Alison Hirschel is the elder law attorney at the Michigan Poverty Law Program, a statewide back-up center for legal services programs, and the director of the Michigan Elder Justice Initiative. In addition, she is a commissioner of the American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging and counsel to the State Long Term Care Ombudsman Program and the Michigan Campaign for Quality Care. She is a past president of The Consumer Voice (formerly NCCNHR, the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long Term Care) in Washington, D.C. She is also co-editor and one of the authors of Advising the Older Client and Clients with Disabilities (ICLE, 2009).
In both 2008 and 2009, Prof. Hirschel provided testimony to congressional committees. She served as a delegate to the White House Conference on Aging in 2005. In 2003, she received the National Aging and Law Award. She served as a Yale Law School Arthur Liman Fellow in 1997-1998. Prior to joining the Michigan Law faculty in 1998, she worked at Community Legal Services in Philadelphia as a staff attorney, as co-director of the Elderly Law Project, and finally as deputy director. From 1991-1997, she taught elder law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She served as a law clerk for the Hon. Joseph S. Lord III in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Prof. Hirschel received her BA from the University of Michigan and her JD from Yale Law School.