Governor Andrew W. Cuomo has appointed Karen L. Nicolson, Esq., Chief Executive Officer, Legal Services for the Elderly, Disabled or Disadvantaged of Western New York, Inc., to the New York State Advisory Committee for the Aging for a three year term to expire April 26, 2018.

Ms. Nicolson has been CEO at LSED for the past fifteen years.  LSED provides free civil legal services to seniors in the counties of Erie, Niagara, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Wyoming, Allegany, Orleans, and Genesee, as well as to the Seneca Nation of Indians.

Ms. Nicolson serves on the Elder Justice Working Group through the NYS Unified Court System under the leadership of Judge Deborah Kaplan, Statewide Coordinating Judge for Family Violence Cases.  Ms. Nicolson is also a delegate to the New York Inaugural WINGS Guardianship Core Group through the New York State Unified Court System. In addition, she serves on the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Legal Aid, the Town of Amherst Senior Services Advisory Board and the William B. Hoyt Memorial Children and Family Trust Fund Advisory Board.  Finally, she currently is a member of the Think Group for the New York State Legal Services Initiative, a partnership of the NY State Office for the Aging, the NY State Office of Court Administration, the NY State Bar Association and the NY State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities.  Ms. Nicolson frequently lectures on elder abuse, pooled trust and elder law issues.  Ms. Nicolson lives in Amherst, New York with her husband, Thomas Smith, and their daughter, Haley.

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