• Disability Rights Committee: Serves the legal concerns of the diverse community of people with disabilities by creating and advocating policy and educating the legal community through seminars and workshops.
• Elder Rights Committee: Promotes the rights of the elderly and the aging through education, information, and resources.
Carries out an array of projects and activities addressing disability-related public policy, disability law, and the professional needs of lawyers and law students with disabilities.
Works to strengthen and secure the legal rights, dignity, autonomy, quality of life, and quality of care of aging persons.
• Mental Health Committee: Serves as a resource on issues related to people who are both living with mental illness and involved with the criminal justice system.
• Health and Disability Insurance Law Committee: Concentrates on matters relating to health, disability, long-term care, accident, medical, and hospital expense insurance contracts.
• Trusts & Estates Committee—Long-term Care, Medicaid, and Special Needs Trusts: Educates members about the many options available to help secure the future of persons of any age who are challenged by physical, mental, or intellectual disabilities.
• Disability Rights Committee: Works with individuals with disabilities and those interested in disability rights to help ensure that young lawyers with disabilities are equally included in the YLD, the ABA, and the legal profession. Hosts and supports teleconferences on various disability rights issues such as the school-to-prison pipeline and its impact on students with disabilities, emphasizes the inclusion of disabled attorneys in YLD programming, and provides opportunities for publication.
Senior Lawyers Division
• Elder Law Committee: Studies the options and problems connected with retirement planning, housing, guardianships, long-term care planning, Medicare, Medicaid, working with senior clients and their families, and end-of-life decisions.
• AIDS Coordinating Committee: Stands as the core of the ABA’s response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic, developing HIV/AIDS-related policy recommendations for adoption by the ABA House of Delegates and, upon their adoption, advancing those policies through ABA-sponsored programs and projects.