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October 01, 2013

Inside the Commission

(Note: The pdf for the issue in which this article appears is available for download: BIFOCAL Vol. 35, Issue 1.)

Staff Updates

  • The 2013-2014 Commission on Law and Aging met on October 18th at the ABA offices in Washington, DC, to discuss plans for the year. It was a productive day.
  • A new report on guardian resident decisions from Naomi Karp and the Commission’s Erica Wood is now available. Choosing Home for Someone Else: Guardian Decisions on Long-Term Services and Supports can be viewed and downloaded at:
  • Commission Director Charlie Sabatino’s Health and Human Services Health IT Workgroup testimony regarding health decisions is available at: (link no longer available)  The testimony was given on September 23rd.
  • The Elder Justice Coordinating Council met on September 24th. Commission staff provided input for the background of the EJCC agenda. Learn more at: (link no longer available)
  • Information from our Director C. Sabatino on non-family health care proxies was featured on the New York Times blog The New Old Age in a post entitled: When There’s No Family. Read the post at:
  • Find out more about the Commission’s internship and externship program by reading our Summer 2014 flyer ( (link no longer available) and application guidelines ( (link no longer available).
  • Although this year’s Pro Bono Week was October 20-26, attorneys should keep pro bono opportunities in mind all year long. Take a look at the Commission’s State Emeritus Pro Bono Practice Rules to find out more about the rules for your state:
  • The Commission’s Lori Stiegel was invited to speak at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s “Senior Investor Roundtable” on October 30th about soliciting and opening accounts for senior investors.

ABA Updates

  • Free Preparing for Mediation guides from the ABA’s Section of Dispute Resolution help make mediation productive. Although Mediation Week 2013 has passed (it was Oct. 13-19), you can still download helpful tools at: