Board & Associates (3)

July 13, 2009

Professor Edward D. Spurgeon

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spurgeonEdward D. “Ned” Spurgeon founded the Borchard Foundation Center on Law and Aging in 1998 and served as Director and later Co-Director until 2018. He is a Senior Advisor to the Center while continuing as the President and a Director of the Borchard Foundation. He also served on the Board of Directors, and is past president, of the National Senior Citizens Law Center (now Justice in Aging), as a special advisor to the American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging (formerly the Commission on Legal Problems of the Elderly) and was co-founder of the Utah Legal Services Senior Lawyer Volunteer Project. He is also a member of the American Bar Foundation (Utah Chapter).

Since 1980, Professor Spurgeon has been a legal educator, with faculty appointments as Professor of Law at the University of Utah College of Law (1980-1993, 2002-present) and the University of Georgia School of Law (1993-2003) and as visiting Professor of Law at New York University, Stanford University and Pacific McGeorge School of Law, where he was from 2007-2010 the first holder of the Gordon D. Schaber Chair in Health Law and Policy. He also was the Dean of the law schools at both the University of Utah (1983-1990) and the University of Georgia (1993-1998). His teaching and writing in recent years have focused on law, public policy and aging; taxation of gifts, estates and trusts; and estate planning.

Spurgeon’s recent scholarship includes the book, Federal Taxation of Trusts, Grantors and Beneficiaries (with Professor John Peschel, 3d ed., 1997; supplements 1998-2010). Selected articles include “Lawyers Acting as Guardians: Policy and Ethical Considerations” in XXXI Stetson Law Review No. 3 2002 (with Ciccarello) “Integrating Tax and Elder Law into Elder Law and Tax Courses” XXX in Stetson University Law Review No. 4 2001 (with Mustard), “How Increased Respect for the Autonomy of Older People Has Changed the Legal Landscape: An Overview” in the Intermountain Aging Review (Fall/Winter 2000-01), and “Fostering Elder Rights Through Innovative Collaborations: A Look at the Partnerships in Law and Aging Program” in the Journal of Poverty Law and Policy (Sept.-Oct. 2000).

Spurgeon organized a national multidisciplinary conference on the legal and ethical aspects of dementia at the University of Georgia in December 2000; papers from the path-setting conference were published in 35 Georgia Law Review No. 2 (2001) for which he co-authored the foreward. Spurgeon has also helped organize similar national conferences: one at Stetson University on guardianship law (2001); and a second at Fordham University on legal ethics (1993).

Spurgeon also was co-organizer with the ABA Commission on Law and Aging of a pathsetting national multidisciplinary conference at Pacific McGeorge School of Law on the topic of Facilitating Voting as People Age: the Impact of Cognitive Impairments, for which he also co-authored the Introduction.

The American Bar Association awarded Spurgeon the John H. Pickering Award of Achievement in 2016 in recognition of his significant contributions to improving justice for all. In 2014, he received the first Impact Award from Justice in Aging (formerly the National Senior Citizens Law Center) along with the Albert and Elaine Borchard Foundation and the Borchard Center on Law & Aging for leadership that has had a significant impact on the lives of low-income seniors and for support of legal advocacy on their behalf.

Spurgeon practiced law for 15 years, including 12 years as an associate and a partner with Paul, Hastings, Janofsky and Walker in Los Angeles, before beginning his career in legal education.

Spurgeon earned his undergraduate degree in English from Princeton University, his law degree from Stanford University Law School, and a Master of Laws degree from New York University Law School.

July 13, 2009

Charles P. Sabatino, J.D.

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Charles P. Sabatino, J.D., is the Director of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Law and Aging, in Washington, D.C., where since 1984, he has been responsible for the ABA Commission’s research, project development, consultation, and education in areas of health law, long-term care, guardianship and capacity issues, surrogate decision-making, legal services delivery for the elderly, and professional ethics.  He has written and spoken extensively on capacity issues, surrogate decision-making, and advance care planning, heath care reform, and legal ethics.  Mr. Sabatino is also a part-time adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center where he has taught Law and Aging since 1987.  He is a Fellow and former president of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and active in NAELA public policy affairs.  He received his A.B. from Cornell University and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and is a member of the Virginia and D.C. bars.

Examples of his publications related to aging and law issues include:

  • Improving Advanced Illness Care: the Evolution of State POLST Programs, with Naomi Karp (an AARP Public Policy Institute report, April 2011)
  • “Damage Prevention and Control for Financial Incapacity,” 305(7) JAMA 707 (Feb.16, 2011).
  • “A Values Approach to Teaching Elder Law,” 40 Stetson Law Rev. 333 (Fall 2010).
  • “The Evolution of Health Care Advance Planning Law and Policy,” 88(2) Milbank Quarterly 211–239 (2010).
  • Legal Guide for the Seriously Ill (co-author), National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, 2009.
  • “Medico-Legal Issues,” a Special Subjects chapter in The Merck Manual (18th Edition), 2006.
  • The American Bar Association Legal Guide for Americans Over 50, co-editor/co-author (NY: Random House, 2006).
  •  “National Advance Directives: One Attempt to Scale the Barriers, 1 NAELA Journal 131 (Spring 2005).
  •  “Will My Wishes Be Known and Honored?  Policy and Practice Perspectives,” in Improving End-of-Life Care: The Role of Attorneys General, 35-46 (National Association of Attorneys General, 2003). 
July 13, 2009

Professor Rebecca Morgan

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morganRebecca C. Morgan is the Boston Asset Management Faculty Chair in Elder Law and Director of the Center for Excellence in Elder Law at Stetson University College of Law. Professor Morgan teaches a variety of elder law, health law and skills courses, and oversees the Elder Consumer Protection Project, as well as the Elder Law concentration program for JD students.

Professor Morgan is a successor co-author of Matthew Bender’s Tax, Estate, and Financial Planning for the Elderly and its companion forms book, and a co-author of Representing the Elderly in Florida. She is a Past President of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Past President of the Board of Directors of the National Senior Citizens Law Center, a member of the academic advisory board for the Borchard Center for Law and Aging, a special advisor to the ABA Commission on Law and Aging, an academic fellow of the American College of Trusts & Estates Counsel, the reporter for the Uniform Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Act, on the Faculty of the National Judicial College, past chair of the American Association of Law Schools Section on Aging and the Law, past chair of the Florida Bar Elder Law Section, and a delegate to the 1995 White House Conference on Aging. She served on the Florida Attorney General’s Task Force on Elder Abuse and the Legislative Guardianship Study Commission. Professor Morgan was the recipient of the 2003 Faculty Award on Professionalism from the Florida Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism and was chosen as part of Florida Trend’s Legal Elite for 2004. She has authored a number of articles on a variety of elder law issues and has spoken a number of times on subjects of elder law.