The ABA Commission on Law and Aging welcomes five new appointments for the 2019-2020 term. We are thankful for the contributions of those whose terms have ended, and we look forward to continuing and advancing meaningful work with our new and current commissioners.
We'd like our readers to get to know our new commissioners: Judith Feder; Hon. Lauren Holland; Jason Karlawish, MD; Casey Ross; and Dominic Vorv.
Casey Ross is the University General Counsel for Oklahoma City University. She also serves as a clinical professor and the director of the American Indian Law and Sovereignty Center at Oklahoma City University School of Law, where she oversees the American Indian Law program, teaching clinical and doctrinal courses in Tribal Law, American Indian Wills and Probate, Indian Gaming Law, and Federal Indian Law. Prior to joining the faculty at Oklahoma City University School of Law, Professor Ross served as the Senior Legislative Officer for the Cherokee Nation, in its Washington, D.C., office. She is also the founder of an all-native-female-owned consulting firm, Advocates for Native Issues, LLC. Her firm provides consulting services to tribes, tribal organizations, and other stakeholders with an interest in Indian Country policy. Professor Ross is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation.
Why did you decide to join the Commission?
I'm very excited to join the Commission to work alongside the nation's foremost experts, to advance scholarship and the practice of law, with an informed focus on the unique needs of elder populations.
What do you hope to bring to the Commission, and what do you hope to accomplish?
I hope to provide the Commission with an understanding of the unique legal issues facing American Indian elders, with a deepened appreciation for various tribal cultural values related to elders.
Has the Commission impacted your work, and if so, how?
The Commission continues to provide leadership for development in our profession by engaging in thoughtful dialogue, legal analysis, and policy advocacy that improves services to clients. The resources developed by the Commission are very helpful for lawyers serving clients and professors teaching future lawyers.