CERA Presents at NALC

By Christopher Jackson, Communications Coordinator, Elder Law of Michigan, and Project Administrator, Center for Elder Rights Advocacy

Washington MonumentThe National Aging and Law Conference 2015 (NALC) was held October 29-30, 2015 at the Hilton Arlington in Arlington, VA. NALC brought together substantive law, policy, legal service development and legal service delivery practitioners from across the country with a full two-day agenda packed with 24 workshops and 4 plenary sessions. CERA staff were able to present as part of three of these workshops. Below are highlights of these panels and links to the materials for download.


 

Fund Development for Senior Legal Services

The funding for senior legal services is insufficient. For many senior legal service program managers, the words “fund development” cause a cold sweat. This workshop will look at reframing senior legal services to make programs eligible for additional grant funding, using client-focused and community-focused traditional fundraising in a senior legal services program, and integrating fund development as part of a larger communications plan.

Speakers:

  • Keith Morris, President, Elder Law of Michigan, and Director, Center for Elder Rights Advocacy
  • Karen Buck, Executive Director, Pennsylvania SeniorLAW Center
  • Christopher Jackson, Communications Coordinator, Elder Law of Michigan, and Project Administrator, Center for Elder Rights Advocacy

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Ethical Challenges of Using Law Student Interns/ Externs

Through case studies and an interactive discussion process using response ware, participants in this session will explore and address a range of ethical dilemmas related to using law students to expand access to services. Issues for discussion include the distinction between legal advice and legal information, unauthorized practice of law, state bar student practice rules, appropriate supervision, law school versus on-site supervision responsibilities, confidentiality contracts, database encryption and what to do if a student “goes rogue.”

Speakers:

  • Ellie Lanier, Managing Attorney, UGA School of Law
  • Keith Morris, President, Elder Law of Michigan, and Director, Center for Elder Rights Advocacy
  • Alaina Anderson, Attorney-Advisor, U.S. Department of Transportation, Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Office of Chief Counsel

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Model Approaches – Phase II: Building Legal Service Delivery Systems that Combat Elder Abuse

We cannot prosecute our way out of the problem of elder abuse. ACL’s grant initiative, Model Approaches – Phase II, is building comprehensive systemic capacity for civil legal responses to elder abuse. Through the leadership of Legal Assistance Developers (LADs), Phase II is creating legal service delivery systems optimally responsive to complex legal issues emerging from elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation. Phase II grantees are integrating the effective use of community aging/ disability partnerships and low cost legal service delivery mechanisms to prevent and address elder abuse. Speakers:

  • Omar Valverde, Aging Services Program Specialist, Administration for Community Living
  • Keith Morris, President, Elder Law of Michigan, and Director, Center for Elder Rights Advocacy
  • Lynne Caswell, Legal Assistance Developer, Maine DHHS – Office of Aging and Disability Services
  • Jaye Martin, Executive Director, Legal Services for the Elderly
  • Alexis Ringman, Project Administrator, Elder Law of Michigan and Center for Elder Rights Advocacy

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