Legal Counsel for the Elderly Intern (Spring 2022)

Employer
AARP
Location
Washington, DC
Posted
Nov 13, 2021
Closes
Dec 13, 2021
Ref
1607
Industry
Law
Hours
Full Time
Overview

AARP's Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE) 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.

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. This paid internship position will begin in January and end in May.

Responsibilities

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

Qualifications

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.

Benefits

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.

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