Wednesday, June 30, 2010


Please see description below.  In order to apply for this position, please go to (position number 037881) Use keyword “Attorney”.
Job Title: Attorney, Public Services
Pay Grade: 8
Pay Band Min / Max: $37,149.67  -  $74,722.50
 Position Number: 037881
Department / Hospital: SCHOOL OF LAW

The University of Miami is committed to educating and nurturing students, creating knowledge, and providing service to our community and beyond. We are leaders in the area of education, scholarship, intercollegiate athletics and service. Come join our team!

The Health and Elder Law Clinic offers University of Miami School of Law students an intense legal practice experience in a dynamic and fast-paced in-house law office. The Clinic's legal practice focuses on three core subject areas: Social Security/public benefits, immigration status adjustments and estate and probate issues. The Clinic also engages in community education and outreach in its core substantive areas, conducting 'know your rights' presentations and trainings for practitioners who deal with the Clinic's client populations. The Clinic offers a two-year post graduate teaching/practice fellowship for individuals interested in an opportunity to learn to teach and practice law in a clinical setting. The Fellow's duties include assisting with classroom clinical teaching, direct supervision of 6-8 law student practitioners and client representation.

Requirements: J.D. Degree, eligibility for admission to the Florida Bar and 1 year prior legal experience. Position #037881

Excellent customer service, communication, and interpersonal skills are also required.

The University of Miami offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package including medical and dental benefits, tuition remission, vacation, paid holidays and much more. The University of Miami is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Thank you,
Melissa Gibson Swain
Clinical Instructor/Supervising Attorney
University of Miami School of Law
Health & Elder Law Clinic
1311 Miller Drive, Room F-303
Coral Gables, Florida 33146
Tel. (305) 284-1539 Fax (305) 284-6407

June 30, 2010 | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

DOJ sends letters to colleges regarding ADA and e-readers


We write to express concern on the part of the Department of Justice and the Department of Education that colleges and universities are using electronic book readers that are not accessible to students who are blind or have low vision and to seek your help in ensuring that this emerging technology is used in classroom settings in a manner that is permissible under federal law.  A serious problem with some of these devices is that they lack an accessible text-to-speech function.  Requiring use of an emerging technology in a classroom environment when the technology is inaccessible to an entire population of individuals with disabilities–individuals with visual disabilities–is discrimination prohibited by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) unless those individuals are provided accommodations or modifications that permit them to receive all the educational benefits provided by the technology in an equally effective and equally integrated manner.


Under title III, individuals with disabilities, including students with visual impairments, may not be discriminated against in the full and equal enjoyment of all of the goods and services of private colleges and universities; they must receive an equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from these goods and services; and, they must not be provided different or separate goods or services unless doing so is necessary to ensure that access to the goods and services is equally as effective as that provided to others.

Under title II, qualified individuals with disabilities may not be excluded from participation in or denied the benefits of the services, programs, or activities of, nor subjected to discrimination by, public universities and colleges.  Both title II and Section 504 prohibit colleges and universities from affording individuals with disabilities with an opportunity to participate in or benefit from college and university aids, benefits, and services that is unequal to the opportunity afforded others.  Similarly, individuals with disabilities must be provided with aids, benefits, or services that provide an equal opportunity to achieve the same result or the same level of achievement as others. A college or university may provide an individual with a disability, or a class of individuals with disabilities, with a different or separate aid, benefit, or service only if doing so is necessary to ensure that the aid, benefit, or service is as effective as that provided to others

Read the rest of the letter.

June 29, 2010 in Discrimination | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Monday, June 28, 2010

Interesting Series of Articles from Forbes

Obituary: U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.V., age 92

DemocratiRobertByrd-Flag2c US Senator Robert Byrd, the longest-serving member of Congress in history, has died aged 92,  his spokesman has said. The West Virginia lawmaker died peacefully at a hospital in Fairfax, Virginia, Senator Byrd was elected to the House of Representatives in 1952, becoming a senator seven years later.His death is not expected to change the Democrats' current majority in the Senate. West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin, a Democrat, is expected to appoint a Democrat to serve the remainder of Mr Byrd's current six-year term, which expires in 2012.  Robert Byrd's health had been failing for years, often forcing him to use a wheelchair.  Last week, he was taken to hospital suffering from heat exhaustion and severe dehydration, but other medical conditions reportedly developed later.  As a young man, Mr Byrd was for a brief period a member of the white supremacist group the Ku Klux Klan and also joined Southern Democrats in an unsuccessful filibuster against the 1964 Civil Rights Act.  He later apologised for both actions, saying that intolerance had no place in America.  In his later years as a senator, Robert Byrd became a champion of civil rights.

Read more at the BBC.

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Center for Elder Justice and Policy Publishes Protocol on Identifying and Addressing Financial Exploitation

In September 2009 the Center for Elder Justice and Policy at William Mitchell College of Law was awarded a nine-month grant by the Extendicare Foundation to produce a best practices manual for identifying and responding to financial exploitation of vulnerable adults in care facilities.  This Manual and Model Protocol, completed in June 2010, is the first comprehensive guide to prevention, staff training, identifying signs of exploitation, advocating for the vulnerable adult, and reporting to authorities.  Iris C. Freeman, Adjunct Professor, was the Project Director.  Sara Blessing, WMCL '10, and Ashley Helgason, former Center Scholar, WMCL '10, were research assistants on the project.

June 24, 2010 in Elder Abuse/Guardianship/Conservatorship, Health Care/Long Term Care, Medicaid, Property Management | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Provide your input on OAA reauthorization

A message from the Administration on Aging:

Since 1965, the Older Americans Act (OAA) has gained recognition as a unique and highly regarded statute that has stimulated the development of a comprehensive and coordinated service system. This system has contributed greatly to enhancing the lives of older individuals, family caregivers, and persons with disabilities.

In 2011 Congress will consider reauthorization and amendments to the OAA effective in FY 2012. In anticipation of this process, the Administration on Aging (AoA) is soliciting input concerning the reauthorization through three mechanisms: (1) AoA-Convened Listening Forums; (2) OAA Reauthorization Input Events; and (3) Direct Input via the AoA Website or Mail. Note that reauthorization input events registered on this site will be added to a special AoA web calendar. Our hope is that everyone who wants to provide input into the reauthorization process will attend a listening forum, a reauthorization event, and/or submit their views on-line. Additional information is provided at the links below.

June 24, 2010 | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Job opportunities with Administration on Aging

The Administration on Aging (AoA) has two new staff positions for which it is recruiting that will be involved in the direct implementation of Affordable Care Act activities to help people navigate their health and long-term service and support options through Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs).  These are full-time federal civil service positions.  These positions will be located at AoA headquarters in Washington, DC.

If interested in applying for either or both these positions, please send your resume and a cover letter to no later than July 9, 2010.

ADRC Care Transitions Program Officer

The ADRC Care Transition Program Officer will provide agency-wide leadership to ensure ADRCs play a visible and meaningful role in supporting the development and implementation of Evidence-Based Care Transitions Models that assist individuals with chronic conditions to transition from hospitals, assisted living, or nursing home facilities back into the community.  The ideal candidate for this position should have a working knowledge of and experience implementing Evidence-Based Care Transitions Models (including the Care Transition Intervention SM, the Transitional Care Model, the GRACE model, and the Guided Care Model) and applying Care Transitions research in hospitals and community settings.  This individual should also have experience collaborating across aging, disability, Medicaid and health networks to oversee grant programs and provide technical assistance for programs that impact the lives of older adults and persons with disabilities of all ages.  The candidate will represent AoA on government-wide initiatives and activities related to Care Transitions, and to support senior level staff on the overall implementation of the ADRC program.

ADRC Options Counseling & Assistance Program Officer

The ADRC Options Counseling & Assistance Program Officer will provide agency-wide leadership to strengthen the role of ADRCs in Options Counseling and Assistance whereby consumers, family members and/or significant others are supported in a person-centered approach to determine appropriate long-term service and support options in the context of the consumer’s needs, preferences, values and individual circumstances.  The ideal candidate for this position should have a working knowledge of and experience implementing consumer-directed options counseling and decision support services, including one-on-one assistance to older adults and individuals with disabilities of all ages and their family members and/or caregivers.  This individual should also have experience: collaborating across aging, disability, Medicaid and health networks; working with grant programs and providing technical assistance for programs that assist consumers to make decisions concerning their long-term services and supports and health care; managing processes and systems that provide streamlined eligibility determination, expedite service delivery and enrollment in publicly funded programs, and care coordination in the most integrated setting.  The candidate will represent the AoA on government-wide initiatives and activities related to Options Counseling and Assistance and support senior level staff on the overall implementation of the ADRC program.

For more information on the type of programs and activities the two positions will be involved in, please read funding opportunities B (Options Counseling) and D (Care Transitions) in the AoA program announcement currently available at:

June 24, 2010 in Health Care/Long Term Care | Permalink | TrackBack (0)


Table of Contents (browse all abstracts here:

Defensive Medicine and Obstetric Practices
Michael Frakes, Harvard Law School, Petrie-Flom Center

Threat of Malpractice Lawsuit, Physician Behavior and Health Outcomes: A Re-evaluation of Practice of 'Defensive Medicine' in Obstetric Care
Praveen Dhankhar, affiliation not provided to SSRN
Mahmud Khan, Tulane University - Health System Management Area

Beware Those Bearing Gifts: Physicians' Fiduciary Duty to Avoid Pharmaceutical Marketing
Thomas L. Hafemeister, University of Virginia School of Law
Sarah Payne Bryan, Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP

A Medical/Legal Teaching and Assessment Collaboration on Domestic Violence: Assessment Using Standardized Patients/Standardized Clients
Antoinette Sedillo Lopez, University of New Mexico School of Law
Cameron Crandall, University of New Mexico
Steve McLaughlin, University of New Mexico
Diane Rimple, University of New Mexico
Mary Neidhart, University of New Mexico
Teresita McCarty, University of New Mexico
Lou Clark, University of New Mexico
Carrie Martell, affiliation not provided to SSRN
Gabriel Campos, affiliation not provided to SSRN

The Boundaries of the Medical Conscientious Objection - About the Refusal of a Blood Transfusion by a Jehovah’s Witness
Jose Antonio Seoane, affiliation not provided to SSRN

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Monday, June 21, 2010


Table of Contents

(browse all abstracts here:

Measuring Law for Public Health Research
Charles Tremper, Perutilis Research & Consulting
Sue Thomas, Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE)
Alexander Wagenaar, University of Florida, College of Medicine

Gold-Plated Taps: A Story of Greed at the National Kidney Foundation (NKF)
Wing Lam, U21Global Graduate School

Food Fights and Food Rights: Legislating the ‘Delicious Revolution’
Jonas Lerman, UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall)

Medicare Part D and its Effect on the Use of Prescription Drugs, Use of Other Health Care Services and Health of the Elderly
Robert Kaestner, University of Illinois at Chicago - Institute of Government and Public Affairs, National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
Nasreen Khan, University of New Mexico

The Impact of an Individual Health Insurance Mandate on Hospital and Preventive Care: Evidence from Massachusetts
Jonathan T. Kolstad, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Amanda Ellen Kowalski, National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), Yale University

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Paternity issue in Bobby Fischer estate contest will lead to exhumation

  Chess_piece_-_black_king-jpg The remains of chess champion Bobby Fischer are to be exhumed in order to settle a paternity claim, an Icelandic court has ruled.  The Supreme Court in Reykjavik said a tissue sample was needed to prove whether nine-year-old Jinky Young was Fischer's daughter.  Fischer, who died in Iceland in 2008, left no will.  His estate, estimated to be worth $2 million (£1.4m), has been at the heart of several inheritance claims.  Fischer's former wife, relatives and the US government - which claims it is owed taxes - are also involved in the dispute.  Ms Young, a Filipina, is the daughter of Marilyn Young, who had a relationship with Fischer.  "In order to obtain such a sample it is unavoidable to exhume his body," a court document said.  The verdict overturned a ruling by a district court, which said earlier this year that the grounds of the request were not strong enough.  Thordur Bogason, lawyer for Marilyn Young and her daughter, said the exhumation was a "last resort", saying they had hoped that blood samples had been kept in an Icelandic hospital.  He said they had presented evidence that his clients had received regular payments from Fischer in the years before he died.

Read more at the BBC.

June 17, 2010 in Estates and Trusts | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Call for Speakers at the National Aging and Law Conference

Good Morning,
The National Aging and Law Conference is seeking speakers for its December 8-11th meeting in Alexandria, VA. Deadline is July 1.  The organizers seek a diverse selection of workshop proposals on the topics in law and aging focusing on the conference theme, “The Changing Face of Aging”. Workshop proposals need to address the conference theme “The Changing Face of Aging” by focusing on recent changes in the demographics and socio-economics of aging (e.g. issues of race, gender, sexual identity, the impact of the current recession, etc.).
For a for a Speaker’s Brochure and Workshop Application send an email to
Registration for the conference will open on July 1 at .
Shelley Buckingham
Marketing Manager
AARP  Foundation
601 E. Street, NW
Washington, DC 20049
202-434-2101 (office)
202-476-9677 (cell)

June 17, 2010 | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

HHS seeks nominations for Personal Care Attendants Workforce Advisory Panel

Today in the Federal Register, The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced it is establishing and seeking nominations for  a new Personal Care Attendants Workforce Advisory Panel, under the Community Living Assistance Services and Support (CLASS) Act.

The Advisory Panel will be comprised of 15 members appointed by the Secretary of HHS from among members of the general public who are individuals who have distinguished themselves in the fields of long-term services and supports; aging and disability populations and services; practices that help reduce high personal care attendant workforce vacancy and turnover rates; Medicaid; Medicare, the Older Americans Act and the Workforce Investment Systems; community residential services; and policy analysis and development related to the financing, access, provision and quality of health care services.

Each member of the Advisory Panel shall be appointed for a term of 2 years.

Nominations should be submitted by no later than June 18, 2010 to:

     Margaret Reiser,
     U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,
     200 Independence Avenue, S.W. Room 415F,
     Washington D.C., 20201,

     Phone (202) 690-7858,
     Fax (202) 690-7383.

For more information about the Personal Care Attendants Workforce Advisory Panel, please see the Federal Register link below:

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News of the Old: Remains thought to be those of Caravaggio

Human remains found in a churc Chiaro_caravaggio h in Tuscany almost certainly belong to Renaissance artist Caravaggio, Italian researchers said.  The team said they were 85% sure that the set of bones of a man who died in about 1610, aged between 38 and 40, were that of the painter.  The remains had been kept in an ossuary in a church crypt in Porto Ercole, after reportedly being exhumed in 1956.  Caravaggio was known for his "chiaroscuro" painting technique.  The method, in which light and shadow are sharply contrasted, revolutionised painting.  The searchers, from four Italian universities, said they believed Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio died of sunstroke while weakened by syphilis.


June 16, 2010 | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

France will raise retirement age to 62

France's retirement age will be raised from 60 to 62 over the next eight years as part of sweeping pension reforms, the government has announced.  French labour minister Eric Woerth told reporters that working longer was "inevitable", and necessary to balance the public finances. The move is designed to reduce France's pension costs and bring public borrowing down.  The move is likely to be met with stiff resistance from labour unions, however.  Demonstrations against raising the retirement age were seen even before the measure was formally announced, with more strikes and protests expected in the coming months.  But Mr Woerth said it was time for France to follow the lead of other European countries in addressing it deficit.  "All our European partners have done this by working longer. We cannot avoid joining this movement," he said.

Source and more:  BBC

June 16, 2010 in Retirement | Permalink | TrackBack (0)


Browse ALL abstracts for this journal here:


Families Behaving Badly: What Happens When Grandma Gets Kicked Out of the Granny Flat?
Susan Barkehall-Thomas, Monash University - Faculty of Law

Through the Doughnut Hole: Reimagining the Social Security Contribution and Benefit Base Limit
Patricia Dilley, University of Florida Levin College of Law, National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI)

Elder Law in Practice: The Case for Specialization and Focus On Substantive Law Areas in Clinical Programs
Donna S. Harkness, University of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law

Medicare Part D and its Effect on the Use of Prescription Drugs, Use of Other Health Care Services and Health of the Elderly
Robert Kaestner, University of Illinois at Chicago - Institute of Government and Public Affairs, National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
Nasreen Khan, University of New Mexico

The Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax: A Quick Guide
Mark Powell, Chapman University - School of Law

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Canadian Association on Gerontology 39th Annual Scientific & Educational Meeting, Dec. 2 – 4, 2010

CAG 39th Annual Scientific & Educational Meeting

The Canadian Association on Gerontology (CAG) is pleased to announce the 39th Annual Scientific & Educational Meeting, taking place from December 2 – 4, 2010, in Montréal, Québec.

The abstract submission deadline is June 21, 2010. 

This is your chance to be a part of this Meeting and share your work with your colleagues -- in a beautiful setting! 

Please visit us at: to view the Call for Abstracts and Student Posters as well as the 2010 Sponsorship and Exhibitor prospectus.

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Monday, June 14, 2010

CCEL: Call for Papers (June 30 deadline!)

2010 Canadian Conference on Elder Law
October 28 - 30, 2010
Delta Chelsea Hotel, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The Canadian Centre for Elder Law and the Law Commission of Ontario welcome submissions for workshops, individual paper presentations and symposia/panel presentations for this year's Canadian Conference on Elder Law. The call for abstracts deadline is June 30, 2010, but early expressions of interest are strongly recommended.

The theme of this year's conference is "Developing an Anti-Ageist Approach to the Law." The conference will explore issues of elder rights, ageism and the law, access to justice, and law reform for older persons. While submissions related to the theme of the conference as described are encouraged, this call for abstracts embraces a broad variety of socio-legal topics related to law and aging that do not specifically deal with these issues.

The focus of this conference is law, but interdisciplinary abstracts are welcome for its workshops, panels or symposia.

Completed papers should be journal length (approximately 15 - 40 pages double-spaced). Written materials for all presentations must be submitted by Friday, October 1, 2010.

Submissions should be sent to Electronic submissions are preferred; however, if you are unable to provide an electronic submission, you may fax your documents to  416-650-8418.

Please see the full call for papers on our website at

for more information about conference themes,

submission requirements and the submission form.

June 14, 2010 | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

NCEA June 23 Webinar addresses health care reform and lower income adults

Title:   Health Care Reform & the Aging Population: How the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act will impact low-income older adults
Date:   Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Time:   2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT 

Register here:

Synopsis:  With the enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), health care reform finally became a reality. This historic legislation will impact virtually every facet of the nation's healthcare system, including the programs and services on which low-income older individuals rely.
This webinar will present an overview of how the PPACA will affect older individuals, with a focus on the Medicaid long-term services and supports provisions, the provisions relating to long-term care facilities, and the changes that will have a particular impact on dual eligibles, such as certain changes to Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage.

The presenters will be Eric Carlson, Gene Coffey, and Georgia Burke, all of whom are attorneys with the National Senior Citizens Law Center.

Sponsorship for this Webinar is provided by the National Consumer Law Center and the National Senior Citizens Law Center and a grant from the Administration on Aging.  This webinar is in a series of National Elder Rights Training Project webinars for the National Legal Resource Center.

There is no charge for this webinar!!  What a deal!

All time listings are in Eastern Standard Time
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

June 14, 2010 in Health Care/Long Term Care | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

NCEA June 17 Webcast features Brooke Astor elder abuse prosecutor--must see!

(NCEA) Webcast: “The Brooke Astor Trial: A Case Study in Prosecution of Elder Financial Exploitation.”

Date: Thursday June 17, 2010, 3:00 PM Eastern

Event Date and Time:

Eastern:                                 3:00:00 PM

Central:                                 2:00:00 PM

Mountain:                                1:00:00 PM

Pacific:                                12:00:00 NOON

Register now at:

Presenter: Elizabeth Loewy, Chief of the Elder Abuse Unit - New York County District Attorney

In late December, Anthony Marshall, the only son of the late Brooke Russell Astor, and Francis X. Morrissey, an attorney, were both sentenced to a state prison term of one to three years for defrauding and stealing from the legendary philanthropist. Although the trial involved an extremely high profile victim and the loss of millions of dollars, the case exemplified many aspects typical of elder financial exploitation cases. Because of these similarities, the Astor trial provides a valuable case study for prosecutors and other legal practitioners, APS, and various professionals involved in criminal investigation and prosecution of elder abuse.

The webcast will feature New York County Assistant District Attorney
(ADA) Elizabeth Loewy who initiated the Astor investigation and served on the trial team. ADA Loewy will highlight prominent features of the case and respond to questions submitted in advance relating to case preparation and prosecution. She will also discuss the function of the Office's specialized Elder Abuse Unit, of which she is the attorney in charge.

The webcast will be hosted by NCEA grantee, the National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA) and will be approximately 1 hour long.

Presenter: Elizabeth Loewy

Elizabeth Loewy is Chief of the Elder Abuse Unit under New York County District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. ADA Loewy recently served as co-lead trial counsel in the trial involving the late Brooke Russell Astor, a well-known New York City philanthropist.

She has been employed as an assistant district attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office for 25 years. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Albany Law School, she began her career in one of the Office’s trial bureaus, where she prosecuted general street crime, domestic violence, child abuse, sex crimes and homicides. A.D.A. Loewy previously served as the Attorney in Charge of the Domestic Violence Unit from 1990 until 1995. She has been a guest lecturer at New York University and Pace University on the subjects of domestic violence and elder abuse, and has also conducted training sessions for various entities including the American Bar Association, the National College of District Attorneys, the New York State Bar Association, the New York City Bar Association, New York State Supreme Court justices, the New York State Prosecutors’ Training Institute, Adult Protective Services, the Department for the Aging, hospitals, financial institutions, as well as all levels of the New York City Police Department. Recently, she was a featured speaker for the Elder Financial Protection Network in San Francisco. She has testified before sub-committees of the New York State Senate and the New York City Council. She is currently the Co-chairperson of the Advisory Committee of the New York State Coalition on Elder Abuse, Chairperson of the New York County Task Force on Elder Abuse and Chair of the Elder Abuse Legislative Sub-committee of the New York State District Attorneys’ Association.

This presentation will be archived and available through the NCEA and NAPSA websites for later viewing at their websites: and

Soliciting Questions Prior to the Presentation:

For this webcast, Ms. Loewy is requesting participants to submit questions relating to prosecution of this and other cases of elder abuse, along with questions relating to the operation of the elder abuse unit, in advance of the presentation.

Please submit your questions to Aubrey Grant at BEFORE the presenation.

This event is for the National Center on Elder Abuse and is supported in  part by a grant (No. 90AM3144) from the Administration on Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Therefore, points of view or opinions do not necessarily represent official Administration on Aging policy.

June 14, 2010 in Elder Abuse/Guardianship/Conservatorship | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

NITA’s Effective Advocate Training Program: Traditional Law School Learning in an Online Environment

In February 2010, NITA embarked on a pilot program to run a traditional learning-by-doing program online. NITA’s Effective Advocate Training Program (EATP) was a cooperative effort by NITA, William Mitchell College of Law and Minnesota Continuing Legal Education. Through a variety of technology tools, we tested the concept of running a live program online and at a distance over an eight-week period. The class met five times at a specific time and day over the course of eight weeks. On the off weeks, participants focused on their oral and written assignments and received individual coaching and feedback from NITA faculty around the country. The program focused on Opening Statements, Direct Examination, and Cross Examination. NITA originally recruited 16 participants to be involved in this pilot program free of charge. In the end, 12 participants comprised of six William Mitchell law students and six practicing attorneys from government entities to large firms completed the entire program. We recruited 11 faculty also from government entities to large firms from around the country to teach and provide feedback to participants.

The course received a high rank in these areas:

  • Supportive and helpful learning environment
  • Good interaction between faculty and participants
  • Receiving one-on-one faculty feedback
  • Oral performances as an effective learning exercise

For the full program information, please contact NITA directly.

NITA’s contact information available at:

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