AARP's Legal Counsel for the Elderly champions the dignity and rights of vulnerable Washington, D.C. seniors 60-plus, providing free legal and social work services to those in need - empowering, defending, protecting, and helping thousands of clients each year in many areas of civil law.
The Staff Attorney for the Pro Bono Access to Justice (PPAJ) practice provides legal counsel and represents clients with the preparation of life planning documents. This position prepares cases for placement with pro bono counsel, recruits pro bono counsel, and provides mentorship to pro bono counsel handling life planning documents and litigation cases. You will conduct community outreach/ education, and train pro bono attorneys to prepare life planning documents. You may also engage in systemic advocacy or support systemic projects. Responsibilities
- Provides timely, accurate information, legal advice, representation in litigation and/or non-litigation matters, referral, self-help materials, guidance, and/or other assistance to eligible clients within and related to the attorney's practice area.
- Conducts legal research and gathers related legal information. Deciphers laws, rulings, and regulations in legal documents. Monitors, studies, and develops written summaries and anticipated and endorsed legislation, regulations, court decisions, and other relevant publications.
- Develops and maintains expertise in primary areas of responsibility. Conducts professional presentations and writes articles for journals and other periodicals and/or preparation of manuals.
- Engages in or supports systemic advocacy relating to areas of expertise, including impact litigation as well as testimony and advocacy before legislature and governmental agencies.
- Conducts community outreach, education, and training events. Collaborates with other legal services advocates, clients, and community leaders with the purpose of collaborating on systemic issues.
- Provides guidance, refers cases, and monitors work of pro bono attorneys, volunteer attorneys, law students, and legal support staff on assigned cases.
Flexible Work Arrangement (FWA)
- Completion of a Juris Doctorate degree; member in good standing of D.C. Bar or eligibility to waive into the DC Bar.
- Minimum of 2 years of post-J.D. legal experience including a minimum of 1 year experience preparing life planning documents (wills, powers of attorney, etc.).
- Ability to independently perform legal analysis and communicate effectively in oral and written communication.
- Ability to work with other staff and interact with a wide variety of people, including volunteers, pro bono partners, and community members in a professional and collaborative manner.
- Prior legal services or public interest experience preferred. Experience working with pro bono attorneys is a plus. Experience conducting outreach or community training a plus.
- Bilingual (Spanish or Chinese) a plus.
- In-office/open office environment with the ability to work effectively surrounded by moderate noise.
AARP observes Mondays and Fridays as telecommuting workdays, except for essential functions. Remote work and telecommuting can only be done within the United States and its territories. Compensation and Benefits
AARP offers a competitive compensation and benefits package including a 401(k); 100% company-funded pension plan; health, dental, and vision plans; life insurance; paid time off to include company and individual holidays, vacation, sick, caregiving, and parental leave; performance-based and peer-based recognition; tuition reimbursement; among others. 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.