In This Issue


ACA Highlights: How the New Law Affects Seniors and their Families

With the re-election of Barack Obama as forty- fourth president of the United States, we now have some certainty concerning federal health- care legislation and its impact for the future. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as “Obama Care” and, for pur- poses of this article, the “Affordable Care Act” or “ACA,” was signed into law by the president on March 23, 2010, but its provisions are designed to be phased into law over a number of years.

Pro Bono

International Pro Bono opportunities for Senior Lawyers

Jack Young Interviews Leigh Middleditch, a member of the ABA’s Rule of Law Initiative (ROLI) Board and Jim St. Clair, chair of SLD’s International Issues Committee, on pro bono opportunities for senior lawyer in the international field. In addition, Judge Louraine Arkfeld, SLD and Section of International Law Council member, has prepared a list of websites that may be of use to senior lawyers desiring to be involved in international programs. Here is our exchange.

Government Benefits

A Stitch in Time?

As we start 2013, the Administration and Congress remain faced with the same intractable issues that thus far have proven to be beyond their ability to resolve. Whether it is raising the ceiling on the national debt, curtailing spending causing annual trillion–dollar federal deficits, providing disaster relief, adopting effective gun control laws, or even enacting a federal budget, gridlock and opportunism take precedence over responsible leadership and action. A stunning example of this is presented by the way the plight of the victims of Hurricane Sandy has been addressed.