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February 4, 2013

Professor’s Faculty Page Aids Texas Girl Scout Troop

Oregon Law places a strong emphasis on public service work, so Professor Merle Weiner was pleased to discover that her “Links of Interest” page on the Oregon Law website recently was referenced by a troop of Girl Scouts from Grand Prairie, Texas, to prepare for their “Senior Citizens Day.” To celebrate the day, the troop volunteered at a local nursing home in their community. UO 110311-132_cropped_web

Third-grade troop leader Alyssa Britton was so impressed with Professor Weiner’s resources page that she sent an email to Weiner thanking her for publishing it. She also recommended a new addition to the page: a link to a guide to keeping elderly individuals safe on the website Housing For Seniors.

This small but meaningful interaction made Professor Weiner’s day. Weiner teaches elder law and family and child advocacy law, so maintaining a resources page for those interested in championing families and the elderly is important to her.

"When I was contacted by the Girl Scouts, I was very impressed that third-grade girls were exploring such important topics as domestic violence and elder abuse. It gave me great hope for the future," Weiner remarked. "It also reminded me of the importance of the participation principle embedded in the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Article 12, in particular, requires governments to assure that children are able to express their views in all matters affecting them. It rests upon the notion that children can provide valuable information and enhance decision making. That lesson came home when the girls recommended an additional link for the site that focused on elder abuse. I am very thankful for their recommendation and for their troop leader's wisdom in conveying their opinion and recommendation."

Oregon Law thanks the Girl Scouts of Grand Prairie for their interest.

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