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--

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

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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

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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. 

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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.

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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.


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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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Tuesday, 05 June 2018 10:31

Annie Manhardt

Originally hailing from Everett, WA, Annie Manhardt graduated from Harvard Law School in 2018 after receiving her undergraduate degree in Sociology from Willamette University in 2015. For all three years of law school, Annie participated in the Harvard Prison Legal Assistance Project (PLAP), and served as co-Executive Director of the program during her final year. Annie was first introduced to the issues facing incarcerated elders when she began representing aging prisoners in their disciplinary hearings and parole hearings, and her understanding of the unique challenges facing this population was further informed by her summer internships at Prisoners' Legal Services of Massachusetts and the Prisoners' Rights Office in Vermont.

Annie's experience of living with her grandparents during law school allowed her to see the stark contrast between aging in the free world and aging in prison. As a 2018-19 Borchard Fellow, she hopes to reduce this disparity by returning to the Prisoners' Rights Office in Vermont, where she will implement a project addressing the needs of the state's growing population of elders under penal supervision. She will pursue decarceration strategies for incarcerated elders, petition for the release of elders from terms of probation and parole, litigate cases to improve prison healthcare and age-related accommodations, and work closely with local providers to bridge the gap between elder services and re-entry services by creating a resource guide designed specifically to meet the needs of formerly incarcerated elders.

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Tuesday, 05 June 2018 10:08

Andrew Bardetti

Andrew Bardetti is a May 2018 graduate from Northeastern University School of Law and will be serving as a Borchard Fellow at South Coastal Counties Legal Services (SCCLS) in Southeastern Massachusetts. After receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Philosophy from Boston College in 2012, Andrew served as a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) with the Legal Services of Alabama in Mobile. After JVC, he worked as a Campus Minister for Social Justice and Spirituality with the Cornell University and Ithaca College Catholic Communities. In those capacities, he advocated for the needs of vulnerable persons which motivated him to pursue a legal services career in his native state of Massachusetts.

During law school, Andrew chose to pursue a career in law and aging because of his grandmother’s experience in a nursing home and the needs of his elderly neighbors. Internships with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity Office and Justice Geraldine Hines (ret.) of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court provided a foundation in housing discrimination and systemic issues facing older persons. However, it was his internships with Greater Boston Legal Services’ Elder Abuse Prevention Project and South Coastal Counties Legal Services which cemented his desire to advocate for the needs of older persons experiencing elder abuse in his local community.

As a Borchard Fellow, Andrew will be launching an elder abuse prevention project to address the unmet needs of older persons suffering from abuse in SCCLS’ service area. Based in New Bedford, Andrew will directly represent older persons experiencing elder abuse in housing, consumer, and benefits cases. In addition, Andrew will create and enhance local elder abuse prevention coalitions by incorporating the best practices of existing multi-disciplinary teams. Finally, Andrew will increase the awareness of elder abuse resources in the community by conducting educational seminars and creating legal informational materials.

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