Professor Alison E. Hirschel is the director of the Michigan Elder Justice Initiative and the elder law attorney at the Michigan Poverty Law Program, a statewide back-up center for legal services programs. Her practice focuses on healthcare, public benefits, and individual rights. At Michigan Law, she is a Public Interest/Public Service Fellow. In addition, she is a counsel to the State Long Term Care Ombudsman Program and directs two local long-term care ombudsman programs covering six counties. She is also establishing the Ombudsman Program for an Affordable Care Act demonstration project for individuals eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare. Professor Hirschel is co-chair of the Lansing Lawyers Committee for the ACLU and serves on the National Elder Justice Roadmap Steering Committee. She recently completed her service on the Leadership Board of Michigan Consumers for Healthcare. She is a past president of The Consumer Voice (formerly NCCNHR, the National Coalition of Citizens for Nursing Home Reform) in Washington, D.C., and a former commissioner of the American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging. She is also co-editor and one of the authors of Advising the Older Client and Clients with Disabilities (ICLE, 2009). In 2008 and 2009, Professor Hirschel provided testimony to congressional committees and in 2005, she served as a delegate to the White House Conference on Aging. 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 as a lecturer 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 director of planning. From 1991 to 1997, she also 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. Professor Hirschel received her BA from the University of Michigan and her JD from Yale Law School.
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