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Megan Wood

Megan Wood

  • Hosted by Prairie State Legal Services
  • Service location Bloomington, Illinois
  • Law school University of Illinois College of Law
  • Issue area Elder Abuse
  • Fellowship class year 2020
  • Program Elder Justice Program

The Project

Megan’s Fellowship provided holistic, client-centered legal services to victims of elder abuse, and strengthened and improved the network of existing services to prevent abuse and serve victims.

The project addressed barriers for older adults seeking services to combat abuse and exploitation, as well as barriers for Adult Protective Services (APS) and other social service agencies seeking to prevent and stop the abuse. Megan served older adults experiencing abuse and improved collaboration with APS and other providers through outreach and training.

Megan’s legal career has consisted entirely of public interest work, and she was proud to continue that work through this project. Prior to this Fellowship, Megan worked for Prairie State Legal Services (PSLS) since 2011 doing a variety of civil legal aid work, including protective orders, evictions, and public benefits cases. Her experience with the legal issues that impact poor and marginalized people in her community served her well in focusing specifically on the issue of elder abuse.  Megan hoped to improve the coordination of services in the counties within her project and to better PSLS’ resources and response to this legal issue.

Fellowship Plans

Megan was one of two Elder Justice Program Fellows at Prairie State Legal Services (PSLS) serving a 17-county rural area in central Illinois. Megan focused on direct services to victims of elder abuse, as well as education and outreach to seniors, social service providers, and law enforcement.

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