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Barbara C. Harris

  • Hosted by Montana Legal Services Association
  • Sponsored by U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime
  • Service location Helena, Montana
  • Law school University of Montana Alexander Blewett III School of Law
  • Issue area Elder Abuse
  • Fellowship class year 2020
  • Program Elder Justice Program

The Project

Barbara’s Fellowship coordinated civil legal services to elderly crime victims in Montana, where the state’s rural characteristics and remote geography add to victims’ difficulties finding and receiving resources.

Fellowship Overview

Prior to joining the Elder Justice Program, Barbara worked on another Elder Justice grant helping clients to address exploitation, consumer issues, and civil rights protections.  For many years she was a prosecutor and worked in most counties in Montana, including in criminal cases involving elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

Through this project, she continued to provide the screening and presentation of legal claims necessary to address the often long-standing and complicated legal concerns widespread in all communities, given the number of elderly people. The legal services provided by this project are not otherwise available in Montana, so Barbara was pleased to continue her work alongside crime victim attorneys and navigators at MLSA through this Fellowship.

Barbara has seen for many years the need for advocacy for elderly persons.  Her knowledge and experience in a myriad of cases support her commitment to provide meaningful work to assist and represent elder clients.

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