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Job Title:
Attorney Impact Litigation
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Washington, DC US
Business Unit:
AARP Foundation
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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.

AARP Foundation is AARP’s 501 c3 charitable affiliate.  We are a public charity with revenue from federal agencies, corporations, foundations and individuals.  AARP Foundation’s vision is a country free of poverty where no older person feels vulnerable.  Staff are located in Washington DC and throughout the US. 

Every year, AARP Foundation helps millions of struggling older adults 50 and over win back opportunity by being a force for change on the most serious issues they face each day.  Through the Foundation’s many groundbreaking and innovative programs and services, we create and advance effective solutions to meet their basic needs for nutritious food, safe and affordable housing, adequate income and much-needed personal connections.

Summary Statement

Investigates, initiates, and leads complex litigation, including cases that raise issues of first impression to help vulnerable people 50+ secure the essentials, particularly through the promotion of solutions that reduce isolation and increase social connectedness. Exercises a fair degree of autonomy in this role, with guidance and direction from Senior Attorneys and AARP Foundation Litigation Management.


Litigates in federal and state courts nationwide to promote:


  • The well-being of individuals 50 and older, with a focus on preventing, reducing, and alleviating senior poverty, particularly with respect to the causes and consequences of social isolation and, as appropriate, other aspects of AARP Foundation’s work; and


  • AARP’s advocacy agenda and policy priorities.


Leads interdisciplinary and cross-cutting efforts to use litigation and advocacy to:


  • Promote elder justice and social connectedness by, among other things, combatting elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation; and


  • Support AARP Foundation’s strategy of continuously developing social innovations that increase our ability to provide practical and scalable solutions to address the needs of the low-income 50+.


Works with Senior Attorneys and AARP Foundation Litigation Management in the planning, strategy, and execution of the case.


Seeks and investigates potential cases to determine whether to recommend filing a lawsuit or an amicus brief by considering the importance of the case, the weight of evidence, the potential costs, the impact on AARP Foundation strategic plan outcomes, and other factors.


  • When litigation is approved, works with other AARP Foundation attorneys and co-counsel, if any, to perform legal analyses; prepare pleadings, briefs, and other court filings; conduct discovery; engage


  • When an amicus filing is approved, prepares or works with outside counsel to prepare a top-quality brief and arranges for its filing.


Works with colleagues across AARP Foundation, especially AARP Foundation’s Programs, to identify and integrate legal, programmatic, and policy solutions to the biggest challenges facing the low-income 50+ and their families.


Proactively seeks opportunities and partnerships to grow and maximize impact.


Serves as an internal and external thought leader concerning senior poverty, especially with respect to elder justice issues, such as:


  • - Elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation;
  • - Guardianship;
  • - Disability and other forms of discrimination;
  • - Community integration, including Olmstead;
  • - Long-term care services and supports;
  • - Barriers to social connectedness (e.g., planning, design, transportation, etc.);

To a limited extent, assists AARP in federal and state legislative and regulatory advocacy.


Completion of a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree and at least 5 years of post-J.D. experience as a practicing attorney, with at least 2 years of experience handling complex litigation. Must be a member in good standing of the District of Columbia Bar or be eligible for admission to the District of Columbia Bar.Superior academic credentials.
Experience with class or collective actions, especially on behalf of plaintiffs, is desirable.
Demonstrated ability to successfully litigate cases individually or in teams.
Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal skills.
Highly self-motivated and entrepreneurial.
Demonstrated interest or experience in legal matters concerning

  • elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation;
  • guardianship;
  • disability and other forms of discrimination;
  • community integration, including Olmstead;
  • long-term care services and supports; and
  • barriers to social connectedness (e.g., planning, design, transportation, etc.).

Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced professional environment. Discretion and respect for confidentiality essential.

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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