Founded in 1975, Legal Counsel for the Elderly champions the dignity and rights of vulnerable Washington, D.C. seniors, 60 and older, providing free legal and social work services to those in need — empowering, defending and protecting.
LCE staff help 6,000+ clients each year in many areas of civil law. Attorneys represent seniors facing foreclosures, evictions, and consumer fraud. LCE handles Medicaid and Social Security cases, provides benefits checkups to assure that seniors and Veterans are receiving the benefits they are due, prepares Wills and Powers of Attorney, and educates elders in ways to avoid Medicare and Medicaid fraud.
Clients come to LCE directly through the LCE Legal Hotline, they are referred by partner organizations and the courts, and LCE attorneys, plus its more than 800 volunteers, are regularly in the community meeting elders at senior centers and faith-based organizations. LCE also accommodates homebound seniors by providing legal services in their homes.
LCE operates the office of the D.C. Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, which advocates on behalf of seniors in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and those receiving home health care.
LCE has a strong relationship with a number of pro bono law firms that assist staff with approximately 600 cases a year. LCE staff testify and make recommendations regarding laws before the D.C. Council that affect seniors, and have been instrumental in bettering conditions for D.C. seniors through assistance with local legislation.
Oversees project which identifies and develops high volume of cases and projects of a systemic nature and markets them to law firms on a pro bono basis. Monitors same providing timely accurate information, legal advice, guidance and technical assistance on these matters running a full range of civil legal matters. Ensures expenses do not exceed available resources. Manages assigned fundraising, outreach, and administrative efforts, especially pertaining to grant proposals, internal and external reports, and related coordination for the unit.
1. Recruits and trains staff and volunteers to work in the unit. Provides direction and guidance, as needed. Performs career development, performance management, and input into pay determination.
2. Develops and implements case management procedures adhering to deadlines and guidelines that facilitate efficient case handling.
3. Sets goals and objectives aligned with the program, the Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE), and AARP needs.
4. Conducts periodic training and community education events. Attends continuing legal education courses.
5. Develops and implements plans for systemic law reform projects for older D.C. residents.
6. Provides guidance, refers cases to, and/or supervises volunteer attorneys and paralegals on new and pending cases. Participates on committees with other legal service advocates, social workers, professionals, clients, and community members with the purpose of working on larger issues.
7. Provides back-up support and technical assistance to the legal hot line, outreach program, pro bono panel, long-term care ombudsman program, less experienced staff, and other projects, as assigned. Maintains accurate and complete records concerning cases handled.
8. Represents LCE as needed at AARP and externally with grantors, community groups and in the community generally.
9. Writes articles for journals and other periodicals.
10. Demonstrates AARP leadership behaviors in all interactions.
Completion of a Juris Doctorate degree, a member in good standing of the D.C. Bar and 5 years of directly related legal experience; or an equivalent combination of training and experience related to the duties of the position.
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.
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.