Legal Aid Attorney

Washington, DC
Nov 13, 2021
Dec 08, 2021
Full Time

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 Senior Legal Aid Attorney provides legal representation on behalf of District of Columbia (D.C.) 60+ clients in the Economic and Healthcare Security Practice of Legal Counsel for the Elderly. Provides direct representation to clients and litigates cases predominantly before the Office of Administrative Hearings, Office of Hearings Operations, other administrative courts, and other governmental agencies. Representation involves civil matters of older DC residents involving a variety of public benefits. Responsibilities include handling complex administrative cases and managing systemic law reform projects related to the mission of the practice.


  • Provides direct representation, information, advice, counsel, referral, and guidance in a variety of public benefits civil matters involving older DC residents, including, but not limited to, income maintenance such as Social Security, SSI, SSDI, Medicaid, Medicare, QMB, and SNAP.
  • Develops and implements plans for systemic law reform public benefits projects related to older DC residents. Mentors pro bono attorneys on issues and cases placed with the Systemic Advocacy Practice. Participates on committees with other legal services advocates, social workers, professionals, clients, and community members with the purpose of working on larger policy issues related to older DC residents regarding public benefits issues.
  • Trains, mentors, and supervises staff attorneys, law fellows, interns, and volunteers, assigning tasks, research and other assignments related to case representation.
  • Prepares educational materials, grant reports, trainings, and participates in community outreach as needed.
  • Maintains accurate, contemporaneous, and complete records and notes in the case management system concerning cases handled.
  • Provides back-up support and technical assistance to the legal hotline, outreach programs, pro bono panel, long-term care ombudsman program, and other staff attorneys. Handles other projects as assigned.
  • Attends trainings and conferences related to public benefits. Presents trainings at webinars, and conferences. Writes articles for journals and other periodicals and/or preparation of how-to manuals as appropriate as assigned.


  • Completion of a Juris Doctorate degree.
  • Current D.C. Bar or eligibility to waive into the DC Bar.
  • Minimum of 8 years of directly related experience representing clients in public benefits cases.
  • Foreign language skills, particularly Spanish, a plus.

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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