Foundation Litigation Fellow (Fall)

Employer
AARP
Location
Washington, DC
Posted
Jan 27, 2022
Closes
Feb 02, 2022
Ref
2494
Function
Other
Industry
Nonprofit
Hours
Full Time
Overview

AARP Foundation works to end senior poverty by helping vulnerable people over 50 build economic opportunity. Our approach emphasizes equitable outcomes for populations that have faced systemic discrimination. As AARP's charitable affiliate, we serve AARP members and nonmembers alike. Through vigorous legal advocacy and evidence-based solutions, and by building supportive community connections, we foster resilience, advance equity, and restore hope. To learn more, visit aarpfoundation.org or follow @AARPFoundation on social media.

AARP Foundation conducts legal advocacy through its litigating arm, AARP Foundation Litigation, a public interest law firm at the intersection of aging and social justice. We advocate for systemic change in federal and state courts nationwide to advance the legal rights and interests of people 50 and older, particularly low-income and vulnerable individuals. Specifically, we file and support lawsuits that will have a significant impact on senior poverty by:

  • reducing barriers to employment, including self-employment
  • increasing access to public and private benefits
  • protecting consumers by stopping unlawful business practices and securing refunds for those who lost money
  • lowering out-of-pocket costs for key expenses, such as housing, food, and health care
  • promoting more racially and otherwise equitable outcomes across these areas


We are looking for a top-notch third-year law student with a passion for litigation to work with us to end senior poverty. If you are a critical thinker, an eager learner, and a team player who wants to gain valuable experience in public interest law, read on.

WHAT WE LOOK FOR IN A LITIGATION FELLOW

We seek someone who:

  • has strong academic credentials and a demonstrated interest in public service
  • is smart, ambitious, and intellectually curious
  • is a diligent researcher and an excellent writer
  • is offended by injustice and wants to do something about it

Responsibilities

Working under the supervision of AARP Foundation attorneys, you will:
  • Conduct legal research
  • Draft memoranda, pleadings, briefs, and other legal documents
  • Assist in civil discovery
  • Interview current and potential clients
  • Work with outside co-counsel
  • Participate in litigation strategy

Qualifications

  • Current third-year or otherwise graduating (class of 2022) law student
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal skills
  • Proficiency with WESTLAW and other legal research platforms
  • Significant experience with The Blue Book: A Uniform System of Citation
  • Demonstrated public interest/public service interest or experience

AARP Foundation Litigation fellows work full-time (40 hours/week) starting in August/September for one year. For additional information about our work, please visit www.aarpfoundation.org/litigation

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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