AARP Manager and Legal Aid Attorney Salary in the United States

How much does a Manager and Legal Aid Attorney make at companies like AARP in the United States? The average salary for Manager and Legal Aid Attorney at companies like AARP in the United States is $114,084 as of May 28, 2024, but the range typically falls between $94,959 and $133,208. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession. With more online, real-time compensation data than any other website, helps you determine your exact pay target.  View the Cost of Living in Major Cities

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Business Unit Description

Founded in 1975, Legal Counsel for the Elderly champions the dignity and rights of vulnerable Washington, D.C. seniors, 60 and older, providing free legal and social work services to those in need — empowering, defending and protecting.

LCE staff help 6,000+ clients each year in many areas of civil law. Attorneys represent seniors facing foreclosures, evictions, and consumer fraud. LCE handles Medicaid and Social Security cases, provides benefits checkups to assure that seniors and Veterans are receiving the benefits they are due, prepares Wills and Powers of Attorney, and educates elders in ways to avoid Medicare and Medicaid fraud. Clients come to LCE directly through the LCE Legal Hotline, they are referred by partner organizations and the courts, and LCE attorneys, plus its more than 800 volunteers, are regularly in the community meeting elders at senior centers and faith-based organizations. LCE also accommodates homebound seniors by providing legal services in their homes.

LCE houses the office of the D.C. Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, which advocates on behalf of seniors in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and those receiving home health care. LCE has a strong relationship with a number of pro bono law firms that assist staff with approximately 600 cases a year. LCE staff testify and make recommendations regarding laws before the D.C. Council that affect seniors, and have been instrumental in bettering conditions for D.C. seniors through assistance with local legislation. More than 40 years after its founding, LCE continues to develop innovative, cost-effective ways to deliver legal services, serving as a model for organizations around the country. LCE is incorporated as a 501(c) (3) and is an affiliate of AARP.


The Manager and Legal Aid Attorney will report to the executive director of Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE) and will be responsible for the Landlord/Tenant, Civil and Probate practice areas. The successful candidate must possess strong problem-solving and multi-tasking skills required.

Collaborates with other staff in the Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE) office.  Supervises volunteers who assist with cases and provides training on areas of expertise to other LCE staff, as needed.  Position interacts with clients daily and must listen with empathy, allow the client dignity, and provide accurate legal advice. Ability to interface with internal and external clients and contacts at all levels.


1. Oversees and provides timely, accurate information, legal advice, referral, self-help materials, guidance, and other assistance to elderly tenants in the areas of eviction defense, housing and property maintenance code enforcement, rent control, and voucher terminations, on a high volume basis. 

2. Directs manages and provides extended representation in D.C. Superior Court (Landlord/Tenant, Civil and Probate Divisions), sometimes involving complex and novel litigation theories. 

3. Representation at times includes representing buildings of tenants. Ensures a high quality of legal work conducted by staff.

4. Develops systemic law reform projects for older D.C. residents that may be worked on in collaboration with pro bono attorneys.

5. Refers cases for pro bono representation, and encourages staff to do the same.

6. 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. 

7. Develops and implements case management procedures adhering to deadlines and guidelines that facilitate efficient case handling.

8. Maintains accurate and complete records concerning cases handled. Completes reports, proposals and applications as needed for internal and external distribution. 

9. Conducts periodic training and community education events.  Attends continuing legal education courses.

10. Possesses the ability to manage legal, social work and administrative support staff.

11. Recruits, trains and supervises staff, interns and volunteers.  Performs career development, performance management, and input into pay determination.

12. Assigns cases, provides direction and guidance, manages staff attorneys, volunteer attorneys, social workers, and legal and administrative support staff.

13. Ensures expenses do not exceed available resources.  Manages assigned fundraising, outreach, and administrative efforts, especially pertaining to grant proposals, including any required grant data collection, internal and external reports, and related coordination.

14. Represents LCE as needed at AARP and externally with grantors, community groups and in the community generally. 

15. Writes articles for journals and other periodicals.

16. Demonstrates AARP values in all interactions.


Completion of a Juris Doctorate degree, a member in good standing of the D.C. Bar or ability to waive in, 10 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
-Strong organizational skills with the ability to delegate

*Experience working with social workers highly desirable.

Benefits Offered

AARP offers competitive benefits with a 401K, 100% company funded pension plan, health, dental, vision and life insurance, STD/LTD, paid vacation and sick, and other 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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