Introducing an EPEL RA: Alex Hisle

Alex Hisle shares the personal reason she is pursuing a career in elder law and special needs planning.
Introducing an EPEL RA: Alex Hisle
Alex HisleMy name is Alex Hisle and I am second-year law student and an alumna of Berea College. When I graduate from the Brandeis School of Law, I plan to practice elder law and special needs planning. 

For many attorneys, their clients seek legal assistance on the worst day of their lives. I saw this first-hand when my mother unexpectedly lost her vision to a brain tumor at 32 years old. While the rest of my family was focused on how my mother’s disability affected them, her attorney could empathize with her and restore her self-worth. While he could not turn back time or cure the blind, he improved her quality of life and independence by assisting her with drawing disability and signing up for Medicare. 

My mother's story has inspired almost every step that I have taken to get to law school. I am pursuing a law degree so that I may pay forward the kindness that my mother received on the worst day of her life. Growing up with and caring for a disabled parent has made me aware and empathetic of the specific legal needs of senior citizens and people with disabilities and special needs. I think it is important to be prepared for the unexpected and go to someone when the unexpected can take over your daily life. I think that elder law is the way I can help clients, caretakers and loved ones on the worst day of their life.