10 Affiliate 1 (1984-1985)

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Nebraska's Award-Winning
Project Provides Legal
Services to the Elderly
by John R. Tarpley
The Nebraska Young Lawyers Sec-
tion's project on the Delivery of Legal
Services to the EIderly was recognized
by the ABA Young Lawyers Division as
the most outstanding single project of
an affiliate in the past year. Announce-
ment of the award was made at the
Annual Meeting in Chicago.
The Section's Committee on the
Delivery of Legal Services to the El-
derly began work two years ago, ac-
cording to Ann Gilbert of the Nebras-
ka Young Lawyers Section. The first
year of our committee's work was
dedicated to devising a thorough plan
of our effort to reach the state's elder-
ly, and we also began one aspect of
the programming, she explained.
The group then set goals for its sec-
ond year of activity. The committee
set out to develop an interest in the
legal needs of the elderly and to
create a body of trained attorneys to
deal with older citizens' needs. Addi-
tionally, the Nebraska Young Lawyers
tried to create an environment in
which young lawyers and elderly cli-
ents could easily gather, Gilbert said.

Lori Wilson, an attorney with Southeast Nebraska Legal Services, which provides services to
the elderly under the Older Americans Act, talks to an attendee of the Hebron Senior
Fair about legal issues.

With a $1,000 allotment from the
Nebraska Young Lawyers, a $1,000
grant from the ABA Young Lawyers
Division, and a $2,500 award from
the ABA Commission on the Legal
Problems of the Elderly, the Commit-
tee started putting its plans into ac-
tion. Gilbert pointed out that the ob-
jectives called for three specific
programs. The ElderLawReview, the
ElderLaw training program, and the
Senior Fair Programs. With three
separate programs within the single
project, we attempted to utilize a
completely different set of resources
for each project, in order to maxi-
mize the number of attorneys in-
volved with the elderly as well as to
reduce the work that was required of
the core committee, she said.
The ElderLawReview is a newsletter
that details specific issues regarding

the elderly and their individual legal
needs. The newsletter represents an
ongoing partnership between the
Nebraska Department on Aging, the
Nebraska Bar Association, and the
committee. Attorneys from all areas of
the state author articles for the publi-
cation, and the Department on Aging
provides the necessary typesetting and
layout capability to publish a profes-
sional-looking periodical. The quarter-
ly publication is sent to bar leadership,
attorneys who have expressed an in-
terest in the needs of the elderly, and
nonattorneys who are interested in the
Gilbert explained that the commit-
tee's involvement in the newsletter
planning and writing is substantial.
Before each issue of the newsletter,
the Committee selects the main
topic. The newsletter may cover a
single issue, such as insurance, or it
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