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Alison E. Hirschel

Lansing, Michigan

Elder Law Advisory Board Member
Alison E. Hirschel is the managing lawyer of the Michigan Elder Justice Initiative, a legal services advocacy effort that includes the Michigan Long Term Care Ombudsman Program, the MI Health Link Ombudsman Program, and two local long-term care ombudsman programs. Ms. Hirschel also serves as the elder law specialist at the Michigan Poverty Law Program and helps direct the Crime Victims Legal Assistance Project--Elder Justice. Since 1998 she has taught elder law at the University of Michigan Law School, where she serves as a public interest/public service fellow. She speaks and writes frequently about issues affecting vulnerable older adults. Ms. Hirschel previously worked at Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service; Community Legal Services in Philadelphia; as a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania Law School; and as a law clerk to a federal district judge in Philadelphia. In 2003 Ms. Hirschel received the National Aging and Law Award.