Gray Matters, the official publication of the Elder Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA), highlights Elon’s Elder Law Clinic in the March 2013 edition.
“Under the supervision of Director Margaret Kantlehner, Clinical Practitioner in Residence Hannah Vaughan, and with the support of Legal Assistant Candy Albrecht, eight third year law students spent an incredible 1,381 hours on Clinic related work,” the article reports about the clinic’s first semester in operation.
The eight law students enrolled in the Elder Law Clinic in fall 2012, the clinic’s first semester in operation, were: Kristin Belton, Trevor Huck, Kristen Kennedy, Jessica Kondziola, Bryan Ray, Matthew Wilcut, Mark Wilson and Michael Wilson.
The NCBA article summarizes fall student activity in the clinic as follows:
“Student attorneys handled matters relating to public benefits, including advising clients on eligibility and estate recovery rules for Medicaid and Special Assistance. They also prepared a brief in support of a request for waiver of a Social Security overpayment. They served as Guardian ad Litem in two incompetency hearings. They guided a client through the foreclosure process on her home – researching foreclosure defenses, providing her with resources to pursue new housing, and offering to assist with the process of having her cats designated as emotional support animals when she moved. They extensively researched and advised multiple seniors about their rights as grandparents to custody or visitation of minor grandchildren. They advised a client about her claim for post-separation spousal support. Students guided a client through the beginnings of a partition proceeding on her property, advising her as to her rights and actions she could take to protect her interests. They also examined a deed to real property that passed through intestacy in order to determine a client’s current ownership status in relation to other family members. Of course, students also had plenty of opportunities to draft and advise clients about advance health care directives, powers of attorney, and wills.”