Friday, January 23, 2009

Borchard Fellowship application period now open

The Borchard Foundation Center on Law & Aging Invites Applications For
The 2009-2010 Borchard Fellowship in Law & Aging

Fellowship Information

The Borchard Fellowship in Law & Aging affords one year for two law school graduates interested in, and perhaps already in the early stages of pursuing, an academic and/or professional career in law and aging, the opportunity to pursue their research and professional interests.

During the Fellowship period, the Center’s Executive Director and Assistant Director stand ready to assist each Fellow with the further development of his/her knowledge, skills, and contacts. A legal services or other non-profit organization involved in law and aging must supervise a Fellow’s activities and projects.  In addition to the Fellow's planned activities and project (unless the Fellow's project includes the provision of legal services), the Fellow must also provide some pro bono direct legal services to older persons under appropriate supervision.  A Fellow is expected to provide the Center with monthly activities reports.

The Fellowship is $40,000 and is intended as a full-time position only.  The Fellow’s sponsoring agency is responsible for providing employee benefits, workspace, administrative support, computer, telephone, email access, and employer’s FICA payment.  Fellows may live and work where they choose in the United States; Fellows must be either U.S. citizens or legal residents of the U.S.

The Fellowship period runs from July 1 to June 30 each year, or for the calendar year beginning the month after the Fellow’s completion of a state Bar examination.

Examples of activities and projects by recent Borchard Fellows include:

·      Writing and publication of law review articles on law and aging issues;
·      Writing and publication of state specific, consumer oriented handbooks on legal issues affecting older persons;
·      Teaching elder law and related courses at law schools where fellows reside;
·      Development of a non-profit senior law resource center providing direct legal services and public education;
·      Development of an interdisciplinary elder law clinical program at a major public university law school;
·      Development of a mediation component for a legal services program elder law hotline;
·      Development of an interdisciplinary project for graduate students in law, medicine, and health advocacy to foster understanding and collaboration between professions;
·      Development of training materials and statewide trainings for lawyers, judges and other court personnel, and social service providers on new comprehensive state guardianship laws;
·      Organizing and/or attending national conferences on law and aging issues;
·      Providing supervised pro bono legal representation of older clients;
·      Analysis of Medicare policies;
·      Development of legal services programs for older clients in consumer law and small claims matters.

Application Process

Applicants must submit a completed application form, an explanation of the applicant’s planned activities and projects, a current curriculum vitae, a law school transcript, a letter of support from the proposed supervisor, and two other letters of support.  Fellowship application information and form are available at 

Completed applications should be sent to:

The Borchard Foundation Center on Law & Aging
Mary Jane Ciccarello, Assistant Director
335 4th Avenue
Salt Lake City, Utah 84103

Applications must be postmarked by April 15, 2009.  Selections are made by June 1, 2009.  For further information, please contact:  Mary Jane Ciccarello, 801-598-5810,

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