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LOCA, but not crazy, in Michigan

Wednesday, May 8, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Dan Kittay
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Judy CunninghamSaying someone is "of a certain age" generally is a tactful way of saying that person is getting older. At the Oakland County (MI) Bar Association, they are embracing the phrase with the creation of the Lawyers of a Certain Age Committee. They are proud of the acronym, LOCA.

"In Spanish it means a female who is a little crazy. I thought it was cute. But we're serious about this effort," said Judy Cunningham, OCBA president and the driving force behind the group's creation.

The committee received board approval in February, and is in the process of putting together its first formal meeting. It’s aimed at attorneys 60 and over, who Cunningham noted make up 27 percent of OCBA members.

“We pay a lot of attention to our New Attorneys Committee, and we felt we needed to do the same for our older attorneys as well. We plan to focus on what those attorneys want and need from the bar, and also what they can contribute,” she said.

In addition to an internal focus on older attorneys, the committee wants to examine the needs of seniors in the community, and see how they can match up with LOCA attorneys. Older attorneys often have more free time than new ones, and can be available to help in certain situations, Cunningham said.

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