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Straight to Work: 2013 Alum Lands Fellowship Working with the Elderly


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Adrienne Lyon, who graduated on May 24 as a member of Catholic University Law School’s Class of 2013, was one of just three law school graduates nationwide to receive a Borchard Fellowship in Law and Aging. 
The fellowship will support a one-year term of fulltime employment for Lyon with AARP’s Legal Counsel for the Elderly, which provides legal services to older adults who want to live independently, but who are at risk of institutionalization because of unmet legal needs such as non-accessible units, hoarding issues, or cognitive impairments.
The Borchard Fellowship affords law school graduates who are interested in a career in law and aging the opportunity to pursue their research and professional interests for one year.
In addition to the fellow's planned activities and project, he or she must also provide some pro bono direct legal services to older persons under appropriate supervision.  A fellow is also expected to provide the Center with monthly activity reports.
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.
In announcing her good news to Professor Lucia Silecchia, Lyon wrote:
“Thanks again for your great introduction to Elder Law in Trusts and Estates, and again for the directed research paper on Filial Responsibility Laws!”