Managing Attorney
Washington, DC 
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Posted 23 days ago
Job Description
Overview

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 Managing Attorney for LCE's Consumer Advocacy and Homeownership Preservation practice oversees direct legal services in consumer and homeownership matters, including foreclosure defense, real property tax benefits, predatory lending, and financial abuse and exploitation. Manages the legal and support staff's delivery of legal counsel and representation of clients in civil litigation and other legal proceedings. Manages the preparation of cases for participation in trial, preparation of amicus briefs or other briefs, discovery, negotiations, and mediation. Supports and provides counsel to clients in representing themselves. Collaborates with management to identify opportunities to streamline service delivery processes and develops new procedures that support the business unit.


Responsibilities

  • Manages and oversees others providing timely, accurate information, legal advice, representation in litigation and/or non-litigation matters, referral, self-help materials, guidance, and/or other assistance to eligible clients within and related to the managing attorney's practice area. Ensures a high quality of legal work and quality case management by staff.
  • Develops advocacy strategies and oversees others engaging in and personally engaging in advocacy activities at the local/state level. Collaborates with cross-functional teams, as well as internal and external partners to achieve the organization's legislative goals. Provides direction for managing relationships with elected officials.
  • Develops and implements outreach, education, and training activities to client community and organizations that serve our client community. Represents the organization within the local and nationwide legal community on workgroups, committees, and professional presentations and serves as a liaison with local community partners on issues affecting the client community.
  • Supports financial activities of Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE) by contributing to preparation of grant applications, grant data collection, completing reports and proposals for internal and external distribution, and representing LCE as needed with grantors.
  • Ensures strong people management across team, monitoring and supporting employee engagement and volunteer engagement as appropriate. Collaborates with and provides support to staff across the organization on issues related to the practice area impacting the work of others.

Qualifications

  • Completion of a Juris Doctorate and a member in good standing of the D.C. Bar or eligibility to waive into the D.C. Bar.
  • 10+ years of post-J.D. legal experience, including 5 years directly involving civil litigation and trial practice (at least 3 years in substantive area of law - real property and consumer protection) and 3 years of management/supervisory experience; or an equivalent combination of training and experience related to the duties of the position.
  • Experience working with elder clients or other vulnerable populations.
  • Excellent verbal and written skills, with the ability to independently perform legal analysis and to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to work with senior management and other staff and to collaborate with a wide variety of people, including volunteers, pro bono partners, government officials, and community members in a professional manner.
  • Demonstrated ability to mentor other attorneys on legal matters.
  • Strong organizational skills, with the ability to delegate.

AARP will not sponsor an employment visa for this position at this time.


Additional Requirements

  • Regular and reliable job attendance.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Exhibit respect and understanding of others to maintain professional relationships.
  • Independent judgement in evaluation options to make sound decisions.
  • In office/open office environment with the ability to work effectively surrounded by moderate noise.
  • Ability to occasionally lift up to 25 pounds.

Flexible Work Arrangement (FWA)

AARP observes Mondays and Fridays as telecommuting workdays, except for essential functions. Remote work and telecommuting can only be done within the United States and its territories.

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 and tuition reimbursement.

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.

 

Job Summary
Company
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Doctorate
Required Experience
10+ years
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