The ABA’s Senior Lawyers Division (SLD) serves both the professional and personal interests of lawyers and judges as their careers evolve. In the legal practice arena, SLD is the knowledge center for elder law. In terms of service to members, SLD helps lawyers and judges remain active and engaged in the legal profession as they mature and their interests and abilities change.
“Membership in the ABA SLD provides me with a continuing opportunity to join a national network of experienced lawyers who share a common goal of promoting professionalism in the law and the societal common good,” says member Anthony Palermo, of Rochester, New York. Students may also join and benefit from this national network. Involvement in the SLD creates a symbiotic relationship for both parties. Senior lawyers and judges are re-energized from the passion and perspective of law students, while students gain invaluable insight and learn skills often not taught in law school classrooms.
SLD offers a variety of benefits to law students interested in practicing elder law. For example, student members are given access to a number of periodicals and articles on elder law topics such as adult guardianships, mediation, reverse mortgages, living trusts, and more. Students may gain practical career experience from senior lawyers and judges by reading two of SLD’s periodicals: Experience magazine and Voice of Experience newsletter. Student members are also invited to attend the division’s spring, midyear, and annual meetings. Annual SLD membership for students costs only $5. For more information, visit SLD's website.