Elder Law Institute Archive
Highlights from the 2011 Elder Law Institute will be posted soon!
The 2011 Elder Law Institute was held on October 6 & 7, 2011, at the Minnesota CLE Conference Center in downtown Minneapolis.
2010 Elder Law Institute
The 2010 Elder Law Institute was held on October 7 & 8, 2010, at the Minnesota CLE Conference Center in downtown Minneapolis. The Keynote Speaker was Gene Coffey, attorney with the National Senior Citizens Law Center in Washington, D.C., who spoke on how the new health care reform legislation impacts seniors. The program included fifteen specialized breakout sessions (including 1.0 hours of ethics credit and 2.0 hours of elimination of bias credit.) Topics of “short shots” and other plenary sessions included UTMA, Veterans Homes, veterans benefits, Elderly Waiver, federal estate taxes, and local efforts in advance care planning. A “Basics” track was also offered, including sessions on Medical Assistance eligibility, Medical Assistance estate recovery, and navigating a guardianship/conservatorship petition.
The course book for the 2010 Elder Law Institute is available for purchase at: http://www.minncle.org/PublicationDetail.aspx?ID=5074511
2009 Elder Law Institute
“It’s STILL the Economy! Guiding Older Clients through Trying Times”
The 19th Annual Elder Law Institute was held on October 8 & 9, 2009, at the Minnesota CLE Conference Center in downtown Minneapolis. Special guest speaker, New York Times columnist Jane Brody, headlined the conference, delivering an entertaining and enlightening presentation entitled “Jane Brody’s Guide to Preparing for the End of Life.” As a special bonus, attendees received a copy of Ms. Brody’s most recent book, Jane Brody’s Guide to the Great Beyond, which Publishers Weekly called “an instructive, inspiring, and reassuring work full of compassion and humor.”
The 2009 ELI also included programs on long-term care, ethical issues, revisions to the Vulnerable Adult Act, and trusts and public assistance, among others. A new feature of the conference was inclusion of twelve breakout sessions, covering topics such as “Caring for the Caregiver,” “Special Needs Settlement Planning,” and “VA Benefits as an Alternative Payment Source.” As part of the breakout format, another new feature was a “Basics Track,” with programs on Medical Assistance, Powers of Attorney, and Health Care Directives. A complete listing of programs and speakers at the 2009 ELI is available by clicking here.
Video replays of the ELI will be presented at various locations across the state through January, 2010. The Elder Law Institute 2009 Manual is also available for purchase online by clicking here.
ELI Guest speaker Jane Brody signs copies of her book,
Jane Brody's Guide to the Great Beyond, for 2009 ELI conference attendees
Mary Alice Gooderl Award
The recipient of the 2009 Mary Alice Gooderl Award was Lori L. Guzman of Guzman Law Firm PA.
Lori L. Guzman (right) receives the 2009 Mary Alice Gooderl Award from
2008 Gooderl Award recipient Laurie A. Hanson (left) at the 2009 Elder Law Institute Awards ceremony
Special Recognition Awards and Special Appreciation Awards
Special Recognition Awards and Special Appreciation Awards were also presented at the 2009 Elder Law Institute, as follows:
- Robert G. Gunderson - Special Appreciation Award presented to Robert’s family in recognition of Robert’s lifetime of service to his community and his clients, to persons with disabilities, to the members of the Elder Law Section, and to the field of Elder Law.
- Michael F. Barg, Barbara A. Anderson, and Steven E. Barg - Special Appreciation Award to the children of Francis E. Barg for challenging Minn. Stat. 256B.15 all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court (Estate of Francis E. Barg, 752 N.W.2d 52 (Minn. 2008)).
- Julian Zweber and Randy Boggio - “The Rule of Law Prevails”Award presented by the estate of Francis E. Barg in appreciation of Julian and Randy’s work in the landmark decision in Estate of Francis E. Barg, 752 N.W.2d 52 (Minn. 2009), Cert. denied.
Recipients of Special Appreciation Awards at the 2009 Elder Law Conference.
Left to Right: Julian J. Zweber, Thomas J. Meinz, Randy F. Boggio, Barbara A. Anderson, Michael F. Barg