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.
Provides legal representation and counsel to eviction prevention clients of AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE), often in collaboration with social workers.
1. Provides in-depth representation and/or timely accurate information, legal advice, referral, self-help materials, and guidance to elderly tenants of public and subsidized housing and rent control housing. Litigation is of average to greater complexity, in both courtroom (Superior Court Civil and Landlord/Tenant Branches) and administrative (Office of Administrative Hearings, District of Columbia Housing Authority).
2. Refers cases to other appropriate projects of LCE (e.g., Consumer Unit, Pro Bono Project, Public Benefits/General Services Unit) or the legal and social service community for follow up.
3. Engages in community outreach and education events at residential buildings, government agency events and other outreach events.
4. Maintains a high quality of legal practice as measured by regular case reviews, outcomes achieved, lack of substantiated grievances, and responses from client satisfaction surveys.
5. Prepares educational materials, grant reports, and trainings, as needed.
6. Maintains accurate, contemporaneous, and complete records concerning cases handled.
7. Provides guidance, refers cases, and monitors work of volunteer attorneys and paralegals on assigned cases. Provides back-up support and technical assistance to the legal hotline, outreach program, pro bono panel, long-term care ombudsman program, less experienced staff, and other projects, as assigned.
8. Attends continuing legal education courses.
9. Develops and implements plans for systemic law reform projects for older D. C. residents. Participates on committees with other legal service advocates, social workers, professionals, clients, and community members, with the purpose of working on larger issues affecting our client community.
10. Writes articles for journals and other periodicals and/or preparation of how-to manuals, as appropriate.
11. Possesses a demonstrated interest in public interest law, particularly work with elderly tenants.
-Completion of a Juris Doctorate degree and member of the DC Bar (or DC Bar eligible) 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 required, including interdisciplinary social work/legal collaboration.
-Demonstrated commitment to poverty/public interest law with-low income elders.
-Knowledge of the District of Columbia legal and social service communities a plus.
-Commitment to the goals and priorities of AARP.
-Good organizational and communication skills.
-Amenability to local travel, including client home visits.
-Spanish speaking a plus.
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.