Legal Aid Attorney

Employer
AARP
Location
Washington, DC
Posted
Oct 23, 2022
Closes
Nov 04, 2022
Ref
3539
Industry
Law
Hours
Full Time
Overview

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.

As an Attorney, you will provide legal representation to District of Columbia (D.C.) tenants, age 60+, in need of assistance with housing-related legal issues of varying degrees of complexity. You will provide guidance to interns, volunteers and pro-bono attorneys who assist with cases and provide training on housing issues to other LCE staff and the community. You will collaborate with staff to engage in systemic advocacy relating to rental housing and conduct community outreach and education. As the Attorney, you will support and counsel clients in representing themselves. This position reports to the Manager, Tenant Advocacy and Support practice and will work closely with more experienced attorneys.

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.
  • Engages in or supports systemic advocacy relating to areas of expertise
  • Conducts community outreach, education, and training events.
  • Provides guidance, refers cases, and monitors work of pro bono attorneys, volunteers, law students, and legal support staff on assigned cases.
  • Develops and maintains expertise in primary areas of responsibility.
  • Collaborates with other legal services advocates, clients, and community leaders with the purpose of collaborating on systemic issues.
  • 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 and member of the DC Bar or eligible to waive in.
  • A minimum of 4 years legal experience, preferably in a legal services setting (clinical experience may count toward this requirement).
  • Superb written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong problem-solving and multi-tasking skills required.
  • Demonstrated commitment to poverty/public interest law.
  • Knowledge of the District of Columbia legal services community and social services community is a plus.
  • Commitment to the goals and priorities of AARP and to the representation of 60+ 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 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.

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