District of Columbia
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.
Legal Counsel for the Elderly’s (LCE) Pro Bono Project provides legal counsel to older clients in D.C. with limited means by developing, referring and monitoring pro bono cases sent to attorneys in private practice in DC or with the government. Provides technical assistance and guidance to pro bono attorneys drafting life planning documents on behalf of LCE’s clients, including Wills Powers of Attorney for Heath Care and Finance and DC Transfer on Death Deeds. Conducts legal outreach in D.C. and plans law firm legal clinics.
Helps develop, screen, and place pro bono cases with private sector attorneys and law firms.
Supports the Pro Bono Manager/Attorney in advising and closely monitoring pro bono attorneys accepting referrals on legal issues, including Social Security cases, life planning documents, administrative proceedings, landlord/tenant law, and consumer matters. Memorializes case developments and advice in computerized database.
Organizes life planning legal clinics at DC law firms.
Networks with DC law firm attorneys to encourage them to accept pro bono matters
Helps supervise volunteer paralegals and attorneys working at LCE to ensure that the Project closely monitors referred cases and provides accurate information to pro bono attorneys.
Writes accurate and compelling digest summaries of pro bono cases available for referral and emails them to LCE’s pro bono panel through a distribution list.
Conducts periodic legal outreach at senior centers, DC-subsidized housing and other community venues to obtain new cases through the Active Intake Project, with an emphasis on legal outreach to Asian seniors in the District of Columbia. Handle outreach cases.
Helps pro bono manager with Legal Counsel for the Elderly’s bi-annual, <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Pro Bono Publico</i> newsletter. Writes articles for each issue of newsletter.
Assists supervisor with case responsibilities, such as legal research, chain of real property title, and statutes of limitations
Completes reports as needed for these projects.
- Member in good standing of the DC Bar or eligible to waive in
Completion of a Juris Doctorate degree and a member of the DC Bar or eligible to waive in and a minimum of 2+ years legal experience preferably in a legal services setting (clinical experience may count toward this requirement).
Member of the DC Bar or eligible to waiver in
Strong problem-solving and multi-tasking skills required.
Attention to detail required
Demonstrated commitment to poverty/public interest law with low-income seniors.
Knowledge of elder and poverty law
Strong organizational and communication skills
Amenability to local travel throughout D.C.
Chinese (Cantonese or Mandarin) speaking is a plus, but not required.
Commitment to the goals and priorities of AARP
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.
Minimum Education Required