Students enrolled in the Elder Law Clinic work to enhance, protect and preserve the autonomy of the elderly. Students draft wills, prepare advance health care directives and powers of attorney, advise clients on Medicaid, Medicare, nursing home law, consumer law, guardianship/ conservatorship, and elder abuse issues. The clinic students occasionally represent clients in administrative hearings and in court. The clinic also conducts community legal education events for the general public and for elder care workers.
The Elder Law Clinic offers students opportunities to provide a variety of legal services to elderly clients, increases the number of attorneys in the state who are sensitive to the needs of the frail and economically disadvantaged elderly, and increases the students’ knowledge in the areas of law that impact upon the elderly. In my opinion, access to legal assistance for the elderly often means that income, health care, food, clothing and shelter can be maintained.