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Job Title:
Legal Associate - Housing
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Washington, DC US
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Legal Counsel for the Elderly
Business Unit Description

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 houses 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. More than 40 years after its founding, LCE continues to develop innovative, cost-effective ways to deliver legal services, serving as a model for organizations around the country. LCE is incorporated as a 501(c) (3) and is an affiliate of AARP.


Summary Statement

Provides investigation assistance and other support to AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly in the District of Columbia in representing clients in the Alternatives to Landlord/Tenant Court for the Elderly Project. Works under the supervision of Supervisory Legal Aid Attorney (Housing) and accepts case assignments/gets direction from the attorneys in the unit.



1. Work under the guidance of the housing attorney(s) to investigate housing code violations in apartment units, draft and file court pleadings, obtain agency records, and provide investigation summaries;

2. Testify in court with the LCE attorneys regarding the investigation outcomes;

3. Support case handling of unit attorneys and social workers by assisting with file organization and preparing case notes, and letters;

4. Engage in volunteer management with social workers for projects to address eviction risks for housekeeping and/or clutter issues;

5. Assist with outreach and education to tenants and tenant groups;

6. For client with housing vouchers: Monitor lease-up process for tenants with housing vouchers (assisting clients fill out lease-up packets and ensuring that the landlord submits the packet) and following up with the D.C. Housing Authority regarding upcoming inspections and inspection outcomes for clients—both for lease-ups and annual inspections;

7. Assist clients client in subsidized or tax credit properties with re-certifications and reporting income changes to D.C. Housing Authority or the other subsidized housing provider; and

8. Meet administrative tasks (e.g. case reporting, case notes, case closures, grant reporting, timekeeping) in a timely and accurate fashion.



1. Bachelor of Arts degree with social work or law related experience at minimum;

2. Ability and interest in working with diverse populations;

3. Good organizational and communication skills;

4. Amenability to local travel/knowledge of the District of Columbia; 

5. Ability to use photo shop or other photograph processing programs. Commitment to the goals and priorities of AARP and to the representation of individuals with low incomes;

6. Excellent organizational and communication skills;

7. Commitment to the goals and priorities of AARP and Legal Counsel for the Elderly and to the representation of individuals with low incomes; 

8. Ability to collaborate with staff internally and with other organizations around AARP priority issues;

9. Ability to speak Spanish is 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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