Gaines B. Brake serves as Interim Director of the Elder Law Clinic. He earned his B.A. degree, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Birmingham-Southern College (1998), his M.M. degree from the University of Alabama (2000), and his J.D. degree from the University of Alabama School of Law (2006). Mr. Brake was Managing Editor of the Journal of the Legal Profession, was inducted into the Bench and Bar legal honor society and represented the school on its Arbitration Team. Prior to joining the law school, Mr. Brake worked as a Staff Attorney with the Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program, representing children with disabilities. Before entering the public interest field, he practiced for six years with the Tuscaloosa firm of Zeanah, Hust, Summerford & Williamson, LLC. There, his practice focused on litigation, estate planning, probate and general practice matters. Mr. Brake has published in the areas of Social Security representative payees and alternatives to guardianship. He is also active in the community, serving on the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity of Tuscaloosa since 2011 and as its Chair from 2013 to 2015. He served on the Board of the Friends of Alabama Public Radio from 2010 to 2015, serving as its Chair in 2014.