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School District of Superior Expands Parent Notification Program Through SchoolMessenger Partnership

Superior, WI, and Santa Cruz, CA (PRWEB) September 4, 2007

The School District of Superior today announced that it has expanded its parent notification program for the 2007-2008 school year. The district’s goals are two-fold: To reach families quickly and effectively in the event of an emergency and to improve the overall quality and frequency of communications between its schools and the community.

By partnering with SchoolMessenger, a leading U.S. parental notification company, the district has expanded a pilot program that was put in place and tested in April. The new service allows the district to communicate quickly and effectively with parents, day or night, in any language using voice messages or email.

If an emergency occurs on one of its eight school campuses, massive calling capabilities are now in place to enable thousands of messages to be placed in a matter of minutes. For more routine attendance alerts and community outreach, school or district officials simply access a Web-based system or call a toll-free number to send families any number of personalized messages or reminders throughout the school year.

“We want the community to know that we are taking proactive measures to improve the flow of communication between our schools and home,” said Jay Mitchell, superintendent of the School District of Superior. “Studies show that when notification solutions are used in schools, parents feel more involved in their child’s education, they report improved peace of mind and attendance rates increase. In today’s connected world, parents have 24/7 access to news and information, and they expect nothing less from their local schools.”

As students bring Emergency Contact forms home this Fall, parents are encouraged to review them carefully to be sure all telephone and email information is up to date and accurate. Each family receives two emergency contacts that will be notified with school activities and alerts. Database records for each of its nearly 5,000 students are automatically, regularly updated so that if an incident occurs, the district is always emergency-ready. If at any time contact information within a family changes, parents are asked to notify the school immediately so that records can be updated.

“We want to applaud the district’s success in creating an organized, strategic program that places a clear priority on parent communications,” said Jim Duggan, Northern Regional Director for SchoolMessenger, a division of Reliance Communications. “By leveraging our notification service, which is designed exclusively for K-12 use, school administrators will save countless hours of staff time when communicating ongoing, routine alerts and events. In addition, if an emergency occurs, district officials can deliver a clear message quickly and reliably to provide valuable insight on the situation, and to dispel the spread of misinformation.”

The district’s 2007-2008 notification plan includes the following schools: Bryant Elementary, Cooper Elementary, Four Corners Elementary, Great Lakes Elementary, Lake Superior Elementary, Northern Lights Elementary, Superior Middle School and Superior High School. All personal information shared between families and the district will remain private and is protected by multiple layers of data encryption, firewalls and other security measures.

About SchoolMessenger

SchoolMessenger, a division of Reliance Communications, Inc., is a leading provider of parent notification solutions for education. Its family of products, which include desktop, server and hosted solutions, are in use in more than 6,000 districts and schools, connecting educators with millions of parents everyday. Founded in 1999, the privately-funded company is headquartered in Santa Cruz, California. For information, visit http://www.schoolmessenger.com.

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Prince George County School District Expands Parent Notification Program for 2007-2008 School Year

Prince George, VA and Santa Cruz, CA (PRWEB) September 5, 2007

The Prince George County School District today announced that it has expanded its parent notification program for the 2007-2008 school year. The district, which serves nine schools and more than 6,100 students, has two goals for the program: to reach families quickly and effectively in the event of an emergency, and to improve the overall quality and frequency of communications between its schools and the community.

In July the school board approved a contract with SchoolMessenger, a leading U.S. parental notification company, to provide ongoing communications services. As a result, the district or any individual school can communicate regularly with parents day or night, in any language, using voice messages, email or text messaging. The solution even includes a survey feature that allows officials to query families regarding key issues, and then use that insight to improve programs and services.

If an emergency occurs on any campus in the district, SchoolMessenger’s massive calling capabilities will enable thousands of messages to be placed in a matter of minutes. For more routine attendance alerts and community outreach, school or district officials simply access the Web-based service, or call a toll-free number, to send families any number of personalized messages or reminders throughout the school year.

“We want the community to know that we are taking proactive measures to improve communications between our schools and home,” said Dr. R. Francis Moore, Superintendent of Prince George County School District. “Whether we are informing parents of an open house, or alerting them to an emergency situation, we want them to rest assured that the district can reach each and every family in a timely, organized manner. In today’s connected world, with 24/7 access to news and information, I believe parents expect nothing less from their local schools.”

As students bring Emergency Contact forms home this Fall, parents are encouraged to review them carefully to be sure all telephone and email information is up to date and accurate. Two emergency contacts from each family are entered into the notification database, which is automatically, regularly updated throughout the year so that it is always emergency-ready. If at any time contact information changes, parents are advised to notify the school immediately so that records can be updated.

“We want to applaud the district’s success in creating an organized, strategic program that places a clear priority on parent communications,” said Jim Duggan, Northern Regional Director for SchoolMessenger, a division of Reliance Communications. “By leveraging our notification service, which is designed exclusively for K-12 schools, district and school administrators can save countless hours of staff time and deliver a clear, personalized message to let parents know what’s happening on their child’s campus.”

The district’s 2007-2008 emergency plan includes the following schools, located in Prince George County: David A. Harrison Elementary, North Elementary, South Elementary, L.L. Beazley Elementary, W.A. Walton Elementary, J.E. J. Moore Middle School, N.B. Clements Jr. High, Prince George High and Prince George Education Center. All personal information shared between families and the district will remain private, and is protected by multiple layers of data encryption, firewalls and other security measures.

About SchoolMessenger:

SchoolMessenger, a division of Reliance Communications, Inc., is a leading provider of parent notification solutions for education. Its family of products, which include desktop, server and hosted solutions, are in use in more than 6,000 districts and schools, connecting educators with millions of parents everyday. Founded in 1999, the privately-funded company is headquartered in Santa Cruz, California. For information, visit http://www.schoolmessenger.com.

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33 Rotary Clubs in Northern Missouri Participating in District 6040 Rotary Lives Here Service Day on Sept. 20

Kansas City, MO (PRWEB) September 20, 2008

Thirty-three Rotary clubs in Northern Missouri will be conducting 39 community service projects during Rotary District 6040’s Rotary Lives Here Service Day on Sept. 20, 2008. District 6040 represents 53 Rotary clubs in Northern Missouri from Kansas City to Kirksville.

The District’s Service Day projects support Rotary International’s goal to enhance child safety and well-being and reduce child mortality worldwide. The projects range from bike safety training to offering budgeting and life skills training for teenage mothers. The community service projects include:

Blue Springs Rotary will help build a Habitat for Humanity house.
Eastern Independence Rotary is conducting two projects: one is a “Bears on Patrol” project where members are collecting stuff animals for first responders to give to children affected by trauma; their goal is to collect 400 bears; the second project is “StarRight Teen MOMs Program where club members will provide budgeting and life skills seminar for teenage moms.
Higginsville Rotary will be responsible cleaning up the entire downtown area following the Higginsville Country Fair.
Kansas City Plaza Rotary Club is collecting diapers to deliver to Operation Breakthrough.
Kirksville Thousand Hills Rotary will sponsor its 2nd Annual Chicken on a Stick fundraiser during the Red Barn Arts Festival.
Lee’s Summit Sunrise Rotary will be partnering with Hope House and a local grocer to solicit donations of “life’s essentials” products, including diapers and paper products.
Liberty Rotary will offer safe Halloween trick-or-treating tips at the opening weekend of Carolyn’s Pumpkin Patch.
Parkville Rotary is collecting used luggage to give to children in crisis. The “Used Luggage for Kids in Crisis Day” is Sept. 19.
Platte City Rotary will partner with local YMCA to offer skateboard and bicycle safety tips.
Princeton Rotary will offer DNA child ID protection services during the Princeton annual festival
Raytown Rotary is collecting diapers, diaper wipes, children’s vitamins, peanut butter and jelly for a local emergency assistance program.
South Platte Rotary will provide “PhotoFacts” booklets from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children/Kansas City branch to children and their parents and grandparents during the Riverside Festival in Riverside.
St. Joseph Rotary is conducting two projects: club members will pack backpacks for America’s Second Harvest Foodbank’s Backpack Buddies program for needy children in the city. Their goal is pack 1,000 backpacks. The second project is a partnership with the Red Cross where members will help the Red Cross with a child CPR class.
St. Joseph Southside Rotary is partnering with the St. Joseph Safety Council and bilingual police personnel to provide infant car seats to St. Hoe’s Hispanic community and to offer car seat checks during the Annual Southside Festival. Tarkio Rotary will install a bike rack at the Tarkio Resource Center.
Trenton Rotary will partner with the local police department to offer a bike safety course.

“Rotary is a service-oriented organization and the clubs in Northern Missouri are demonstrating Rotary’s ability to come together on one day to provide important community service projects aimed at helping children,” said District 6040 Governor Elizabeth Usovicz. “Rotarians are committed to giving back to their communities in a way that makes an impact. It is very exciting to see 60 percent of our 54 clubs, from Kansas City to Rock Port to Kirksville participating in District 6040’s Rotary Lives Here Service Day.”

Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world. Approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 32,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. For more information on Rotary District 6040, visit http://www.rotary6040.org.

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New Report Shows District Leadership and Support are Key to Empowering Teachers to Use Web 2.0


Bakersfield, CA and Cincinnati, OH (PRWEB) November 17, 2009

New research indicates educators view Web 2.0 technologies as a means to transform education and meet 21st century learning goals, but district leadership and support are critical to ensure safe and effective use. Commissioned by Lightspeed Systems Inc. and netTrekker, the Safe Schools in a Web 2.0 World white paper from Interactive Educational Systems Design (IESD), an independent research firm, offers a picture of Web 2.0 use in education through an analysis of several recent research studies, and outlines the implications for educators.

The white paper is part of a multi-year initiative launched in fall 2008 by Lightspeed Systems, a school network security and management software provider, and netTrekker, a leader in the delivery of digital K-12 educational resources. The initiatives goal is to help schools maximize the learning opportunities afforded by Web 2.0 tools, while ensuring a safe, secure educational environment.

The report serves as a comprehensive source of information to guide districts in using Internet technologies to promote collaborative, participatory learning. An easy-to-use checklist provides prompts for meaningful discussions among district stakeholders, helping them apply new research results by reflecting, analyzing, and making decisions about their current and future uses of Web 2.0 technologies. Education leaders can also refer to the extensive list of recommended resources, research studies, best practices, and policies in the report to support the decision-making process.

IESD researchers analyzed findings from studies they conducted for Lightspeed Systems and netTrekker, and reports from the Consortium of School Networking and Project Tomorrow, among others. Research findings show that district technology directors play a key leadership role in driving adoption of Web 2.0 and supporting teachers in the effective use of these technologies. In their roles as change agents, district technology directors connect educators with technology by working collaboratively with curriculum leaders, educating district staff about the use of technology to support learning, guiding selection of appropriate technologies, and providing the core technology infrastructure. In turn, technology directors look to the vendor community to provide affordable technologies and Web 2.0 services in a protected environment, like a walled garden.

Other key findings detailed in the white paper indicate:

Albuquerque, NM- Recent marital settlements have been overturned after the discovery of hidden assets. District Courts want all assets disclosed.


Albuquerque, NM (PRWEB) December 16, 2009

Women who are planning a divorce should find hidden assets prior to hiring an attorney and filing the petition. Several recent marital settlement agreements have been overturned by District Court Judges based on improper disclosure of assets by one party. Divorces are expensive but a bad divorce can torment the former spouses for a lifetime. New Mexico District Courts want a fair an equitable distribution of assets according to state law. Robb Hamic is a licensed Private Investigator and asset location specialist. He has listed some information to help women sort out the details so they can prevail in a marital settlement agreement.

The “Community Property” acquired by either or both spouses during the marriage, which is not separate property, is divisible upon the termination of the marriage. (New Mexico Statutes – Article 4 – Sections: 40-3-8, 40-4-7). Child support is covered under New Mexico Statutes – Article 4 – Sections: 27-2-27, 40-4-7, 40-4-11. “I am shocked at how many men try to hide assets from their wives. Many men have elaborate schemes set up to conceal money, investments, 401K assets, land or houses and income,” says Robb Hamic, President of http://summitsecurity.accountsupport.com/securityservices.htm#privateinvestigation Summit Security & Investigation. “Men often use confusion, threats and intimidation to force their spouses to sign off on a divorce that isn’t fair,” he says. Many of Mr. Hamic’s clients contact him prior to hiring an attorney so that they can document hidden assets, income, activity, abuse, children issues and to find answers to their questions. “Divorces can be confusing and I appreciate the opportunity to share my knowledge with my clients so that they can clarify any misconceptions,” says Mr. Hamic.

New Mexico is considered a “Community Property” state. Community property is defined as all property and debt that was acquired from the date of marriage until legal separation (New Mexico Statutes – Article 4 – Sections: 40-4-7) or divorce. The community assets will be split equally by the District Court if the spouses are unable to reach an agreement. Many spouses are not fully aware of the financial affairs of the other party. Many people are concerned that money is missing, values are incorrect or that other assets were acquired during the marriage either in the name of the spouse,relative or a company.

http://www.robbhamic.com Robb Hamic is an investigation professional with ten years of private experience prior to being a Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Detective, specializing in White-Collar crime. Robb has been hired by many high-profile attorneys in New Mexico and Nevada for pre-divorce asset searches and investigative documentation. Mr. Hamic works directly with clients to uncover the truth and acts as an advocate for their safety. Mr. Hamic combines a blend of investigative services, personal protection, anti-stalking, self-defense training and counter-surveillance methods to meet his client’s needs. “The personal protection aspect of my business has grown with every new case, it seems. I give http://www.femaleselfdefense.com women empowerment through self defense and awareness] through self-defense, awareness training, weapons sales and personal bodyguard services,” adds Hamic.

Robb Hamic typically works for medium to high net-worth individuals dealing in property settlements of at least $ 500,000. His fees are hourly based plus expenses and he works from a retainer agreement with his clients. Contact Mr. Hamic on his cellular phone for a confidential evaluation.

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eMazzanti Technologies and WatchGuard Ace Safety, Speed and Cost Test with School District


Hoboken, NJ (Vocus) January 9, 2010

A new case study is available from WatchGuard, a network security OEM, which features eMazzanti Technologies and its customer Andover District Schools. The written case study and subsequent case study video case study detail how Andover Regional School District solved a number of computer technology issues using WatchGuard products and the IT expertise of eMazzanti Technologies.

eMazzanti and WatchGuard aced the test we gave them, noted Terry Van Auken, business administrator, Andover Regional School District. They got all of the safety, speed and cost answers right.

Bandwidth, Safety and Cost Addressed

With over 750 students in grades K through 8 and 350 computers spread across two school campuses and businesses offices, Andover School District faced serious web bandwidth issues that became even more evident as multiple classrooms pulled down simultaneous video and audio streams. We were experiencing a high level of aggravation on a daily basis that wasted time and interrupted quality teaching, continued Auken. Undependable Internet access also impacted business of running the district.

Andover also had two other concerns: student safety and budgetary constraints. According to Carl Mazzanti, chief operating officer, eMazzanti Technologies, the solution developed for Andover included a WatchGuard Firebox

Attorney David E. Meyer Announces His Candidacy for King County District Court Judge, Southeast District, Position 2.

Renton, Washington (PRWEB) June 9, 2010

Attorney David E. Meyer Announces His Candidacy for King County District Court Judge, Southeast District, Position 2.

Mr. Meyer stated, I believe my extensive litigation experience in civil, family law, and criminal litigation and service as an arbitrator and pro-tem judge provide me with an exceptional background for improving the district court bench.

For the past 25 years, David E. Meyer has worked in the community as a practicing attorney, a public defender, an arbitrator and as a pro tem judge. Hes worked in family, probate, business, real estate, civil litigation, immigration and criminal law. Hes represented hundreds of clients, families and small businesses in private practice and defended over a thousand indigent clients from first time offenders with misdemeanors to criminal and murder cases. With such exceptional experience, David will be an outstanding Judge.

Mr. Meyer also stated, I strongly believe that justice cannot be done unless all people are treated respectfully, fairly and competently. I believe a judges first responsibility is to protect the public by holding defendants accountable for their actions

Mr. Meyers candidacy is enthusiastically endorsed by many area attorneys, judges and community organizations. He has been rated well qualified by local bar associations.

About his candidacy attorney Justin Wolfe commented: I have worked with David Meyer for the last seven years. He represents the highest standards of integrity in the legal profession. If elected, I believe he will be an excellent judge.

Claudia Charlton commented: David is fair minded. He treats everyone with respect and dignity–a quality not often found in our judicial system. David knows how to listen. He knows the law. He completely understands the effort and dedication it takes to take on the mantle of District Court Judge, and is willing and able to do so.

To learn more about David Meyers candidacy for District Judge visit the campaign website: http://www.davidmeyerforjudge.com.

David grew up in Puget Sound area and is a graduate of the University of Washington and the Seattle University Law School. Hes actively worked in the community in various capacities and has served on the Board of Directors of the Council for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect and as Board Member/Treasurer of the Washington State Lawyers Campaign for Hunger Relief. David, and his wife Dale reside in Renton, Washington.

David E. Meyer currently works as a Senior Felony Attorney at Northwest Defenders Association.

For further information contact:

The Committee to Elect David E. Meyer

http://www.davidmeyerforjudge.com

PO Box 60047, Renton, WA 98058

206-277-7990

Information Contact: info(at)davidmeyerforjudge(dot)com

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Former Arizona House Representative, House Minority Leader, and Phoenix High School District Governing Board President, David Lujan Joins The Foster Group

Tempe, AZ (PRWEB) January 10, 2011

The Foster Group welcomes the addition of its newest partner to their Arizona office, David Lujan. Davids area of practice will focus on education law, employment matters, public policy issues, and a variety of other matters given his diverse and rich background. David served three terms in the Arizona House of Representatives, representing central Phoenix, as well as serving as the Arizona House Minority Leader. In 2010, David was a candidate for Arizona Attorney General. He also served for eight years as a member of the Phoenix Union High School District Governing Board, including two years as the Board President.

One of the reasons I became a lawyer is to make sure that people get justice within our system, states Lujan. People need someone who can help them navigate the legal system; which in and of itself can be overwhelming. The slightest mistake can permanently derail even the noblest of causes. Ive been in the courtrooms dealing with cases and Ive legislated Arizonas state laws. I understand the challenges our citizens, businesses, and institutions face and look forward to the opportunity to continue to be a part of the solution with The Foster Group. As a partner with The Foster Group, I will continue to make a difference.

David was an Assistant Attorney General where he successfully represented the State of Arizona on a variety of public education issues including serving as the States attorney for a $ 1.4 billion school construction program and on the Open Meeting Law Enforcement Team. David also worked as an attorney for the National Labor Relations Board and as the attorney for a non-profit organization which provides legal services to help children who are victims of abuse. He is co-author of the book Child Advocacy 101 which examines the child protection systems in America.

Were absolutely thrilled that David has joined our team. Hes an amazing talent. His passion, skill, and legal intellect truly go unparalleled. David is one of the finest lawyers in Arizona, says Kristen Foster, managing partner of The Foster Group. David has had such a positive impact on the state of Arizona, especially in the areas of education and child welfare. We fully expect that trend to continue in the years to come.

David is the recipient of the 2010 Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Public Policy Award, the 2009 National Association of Social Workers Legislator of the Year Award, and the 2009 Greater Phoenix Child Abuse Prevention Council’s Cherish the Children Award in Media/Public Policy. He received the 2009 Cesar Chavez Continuing the Legacy Award from the Latino Law Student Association of William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota. In 2008, he received the “Golden Apple Award” from the AZ Parents for Education in recognition for his continued support for public education, the 2006 Arizona Students Associations Legislator of the Year Award, and the Arizona Business and Education Coalitions Legislative Partner Award. He is also a volunteer attorney coach for the Central High School mock trial team.

For additional information or to make an appointment with Mr. Lujan or any of the other members of The Foster Group legal team, please visit our website at http://www.fosterslawgroup.com or call (480) 374-1500. Please direct all media inquiries to Bill Knowlton at (480) 212-6553.

With offices in Arizona and Indiana, the Foster Group (TFG), offers big firm experience, but with boutique law firm services and cost-effectiveness. TFGs members have been partners in large and national law firms, managed dozens of lawyers and multi-million dollar budgets, worked for federal and state judges, worked on the Hill in Washington, D.C., and represented large international companies throughout the world. TFG has law offices in Arizona and Indiana. Our practice areas include: labor law, education law, family law, business law, civil rights, HR solutions / best practices, and mediation. For more information, visit us at http://www.fosterslawgroup.com.

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Steve Ipsen, Candidate for Los Angeles District Attorney 2012, Secures Key Union Endorsement and Set to Appear Before the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor


Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) January 30, 2012

Steve Ipsen is the founder and eight term past president of the largest prosecutors union in the United States – The Association of Deputy District Attorneys. He has secured a key endorsement from American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 1083. The executive board and members of AFSCME Local 1083, LA County Supervising Child Support Officers, voted Saturday, January 7th to support and endorse Steve Ipsens efforts in becoming elected to the position of Los Angeles County District Attorney. AFSCME Local 1083 represents Supervising Child Support Officers within the Los Angeles County Child Support Services Department.

AFSCME 1083 will join the The Association of Deputy District Attorneys to request that the LA County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO consider him for their endorsement. Janet Redic-King, AFSCME Local 1083 Chief Steward, commented on Steve Ipsens plan to focus limited jail resources on violent and dangerous criminals by using an alternate sentencing mechanism for nonviolent and youthful offenders called Reform First. Ipsens Reform First approach is designed to stop prison overcrowding and reform the broken criminal justice system in Los Angeles County. Nonviolent offenders will be offered a chance to perform community service or gainful employment while remaining crime free for at least one year in order to avoid a criminal record. “We need someone who is willing to work both sides of the criminal spectrum. Mr. Ipsen seems to embrace a way to help young people who are disadvantaged and fall into a criminal element assimilate back into society,” said Redic-King. The unemployable class of citizens we are creating is the problem and leading to more crime, stated Ipsen.

Steve Ipsen adds the AFCSME 1083 endorsement to his growing list of endorsements. Victims rights leaders from the largest victims organizations in Southern California have endorsed Steve Ipsen and include: Marcella Leach, co-founder of Justice for Homicide Victims; Patricia Wenskunas, founder of Crime Survivors and Orange County Crime Stoppers; Lawanda Hawkins, founder of Justice for Murdered Children; Shari Martin, Antelope Valley Chapter Leader of Parents of Murdered Children and Saul Zavala, Hispanic Chapter Leader of Justice for Murdered Children.

A veteran prosecutor, Steve Ipsen has prosecuted numerous and complex and violent cases including: murder, rape, child molestation, robbery, kidnapping, carjacking and terrorist threats. In 2008, Steve co-authored the Victims’ Bill of Rights, known as Marsy’s Law. This act amended California’s Constitution and became the most powerful guarantee of rights for victims anywhere in the United States. As ballot signator for Jessica’s Law, Steve campaigned with Jessica’s father to protect children from sexually violent predators. He has dedicated 25 years as a public servant to protect the citizens of Los Angeles.

For more information, please visit http://www.SteveIpsen.com

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National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Kicks Off District Days 2012


Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) May 18, 2012

With their eyes on a critical election this fall, members of Congress are frequently returning home to engage with voters in their districts. After several years of successfully lobbying Congress in Washington, D.C., with an annual “Hill Day,” the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) is taking a grassroots approach with District Days, an advocacy event to educate members of Congress when they are in their home offices on issues of importance to older Americans and individuals with special needs.

NAELA’s District Days launched in May, when representatives and senators returned home for a week-long recess. NAELA members met with their legislators and shared their ideas and concerns on the federal policy issues that affect their clients and practice, including:


Support for reauthorization of the Older Americans Act, which provides older adults with much-needed services that include home care, congregate and home-delivered meals, case management, caregiver support, legal services, transportation, elder abuse prevention and job training, and the long-term care ombudsman program;
Opposition to efforts to convert the Medicare program into a premium support system, a model that would replace Medicares current guarantee of coverage with a premium-support voucher and raise the age of eligibility from 65 to 67;
Opposition to the House budgets proposed Medicaid block grants, which would restrict funding for state programs, as well as restrict eligibility and funding for long-term services and supports; and
Support for the Disabled Military Protection Act of 2012 (H.R. 4329), which would allow payment of military survivors benefits into special needs trusts for disabled children.

NAELA Board member Ron Landsman, CAP, and former NAELA Board member Morris Klein, CELA, CAP, met with Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), ranking member of the House Budget Committee, as part of NAELA’s District Days advocacy effort. During the meeting, Landsman and Klein asked the congressman to support the Disabled Military Child Protection Act of 2012. Rep. Van Hollen shared his support for the proposal, as well as his concern about inequity if others civilian government employees and private citizens under Social Security did not have the same opportunities. Landsman and Klein also discussed the many defects of the so-called Ryan budget proposal, particularly the dismembering of Medicaid federal standards through block grants to states.

NAELA members will continue their advocacy efforts this summer and fall when representatives and senators return home during the weeks of:

July 2-6
August 7-September 7
September 10-14 (Senate only)
September 24-28
October 8-November 6

As Landsman stated after his visit with Rep. Van Hollen, “Developing relationships with your senators and representatives is important, as we can become valued resources to them and their staff. It is much easier to ask for their support once this relationship has been established.”

More information about NAELAs advocacy efforts can be found online in the Advocacy section.

About NAELA

Members of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) are attorneys who are experienced and trained in working with the legal problems of aging Americans and individuals of all ages with disabilities. Established in 1987, NAELA is a non-profit association that assists lawyers, bar organizations and others. The mission of NAELA is to establish NAELA members as the premier providers of legal advocacy, guidance and services to enhance the lives of people with special needs and people as they age. NAELA currently has members across the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit NAELA.org.

About Elder and Special Needs Law

Elder and Special Needs Law are specialized areas that involve representing, counseling and assisting seniors, people with disabilities and their families in connection with a variety of legal issues, with a primary emphasis on promoting the highest quality of life for individuals. Typically, Elder Law and Special Needs Law address the convergence of legal needs with the social, psychological, medical and financial needs of individuals. The Elder Law and Special Needs Law attorney handles estate planning and counsels clients about planning for incapacity with health care decision-making documents. The Elder and Special Needs Law attorney also assists clients in planning for possible long-term care needs, including at-home care, assisted living or nursing home care. Locating the appropriate type of care, coordinating public and private resources to finance the cost of care and working to ensure the clients right to quality care are all part of the Elder and Special Needs Law practice.