​Institute for Aging and Disability Law

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

 The program was launched as part of the Government Law Center in September 1994 as a response to the realization that a growing need exists to provide lawmakers and policymakers with innovative options for reforming existing laws and designing new ones to meet the needs of this increasing and diverse population.  Over the years, the program has conducted research on aging and disability law issues and offered conferences, seminars, and training programs for policymakers, advocates for the elderly, and older adults and their 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

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

Rose Mary Bailly, Esq.
Special Consultant on Aging Law, Government Law Center

Michael Clark
State of New York, Supreme Court, Appellate Division, 3rd Department

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

Danielle Holley, Esq.
O'Connell & Aronowitz

Kirsten E. Keefe 
Senior Staff Attorney at the Empire Justice Center

Robert P. Mascali, Esq. (*Admitted in New York)
The Center for Special Needs Trust Administration

Alejandra N. Paulino '02
Secretary of the Senate, New York State Senate

Cassandra Rivais, J.D. M.S.
Clinical Ethics Fellow, Alden March Bioethics Institute, Albany Medical Center

Mary Scouten '21
Copps DiPaola Silverman, PLLC

Sheila Shea
Mental Hygiene Legal Service

Edward V. Wilcenski, Esq
Wilcenski & Pleat PLLC