Samantha K. McGovern, J.D. ’15, has been hired by Senior Legal Services (SLS) as its Equal Justice Works Elder Justice AmeriCorps fellow for the coming year. SLS is a joint program of the Bar Association of Baltimore City and the Baltimore Bar Foundation.
McGovern recently completed a clerkship with Judge Shirley M. Watts of the Maryland Court of Appeals.
Founded in 1992 as Legal Services to the Elderly, SLS provides vital pro bono legal services to low- to moderate-income seniors (60 and over) in Baltimore City.
Elder Justice AmeriCorps is the first program of its kind to provide high-quality legal services to low-income older adults who have been victims of abuse, neglect or exploitation. The program is the result of a collaboration among the U.S. Department of Justice, the Corporation for National and Community Service and Equal Justice Works.
Equal Justice Works, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is the national leader in creating public-interest opportunities for law students and lawyers.
Natalie L. Grossman, director of Senior Legal Services, writes: “As part of its partnership with Equal Justice Works, SLS will also be engaging two law school students as AmeriCorps JD members to assist the Fellow with issues of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation. In addition to providing direct legal representation, the partnership will enable SLS to create a network of lawyers dedicated to elder justice issues and bring greater public awareness of elder abuse. An important component of this work will be working with other legal services providers as well as non-legal resources such as social workers, medical professionals, and law enforcement to enhance providers’ ability to recognize and assist with issues of elder abuse.”
For more information, contact Grossman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-396-5277.