About the Commission on Law and Aging

The Commission consists of an interdisciplinary body of experts in aging and law, including lawyers, judges, health and social services professionals, academics, and advocates. With its professional staff, the Commission examines a wide range of law-related issues. View the Commission leadership below.


The ABA Commission on Law and Aging is a collaborative and interdisciplinary leader of the Association’s work to strengthen and secure the legal rights, dignity, autonomy, quality of life, and quality of care of aging persons. The Commission accomplishes its work through research, policy development, advocacy, education, training, and through assistance to lawyers, bar associations, and other groups working on issues of aging.

2020-2021 Commissioners

  • Louraine Arkfeld, Chair

    Tempe, AZ

  • Karen Coleen Buck

    Philadelphia, PA

  • Judith Feder

    Washington, DC

  • Chasity Sharp Grice

    Memphis, TN

  • Lisa P. Gwyther

    Durham, NC

  • Maame Gyamfi

    Washington, DC

  • Martin A. Hewitt

    New York, NY

  • Hon. Lauren Holland

    Eugene, OR

  • Paul M. Igasaki

    Alexandria, VA

  • Catherine Bree Johnston

    Tucson, AZ

  • Jason Karlawish

    Philadelphia, PA

  • Sandra Markwood

    Washington, DC

  • Karren J. Onwukwe

    Glenn Dale, MD

  • Rachael K. Pirner

    Wichita, KS

  • Casey Rene Ross

    Oklahoma City, OK