Fall 2013
    Law No.: LAW8600
    Sched. No.: 113820841

Advocacy Clinic for the Elderly (YR)
Section 1
Caldwell, Kathleen D.
Curry, Claire E.

Administrative Information:
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Days, Times (Room):T, 1600-1800 (LAJC)
Credits:3Type:Yearlong clinic
Capacity:8 **This information is current as of 04/18/2014 06:15:33 AM**
Current Enrollment:8 **This information is current as of 04/18/2014 06:15:33 AM**

Course Description:

NOTE: This clinic will meet primarily at the Legal Aid Justice Center, 1000 Preston Avenue, Suite A.

In response to the rapidly growing elderly population and the increased demand for elder law expertise, this yearlong clinic will train students to provide legal services to older persons. Under the supervision of an attorney, students will represent elderly clients in negotiations, administrative hearings, and court proceedings on a variety of legal matters including basic wills and powers of attorney, guardianships, consumer issues, Medicaid and Medicare benefits, nursing home regulation and quality of long-term care, elder abuse and neglect, and advance medical directives. Students will develop the practical skills needed to become effective elder advocates, participating in client interviewing, counseling, negotiation, and trial advocacy. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to engage in advocacy for the elderly at the system level, which may involve policy analysis and advocacy work with partnering organizations including the Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA), the Legal Aid Justice Center, the Virginia Elder Rights Coalition, and the Senior Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association. Students will participate in interdisciplinary projects in the field of elder law, especially in the health care domain. For example, students will develop a comprehensive taxonomy of possible legal issues confronted in geriatric care and will identify specific legal problems presented by individual patients. Additionally, in cooperation with JABA and the local geriatricians and other providers of elder care in the planning district, students may conduct public education sessions on specific elder law topics for senior citizen groups at senior centers and elder care facilities throughout Charlottesville.

ENROLLMENT LIMITATION: Students may enroll in one clinic per semester. On a space-available basis, students may petition to enroll in a second clinical offering after the add/drop period has ended.
PREREQUISITE: Second- or third-year status

Prerequisites:Second- or third-year status
This course is on the professional skills course list.