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Senior Attorney


Senior Attorney (full-time)
ABA Commission on Law and Aging
1050 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20005

Undertakes substantive legal work for grant-funded projects, including grant writing, and provides substantive support and expertise to the Commission in the areas of health and
long-term care, guardianship and surrogate decision-making, elder abuse, capacity assessment, legal services delivery, other dimensions of elder rights, and other subjects as needed. Supervised by the Director. Includes research, writing, consultative work, and speaking. May have supervisory duties of non-attorney staff.

Law Degree (JD, LLM)
Starting Date:
January 31, 2022


• JD and bar admission in at least one jurisdiction and 8 or more years relevant legal experience.
• Outstanding legal research and writing skills, communication and collaboration skills, advocacy experience, excellent organizational skills, and ability to exercise independent judgment.
• Substantial experience in one or more of the following, surrogate decision-making issues, guardianship, elder abuse, access to health care and related civil justice systems issues.
• High level of skills in policy analysis and scholarly writing, public speaking, other professional legal writing.
• Grant administration and supplemental subject matter experience may be required.

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Salary range: $85,900 -- $97,660

Flexible/hybrid work arrangements may be available for residents of CA, IL, IN, DC, MD, VA, and TX. Residency requirements may apply.

COVID-19 vaccination is required as a condition of employment (requests for reasonable accommodations for medical or religious reasons will be considered).

Detailed Description
This position provides grant-funded project support in the form of research, writing, editing, implementation, and monitoring in connection with multiple Commission projects under the supervision of the Director. Specifically, duties will include some or all of the following:
1. Project development and grant writing.
2. Conducting legal or other research.
3. Writing memoranda, reports, resource materials, presentations, or articles, including for publication both for professional audiences as well as the public.
4. Providing substantive advice, information, policy analysis, and technical assistance.
This may involve serving as a principal ABA expert on a substantive area of law or public policy, conducting research and advisory or project meetings, convening
advisory and/or stakeholder groups, and developing recommendations and memoranda on substantive law. This may include contacts with ABA entities, NGOs, government entities including officials, and the media.
5. Giving presentations and/or teaching legal and public policy issues; designing substantive content of events, developing model documents, and conducting trainings.
6. Tracking and analyzing laws, regulations, court rules and policies/policy proposals; preparing memoranda on law or public policy; and providing guidance to the Commission and other entities.
7. Providing project support and management on multiple projects, including managing advisory groups or conference events, and listserv and web based communications support;
8. Coordinating or supporting member sub-groups or advisory committees, and coordinating with external constituencies.
9. Managing interns/externs.
10. Assisting in the development and use of technological legal tools and communications vehicles, utilizing the internet and other mediums.
11. Performing other related duties as assigned.


Submission Deadline: 
March 20, 2022
Organization Information: 
American Bar Association, Commission on Law and Aging
United States