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July 01, 2013

Inside the Commission

ABA Annual Meeting Updates

  • The Commission welcomed the 2013-2014 Commissioners at the ABA’s Annual Meeting. Joining us this year are four new Commission members: William Hopkins, Robyn Shapiro, Susan Shapiro, and Patricia Struck. The October issue of Bifocal will feature biographical information about our new Commissioners! 
  • The Commission’s two resolutions before the ABA’s House of Delegates were passed. You can find out more about the resolutions at
  • The Commission cosponsored two panels at the recent ABA Annual Meeting: “More than an Equal Sign: DOMA, Prop 8, the Supreme Court, and Your Practice” (on 8/9) and “Why Traditional Planning Fails Seniors” (on 8/10). 

Staff Updates

  • An updated version of our useful Health Decisions Resources handout is now available:
  • Commission Director Sabatino discussed the importance of advanced care planning in podcast with David Introcaso of the Healthcare Policy Podcast. The recording is available online: (link no longer available)   
  • Commission Director Charlie Sabatino is on the AARP Caregiving Advisory Panel. Questions can be submitted to the Panel via the online form here:
  • Senior Attorney Lori Stiegel presented on the legal duties of fiduciaries at the Adult Protection and Advocacy Conference. You can view the panel slides online: (link no longer available)
  • The New York Times blog The New Old Age featured a post titled “Unable to Cope, Unwilling to Accept Aid” with insight from Commission member Dr. XinQi Dong. It is available at:
  • Potential interns, we’ll be interviewing at the Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair in October. You can find out more online: See you there!   

ABA Updates

  • The ABA’s Division of Public Education announced that the Law Day 2014 theme is “American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters.” Start your program planning now!
  • The Senior Lawyers Division presented the 2013 John H. Pickering Award of Achievement to U.W. Clemon, retired chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama.