An Elder Justice Coordinator Thinks About Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation

by Ellen Cheek, Staff Attorney, Florida Senior Legal Helpline When Florida’s Department of Elder Affairs received a Phase II Model Approaches Grant, the position of “Elder Justice Coordinator”(EJC) was created with the goal of determining the role Legal Services programs should play in preventing and addressing elder abuse, neglect and exploitation. When I became the designated Read More…

Capturing Outcomes for Senior Legal Services

By Keith Morris, President, Elder Law of Michigan, and Director, Center for Elder Rights Advocacy It can be a daunting task to capture outcomes from legal services. The Legal Services Corporation, which funds any of the legal service providers involved in the Model Approaches to Senior Legal Services, tried to recognize best practices among its Read More…

EJC 2017: Applying Principles of Person-Centered Care on a Senior Legal Hotline

By Mike Walters, Legal Hotline Managing Attorney, Pro Seniors, Inc. Applying medical principles to legal ethics is often an impossible task. Social workers, medical providers, and lawyers simply don’t speak the same languages. Nevertheless, particularly in the context of providing legal assistance to seniors, some of the medical community’s approaches seem both relevant and valuable. Read More…

OVC FY 17 Field-Generated Innovations in Addressing Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation

From the National Center on Elder Abuse: The Department of Justice, through its Office for Victims of Crime and the Elder Justice Initiative, intends to release a $3.25 million solicitation in 2017 entitled OVC FY 17 Field-Generated Innovations in Addressing Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation. A brief description of the intended solicitation can be found Read More…

When Disaster Strikes – What Senior Clients Should Know and How to Tell Them

by Ellen Cheek, Staff Attorney, Florida Senior Legal Helpline In a February 2016 blog post, Attorney Ellie Lanier explained how understanding the brain in conflict can help Hotline staff serve clients; in particular, she cited a neuroscience acronym – SCARF — which summarizes the threats that trigger the fight or flight response in the human brain. Read More…

Lessons Learned: Clearing Title and the Obstacle Many Helpline and Legal Services Clients Experience

By Darling Garcia, Director of Operations, Elder Law of Michigan, Inc., and CERA Project Specialist It has been 13 years since I graduated from law school and these years have been filled with rewarding lessons that have allowed me to have personal and professional growth. As a young attorney, I started my career as a Read More…

The Shoshanna Ehrlich Excellence in Senior Legal Hotlines Advocacy Award

Article provided by the National Association of Senior Legal Hotlines Shoshanna Ehrlich retired in 2015 from a twenty-five year career in legal hotlines. Her work was a unique three-dimensional journey viewed through the organizational, historical, and geographic aspects of legal hotline services.  From 1989-1996, she worked at Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. (LSGMI) as Read More…

Running a Hotline without Power

By Michael Walters, Legal Hotline Managing Attorney, Pro Seniors, Inc. and CERA Project Specialist Cincinnati, other than the occasional flood or tornado, is thankfully not prone to natural disasters.  However, in 2008, the remnants of Hurricane Ike caused massive power outages throughout the Cincinnati area.  Certain locations, including my home, were without power for a week. Read More…