ELDER LAW CLINIC
The Elder Law Clinic offers student attorneys the opportunity to represent senior citizens, who are one of the fastest growing demographic groups in the United States. Student practice will be governed by the tenets of elder law practice developed by the National Elder Law Foundation and refined by the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Student attorneys will further develop core legal skills through representation of elderly clients across a broad range of substantive areas, including
- Consumer Protection
- Financial Exploitation
- Real property issues
- Grandparent adoption
- Health care
- Social Security
- Wills and advanced directives
Student attorneys also gain practical experience in problem solving, case analysis, transactional practice, administrative advocacy, and litigation in Shelby County General Sessions, Circuit, Chancery, and Probate Courts.
|Donna S. Harkness
CELA, Professor of Clinical Law
Director, Elder Law Clinic
PROFESSOR DONNA HARKNESS FEATURED ON WALLETHUB
Memphis Law Professor Donna Harkness was featured in WalletHub's recent piece about States with the Best Elder-Abuse Protections. You can find it by clicking here.
Read about Memphis Law student and Advanced Elder Law Clinic participant Sarah Schnell and her experience in the Clinic itself and the unique conservatorship case she took on as part of her work in the Clinic. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE.
In this feature story from ML Magazine, readers learn about Ms. Fannie Byrd and her story about how the Elder Law Clinic and it's student attorneys helped her in a time of need. Ms. Byrd is 78 years old. She lives in an area of Memphis that is typically regarded as poverty-stricken, with a rate of violent crime that is one of the highest in the city. She's also the type of person who doesn't care about any of that and who raised successfully raised a family amidst all of these adverse conditions. But she reached a point recently where she needed help. Click here to read more about the Elder Law Clinic's work on this case.
ELDER LAW CLINIC HIGHLIGHTED IN PERSPECTIVE MAGAZINE
The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Elder Law Clinic, led by Professor Donna Harkness, is highlighted in the new issue of Perspective magazine, a publication of the Young Lawyers Section of the NY State Bar Association. Memphis Law and Elder Law Clinic alum Adam Cooper co-authored the article, which details his experience in the Memphis Law Elder Law Clinic, alongside the experiences of other law students from various other law schools. To read the complete article, please click here.