Commission on Law and Aging

The ABA Commission on Law and Aging leads the association in strengthening and securing the legal rights, dignity, autonomy, quality of life and quality of care of older adults. The Commission accomplishes its work through research, policy development, advocacy, education, training and through assistance to lawyers, bar associations and others working on aging issues. 

Our Mission

The mission of the Commission on Law and Aging is to educate and advocate to protect the rights and dignity of adults as they age. The vision of the ABA Commission on Law and aging is a society where the rights of every adult as they age are acknowledged, respected, and protected. Our research has resulted in several resources for professionals and consumers. Learn more in our introductory video.

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Recent News

In February 2023, the ABA House of Delegates adopted without objection, official ABA policy based on the core findings of the research that we did on Dementia and Criminal Justice. This will enable ABA governmental affairs to take an official position on proposed legislation or regulations. State level advocates can also cite to the ABA policy to help urge action at the state level.

BIFOCAL The Journal of The Commission on Law and Aging

Bifocal, the ABA Commission's bi-monthly journal, provides timely, valuable legal resources pertaining to older persons, generated through the joint efforts of public and private bar groups and the aging network. Bifocal invites the submission of elder law related news, articles, initiatives and projects. Contact us for manuscript guidelines and deadline information for upcoming issues.


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50 State Listing of Available Voter Assistance

The 50 State Listing of Available Voter Assistance is a state-by-state guide that will assist voters to be able to fully participate in the electoral process. A free resource from the ABA Commission on Law and Aging.

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Voting and Cognitive Impairments - More Here

Public Interest Membership

ABA membership has new benefits and discounted rates for Public Interest Lawyers starting at just $75 per year. ABA membership supports advocacy for laws, programs and funding for legal aid and public interest programs. Membership opens the door to professional networks, valuable resources, discounts on programs and publications, free online CLE and much more!

Contact Us

The Commission on Law and Aging staff can be contacted by calling 202-662-8690. Or you can email us at Click on the link to discover other ways of connecting with the Commission.