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AARP Foundation Legal Advocacy

AARP Foundation attorneys protect the rights of older adults in the nation’s courts, advocating to help older people stay connected to their communities and tear down barriers to economic and social stability.

The Foundation team covers a broad range of issues, from fair housing and age discrimination to consumer fraud, employment benefits, pension rights and more. Their primary mission is to ensure that older adults have a voice and proper representation in the legal system.

AARP Foundation attorneys participate both in litigation cases, directly representing clients in individual and class-action cases, and by filing amicus, or friend-of-the-court, briefs.

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On the Docket: Active in the Courts for You

Explore recent cases (in reverse chronological order of activity) in which AARP Foundation attorneys have filed, or that have been decided by the court.

Active Litigation Cases

Follow cases in which attorneys with AARP Foundation are engaged.

Recent Amicus Cases

Read recently filed amicus briefs.

Our Expertise Provides A Voice in the Courts

Age Discrimination in Employment

In vigorous defense of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), AARP Foundation attorneys defend the rights of older adults in cases involving hiring and promotions; training and opportunities; reductions in force (layoffs); employee health and welfare benefits; and pension benefits and rights.


Social Connectedness

AARP Foundation attorneys have advocated to keep older people connected with their loved ones and combat the consequences of social isolation. Among the issues addressed is stopping the use of chemical restraints with nursing facility residents who have dementia. 

Housing and Livable Communities

AARP Foundation attorneys have been fighting for the right of older adults to stay in their homes as they age and promoting fair housing, preserving each person’s dignity and independence so that they can live the lives they choose in their own communities. 


Low-income Benefits, Consumer Protection and Health

AARP Foundation attorneys participate in a diverse array of cases, including situations involving Social Security, Medicare and SNAP benefits; disability issues; predatory financial practices and debt collection; unfair utility practices; and prescription drug costs, in-home care, nursing facility care and liability.

In the News

People Using Wheelchairs Facing Housing Discrimination

A suit filed in New York alleges discrimination against people using wheelchairs. "Banning residents who use wheelchairs to get around their home and their community is blatant discrimination on the basis of disability and a violation of federal law," said Susan Silverstein, senior attorney with AARP Foundation.

Age Discrimination Remains a Problem in Hiring and Recruitment

A recent lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) highlights the prevalent practice of age discrimination in hiring, showing a consistent pattern against older applicants. AARP Foundation attorney McCann is quoted regarding the state of discriminatory practices 50 years after the enactment of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA).

Supreme Court Decision Will Help Lower Drug Prices

AARP Foundation's brief noted the importance of expediting the removal of invalid patents that increase healthcare costs.

Attorney Bagby Interviewed Regarding Patient Dumping

"Patient dumping" is a serious issue that can confront vulnerable residents of nursing facilities. Attorney Kelly Bagby discusses ongoing litigation regarding one case of this practice with KSRF-FM's Mary Lou Cooper.

In the Spotlight

Dental Hygienists Will Continue to Provide Life-Saving Dental Care

AARP Foundation attorneys helped win a case against the California Department of Health Care Services to continue providing life-saving dental care for developmentally disabled and elderly people in care facilities.

Senate Hearing on the Aging American Workforce

AARP Foundation Litigation's age discrimination expert Laurie McCann testified before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging regarding "America's Aging Workforce: Opportunities and Challenges."

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