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Read all about it: Elder Law Clinic 2009 newsletter sees field work through students’ eyes

Court decisions can be interesting. Rarely, though, do they resonate with a law student’s life experiences. When a classmate is seriously injured, however, the laws on health care directives are no longer theoretical. When a grandparent is losing capacity, health coverage laws are useful to know. And as students’ parents talk about retirement or face their own health problems, experience in the Elder Law Clinic is a gift that the law students bring to the family table.

The third-year law students enrolled in the Elder Law Clinic leave with a better understanding of how to advise clients and their own families. They have grown in their confidence and ability to handle a range of legal matters. From the initial greeting of the client, to the closing letter that summarizes their work, the students have provided top quality legal assistance. They see the ethical traps ahead of them, translate jargon into English, and tease out the tangles in complex laws.

Most issues of the Elder Law Clinic newsletter have focused on the cases the clinic handles and the legal advice it provides. Instead, the newest issue demonstrates the clinic’s teaching and community service through the eyes of the students and clients, in their own words. Their remarks are honest, serious and sometimes funny. Most important, they demonstrate the high caliber of the young lawyers who will soon leave Wake Forest University School of Law.