UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO LAW SCHOOL STUDENT MARRISA J.
TRACHTENBERG WINS INAUGURAL ELDER LAW SECTION SCHOLARSHIP
University at Buffalo Law School student Marrisa Jenna Trachtenberg
has been chosen as the recipient of the inaugural Elder Law Section
Scholarship administered by The New York Bar Foundation. The $2,500
award is available to second- or third-year law students who are
enrolled in a law school in New York and actively participating in an
Elder Law Clinic at the school during the 2009/2010 academic year. Named
for the Elder Law Section of the New York State Bar Association, the
scholarship will be applied to Ms. Trachtenberg’s law school
tuition for the current academic year.
Ms. Trachtenberg is pursuing her second year of study and serves in
the following capacities at the school: Buffalo Journal of Gender Law
& Social Policy clerk, Buffalo Public Interest Law Journal clerk and
mentor for the Buffalo Public Interest Law-Lawyers for Learning program.
She holds a Master of Arts degree in Public Policy and a Bachelor of
Arts degree in Political Science and Sociology (summa cum laude) from
Stony Brook University on Long Island. She was awarded the
‘William J. Sullivan Award for Public Service’ and elected
Phi Beta Kappa while pursuing her undergraduate degrees.
M. Catherine Richardson, president of The New York Bar Foundation
said, “We are pleased to award the inaugural Elder Law Section
Scholarship to a University at Buffalo Law School student. Her
participation in the William and Mary Foster Elder Law Clinic at the
school is helping Ms. Trachtenberg gain experience and a greater
knowledge of the complexities involved in the practice of Elder Law. She
should be well prepared for a successful career in the legal
A resident of Freeport, NY, Ms. Trachtenberg was a legal intern this
past summer at Franchina & Giordano, P.C., a law firm in Garden
City, where she performed legal research and worked on elder law issues.
Additionally, she has completed internships with Congressman Tim Bishop
(Coram), the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office (Hempstead),
and the Nassau County Attorney’s Office (Mineola). In addition to
receiving the scholarship, Ms. Trachtenberg will be a guest member of
the Elder Law Section and is invited to attend the Section’s
executive committee meetings during 2010.
Elder Law Section Chair Michael J. Amoruso (Amoruso & Amoruso,
LLP, Rye Brook) said, “We are pleased to have The New York Bar
Foundation confer the inaugural Elder Law Section Scholarship on Ms.
Trachtenberg. We are confident her experience as the lead student
attorney on her primary case in the elder law clinic will sharpen her
research and legal writing skills and result in a meaningful experience
while working with the elderly. The Elder Law Section was pleased to
contribute a gift to the Foundation to provide funding for this
The goal of the Elder Law Section Scholarship is to create a network
and to cultivate relationships among lawyers practicing elder law and
law students planning to practice elder law, and to encourage the
practice of elder law among lawyers throughout New York. The Elder Law
Section encourages law students, through an elder law clinic experience,
to learn about important legislative developments, regulations, and case
laws impacting the elderly and to provide representation to elderly
clients struggling with a variety of legal issues and problems related
to aging and incapacity. Through the scholarship, the section aspires to
advance opportunities for the disabled by implementing a preference for
awarding the scholarship to a student who demonstrates a present and
permanent physical or mental disability that substantially limits one or
more of the major life activities of the individual.
The Elder Law Section provides services and opportunities for
involvement on issues relating to Elder Law for members of the New York
State Bar Association. Among its activities, the Section presents
educational programs and publishes materials on practice, procedure and
developments to enhance the competence and skill of lawyers who practice
in this field and improves their ability to deliver the most efficient
and highest quality of services to their clients; prepares studies,
analyses and recommendations to seek improvement in the law and
procedure relating to elder law; and undertakes projects to increase the
understanding of senior citizens, their families and the general public
concerning legal issues affecting the elderly.
Founded in 1950, The New York Bar Foundation provides funding
through its grant making program to increase public understanding of the
law; improve the justice system and the law; facilitate the delivery of
legal services; and enhance professional competence and ethics. To learn
more about The New York Bar Foundation and how you can support its
charitable programs, go to www.tnybf.org, phone 518-487-5651 or
Founded in 1876, the 77,000-member New York State Bar Association is
the official statewide organization of lawyers in New York and the
largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. The State
Bar’s programs and activities have continuously served the public
and improved the justice system for more than 130 years. For more
information, visit us at our Web site at www.nysba.org.
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