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Law school earns grants for elder law clinic

March 3, 2017
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WMU Cooley Law School elder law clinic
WMU Cooley Law School students help a senior at the school's elder law clinic. Courtesy WMU

A local school has been awarded funds by three organizations to prevent the financial exploitation of senior citizens.

Western Michigan University Cooley Law School said this winter its Sixty Plus Inc. Elderlaw Clinic was awarded $53,950 total for its programs for seniors in Ingham County and the surrounding area.

The clinic received $33,000 from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Aging and Adult Services Agency PREVNT Initiative. The Capital Region Community Foundation awarded $10,950, and the Lansing Area Community Trust granted $10,000 toward the initiative.

“It is all too common that we hear of senior citizens getting scammed out of much of their life savings by individuals who prey solely on the elderly,” said Kimberly O’Leary, a professor at WMU Cooley Law School and director of the Sixty Plus Inc. Elderlaw Clinic.

“Through the work of Sixty Plus and its law students, the grants will help create awareness of this issue and assist in the prevention of the elderly being victimized.”

Elder law clinic

WMU Cooley’s Sixty Plus Inc. Elderlaw Clinic provides legal help to people 60 and older primarily in Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties.

There are no income guidelines for the program, but the clinic gives priority to those with the greatest social and economic needs.

The nonprofit clinic has been helping the aging for more than 30 years.

WMU Cooley

WMU Cooley Law School has campuses in Grand Rapids, Lansing, Auburn Hills and Tampa Bay, Florida.

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