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Elder Law: Practice, Policy, and Problems, Second Edition

  • Nina Kohn
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Elder Law: Practice, Policy, and Problemsis designed with the teacher and learner in mind. It combines a client-focused approach with in-depth discussions of elder law related policy issues. Designed to be simultaneously practical and theoretical, it provides students with specific legal knowledge and a conceptual framework for understanding key issues facing older adults and the attorneys who represent them.

The author’s narrative frames a series of primary materials including cases, statutes, regulations, and sample documents, as well as excerpts from articles designed to stimulate student thinking and discussion. Problems and hypothetical exercises—many of which relate to client counseling—ask students to imagine themselves in the role of the elder law attorney, and to describe how they would handle various scenarios, such as a client meeting. In addition, questions in each section prompt students to critique key policies and thereby test their understanding of those policies.

New to the Second Edition:

  • Comprehensive updates that capture changes in law and policy, including major revisions to nursing home regulations, new developments in guardianship law, and an emerging line of cases on age discrimination in hiring
  • New coverage of:
    • family caregiving and caregivers’ rights
    • “Gray divorce” and its implications for policy design and planning
    • Supported decision-making
    • Social service interventions that address elder abuse

Professors and students will benefit from:

  • Very clearly organized content
  • A client-centered approach
  • Integrated discussion of policy and current issues supported by relevant cases, statutes, regulations, sample documents, and commentaries.
  • All relevant statutory material being within the casebook, meaning there is no need to require a separate statutory supplement
  • Practice problems of varying difficulty that encourage students to apply what they are learning to realistic client-focused hypothetical scenarios
  • Questions throughout the text that prompt critical thinking, and prepare students to engage in classroom discussion
  • Exercises that can be used for either independent or in-class assignments
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About the authors
Nina Kohn
Syracuse University College of Law

Professor Kohn teaches elder law, family law, torts, and an interdisciplinary gerontology course. Her research focuses on elder law and, in particular, the civil rights of senior citizens. Her recent articles have addressed such issues as the potential for an elder rights movement, the practical and constitutional implications of elder abuse legislation, financial exploitation of the elderly, advance planning for and decision-making by individuals with intellectual and cognitive disabilities, and legal education. Professor Kohn is a faculty affiliate with the Syracuse University Gerontology Center, a Commissioner of the American Bar Association (ABA) Commission on Law Aging, Chair of the Elder Rights Committee of the Individual Rights and Responsibilities Section of the ABA, a Distinguished Fellow of the Canadian Centre for Elder Law, and the 2009 Chair of the Aging and the Law Section of the American Association of Law Schools. In 2011, the law school#39;s graduating class selected Professor Kohn for the Res Ipsa Loquitur award in recognition for her excellence in teaching. In 2012, she was selected as Syracuse University#39;s Judith Greenberg Seinfeld Distinguished Faculty Fellow. Professor Kohn earned an A.B. summa cum laude from Princeton University and a J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard University. She clerked for the Honorable Fred I. Parker of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Following her clerkship, she was awarded a fellowship by the Skadden Fellowship Foundation to provide direct representation to nursing home residents and frail elders.

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