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Kathleen Dawson Caldwell


Kathleen Caldwell is currently serving as the managing attorney for the Charlottesville office of the Legal Aid Justice Center, where her practice focuses on elder law issues, particularly Medicaid and nursing home care as well as estate planning for the low-income elderly. She has been teaching the Advocacy Clinic for the Elderly with Claire Curry since 2006. Caldwell graduated from Mary Washington College in 1971 with a B.A. in French and German. She taught foreign languages in junior and senior high school before attending the Marshall Wythe School of Law in Williamsburg, where she received her J.D. in 1982. She returned to Virginia after several years in Colorado to attend the University Of Virginia School Of Law as a fellow at the Institute for Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy and earned an LL.M. in 1988. Like so many UVA alums, she was smitten with Charlottesville and and stayed to take a staff position at the Charlottesville Albemarle Legal Aid Society, where her practice consisted mainly of domestic violence and consumer cases. In 1994, she entered private practice until Legal Aid lured her back in 2006. She is licensed in Virginia and Colorado (inactive), and is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

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