​Institute for Aging and Disability Law

The Institute for Aging and Disability Law focuses on topics of specific concern to older adults and individuals with disabilities.

Launched in September 1994, the institute provides innovative options for reforming existing laws and designing new ones to meet the needs of this increasing and diverse population. The program conducts research on aging and disability law issues and offers conferences, seminars, and training programs for policymakers, advocates for the elderly, older adults, families, and caregivers.


Aging and Disability Law Courses

  • Civil Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  • Elder Law
  • Estate Planning I and II
  • Family Law
  • Financial Planning for the Elderly
  • Guardianship Practice
  • Retirement Planning and Health Care
  • Surrogate's Court Procedure
  • Trusts and Estates

Advisory Committee

Lawrence Faulkner, Esq. – Chair
Formerly General Counsel, The Arc Westchester

Rose Mary Bailly, Esq.
Special Consultant on Aging and Disability Law, Government Law Center at Albany Law School

Roger A. Bearden, Esq.
Senior Counsel, Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC

Katherine Carpenter, Esq.
Attorney, Wilcenski & Pleat PLLC

Cassandra Rivais DiNova, Esq. ’16
Legal Counsel, CDPHP

Stephen B. Hanse, Esq. ’07
President and CEO, New York State Health Facilities Association and the New York State Center for Assisted Living

Kirsten E. Keefe, Esq.
Senior Staff Attorney, Empire Justice Center

Paul Kietzman, Esq.
Formerly Of Counsel, Barclay Damon LLP

Robert P. Mascali, Esq.
Of Counsel, Bourget Law Group; Select Board Member, Falmouth, MA

Mary Scouten ’21
Associate, Couch White, LLP

Sheila E. Shea ’86
Director, Mental Hygiene Legal Service, Third Judicial Department

Danielle H. Tangorre, Esq. ’10
Partner, Robinson & Cole, LLP