Elder Law Section 2016-2017 Annual Report
The Elder Law Section had another fantastic and productive year and continues to serve the attorneys who protect our senior citizens and those with special needs. Our section now has 105 board certified members in elder law, an increase from 98 board certified members last year. Our section members work tirelessly for the clients we serve but the following committees and efforts deserve special recognition.
- Legislative Efforts — The section has established itself as an educational resource to legislators regarding all topics which affect seniors, incapacitated or vulnerable persons and persons with special needs. We work closely with legislators, appear at committee hearings, and educate legislators on any issue that affects our client population. The section expresses deep appreciation to its legislative co-chairs, William Johnson and Scott Selis and to Brian Jogerst for their efforts and to all of our active participant members.
- Administrative Advocacy — The section monitors and participates in all administrative agency rule making that affects our client population. We work with the Department of Children and Families, the Department of Elder Affairs, the Agency for Health Care Administration and the new Office of Public and Professional Guardians, to name a few. We have been successful in securing better and faster services for our clients in need.
- Inclusion and Mentoring — The section holds mentoring CLE calls monthly. The calls and education are very well received and a great help to our members who are new to our practice areas.
- CLE Programs — The section continues to offer high quality and in depth CLE programs at regular and expected intervals and has stepped up our webinar presence for our CLE programs as well as well as updated our technology as we are in the process of a website re-design that will roll out this year.
- Substantive Committee meetings — Every aspect of our substantive practice areas are assigned to a substantive committee. The committees hold CLE meetings and are very active in vetting or promoting legislation.
- Amicus — The section has filed amicus briefs as necessary in all issues of import to our client population.
- Joint Efforts with the Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys — The section is fortunate to work closely with AFELA. Our Joint Public Policy Task Force meets weekly to review any and all issues affecting our client population and to help our members with an issue they encounter in their practice. The time commitment to the task force is huge and the individuals who serve do so selflessly as their task force work is in addition to their section and AFELA board position requirements.
Our section has over 1700 members and we are growing. We will continue our yearly strategic planning meetings to effectively and productively guide the section as we grow and move forward. We are collaborative and cooperative as section members and as proud elder law attorneys in our communities.
Ellen S. Morris
Chair, Elder Law Section of the Florida Bar, 2016-2017