Under The Apple Tree: My Experiences with UCI Law’s Elder Abuse Clinic

By UCI Law Student Ariela Rutkin-Becker

“I thought I’d be sitting under an apple tree now, you know, at this point of my life. And I don’t want to leave the world in this situation that I’m in.”  

The quote above was spoken to me on a Friday morning in early November by an 83-year-old woman who stopped by the Elder Abuse Clinic at Central Justice Center for help. She was facing a series of harassing behaviors from her son’s live-in, on-and-off girlfriend that were exacerbating her health issues: hypertension and cancer amongst them. The police had told her on numerous occasions that she needed a restraining order for them to take appropriate actions, and after being sent on a wild goose chase through the courts of Orange County, she found our Clinic. 

Read the entire article on the UCI Law “Voice” publication at this link: http://bit.ly/1BQS6KB.  

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