Evin Isaacson

CIMG0118-1Evin Isaacson graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in May 2011.  Originally from Evanston, Illinois, Ms. Isaacson earned her undergraduate degree in Public Policy from Brown University in 2005. She then worked for three years as a research analyst and legislative advocate in the Long Term Care Division of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).  There, she analyzed the nursing home, homecare, and assisted living industries in Ohio, Minnesota and Wisconsin and, as the SEIU Healthcare Florida Legislative Liaison for Long Term Care, wrote and advocated for legislation to maintain the quality of Florida nursing home care in the face of state budget cuts.  While at Harvard Law School, Ms. Isaacson enforced patient’s rights as law clerk to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Region I Counsel for Civil Rights, engaged in Supreme Court and appellate litigation on behalf of low-income consumers with the Public Citizen Litigation Group in Washington, D.C., and litigated affirmative state court actions against predatory mortgage brokers and lenders with the WilmerHale Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School. 

As a 2011-2012 Borchard Fellow, Ms. Isaacson will join National Senior Citizens Law Center (NSCLC) in working to mitigate the impact of state budget shortfalls that have put at risk hundreds of Medicaid optional benefit programs essential to the health, safety and well-being of the country’s poorest, sickest seniors. Based out of NSCLC’s Oakland office, Ms. Isaacson will work with senior advocates across the country to identify common threats to services like in-home personal care, adult daycare, hearing aids, and prescription drugs, then compile a timely, practice-oriented tool-kit of legislative, administrative and court-based strategies to aid eldercare advocates in combating service and funding reductions.  In addition, in partnership with Disability Rights California (DRC), Ms. Isaacson will assist NSCLC’s and DRC’s class action suits to enjoin cuts to senior-serving benefit programs and represent individual seniors affected by newly-enacted service restrictions.