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Best Practice

Vol. 10, nos. 1&2

On Delivery of Legal Assistance to Older Persons

December 1999

Contents Entire December 1999 Edition of Best Practice Notes Newsletter
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  • A Message from NALSD Chairman Richard Ingham
  • Legal Services Developers: The Key to a Strong Elder Rights System
  • Meet the Orphan of the Elder Rights System
  • TCSG Unveils New National Center for Tobacco-Free Older Persons

  • Introduction

    The Center for Social Gerontology has dedicated this entire issue of Best Practice Notes to the group of individuals whose job it is to develop and enhance legal advocacy/elder rights systems within the states -- the Legal Services Developers (LSDs). Over the years TCSG has provided support to LSDs individually and through the National Association of Legal Services Developers (NALSD); we firmly believe that LSDs are the key to strong, effective elder rights advocacy.

    The impetus for focusing on LSDs at this time comes largely from recent Congressional attempts to reauthorize the OAA, several of which would have radically altered the LSDs duties, and a survey undertaken by Natalie Thomas, the Georgia LSD, demonstrating the lack of understanding actors in the Aging Network have of the LSD. For these reasons, as well as our own observations of the wide variation of the position from state to state, we feel it would be worthwhile to discuss the Legal Services Developer position and underscore the crucial role LSDs play in the Aging Network.

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