Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Scholarships available for fall 2011 National Aging and the Law Conference

10 Scholarships Available for Advocates to Attend the National Aging and Law Institute

Application Deadline: August 19, 2011

The AARP Foundation is awarding 10 AARP Foundation Litigation Jerry D. Florence scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each to pay for registration and the cost of travel expenses to attend the 2011 National Aging and Law Institute. Scholarship recipients are responsible for all additional travel costs in excess of the scholarship amount. AARP Foundation Litigation established this scholarship fund in the name of Jerry D. Florence, who served as the Director of the AARP Foundation for two years before dying suddenly at the age of 57 on November 28, 2005. Mr. Florence was a leader who was quickly able to envision how a new idea could transform the lives of AARP's members. He delighted in finding ways to help others, while his energy, positive attitude, and easy smile touched many hearts. AARP Foundation Litigation is proud to continue the memory of this visionary through scholarships for advocates at this conference.

Consideration will be given to all applicants for the AARP Foundation Litigation Jerry D. Florence Scholarships; however, priority will be given to applicants who:

* Have not previously attended the National Aging and Law Conference or NAELA's Advanced Fall Institute

* Demonstrate financial need

* Provide legal services or advocacy to older persons

You can apply for the scholarship online at For questions about the scholarship, please contact 703-942-5711 or Scholarship applications are due by August 19, 2011 The conference brochure complete with agenda and registration information can be found at <> and also at

July 13, 2011 in Other | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Position announcement: Executive Director, New Mexico Legal Aid

New Mexico Legal Aid (NMLA) is seeking an Executive Director to lead this high quality nonprofit legal services organization which seeks to secure justice for the migrant, Native American and low income populations throughout New Mexico. NMLA’s next Executive Director will facilitate and assist in the creation and implementation of a vision to bring NMLA to its next stage of development in advocacy, fiscal stability and collaboration with client communities and legal aid partners throughout the state.

More information here. 

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Monday, May 16, 2011

AoA webinar: Toolkit for Serving Diverse Communities - May 25

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

In 2010, the Administration on Aging (AoA) released its “Toolkit for Serving Diverse Communities” to assist aging network providers and their partners in building capacity to successfully serve an increasingly diverse population of seniors and their caregivers. The Toolkit consists of a four-step process and a questionnaire that helps professionals, volunteers, and grassroots advocates with every stage of program planning, implementation, and service delivery for older adult communities, their families and caregivers.  

To assist aging services legal providers in improving their outreach efforts and provision of culturally competent services, AoA is presenting a Webinar entitled A Toolkit for Serving Diverse Communities.  This Webinar will be of value to OAA Title IIIB legal providers, Legal Assistance Developers, senior legal helplines, and to AoA grantees involved in the Model Approaches and Pension Counseling Programs, as they deal with challenges in targeting and reaching out to culturally diverse populations that are most in need of critical legal services.

Webinar presenters:
- Carol Crecy, Director, Office of Outreach & Consumer Information, AoA
- Barbara Dieker, Director, Office of Elder Rights, AoA
- Valerie Soroka, Aging Services Program Specialist, AoA
- Margaret Schaefer, ElderAccessLine Attorney, Legal Aid of Nebraska
- Jessica Hiemenz, Training Coordinator, NCLC

This Webinar will provide an overview of:

1.  The cultural competency concepts which are the underpinnings of the AoA Diversity Toolkit;

2.  How the toolkit can be used for program planning and development, monitoring and assessment;

3.  How the toolkit can be used in a variety of settings by legal providers to enhance the delivery of services to diverse populations;

4.  A View from the Field:  Nebraska’s “Tips to Increase Cultural Competency when Working with Clients”

Additional sponsorship for this Webinar is provided by a grant from the Administration on Aging.  This webinar is part of a series of National Elder Rights Training Project webinars for the National Legal Resource Center

May 16, 2011 in Discrimination, Other | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Friday, November 12, 2010

AoA November newsletter now online

Access the full newsletter.

Here's the Table of Contents

Top Story

        November Is National Family Caregivers Month
AoA News

        AoA’s National Family Caregiver Support Program Celebrates 10 Years
        November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month
        Message from Assistant Secretary Kathy Greenlee on Veterans Day 2010
        AoA Recognizes Native American Heritage Month
        Population Data on Older American Indian Adults Featured in AoA’s
          November Widget
        Eldercare Locator Takes on a New Look for a Rapidly Aging Population
        2010-2011 Influenza Campaign
Other HHS News
        Medicare Open Enrollment
        AHRQ Launches New Website for Men
        Hospitalizations for Medication and Illicit Drug-related Conditions on
          the Rise among Americans Ages 45 and Older
More News
        Scholarship Opportunity for Graduate Students
        NCOA to Sponsor Webinar on Vision and Aging

        Additional National Observances in November


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Monday, September 20, 2010

Registration now open for CCEL

Don't miss the 5th Canadian Conference on Elder Law, to be held for the first time in Toronto this fall!

This Conference will bring together a unique gathering of experts and leaders in elder law and policy, with over one hundred presenters and plenary speakers on our Conference programme.  Our Keynote Speaker is the Honourable Mr. Justice Murray Sinclair, Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, who will bring his distinctive experience to address law reform and access to justice for Aboriginal Older Adults.  Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission Barbara Hall and Dr. Jane Barratt of the International Federation on Ageing will discuss the opportunities and challenges of a shift to a rights-based approach to elder law, and Public Law Commissioner Frances Patterson of the Law Commission of England and Wales, Justice Marcia Neave of the Victoria Supreme Court and Dr. Patricia Hughes of the Law Commission of Ontario will consider approaches to law reform that include older adults.

The Conference Dinner will celebrate the accomplishments of the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly and Ontario's legal clinic system in advancing the rights of older adults.  Our Keynote Dinner Speaker will be Roger Smith of JUSTICE, a leading United Kingdom law reform and human rights organization that works to improve the legal system and access to justice.

The 2010 Conference on Elder Law will take place October 29th to 30th at the Delta Chelsea Hotel in downtown Toronto. A Conference pre-day on October 28th will bring together the World Study Group on Elder Law.

Don't miss this rare opportunity to learn and meet the leaders in the field of older adults and the law!  Reduced room rates are available at the Delta Chelsea until September 26th, so be sure to book your room if you have not already done so.

Registration is now open and full details are available at  Early bird registration rates are available until September 30th, so don't wait to register!

To download the conference poster, please visit If you have already registered for the conference, kindly forward this e-mail to any colleagues who might be interested in attending.

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Thursday, July 8, 2010

VA to issue new rules on disability claims for PTSD

The government is preparing to issue new rules that will make it substantially easier for veterans who have been found to have post-traumatic stress disorder to receive disability benefits, a change that could affect hundreds of thousands of veterans from the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam.  The regulations from the Department of Veterans Affairs, which will take effect as early as Monday and cost as much as $5 billion over several years according to Congressional analysts, will essentially eliminate a requirement that veterans document specific events like bomb blasts, firefights or mortar attacks that might have caused PTSD an illness characterized by emotional numbness, irritability and flashbacks.  For decades, veterans have complained that finding such records was extremely time consuming and sometimes impossible. And in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, veterans groups assert that the current rules discriminate against tens of thousands of service members — many of them women — who did not serve in combat roles but nevertheless suffered traumatic experiences.

Under the new rule, which applies to veterans of all wars, the department will grant compensation to those with PTSD if they can simply show that they served in a war zone and in a job consistent with the events that they say caused their conditions. They would not have to prove, for instance, that they came under fire, served in a front-line unit or saw a friend killed. Read more in the NY Times Global Edition.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

AoA to hold listening sessions on reauthorization of OAA, Title V

Jane Oates, Assistant Secretary of for Employment and Training, U.S.  Department of Labor, and Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary for Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will hold a listening session on the upcoming reauthorization of Title V of the Older Americans Act.  Assistant Secretaries Oates and Greenlee are interested to hear stakeholders' thoughts on:

What aspects of the current Title V legislation are effective?
What aspects of Title V are not effective?
What innovations can you suggest?

During the session, stakeholders will have the opportunity to call in with statements (no longer than 3 minutes) to share with attendees.  In addition, written comments may be submitted via real-time chat, or emailed to at any time before or after the session.  Stakeholders may submit comments on reauthorization of all other titles of the Older Americans Act to Assistant Secretary Greenlee at:

Registration is now open!

Registration is limited and participation is first-come, first-served.  We encourage multiple participants from the same organization to register once and view this session from one location.  Please note you must first create an account (‘Signup’ link in upper right hand corner) on  in order to login and reserve a seat for this event at the link below.

Follow this link to register:

April 20, 2010 in Housing, Other | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

NAELA Student Journal now online

The 2009 NAELA Student Journal is now available online. Click here to start reading the top eight papers submitted to the 2009 Student Writing Competition.

Here’s what you’ll find:

Its All About the Money: Potential Repercussions of Denying Disabled Veterans the Freedom to Hire an Attorney

By Benjamin W. Wright

Sentencing Elderly Criminal Offenders
By Dawn Miller

Biting the Bullet: Applying the Objective Test for Terminating Treatment in Cases Involving Incompetent Patients
By Caroline Klosko

Reverse Mortgages and the Challenges of the Current Financial Crisis
By Paul V. Black
Interests in Stark Conflict: The Case for Congress to Close the Stark Law’s Whole Hospital Loophole
By Michael J. Ritter

What Happens to the Correctional System When a Right to Health Care Meets Sentencing Reform
By Stacy L. Gavin

The Current Challenges of Long-Term Care Insurance and Solutions for the Future
By Erin K. Ferris

State of Flux: Older Refugees in the United States
By Jennifer Harry

You can also access the 2009 NAELA Student Journal through the NAELA web site, Log on to the site and look under Members>Communications>Publication for the 2009 NAELA Student Journal as well as the archives of NAELA News and NAELA Journal.

The NAELA Student Writing Competition is meant to encourage law students to focus on the issues of Elder and Special Needs Law as a legal specialty. Submissions can address any topic regarding legal issues affecting seniors or people with disabilities. For more information, go to and look under Professionals>Law Students>Student Writing Competition.


March 16, 2010 in Books, Other | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Monday, February 8, 2010

Seeking Materials for a Senior Law Clinic

The law school at Campbell University is this semester inaugurating its Senior Law Clinic where students will represent lower income elders.  Would anyone be willing to share a role play scenario with background information that could be used to help teach client interviewing?  Thanks in advance.

Roger Manus


Senior Law Clinic


Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law

225 Hillsborough St, Suite 302

Raleigh, NC 27603


919.865.5997 Fax

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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Nina Kohn (Syr.) and Ned Spurgeon (McGeorge) on Elder Law teaching and scholarship

Elder Law Teaching and Scholarship: An Empirical Analysis of an Evolving Field

Nina A. Kohn
Syracuse University - College of Law

Edward D. Spurgeon
University of the Pacific (UOP) - McGeorge School of Law

Journal of Legal Education, Vol. 59, No. 3, p. 414, 2010


As the American population ages, the emerging field of elder law stands poised to play an increasingly important role in both legal practice and legal education. Relatively little, however, is known about how elder law is taught in America’s law schools, or about the nature and impact of elder law scholarship. This article fills the void by providing findings from a broad-ranging empirical study of the current state of elder law teaching and scholarship. These findings suggest that elder law is on the threshold of becoming a mainstream part of the American legal academy. They also suggest that, at this critical stage, significant barriers to the field’s development remain. By describing the current state of the field and the challenges it faces, this article paves the way for future efforts to guide and support the field’s growth.

The article is available on SSRN at

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Monday, February 1, 2010

Seeking Ideas for Elder Poverty Law Courses

Anyone doing anything fantastic in their clinic or seminar on issues that relate to representing elderly and low-income clients?

To get the ball rolling, here are some ideas from Christine Sgarlata Chung at Albany:
  • We brought in a social worker from a local university's center for excellence on aging.  This person runs a program on financial abuse of the elderly.  We had her talk about perceptions/ misperceptions about elderly victims of financial abuse.
  • We used an AARP video called "The Lure of Money."  It focuses on senior victims of financial abuse.
  • We focused on elderly clients in simulation exercises - particularly interviews. We brought in members of the community to serve as simulated clients so that students could practice with seniors.
  • Students spoke at a number of senior seminars around the community.
  • We also focused on types of financial abuse that commonly crop up in cases involving seniors.


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Friday, January 8, 2010

AoA announces National Legal Resource Center.

HHS Assistant Secretary for Aging Kathy Greenlee has launched a new Web site for the National Legal Resource Center (NLRC).  The NLRC was created in 2008 by the Administration on Aging (AoA) to empower legal and aging services advocates with the resources necessary to provide high quality legal help to seniors who are facing direct threats to their ability to live independently in their homes and communities. The new Web site can be accessed at

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Friday, December 4, 2009

Last surviving WWI vet in US wants rededication of war memorial

The last surviving US veteran of World War I has urged members of Congress to rededicate a Washington monument to the memory of his fellow combatants.  Frank Buckles, 108, said the US capital needed a symbol to honour all those who fought in the Great War.  A  bill, named after Mr Buckles, proposes to rededicate an existing memorial on the National Mall in honour of all Americans who fought in WWI.  More than 100,000 Americans lost their lives during the campaign.  Mr Buckles, who travelled to Capitol Hill from his home in West Virginia, told a panel of senators it was "an excellent idea".  The official title of the bill is the Frank Buckles World War I Memorial Act.  It aims to rededicate the District of Columbia War Memorial which currently only commemorates the citizens of the District of Columbia who served in WWI.

Source/more:  BBC,

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Message from Assistant Secretary for Aging Kathy Greenlee for Veterans Day 20

Veterans Day is also a day when we honor those veterans who live among us --  in our homes, communities and in congregate settings such as assisted living and nursing homes.  The contributions of these courageous men and women who are our grandparents, parents, spouses, children, other family members, neighbors and friends continue to inspire us each day as United States citizens. 

I urge everyone to take time out on Wednesday, November 11, to thank a veteran for their service America. To read the President's proclamation, please visit:    



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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

AoA newsletter available via website

Here's the TOC for the AoA's  monthly e-Newsletter.  Check it out at

 Table of Contents

 AoA News

   Messages on National Observances from Assistant Secretary for Aging Kathy Greenlee

   New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department Secretary Cindy Padilla to Join AoA

   ASA Greenlee Visits Local DC Senior Centers 

   November Speaking Engagements by ASA Greenlee Other HHS News

   HHS to Provide More Than $2.6 Billion to States to Help Low-Income Households with Energy Costs

   FDA and WebMD Expand Consumer Health Information Partnership

   New FDA Website Provides the Facts on Hearing Aids

   H1N1 Flu Fraud Widget

   New Tips to Prevent Medical Identity Theft and Medicare Fraud

   Enhanced Online Tools Make Comparing Medicare’s 2010 Prescription Drug and Health Plan Options Easier

   CMS Establishes New Requirements for DMEPOS Suppliers

   National State-by-State Medicaid Statistical Information System (MSIS) Tables on the CMS website

   NIA Extends Research on Health, Economics of Older Americans

   Consumer-Friendly Resources in Spanish Provided by AHRQ

   HHS Report on Health Insurance Reform and Breast Cancer Federal Funding Opportunities

   AoA to Fund LGBT National Resource Center

   CDC to Fund Communities Putting Prevention to Work

   CDC to Fund Healthier Communities

More Aging News

   Employment Opportunity with the Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living

   Brookdale Foundation to Fund 30 New Seed Grants for Its Relatives as Parents Program

   American Cancer Society Marks the 34th Great American Smokeout®

   November Is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month

   Falls Prevention among Older Adults

   Interactive DRI for Healthcare Professionals on Twitter

   NCOA to Offer Webinar Series on How to Connect Older Volunteers with Organizations in Need of Help

   Groups Conduct Survey to Assess Long-Term Care of Older Adults Who Are LGBT

   Planning for Your Elder Years

Submit a Story!


November 3, 2009 in Other | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Recent SSRN Papers about Grandparent Visitation

Supporting the Covenant: Family and Community Table of Contents and Introduction

Margaret F. Brinig
Notre Dame Law School

Notre Dame Legal Studies Paper No. 09-26

This book will discuss the interplay of norms and families from a number of perspectives. It will tie theoretical and empirical observations to subjects of current law reform as varied as cohabitation, custody, grandparent visitation, payment for household work and domestic violence. Relevant norms and what is called social capital affect family members’ relationships with each other, that is, within the family community. They also govern the way outside communities interact with families, and social capital built within the family influences commercial and public relationships that do not directly involve families at all. Law reform, even from the best of intentions, often misfires because norms and the impact of social capital are not considered.

Keywords: family, law and economics, law and society, social norms, social capital, empirical studies, marriage, adoption, domestic violence

Accepted Paper Series

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Upcoming elder mediation training announcement


 June 16, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and

June 17, 18 and 19, 2009 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day

Sponsored by


To be held at

Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law

Shusterman Hall Conference Center
1719 North Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19122

This intensive 3-1/2 day training will orient experienced mediators to the kinds of issues associated with aging and the special practice issues that arise when working with older persons, their families and care givers. The training format will combine lecture, video analysis, role-play practice and discussion.

More info:

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Not elder law: secrets of world's oldest underwater city to be revealed

The oldest submerged town in the world is about to give up its secrets — with the help of equipment that could revolutionize underwater archaeology.  The ancient town of Pavlopetri lies in three to four metres of water just off the coast of southern Laconia in Greece. The ruins date from at least 2800 BC through to intact buildings, courtyards, streets, chamber tombs and some thirty-seven cist graves which are thought to belong to the Mycenaean period (c.1680-1180 BC). This Bronze Age phase of Greece provides the historical setting for much Ancient Greek literature and myth, including Homer’s Age of Heroes.  Underwater archaeologist Dr Jon Henderson, from The University of Nottingham, will be the first archaeologist to have official access to the site in 40 years. Despite its potential international importance no work has been carried out at the site since it was first mapped in 1968 and Dr Henderson has had to get special permission from the Greek government to examine the submerged town.

Source and more:  Science Daily,

May 12, 2009 in Other | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Friday, February 20, 2009

The ABA wants your book proposal!!!

Frolik Larry "The  Dude" Frolik (Pitt) writes:

   The ABA Senior Lawyers Division is eager to publish your book. If you have an idea for a book or a concept that might become a book, consider submitting your idea to the ABA Senior Lawyers Division for possible publication. I have published two books through the ABA Senior Lawyers Division and was very pleased with the process and the books that were published.
    ABA Book Publishing is a first rate enterprise with excellent editorial support that helped me to publish my books in a professional and timely manner. I was even asked to help select the book cover. The post-publication promotion of the books has been very good. The ABA uses book publications as a means of creating revenue for the Sections and Divisions and so is very aggressive in promoting its books.
    As an author you benefit from those sales because every book sale yields a royalty for you. You, as author, and the ABA are essentially partners in seeing that the book is successful.
    ABA Book Publishing creates trade publication paperbacks, which means the book is printed and distributed soon after you finish the manuscript. Throughout the process the turnabout time is short and the editors very professional. The result is a handsome product that will bring you pride of authorship and hopefully some additional income.
    If you have any questions about publishing with the ABA, please feel free to contact me or you can contact Catherine A. Kruse at ABA Book Publishing. Her phone number is 312-988-6112 and her email is
    Remember. You don’t have to have a fully developed book idea to initiate a discussion about publication. The ABA will work with you to bring your concept into a published book.

February 20, 2009 in Other | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Upcoming conferences on aging issues

March 11–15, 2009
Ninth International Conference on Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Diseases
Prague, Czech Republic

March 12–15, 2009
Ageing in the Mediterranean World
Valletta, Malta

April 14–16, 2009
Sixth-Annual World Health Care Congress
Washington, D.C., United States

...via AARP International newsletter.

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