The Lawyer's Role in Fostering an Elder Rights Movement

31 Pages Posted: 24 May 2011

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Nina A. Kohn

Syracuse University - College of Law

Date Written: March 10, 2011


This article argues that older adults experience significant civil rights problems, which the current approach to old-age advocacy is fundamentally ill-suited to address, and explains why an elder rights movement is an appropriate vehicle to address these concerns. It then shows how lawyers can play a critical role in helping such a movement to emerge. Specifically, it posits that the legal community could help foster an elder rights movement by reframing key elder law concerns as civil rights concerns, and engaging in and with “cause lawyering” activities.

Keywords: elder law, civil rights, social movements, cause lawyering, aging, gerontology

Suggested Citation

Kohn, Nina A., The Lawyer's Role in Fostering an Elder Rights Movement (March 10, 2011). William Mitchell Law Review, Vol. 37, p. 49, 2011. Available at SSRN:

Nina A. Kohn (Contact Author)

Syracuse University - College of Law ( email )

Syracuse, NY 13244-1030
United States
315-443-6565 (Phone)

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