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.
In honor of long-time volunteer Cheryl Polydor, the Polydor Fellow will support the work of both the Systemic Reform Project at Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LC) and the Office of the DC Long Term Care Ombudsman. The Fellow will conduct legal research, assist with special projects and write legal memoranda. The Fellow may also conduct factual investigations, interact with clients, and collaborate with attorneys and staff of both LCE and the Ombudsman Program. The Fellow may help draft pitches used to recruit volunteer pro bono attorneys to work on Systemic Reform/Ombudsman projects, and help to manage and track the completion of those projects.
1. Conducts legal research, writes legal memoranda, and assists with work related to individual case representation, systemic issues, or special projects.
2. Prepares summaries of proposed systemic and other special projects for purpose of engaging pro bono attorneys to work on such projects, and assists in managing and tracking such projects to completion.
3. Maintains accurate, contemporaneous, and complete records and notes in the case management system concerning cases and projects handled.
4. Performs case work under the supervision of an attorney including gathering facts and evidence, searching records and documents, conducting research, and/or contacting potential clients and witnesses to gather information.
5. Prepares educational materials and participates in community outreach and workshops as requested.
6. Assists with the provision of legal information through speaking engagements, workshops, self-help seminars, and other ways to inform the public of our services.
Completion of a Bachelor’s degree, with a minimum of 1 year at an accredited law school. Possesses a demonstrated interest in public interest law, with a preference for those with a strong interest in long-term care and systemic reform for the elderly.
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.
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