WASHINGTON – The National Senior Citizens Law Center (NSCLC) has named Anna Rich as its Litigation Director.
As a NSCLC Senior Staff Attorney, Rich has led or supported NSCLC’s involvement in a number of significant cases affecting the rights of low-income older adults. In her new role, she will oversee the organization’s litigation activities in both health care and economic security. She plans to prioritize litigation that leverages NSCLC’s unique expertise in public benefits programs that serve low-income older adults, in particular Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security and Supplemental Security Income, to preserve and expand access for beneficiaries.
“Anna has been a driving force in nearly all of the organization’s recent litigation success,” said Executive Director Kevin Prindiville. “Her extensive background in handling legal challenges frequently faced by the elderly poor will be extremely valuable in her new position.”
As the director of NSCLC’s Medicaid defense activities, Rich has frequently represented low-income older adults and individuals with disabilities in federal court in cases that preserve access to social safety net benefits. She has co-authored important publications such as NSCLC’s recent Advocate’s Guide to California’s Coordinated Care Initiative and Improving Language Access to Keep California’s Older Adults at Home and provides training and technical assistance to advocates nationwide. She was named a “Rising Star” in the 2013 Northern California Super Lawyers listing in San Francisco Magazine
Prior to joining NSCLC seven years ago, Rich served as a law clerk to Judge Claudia Wilken, now Chief District Judge for Northern District of California and worked for the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California. Admitted to the California bar, Rich received her B.A. with High Honors from Swarthmore College, and her J.D. from the Yale Law School, where she was a student clinic director and chair of the student board of the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization. She works in NSCLC’s Oakland office.
The National Senior Citizens Law Center is a non-profit organization whose principal mission is to protect the rights of low-income older adults. Through advocacy, litigation, and the education and counseling of local advocates, we seek to ensure the health and economic security of those with limited income and resources, and access to the courts for all. For more information, visit our Web site at www.NSCLC.org.