The Future of National Aging and Law Conference:
The Future of Aging will be the theme of the 2024 National Aging and Law Conference – as the conference returns in-person, in a new venue, the University of Miami School of Law in Coral Gables, Florida, just a few miles south of Miami International Airport. We are collaborating with the ABA Senior Lawyers Division to host the National Aging and Law Conference this year. A call for speaker proposals is described in this issue of BIFOCAL and available here.
Policy of the Future:
At the ABA Annual Meeting in Denver in early August, the ABA House of Delegates (HOD) approved policy encouraging the development of a bill of rights for persons with a guardian, and emphasis on the importance of due process protections for persons in guardianship cases.
506A23 RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association urges federal, state, local, territorial, and tribal law and policy-making bodies to adopt the provisions of the Guardianship Bill of Rights, promulgated by the National Guardianship Network in 2022; and
FURTHER RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association urges federal, state, local, territorial, and tribal law and policy-making bodies to protect the right to Due Process in guardianship proceedings.
The Commission on Law and Aging developed this policy jointly with the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice. The policy empowers ABA to take a position on these critically important issues in the fight to reform adult guardianship and will be cited at the state level as evidence that the ABA believes this is an important issue. The Commission on Law and Aging also voted to support passage of 602 that was approved by the HOD, urging clarification of the rules or conditions for employment of the spouse of military personnel when stationed overseas. Gaps in employment by the family members of military personnel who are stationed around the world have a lifelong impact on employment and retirement income security. The ABA House of Delegates webpage has details of policies considered at the Annual Meeting.
Commissioners of the Future:
The Commissioners and Special Advisors of the Commission on Law and Aging are appointed by the incoming ABA President. This August we welcomed five new Commissioners and two special advisors. Jim Carr, from Littleton, CO, Eric Drogin from Hingham, MA, Selena E. Molina from Wilmington, DE, Michael Haywood Reed from Philadelphia, PA, and Jill Sauber from Minneapolis, MN join the ten returning Commissioners. Deirdre Lok from Bronx, NY, and Catherine Anne Seal from Colorado Springs, CO join us as special advisors. The President and selection committee had many more nominations than available seats this year. The nominations process opens late in the year and closes around the time of the ABA Mid-Year meeting in February and is open to any ABA member.