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Job Title:
Legal Associate
Job ID:
12459070
Job Function:
Experienced
Full/Part Time:
Full-Time
Regular/Temporary:
Regular
Job Category:
Legal
Location:
Washington, DC US
Business Unit:
Legal Counsel for the Elderly
City:
Washington
Business Unit Description

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million that helps people turn their goals and dreams into 'Real Possibilities' by changing the way America defines aging. With staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and promote the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare security, financial security and personal fulfillment. AARP also advocates for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name.  As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the world’s largest circulation magazine, AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin.
The Community, State and National Affairs (CSNA) team is a key contributor to AARP's mission of social change for Americans 50+ and their families. CSNA drives social change through our advocacy work by giving our members a voice—at the federal, state, local levels and community levels—on issues important to them such as Financial Resilience, Health Security, and Personal Fulfillment.
With a network of 53 offices in each state, the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, we live where we work. This allows us to do what we do best…meet the people and directly engage in our communities to find out what they need and want, enabling us to educate our members with programs and information that is relevant to them. 
Our state offices work hand-in-glove with AARP’s national office in Washington, DC. This reach—from community to state to federal – enables CSNA to better empower people 50+ to enjoy the way they live and work today, while reaching their goals for tomorrow…their life – their way. 
 



Summary Statement

Coordinates program to assist clients in obtaining the DC Schedule H property tax credit of up to $1,000 per year, helping clients avoid eviction for non-payment of rent and foreclosure for non-payment of property taxes. Coordinates and implements extensive outreach for Transfer on Death Statute. Oversees, with supervisor, extensive use of volunteers, including pro bono law firm clinics and law students. Engages in various publicity and outreach efforts both for Schedule H and for the Transfer on Death Deed (TODD), whereby clients can transfer their home upon death without expensive probate procedures. Responsible, with supervisor, for
quality control of program including effective communication with clients, accurate preparation of forms, accuracy of legal information and advice provided, tracking hundreds of cases, and follow through to ensure clients get the money to which they are entitled.
Assists with other special projects as assigned.



Responsibilities

Helps design outreach plan for both Schedule H and the Transfer on Death Deed. Develops and implements ongoing comprehensive community education and outreach plan for both Schedule H and the Transfer on Death Deed, and other LCE services as appropriate. Places special emphasis on hard-to-reach clients (e.g., limited English-speaking, disabled, homebound).
*Screens homeowner and renter clients for eligibility through detailed telephone interviews, after conducting initial research through the Office of Tax & Revenue (OTR) property tax database and LCE legal server database, identifying clients for whom a standalone Schedule H application is appropriate and likely to succeed.
* Plans, develops and conducts LCE Schedule H Pro Bono Clinics. In preparation, works with law firms to obtain appropriate rooms for clinics, adequate law firm staffing for clinics, document preparation for clinics, conflict checking, and supplies for clinics. At clinics, provides training and supervision of pro bono lawyers and review of completed applications.
* Conducts Schedule H interviews of clients who need appointments at the LCE office due to emergencies or other reasons, gathering needed documentation and filing applications.
* Conducts Schedule H interviews of homebound clients who need appointments at their residences in D.C., gathering needed documentation and filing applications.
* Follows up with clients to obtain any needed documentation and files completed applications with OTR, obtaining confirmation of receipt.
* Tracks all applications submitted to ensure clients receive the money to which they are entitled. Contacts clients to be sure they received the awarded benefits. If benefits are denied, follow up with OTR to determine the reason, and if appropriate, seek assistance from OTR supervisors to obtain a favorable outcome.
* Helps train and supervise law student interns and volunteer paralegals and attorneys to assist with screening, interviews, documentation preparation, filing, and follow up with OTR. Helps ensure they give legal accurate information to clients and responds to volunteer attorney and paralegals’ concerns.
* Updates Schedule H manual for volunteer attorneys, paralegals and law students.
* Refers clients with high tax debt to the LCE Pro Bono Project, helping client obtain documentation of the amount of the debt. Refers clients with all other unrelated legal problems to the LCE hotline.
* Utilizes language line, as needed, to assist clients who do not speak English.
*Troubleshoots where issues arise and refers to the supervisor where appropriate
*Administers computerized tracking process and ensures that all data is accurately and completely entered into the data base.
* Completes reports as needed for these projects.
* Other duties as assigned.



Requirements

Completion of a Juris Doctorate degree and a member of the DC Bar or eligible to waive in and a minimum of 2 years legal experience preferably in a legal services setting (clinical experience may count toward this requirement);
Strong problem-solving and multi-tasking skills;
Good organizational and communication skills;
Demonstrated commitment to poverty/public interest law;
Amenability to local travel;
Commitment to the goals and priorities of AARP and to the representation of elderly individuals with low incomes;
Spanish speaking a plus;
Knowledge of the District of Columbia elder and poverty law as well as legal and social service communities a plus.
 



Benefits Offered

 AARP offers competitive benefits with a 401K, 100% company funded pension plan, health, dental, vision and life insurance, STD/LTD, paid vacation and sick, and other benefits.



Equal Employment Opportunity

AARP is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce and sustaining an inclusive culture.  AARP does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, color, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, mental or physical disability, genetic information, veteran status, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

 

 

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