Curriculum

Clinic - Helping Elders Through Litigation and Policy Help

Credits: 3.00
Faculty: Deirdre Lok

Elder abuse is a rampant and complex phenomenon, touching many areas of legal practice. The HELP clinic combines the students? elder law practice in Family Court, Criminal Court, Housing Court and guardianship proceedings in Supreme Court with a seminar that addresses the broad spectrum of legal areas in which elder abuse can play a critical role. By acquiring a substantive legal foundation in the various practice areas, as well as learning from expert guest speakers in the medical, public service, mental health, social service, government and legal fields, students will gain a multi-faceted, nuanced understanding of trauma as it interacts with aging, health, domestic violence and family relationships, and the role attorneys can play in prevention and problem solving. Students will have the opportunity to engage in the basics of elder law transactional work by drafting health care proxies, powers-of-attorney and other advanced directives, as well as participate in other mock attorney-client exercises to teach best practices with respect to these basic documents. Students will share lessons learned in their unique clinical environment with fellow seminar participants and will hone problem solving skills by workshopping difficult cases. Students will be placed at one of several legal organizations such as Brooklyn Legal Services, JASA?s Legal/Social Work Elder Abuse (LEAP) Program, the Brooklyn Family Justice Center, the Brooklyn District Attorney?s Office, Elder Abuse Unit, the Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale or individual elder law practitioners. Seminar Credits: 2.00

Grading:

Letter grade only.