Legal Challenges for an Aging Population: Law, Policy, and Ethics
This seminar will examine a number of practical and ethical challenges that arise in the representation of older adults as well as legal and policy issues that affect older adults' health, welfare, financial security, and autonomy. Class discussions will focus on ethical dilemmas in representing older adults, guardianship, elder abuse, rights at the end of life, health and long term care policy, grandparents' rights, and older adults in the criminal justice system. Many of these issues receive consistent coverage in the media and are the subject of a great deal of 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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