E-Newsletter of February 12, 2013 | Vol. 6, No. 6
The Advocacy Support Committee Calls for Mentors
As Elder Law attorneys, we are increasingly called upon to advocate for our clients in difficult contested matters. These issues often arise in the context of restrictive government policies, family disputes, elder abuse and exploitation, and a host of other contested matters. In response to this trend, the Elder Law Section recently formed the Advocacy Support Committee to explore ways in which the Section may assist its members as they navigate through difficult advocacy issues.
One way in which the Committee believes Section members can contribute is by sharing their knowledge and experience with other attorneys who are facing contested issues, particularly helping pro bono attorneys by lending some wisdom. The Committee hopes to compile a database of Elder Law advocacy “mentors” who are willing to volunteer 30 minutes of their time and share their invaluable practical knowledge with other attorneys. We are not requesting attorneys to assist with or take on a pro bono case, but recognizing that those who are taking pro bono cases or have committed to represent clients would find your knowledge invaluable.
Please contact Adam Rohne at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to indicate your interest in volunteering.
Submitted by Adam Rohne, Esq.
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There are no new cases to report this week.
There are no new statutes, regulations or bulletins to report this week.
There are no upcoming events or CLE programs to report this week.
MA COMMITTEE MEETING: The next MA Committee meeting will be at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 19, 2013. The Medical Assistance Committee is a study group to analyze Elder Law Section member questions and case studies and to discuss administrative policies and procedures in relation to Medical Assistance in Minnesota. Cathryn D. Reher of Long, Reher & Hanson, P.A., is Committee Chair. For directions, or to attend by phone, please contact Tracie Fenske with Long, Reher & Hanson, P.A., at 952-929-0622 at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting. Topics for the meeting may be submitted to email@example.com under the subject heading “MA Committee Topic”, or faxed to 952-542-9201. Please be reminded that the meeting location is: Estate & Elder Law Services (formerly MAO Legal Services), Monroe Village, 1900 Central Avenue NE, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55418. The meeting takes place in the building’s conference room. There are a few parking spaces behind the building and lots of street parking. People should walk to the back of the building and come to the back door which faces directly into the meeting room.
GOVERNING COUNCIL: The next meeting of the Elder Law Section Governing Council will be on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 3:30 pm. Please be reminded that the meeting location is: Estate & Elder Law Services (formerly MAO Legal Services), Monroe Village, 1900 Central Avenue NE, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55418. The meeting takes place in the building’s conference room. There are a few parking spaces behind the building and lots of street parking. People should walk to the back of the building and come to the back door which faces directly into the meeting room.
For further information, please contact Laura Zdychnec, Chair, at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
DON'T FORGET THAT THE ELDER LAW WEBSITE IS A GREAT RESOURCE. Here’s what you can find on the Website: Links to the DHS Health Care Programs Manual, the DHS Bulletin on treatment of uncompensated transfers, the Minnesota Bankers Association Compliance Bulletin on Powers of Attorney, legislative summary; Practice Links to organizations such as NAELA, ABA Commission on Law and Aging, Links to Federal and State Government Agencies, Statutes, and Regulations; Meeting Notices, Listings of Officers and Council Members, Section Bylaws, and more.
Go to the Section Website