Summer Law Clerk openings with AARP?LCE (DC)

January 16, 2015

AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE) champions the rights of seniors by providing free legal services to low-income DC residents age 60 and older. LCE provides assistance with civil legal matters, including landlord/tenant matters, consumer issues including property tax cases, and public benefits.

The D.C. Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program at LCE advocates for residents of nursing home, assisted living facilities, community residence facilities and residents in their private homes. Ombudsmen work to resolve complaints of residents and to bring about resolution, including changes at the local, state and national levels to improve residents’ quality of care and quality of life.

Summer law clerks are sought to work on the following projects:

Legislative Reform:

LCE explores whether changes to D.C. statutes would benefit low-income seniors. The student will compare D.C. law to those in other states, possibly drafting new D.C. legislative language and a supporting memorandum. Prior projects have addressed laws involving electronic monitoring in nursing homes and home modifications to enable seniors to age in place.

Schedule H Case Handling:

Schedule H is a DC tax credit for low-income individuals with high housing costs, providing a benefit of up to $1,000 per year. LCE’s Schedule H Tax Project assists low-income seniors who do not need to file a full tax return. The student will meet with clients, assist them with filling out the Schedule H forms, advise them regarding supporting documentation, and follow up with the Office of Tax Revenue regarding disposition.

Ombudsman Legal Assistance:

The law clerk would assist the DC Long-Term Care Ombudsman’s staff attorney with individual cases before the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH). This support would include resident visits, drafting motions and participation in hearings. In addition, the intern would assist with legal research on a variety of issues including long-term care Medicaid, nursing home resident rights and social security.

Nursing Homes and Alternatives Manual:

LCE is drafting a manual to assist older persons who transition from independent living to nursing homes and other alternatives, such as assisted living. The student will assist with drafting and citations to local resources.

Depending on need and interest, the student(s) may be assigned to more than one project. The position is unpaid, but we are happy to work with any sources of funding available to the student.

To apply, submit a resume and cover letter indicating your area(s) of interest to Rochelle Bobroff, Senior Attorney for Systemic Reform, Legal Counsel for the Elderly, rbobroff@aarp.<orgmailto:rbobroff@aarp.org>.

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