Karen C. Buck, Esq.

Executive Director

WHAT DO YOU DO AT SENIORLAW CENTER?

I am the CEO and, with the Board, have ultimate responsibility for the success and health of the organization, support our wonderful staff and ensure we are pursuing our mission in extraordinary ways.

WHY DO YOU WORK AT SENIORLAW CENTER?

We stand upon the shoulders of the seniors of our country. It’s an honor to work every day to fight poverty and promote justice for those upon whose shoulders we stand. It’s a privilege to be a public interest attorney in the greatest public interest community in the world!

HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR WORK AT SENIORLAW CENTER?

Helping to protect the right to vote with partners and advocates across PA and the nation! Ensuring that everyone who is entitled to vote and do so, including seniors who fought, bled and died for this fundamental right. Also traveling the world to Iceland, Japan, Australia and New Zealand on an Independence Foundation Fellowship to meet leaders in law, government and aging to share and learn about access to justice and elder justice.

OTHER LEADERSHIP POSITIONS AND WAYS YOU GIVE BACK?

Member (appointed), PA Supreme Court Advisory Council on Elder Justice; Member (appointed), PA Supreme Court Elder Law Task Force; Founding Officer and former Chair, National Association of Senior Legal Hotlines and HelpLines; Member (appointed), PCCD Access to Services Committee; Member and former Co-Chair (appointed), Delivery of Legal Services Committee, Philadelphia Bar Association; Commissioner, Mayor’s Commission on Aging; Member (appointed), First Judicial District Elder Justice Committee, 2015-present

AFFILIATIONS

Board Member, CeasefirePA; Board Member, Blue Bell Hill Civic Association (Germantown)

PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS

Global Journeys in Justice
National Aging and Law Conference, October 2017
The Philadelphia Lawyer, May 2017

Pennsylvania’s Court-Based Elder Justice & Access to Justice Initiatives
National Equal Justice Conference, May 2017, Pittsburgh, PA (with Hon. Paula Ott)

Elder Abuse: What Every Estate Planner Needs to Know — A National Health & Legal Crisis
Estate Planning Institute, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, November 2016 (with D. Goldberg)

Model Approaches to Senior Legal Services & Elder Justice
National Aging & Law Conference, Alexandria, VA, October 2016 (with O. Valverde et al)

Elder Abuse: A National and Global Crisis
The Legal Intelligencer, June 2016

AWARDS

Public Interest Senior Attorney Fellowship/Sabbatical, 2015-16 (elder justice project in Iceland, Japan, New Zealand, and Australia), Independence Foundation

Andrew Hamilton Award, December 2014 (for leadership in public interest law), Public Interest Section, Philadelphia Bar Association

Philadelphia Bar Foundation Award, November 2008 (for excellence in leadership and advocacy), Philadelphia Bar Foundation

Alumni Association Award for Public Service, March 2002, Villanova University School of Law

Distinguished Advocate Award, April 1997, Support Center for Child Advocates

PERSONAL FACT

My husband and I recently adopted a beautiful boy through foster care. 500,000 kids need homes in our country! Joy at every age.

JOINED STAFF

1997

BEFORE SENIORLAW CENTER

Litigator in drug/medical device liability, employment law and environmental insurance coverage, pro bono coordinator, judicial law clerk, English as a Second Language and GED teacher, Big Sister, Child Advocate

HAILS FROM

Born in Connecticut, raised in the Philadelphia area

EDUCATION

The Pennsylvania State University’s Schreyer Honors College

Villanova University School of Law

Bryn Mawr College, Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute