operations of the ACH office and will experience first-hand the role of public service attorneys in addressing legal needs and developing and implementing poverty-fighting strategies. The MLP extern may assist attorneys in preparation for hearings, education conferences, administrative law proceedings, and other legal proceedings, and they may attend such proceedings.
The MLP extern will interact with clients, medical care providers, and members of the general public. They may also assist with initial screening of potential clients, case initiation and management, and ongoing communication and correspondence with existing clients, court clerks, and staff. All MLP staff and personnel are expected to be professional and courteous when representing the office in any capacity.
The position will be embedded at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock. Interest in the public service law sector and completion of a previous legal clerkship/externship/internship is desired. The MLP staff will interview students recommended for an externship prior to final approval of the placement.