Legal Challenges for an Aging Population: Law, Policy, and Ethics
This seminar will examine a number of practical problems that arise in the representation of elderly clients as well as public policy issues concerning the rights of the elderly. Subjects to be considered include ethical dilemmas in representing elderly clients, guardianship, elder abuse, rights at the end of life, health and long term care policy, grandparents' rights, and the elderly in the criminal justice system. Many of these issues receive consistent coverage in the media and are the subject of a great deal of current legal and public debate. Readings will include law review and policy articles and class discussion will focus in part on case studies and hypotheticals. A number of guest speakers will make presentations in class. An in-class presentation and a paper are required.
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