Public Service Opportunity--Access to Justice Project

Help at risk elderly clients and contribute to a handbook that will be used by seniors and service providers across the state.

The Access to Justice Foundation and the Kentucky Bar Association Elder Law Committee are updating and re-writing a consumer handbook titled, "Laws and Programs for Older Kentuckians." The 4th edition of this book was published in 2001 by the Kentucky Bar Association.  For the 5th edition we need volunteers to do field research, edit, and write text. 

Topics available to work on include chapters on:
    Housing access for seniors
    Legal issues in medical care
    Selected issues in paying for medical care
    Elder abuse and domestic violence in later life
    Programs and resources for seniors

To help provide services to at risk seniors and to help the volunteers develop first hand understanding of the topic they are writing about volunteers will need to spend a day or more doing field work. This will involve working with elderly clients and service providers under the supervision of the project attorney for at least one day. Once this is completed the students will do additional research, write and edit a chapter or section for the book. Outlines and similar texts will be available as guides. Authors will be acknowledged in the final published text.

The Students will need to commit to one day in Lexington to complete the field work. The field work needs to be scheduled during normal business hours. Spring break would be a good opportunity to complete this part of the project. The rest of the research, writing and editing can be done at your convenience.  The minimum number of hours would be 5-10, the total number of hours is flexible and dependent on how much of the project you are willing to take on.  Up to 5 students are needed for this project.

The project will also need a final editor, but the text will likely not be available for editing until mid to late summer. Contact DavidGodfrey (see below) if you have experience editing text and are interested in this project.

Before signing up for this project, please contact: David Godfrey, managing attorney, Access to Justice Foundation 859-255-9913 ext 12 or dgodfrey@mis.net  to commit to a date for the field work and to determine the section you are interested in working on.