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Spring 2022 Reading Group

Contemporary Challenges in Elder Law

Prerequisites: None

Exam Type: No Exam

This reading group will survey scholarship and law reform on some of the most pressing contemporary issues in elder law. We will first discuss whether and to what extent elder law is a meaningful category and then move to issues related to mental capacity; end-of-life care; guardianship and conservatorship reform; elder abuse and exploitation; and financial planning and healthcare finance. Our readings will focus on the philosophical questions raised by these areas, from questions of personhood and personal identity to justifications for treating elder abuse differently than abuse directed at others; from the deepest questions of the end of life to the legal ethics of Medicaid planning.

Note: This reading group will meet on the following dates: 2/1, 2/15, 3/1, 3/22, 4/5, and 4/19.