The Capacity Crisis: What Lawyers Need to Know and Do for Their Clients, the Public and Themselves

presented by
Touro Law Center's Aging and Longevity Law Institute
Monday, October 7, 2013
9:45 am - 4:30 pm
 
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Touro Law Center is pleased to announce the 1st Annual Conference on Developments in Aging and Longevity Law. The conference will mark the launch of Touro Law Center’s Aging and Longevity Law Institute and will address the role of the legal profession to recognize and address America’s capacity crisis.

Through the substantive and passionate presentations of our esteemed interdisciplinary faculty and the informative and functional resources developed by our program committee which is comprised of respected professionals from around the United States, the Institute’s inaugural conference will address, inter alia, the following important issues:

 

  • What Lawyers and Judges Need to Know About the Causes and Implications of Diminished Mental Capacity
  • The Need for the Government to Address the Legal Needs of Individuals with Diminished Mental Capacity
  • What Lawyers and Judges Need to Know and Do to Address the Capacity Crisis

 

This innovative and unprecedented program will not only educate and enlighten the legal community, but will help facilitate a national dialogue as to why our society, and the legal profession, in particular, must immediately address the capacity crisis.

For information, contact:

Robert Cannon, Esq.
Coordinator, Aging and Longevity Law Institute
Touro Law Center
(631) 761-7190
rcannon@tourolaw.edu
 
 

PROGRAM SCHEDULE:  Monday, October 7, 2013


9:00 am-9:45 am    
Registration and Continental Breakfast

 
9:45 am-10:00 am 
Welcome and Program Introduction
Speaker: Dean Patricia Salkin, Touro Law Center
 
 

SESSION 1: 

What Lawyers and Judges Need to Know About the Causes and Implications of Diminished Mental Capacity


10:00 am-10:15 am 
The Fragility of Capacity: Tens of Millions of People, Hundreds of Billions of Dollars and the Power of Over One Million Attorneys
Speaker: Robert Abrams, Esq., Chair, Aging and Longevity Law Institute Advisory Board
 
10:15 am-11:15 am 
The Etiology, Prevalence and Legal Implications of Diminished Mental Capacity 
Speakers: Howard Krooks, Esq., President, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys;
Dean Robert Goldberg, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine 
Dean Stuart Feldman, Ph.D., Touro College of Pharmacy 
  

11:15 am-11:30 am 
How the Law Has and Continues to Evolve to Recognize the Unique Needs and Rights of Individuals with Diminished Mental Capacity 

Speaker: Honorable Sol Wachtler, former Chief Judge, New York State and Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment, Touro Law Center

 

11:30 am-12:30 pm 

 

SESSION 2:
The Need for Government to Address the Legal Needs of Individuals with Diminished Mental Capacity


Keynote Presentations:
 

Introduction: Dean Patricia Salkin, Touro Law Center; and Professor Marianne Artusio, Director, Aging and Longevity Law
Institute, Touro Law Center

The Courts: Legal, Social and Ethical Implications of Judicial Intervention in Civil Matters Involving Individuals with Diminished Mental Capacity
Speaker:  Honorable A. Gail Prudenti, Chief Administrative Judge, New York State Unified Court System

New York State’s Legal Services Initiative: An Example of How New York State Government Addresses the Legal Needs of Individuals with Diminished Mental Capacity 
Speaker: Greg Olsen, Acting Director, New York State Office for the Aging 
   
The Criminal Justice System: When Individuals with Diminished Mental Capacity Are Accused, Convicted and/or Victims of a Crime 
Speaker: Honorable Kathleen Rice, Nassau County, District Attorney


12:30 pm-1:15 pm Lunch

1:15 pm-4:30 pm
(Break 3:00 pm-3:15 pm)


 

SESSION 3:
Experiential Wisdom Through Collegial Collaboration: What Lawyers Need to Know and Do to Address the Capacity Crisis

 

I. Professional Responsibility

II. Recognition, Assessment and Legal Standards to Determine Diminished Mental Capacity

III. The Personal Challenges and Vulnerability of Individuals with Diminished Mental Capacity

IV. Be a Planner, Not a Gambler: We All Need to Plan for the Possibility of Diminished Mental Capacity


Program Facilitator: Robert Abrams, Esq.

   
I. Professional Responsibility 

The Applicability of the Rules of Professional Conduct When      Providing Legal Services Involving Individuals with Diminished  Mental Capacity 
Speaker: Deborah Scalise, Esq., Scalise & Hamilton, LLP
 

II. Recognition, Assessment and Legal Standards to Determine Diminished Mental Capacity

Legal Standards to Determine Mental Capacity
Speaker: Professor Marianne Artusio, Director,Aging and Longevity Institute, Touro Law Center
 
Standards for and Assessment of Mental Capacity: Do Attorneys Have the Legal Authority, Professional Responsibility and/or Expertise to Determine if an Individual Lacks  the Mental Capacity to Make All or Some of His/Her Decisions
Speaker: Peter Strauss, Esq., Epstein, Becker & Green, P.C.
 
Recognition of Familial Manipulation of an Individual with Diminished Mental Capacity
Speaker: Nancy Burner, Esq.,Nancy Burner & Associates, P.C.


III. The Personal Challenges and Vulnerability of Individuals with Diminished Mental Capacity

The Financial Exploitation of Individuals with Diminished Mental Capacity (and the Need to Educate the Representatives of Banks and Other Financial Institutions) 
Speaker: Donna Dougherty, Esq., Attorney in Charge, Jewish Association Serving the Aging/Legal Services for the Elderly, Queens, New York
  
My Fiancée Can’t Remember My Name and I Don’t Care – When Individuals with Diminished Mental Capacity Marry
Speaker: Steven Eisman, Esq., Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara & Einiger, LLP
   
Where Life and the Law Collide: Should Individuals with Diminished Mental Capacity Have the Right/Privilege to Drive, Live Independently, Make New Friends, Make Bad Choices, Etc? 
Speakers:  Melissa J. Earle, Ph.D. LCSW, Associate Dean, Administration and Program Initiatives, Touro College Graduate School of Social Work; and  Ellyn Kravitz, Esq., Of Counsel, Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara & Einiger, LLP
 
   
IV. Be a Planner, Not a Gambler: We All Need to Plan for the    Possibility of Diminished Mental Capacity
How to Plan for the Possibility of Diminished Mental Capacity
Speaker: Cora Alsante, Esq., Hancock Estabrook, LLP
  
Business, Tax and Employment Issues Involving Individuals with Diminished Mental Capacity, Including How to Close the Law Practice of an Attorney Exhibiting Clear Signs of Diminished Mental Capacity
Speaker: Richard Weinblatt, Esq., Haley Weinblatt & Calcagni
 
The Flexibility of Article 81 Guardianships to Meet the Property   Management and Personal Needs of Individuals with Diminished  Mental Capacity
Speaker: Joan Lensky Robert, Esq., Kassoff, Robert & Lerner, LLP

The Determination of Testamentary Capacity in Contested Probate Proceedings 
Speaker: Ilene Cooper, Esq., Farrell Fritz, P.C.
   

4:30 pm  
Dean’s Reception