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Job Title:
Legal Aid Attorney - Associate
Job ID:
12459290
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.

Since 1975, Legal Counsel for the Elderly has championed the dignity and rights of Washington, D.C. elders by providing free legal and social work services — empowering, defending and protecting those most in need.

 



Summary Statement

Provides legal advice and counsel to homebound clients of Legal Counsel for the Elderly under the Homebound Elderly Project. Provides legal representation predominantly before administrative governmental agencies and periodically in court.  Representation involves civil matters involving homebound older DC residents.

 



Responsibilities

1. Provides representation and/or timely accurate information, legal advice, referral, self-help materials, and guidance in a variety of civil matters to older DC residents in their homes.  

2. Legal services include, but are not limited to, estate planning (e.g. wills and powers of attorney), public benefits (e.g. food stamps, Social Security, Medicaid/Medicare, health-related benefits), debt collection defense, other consumer, and landlord/tenant matters.    Cases primarily involve non-complex litigation.

3. Effectively administers assigned cases and ensures that client problems are identified and resolved promptly, efficiently, and in an organized manner.

4. Participates in community outreach, fairs, and workshops as requested.

5. Maintains accurate, contemporaneous, and complete records and notes in the case management system concerning cases handled.

6. Meets all goals and measurements of grant requirements, and assists in the submission of all reports and other related to the work of the Project to grand funders.  

7. Provides guidance to, refers cases and monitors work of volunteer attorneys, legal assistants and interns on assigned cases.   Handles other projects as assigned.  

8. Attends training courses and conferences related to the work of the Project.

9. Participates on committees with other legal services advocates, social workers, professionals, clients, and community members with the purpose of working on larger policy issues related to the homebound population.

10. Possesses a demonstrated interest in public interest law.

 



Requirements

Completion of a Juris Doctorate degree, a member in good standing of the DC Bar or eligibility to waive into the DC Bar, and at least 2+ years of directly related legal experience. Willingness to work with volunteers. Foreign language skills a plus.  Must have reliable transportation for home visits throughout the city.

 



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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