Legal Aid Manager
Business Unit Description AARP's Legal Counsel for the Elderly champions the dignity and rights of vulnerable Washington, DC 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. Summary The Legal Aid Manager is responsible for managing and leading the Tenant Advocacy and Support Practice (TAS) of Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE). The practice combines legal, social work and volunteer coordination to help prevent evictions, assist with rent control disputes, government subsidies, reasonable accommodations and other related issues confronting tenants age 60+ in the District of Columbia. The position manages a team of attorneys, social workers, support staff, interns, and volunteers; the position reports to the LCE Executive Director. Responsibilities Oversees and provides timely, accurate information, legal advice, representation, referral, self-help materials, guidance, and other assistance to tenants aged 60+ in the areas of eviction defense, housing and property maintenance code enforcement, rent control, and voucher terminations, on a high-volume basis. Directs, manages and provides extended representation primarily in DC Superior Court (Landlord/Tenant, Civil and Probate Divisions), sometimes involving complex and novel litigation theories. Representation at times includes representing buildings of tenants. Ensures a high quality of legal work conducted by staff. Assigns cases, provides direction and guidance, manages staff attorneys, volunteer attorneys, legal interns, social workers, and legal and administrative support staff. Develops systemic law reform projects for older DC residents that may be worked on in collaboration with pro bono attorneys. Refers cases for pro bono representation and encourages staff to do the same. Represents LCE within the DC legal services community on workgroups and committees and serves as a liaison with community partners on issues affecting the LCE client community, including, but not limited to, agency budget and oversight, District of Columbia Housing Authority reform, and rent control reform. Develops and implements case management procedures adhering to deadlines and guidelines that facilitate efficient case handling. Maintains accurate, complete and contemporaneous records concerning cases handled in LCE's case management system and ensures all TAS staff do the same Manages assigned fundraising activity, including grant data collection, completing reports and proposals for internal and external distribution, and contributing to the preparation of grant applications. Also represents LCE as needed with grantors. Develops and implements Outreach activities to inform client community of LCE services. Conducts periodic training and community education events. Attends continuing legal education courses. Performs career development, performance management, and input into staff pay determination. Writes articles for journals, other periodicals, and social media platforms. Requirements Completion of a Juris Doctorate degree, a member in good standing of the DC Bar or ability to waive in, minimum of10 years of legal experience, with 5 years directly involving civil litigation and trial practice (at least 3 years in substantive area of law - landlord/tenant) and 3 years of management/supervisory experience or an equivalent combination of training and experience related to the duties of the position. Incumbent must have: experience working with elder clients or other vulnerable populations; excellent verbal and writing skills; strong litigation skills, including trial and, ideally, jury trial litigation; demonstrated track record of collaboration with various stakeholders such as funders, law firm attorneys, and government officials; interpersonal skills to work collaboratively with a variety of work styles; and strong organizational skills with the ability to delegate. experience working with social workers highly desirable. Please include a cover letter with your application. 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 careers.aarp.org/benefits 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.