Student-lawyers help legal community meet pro bono needs

The effects of a troubled economy, including foreclosures, joblessness and residential evictions, heighten demand for legal assistance but also render more clients unable to pay for those services.

The Elder Law Clinic at Wake Forest University, for example, assists low-income senior citizens with consumer issues and basic estate planning.

Clinical professor Kate Mewhinney notes that “the clients are so grateful for help preparing wills and powers of attorney, and for advice about complex health-care laws such as Medicaid and Medicare. I’m very proud of the Wake Forest tradition of serving the community, and of the students’ willingness to tackle the problem of unmet need for legal help.”

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