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Kendra Jenkins '12 was recently named the 2011 Edgar and Margaret Sandman Fellow at the Government Law Center (GLC) of Albany Law School. The fellowship allows Albany Law students the opportunity to conduct substantive legal research in the area of aging law and policy through the GLC, culminating in a substantive report released to law and policy makers, as well as advocates, nationwide.
As the 2011 Sandman Fellow, Jenkins will focus her study on the current rules and regulations governing the delivery of medical care, home care and social services for the elderly and examine options for reforming the law to maximize an individual's ability to remain at home and seek alternate care when the individual's physical and mental abilities start to decline.
Jenkins, who earned her undergraduate degree at the University at Albany, worked in the New York State Attorney General's office in Manhattan this past summer, conducting legal research on antitrust matters. Along with 13 other Albany Law students, she also spent time this past summer developing a legal resource for fisherman and shrimpers facing foreclosure on their boats because they could not work in the wake of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
In November, the law school announced a collaboration with the Albany Guardian Society in support of the 2011 Edgar & Margaret Sandman Fellowship Program.
"This represents the second time Albany Guardian Society has engaged the Government Law Center, this time to undertake a much-needed study in the growing area of elder law," said Richard Iannello, executive director of the Albany Guardian Society.
Past Sandman fellows and the Sandman family also provided significant funding for the program.
"The generous support of the Albany Guardian Society, past fellows and the Sandman family is integral to the program's ongoing research on aging law and policy," said Patricia Salkin, director of the GLC and an associate dean at Albany Law School. "Through the Sandman Fellowship, our students have the opportunity to make a significant and lasting contribution to the field."
Since 1993, 28 Sandman fellows have produced 17 reports, contributing significantly to aging law and policy. For example, the first report, "Abuse and the Durable Power of Attorney: Options for Reform" was discussed on National Public Radio and in the New York Times, as well as cited in a case by the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
Reports from the Edgar and Margaret Sandman Fellowship Program are available online.