From the Court Room to the Class Room

Adam PictLast week, I had the privilege of teaching a class at Brooklyn Law School.  I was invited to teach Professor Adam Kolber’s Health Law class.  It was a great experience and I got a chance to speak with a group of future lawyers about the intense work of representing clients with complex legal issues, often while facing very significant physical, emotional and economic challenges.
Preparing for the class, I focused my discussion on one particular client who I will call Ms. R. She is in her mid- 40’s, cancer-affected and she lives here in Brooklyn. In the course of her representation; we drafted and executed her advance directives, resolved a Housing Court non-payment case, won an SSI appeal and assisted Ms. R. with a consumer debt problem.  Ms. R is like many of our clients in that she has many, many legal issues that need to be addressed; numerous obstacles to addressing them and little time to waste.  She needs it all to get done and get done quickly.
Another important detail of her case is that much of her work has been done by law students under the supervision of an attorney.
The Family Center has been doing this work for years and doing it well, but more recently, we’ve dramatically increased the number of volunteer lawyers, law students, and even undergraduates who help clients directly — when they most need help.  Their time is invaluable and all of them work directly with clients like Ms. R. every day.  Our volunteers learn a tremendous set of new skills and our clients receive the benefit of volunteers’ extraordinary enthusiasm and desire to help.
Thank you to Brooklyn Law School and Professor Kolber for a unique opportunity to teach a class and talk about one of TFC’s incredible clients.
Adam Halper
    – TFC Legal Director

A Healthy Start in Spring Can Lead to a Healthy Life

TFC is bringing back the Walking Club this year

TFC is bringing back the Walking Club this year

Thanks to funding from the NYS Health Foundation, TFC is adding new diabetes programs this year that could add years to our clients’ lives.

Last year TFC became a certified Center of Disease Control (CDC)-recognized diabetes prevention provider.  What does that mean?  That means we will begin hosting a series of free Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) workshops in Central Brooklyn- a location with the highest rate of diabetes than any other area in NYC.  DPP is a lifestyle change program that can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes in more than half of the people with prediabetes.

  • DPP can help people cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes in half.
  • DPP research study showed that making modest behavior changes helped participants lose 5% to 7% of their body weight- that’s 10-14 pounds for a 200-pound person.
  • Theses lifestyle changes reduced the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58% in people with pre-diabetes.

The 16-week program will feature lessons on healthy eating, problem solving, stress management, and ways to stay motivated.   Also, DPP is bringing the walking club back!  In 2011 we started the walking club to help clients be more active and motive each other to be more active.  In the two year duration of the club, the members and I walked at least 29,000 miles, which is at least one time the circumference of the earth.

If you are at risk for prediabetes or diabetes and interested in getting involved, contact TFC’s DPP at 718-230-1379, extension 192.

Catherine Duckett
– Diabetes Specialist