Legal Aid Attorney- Housing

Washington, DC
Sep 13, 2021
Sep 29, 2021
Full Time
Business Unit Description

AARP's Legal Counsel for the Elderly champions the dignity and rights of vulnerable Washington, D.C. seniors 60+, providing free legal and social work services to those in need - empowering, defending, protecting, and helping more than 6,000 clients each year in many areas of civil law.

The Legal Aid Attorney will provide legal representation to District of Columbia (D.C.) 60+ tenants in need of assistance with a variety of housing related legal issues of varying degrees of complexity. This position will collaborate with other staff in the LCE office, will supervise interns, LCE volunteers and pro bono attorneys who assist with cases, and will provide training on housing issues to other LCE staff and the community as needed. This position reports to the Manager, Tenant Advocacy and Support (TAS) practice and will work closely with more experienced attorneys.


1. Provides full legal representation and/or timely accurate information, legal advice, referral, self-help materials, and guidance to elderly tenants:
• of public and subsidized housing;
• addressing housing code violations;
• requesting reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Fair Housing Act;
• filing tenant petitions; and
• living in buildings undergoing the condominium/cooperative conversion process.
2. Litigates in both the District of Columbia courts (D.C. Superior Court Civil Division Civil Actions Branch and Landlord/Tenant Actions Branch) and local administrative tribunals (DC Office of Human Rights, the DC Office of Administrative Hearings, District of Columbia Housing Authority's Office of Fair Hearings).
3. Refers cases to other appropriate practice areas of LCE.
4. Works with community- and faith-based organizations and housing providers to assist in identifying a client base, including providing training on legal issues of seniors to those organizations. Prepares educational materials, grant reports, and trainings, as needed.
5. Maintains a high quality of legal practice as measured by case reviews, outcomes achieved, lack of substantiated grievances, and responses from client satisfaction surveys. Maintains accurate, contemporaneous, and complete records concerning cases handled into LCE's case management system.
6. Provides guidance, refers cases, and monitors work of volunteer attorneys and paralegals on assigned cases. Provides back-up support and technical assistance to the legal hot line, outreach program, pro bono panel, long-term care ombudsman program, less experienced staff, and other projects, as assigned.
7. Attends continuing legal education courses as part of professional development.
8. Develops and implements plans for systemic advocacy projects. Participates on committees with other legal service advocates, social workers, professionals, clients, and community members, with the purpose of working on large issues.
9. Demonstrates cultural humility and awareness, understanding of racial inequities, and ability to work across differences while carrying out responsibilities.
10. Demonstrates AARP values in all interactions.

Completion of a Juris Doctorate degree and member of the DC Bar or eligible to waive in and a minimum of 1 year of 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.

Compensation and Benefits

AARP offers competitive benefits with 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. Visit for more information.

As a result of the COVID pandemic, all interviews will be held virtually and all non-essential employees will continue to work remotely until further notice.
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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