Legal Counsel for the Elderly Intern (Spring)

Washington, DC
Nov 20, 2020
Dec 13, 2020
Full Time
Business Unit Description

Founded in 1975, Legal Counsel for the Elderly champions the dignity and rights of Washington, D.C. elderly by providing free legal and limited social services to those in need - empowering, defending, and protecting vulnerable seniors. Our interns work directly with clients assisting to resolve their legal issues by helping to ensure they receive benefits to which they are entitled, can age in place in their homes and communities, receive the appropriate level of home health care, receive fair treatment by their landlords, and more. Our interns also work with residents who receive services in long-term care facilities to ensure they receive the highest quality of care.

Under the supervision of an experienced and licensed attorney, the LCE intern will be exposed to and participate in a variety of legal functions related to the practice of law in an elder law setting for low income older persons.

Interns will complete the internship gaining client interaction skills, subject area knowledge, and a supervised experience in individual client representation and systemic advocacy.

Students interested in issues related to landlord-tenant, economic security, healthcare benefits, long-term care services, homeownership preservation, combatting fraud and financial abuse, and identifying solutions to systemic problems, should apply.

The intern will engage in a variety of functions, typically including but not limited to the following:

- Interviewing current and prospective clients

- Meeting clients in the community (at home or in various facilities)

- Conducting fact-finding investigations

- Drafting correspondence

- Performing legal research and writing

- Preparing discovery requests

- Drafting motions

- Aiding in the preparation of court cases

- Observing the formulation and implementation of legal strategies

- Observing attorneys in court or in administrative proceedings

- Following settlement negotiations

- Documenting in computerized case management database

Prospective intern must be currently enrolled in an accredited law school, classified as a rising 2L, 2L, rising 3L, or 3L; have demonstrated interest in serving the needs of low income 60+ individuals and have a sensitivity to the needs of the elderly.
The ability to speak languages in addition to English is a plus but is not required.

At AARP, the health and well-being of our candidates, employees, and members is a top priority. As a result of the COVID pandemic, all non-essential employees will continue to work remotely through the end of 2020. AARP has established social distancing policies to ensure the safety of our essential employees.
Benefits Offered

Internships are non-exempt positions and are not eligible for employee 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