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Megan Yip (Borchard Fellow 2008-2009) published recently her guide to digital assets. Your Digital Estate: A Consumer Guide to Digital Asset Estate Planning & the Post Death Administration of Digital Assets is available for free on the website of Megan's law firm where there is an easy download link. Megan describes the guide as a resource for anyone who has digital assets (e.g. files, photos, music, accounts, content…) and wants to include them in an estate plan.

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Catheryn Koss (2007-2008 Fellow) was recently elected to serve a two-year term on the Gerontological Society of America's Governing Board. The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) is the nation’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging. Catheryn, an Assistant Professor of Gerontology at California State University, Sacramento, was selected to represent early career faculty.

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As a 2018-2019 Borchard Fellow, Andrew Bardetti worked with older adults who have experienced elder abuse. His host organization, South Coastal Counties Legal Services, recently hired him as a permanent staff attorney. He works on cases involving a wide variety of civil legal issues, including housing, benefits, and long-term care. Andrew will continue to exclusively represent older adults in Bristol County, Massachusetts and he is beyond thrilled to remain with SCCLS in this role. 

Congratulations, Andrew!

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After working exclusively with older adults under penal supervision in Vermont as a 2018-2019 Borchard Fellow, Annie Manhardt has been hired to stay on as a staff attorney at her host organization, the Prisoners' Rights Office. She handles cases addressing a wide range of issues involving the fact, length and conditions of confinement and community supervision for people serving sentences. This involves litigating post-conviction relief criminal appeals, defending clients against parole revocation, and representing clients in civil litigation related to prison healthcare, discipline, sentence calculation, and more. Although she now represents clients of all ages, Annie is excited to continue her advocacy regarding the unique issues faced by older adults in the criminal legal system.

Congratulations, Annie!

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Aisha Elmquist, a 2007-2008 Borchard Fellow, participated in the shaping of the nearly 200-page legislation that was signed in May 2019 into law in Minnesota transforming the assisted living system in that state. The legislation was the result of the hard work of various stakeholders and their efforts to reach consensus. Some of the workgroup process is described here:

A hard-won consensus on elder care in Minnesota--http://www.startribune.com/a-hard-won-consensus-on-elder-care-in-minnesota/509927832/

 Aisha serves as Policy Specialist with the Minnesota Office of Ombudsman for Long-Term Care.

Published in Center News
Friday, 15 February 2019 14:59

Call for 2019-2020 Fellowship Applications

Three fellowships in law and aging are available for 2019-2020. The online application is available between March 15, 2019 and April 15, 2019. Interested applicants should submit the required online application by April 15, 2019. See our web page on the fellowships and our online application

Published in Center News
Thursday, 14 February 2019 13:41

Senior Housing Crisis Website

A new website that addresses senior housing crisis issues is now available at this link: Senior Housing Crisis. The site is the work of Julie Gilgoff, a 2017-18 Borchard Fellow, who worked on alternative approaches to senior housing in the Bay Area in California. The site is a useful, national resource for advocates and anyone interested in exploring creative housing solutions and policies like community living, community land trusts, co-operative housing, and more. 

Published in Center News
Thursday, 07 February 2019 16:56

Deciphering State Medicaid Programs

Former fellow Rachel Gershon has published an overview of state Medicaid programs. Deciphering State Medicaid Programs appears in a blog published by Commonwealth Medicine, a division of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Medicaid programs vary substantially from state to state and it can be difficult to understand the complexity of any individual state's program. Rachel provides an overview of various programs throughout the country as well as relevant documents. Rachel Gershon, JD, MPH, serves as a senior associate of Health Law & Policy at Commonwealth Medicine.

Published in Center News
Tuesday, 05 June 2018 13:05

Former Fellow Publishes Advocate Guide on SSI

Former fellow Jenny Kye published in April 2018, together with Justice in Aging (JIA) senior staff attorney Kate Lang, In-Kind Support and Maintenance in the SSI Program, an advocacy guide. 

The guide and a related webinar are available through Justice in Aging here.

Jenny's work on the guide was supported by a Borchard Former Fellow Grant in partnership with JIA. She is now a staff attorney with the Community Legal Aid Society, Inc., in Wilmington, Delaware where she advocates for older adults and people with disabilities in public benefits and disability rights matters.


Published in Center News
Tuesday, 05 June 2018 12:39

Teresa Yao

Teresa Yao is a May 2018 graduate from Washington University School of Law and the George Warren Brown School of Social Work, where she received her joint JD/MSW degree with a concentration on Older Adults and Aging Society. She has served as an Executive Editor of the Washington University Law Review and Co-Chair of the Public Service Committee of the Public Service Advisory Board.

During both her legal and social work training, Teresa gained an appreciation for the diverse range of legal and social challenges faced by older adults, and the holistic approach necessary to address them. Through her work experience with the ABA Commission on Law and Aging, she was exposed to the breadth of issues in the field of law and aging via involvement in projects on healthcare decision-making, guardianship, and elder abuse. She has engaged in policy and advocacy work with the Alzheimer’s Association, where she spoke with state lawmakers, advocated for caregiver interests, and reviewed statutory language for state legislation pertaining to healthcare decision-making. At Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, she worked directly with victims of domestic abuse and served clients’ legal and social needs as a dual law and social work intern. Most recently, she worked at Crown Center for Senior Living, an independent living community for older adults. There, she interacted directly with senior residents, forming meaningful relationships with older adults from a wide range of cultural and personal backgrounds. In particular, she found her time addressing social needs for Limited-English Proficiency (LEP) older adults to be a rewarding experience, and is keenly interested in continuing to develop programs and resources for this population.

For her Borchard fellowship, Teresa will work on establishing a Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP) between her sponsoring organization, the Legal Assistance Foundation, and Rush University Medical Center. The MLP will center on creating a free legal clinic servicing low-income older adults from communities in the West Side of Chicago, with a focus on providing holistic client-centered care that addresses older adults’ legal and social needs. In addition to establishing the community clinic, Teresa will be involved in direct representation for clients that come through the clinic and draft research papers exploring hurdles faced by vulnerable older adult populations, including LEP and isolated seniors.

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