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.
The District of Columbia Homebound Elderly Legal Project (“Project HELP”) was launched by Legal Counsel for the Elderly in 2007 and is designed to bring legal services to seniors who are homebound. These seniors often find themselves residing in assisted living facilities, nursing homes or hospitals. Many, while still residing in their own home, find that they are unable to leave except in the case of an emergency. These seniors represent the most vulnerable segment of the senior population in the District of Columbia.
Through this project, staff attorneys, volunteers, and pro bono attorneys visit clients in their homes and provide help with a wide range of civil legal problems. Projects are varied and can include planning and participating in outreach events, strategizing about litigation tactics, assisting with consumer debt matters, landlord/tenant matters, drafting wills and powers of attorney, and transfer on death deeds (TODD), as well as, assisting clients with applications for public benefits.
Interns with Project HELP have a large amount of client contact, both in person and over the phone. Most of the work is conducted at our downtown offices (601 E Street NW, near the Verizon Center and easily accessible by metro). At times, interns will attend home visits with our attorneys, who will provide transportation to and from the home visit.
Interns must be currently enrolled in a degreed program at an accredited college or university; maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0; and be considered rising undergraduate juniors or seniors, graduate students, or post doctorate students.
AARP also considers non-traditional interns who are looking to re-enter the workforce or change careers. This may include those who have previously graduated college and are now enrolled in a continuing education program.
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Internships are non-exempt positions and are not eligible for employee benefits.
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