Felicia Valle '14, through Albany Law School's Government Law Center (GLC), will conduct substantive legal research on New York state guardianship statutes for individuals with mental health disabilities, culminating in a comprehensive report released to law and policy makers, as well as advocates.
Many people throughout the state are affected by regulations such as Article 17-A of the Surrogate's Court Procedure Act and Article 81 of the Mental Hygiene Law. Valle will examine the complexity of these regulations, and her report will propose ways to streamline guardianship proceedings and improve outcomes for individuals and families.
Valle, the 2013 Sandman Fellow, is a member of the Albany Government Law Review and vice president and treasurer of the Latin American Law Student Association. She spent the past summer interning with the Litigation Bureau of the New York State Attorney General's Office, and she has also worked as an intern for the Hon. Thomas K. Keefe '82 in Albany City Court and Hon. Randolph F. Treece '76 in the Northern District of New York. A Diversity Scholarship recipient at the law school, Valle graduated magna cum laude from Quinnipiac University.
The Sandman Fellowship is administered through the GLC’s Aging Law and Policy Program. Since 1993, 30 Sandman fellows have produced 19 reports, contributing significantly to aging law and policy. The first report, "Abuse and the Durable Power of Attorney: Options for Reform," was discussed in The New York Times and on NPR, as well as cited in a case by the Wisconsin Supreme Court.