​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

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