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 Work

The Commission on Law and Aging is an interdisciplinary body of experts in aging and law, including lawyers, judges, health and social services professionals, academics, and advocates, that work on a wide range of law related issues that affect our aging population. This research has resulted in several resources for professionals and consumers. Learn more in our introductory video.

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Just Released! The Experience of Persons with Dementia in the Criminal Legal System

With funding from the RRF Foundation and in collaboration with the University of Virginia, the University of Michigan, the National Research Institute, University of South Carolina, and the Penn Memory Center, we have spent the last 18 months looking at the big picture of persons with dementia and the criminal legal system using the “sequential intercept model” that examines interaction along the process of the criminal legal system from first contact to long term corrections.

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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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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 aging@americanbar.org. Click on the link to discover other ways of connecting with the Commission.