Equal Justice Works Fellow
Overview: AARP's Legal Counsel for the Elderly champions the dignity and rights of vulnerable Washington, DC 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. As a Legal Fellow, you will engage in community outreach/education and provide legal representation to DC tenants age 60+ by evaluating their housing-related legal issues and determining the appropriate assistance needed. Assistance may include, but not be limited to, gathering evidence, searching records and documents, preparing legal papers, drafting correspondence, corresponding with government agencies, and representing clients in DC Superior Court under the supervision of a licensed attorney. Responsibilities: Provides direct legal assistance to clients in a variety of brief legal matters or at legal clinics throughout DC under the direction and supervision of a licensed attorney.Performs investigative work to gather information, documents and evidence needed for client representation.??Uses various research strategies to gather information and documents evidence needed for client representation. Analyzes data and policies in support of advocacy objectives.Prepares, coordinates, and participates in community outreach and training presentations. Develops relationships with community partners to achieve client-centered and organizational goals.Develops and maintains relationships and contacts with various local and federal government agencies to ensure timely processing of client claims, applications, and appeals related to their legal matters.Works with and supervises interns and volunteers assigned to tasks on practice work.Participates as a member of practice area team and on cross-organizational working groups to develop innovative approaches to enhance service delivery for organization's clients.? Qualifications: Completion of a Juris Doctorate degree.Demonstrated commitment to poverty/public interest law.Preparation of a legal aid project compatible with the mission of Legal Counsel for the Elderly that has been approved by Equal Justice Works.Direct experience and familiarity with the legal services setting (clinical experience may count toward this requirement).Superb written and oral communication skills.Strong problem-solving and multi-tasking skills required.Knowledge of DC government agencies, DC neighborhoods, and community resources is a plus.Commitment to the goals and priorities of AARP and to the representation of 60+ individuals with limited means.Amenability to local travel.Spanish-speaking a plus.In-office/open office environment with the ability to work effectively surrounded by moderate noise. Flexible Work Arrangement (FWA)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 BenefitsAARP 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 OpportunityAARP 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.