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The Board of Directors of the Burbank California based Albert and Elaine Borchard Foundation have named MARY JANE CICCARELLO, JD, as the Director and Professor CATHERYN KOSS JD, PhD, as Coordinator of Academic Research Programs at the Borchard Foundation Center on Law and Aging, effective January 1, 2018.  Founding Center Director, Dean and Professor of Law Emeritus EDWARD D. (Ned) SPURGEON, JD, LLM,  has become a Senior Advisor to the Center while continuing as the President and a Director of the Borchard Foundation.

Ms. Ciccarello, former Director of the Utah State Courts Self-Help Center, has been affiliated with the Borchard Law and Aging Center since 2001. Starting as a Fellow, she became the Assistant Director in 2007 and, in 2011, Co-Director with Dean Spurgeon, the founding Director. Mary Jane is a nationally recognized leader in law and aging and in the development of state court based self help centers. A teacher, scholar and advocate, she is an adjunct professor at SJ Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah and the author or co-author of numerous published articles and reports on aspects of law and aging policy and access to legal services. She serves on the Justice in Aging Board of Directors, the annual National Law and Aging Conference planning committee, and on Utah’s WINGS (“Working Network for Guardianship Stakeholders”) and its executive committee. She was awarded Utah’s Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award in 2017.

Professor Koss, a 2008 Borchard Center Fellow and now an Assistant Professor in the Gerontology Department at California State University Sacramento, has served as the Coordinator of the Borchard Center Fellows Program since 2011 and for several years as a reviewer of Center academic research grant applications. While a Fellow, Catheryn created and directed the non-profit Senior Law Resource Center in Oklahoma City, where she also taught Elder Law and Wills, Trusts and Estates as an adjunct at Oklahoma City University School of Law. Her scholarship focuses on end-of-life planning, most recently race disparities in advance directive completion and how older couples influence one another’s advance care planning. Other research and teaching interests include guardianship, financial exploitation, and barriers to accessing attorney assistance with estate and incapacity planning.

The Borchard Center on Law and Aging was created by the Borchard Foundation in 1998 and throughout its 20 year history has, through education, research and service, endeavored to improve the quality of life for elderly people, including those who are poor or otherwise isolated by lack of education, language, culture, disability or other barriers.

To date, the Center has supported and mentored 46 postgraduate legal Fellows in partnership with various legal services non-profits around the country, awarded 74 academic research grants to more than 100 scholars in multiple disciplines, co-sponsored several national symposia on cutting edge law and aging topics, and been the primary outside sponsor and an annual participant in the National Conference on Law and Aging. The Center actively has supported through both grant awards and service on their boards and committees, the ABA Commission on Law and Aging, Justice in Aging, The National Consumer Law Center, and other leading non-profits working in the field of law and aging.