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Andrew Lakin

  • Hosted by Legal Aid of the Bluegrass
  • Sponsored by U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime
  • Service location Lexington, Kentucky
  • Law school The University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law
  • Issue area Elder Abuse
  • Fellowship class year 2020
  • Program Elder Justice Program

The Project

Andrew will serve rural Kentucky, where he has identified a desperate need for legal services for those who have been impacted by a variety of different issues beyond their control.

Elder abuse is a problem due to how extremely under-represented and under-reported it is. This project presents an opportunity to reach out to vulnerable communities and help directly with legal assistance, as well as reaching out to community leaders, other legal service providers, and non-legal service providers to train, educate, and assist in serving rural Kentucky’s aging community in the best ways possible.

Andrew became an attorney with the intention to help those who cannot help themselves. Our elders are people who have been through so much but too often end up feeling like they are helpless and forgotten or, perhaps worse, unwanted. No person should have to go through such feelings, especially when there are means to help them and show them how much they still mean to the world. Andrew is glad to do what he can to provide aid dealing with legal issues and helping older adults feel safe.

Fellowship Plans

As part of this program, Andrew plans to both help the elderly population by direct legal representation, and to reach out to the community to aid in identifying elder abuse. By bringing more visibility to the topic by representation and community outreach, Andrew believes more victims will come forward and receive the help they need.

 

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