Barbara C. Harris

The Project

Barbara coordinates 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 Plans

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.  She continues 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 the project are not otherwise available in Montana, so Barbara looks forward to continuing her work alongside crime victim attorneys and navigators at MLSA and within the fellowship system.

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.

The Project

Elizabeth worked with Montana Legal Services Association in their Housing Law Unit to address the housing issues of low-income clients. Elizabeth provided training for law students and pro bono attorneys who wanted to get involved. Additionally, Elizabeth provided direct services to MLSA’s housing clients, by giving legal advice through MLSA’s Helpline; working with pro se clients through MLSA’s Self-Help Law Project; and directly representing clients in housing cases.

The Inspiration

The Inspiration