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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 also houses 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 is the managing attorney of the Elder Justice Crime Victims Legal Assistance Project. 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. In 2009 and 2010 she was invited to testify at Congressional hearings.