August 20, 2009
The American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging recently honored Professor Ned Spurgeon for his leadership role on the occasion of the Commission’s 30 th anniversary.
Spurgeon, who holds the Gordon D. Schaber Chair in Health Law and Policy at McGeorge and directs the law school’s Institute of Laws for Health and Aging, was cited as one of the ABA Commission’s most exceptional volunteer leaders.
The Commission has been a central force nationally in the development of the field of elder law and a major contributor to better laws and policies for the elderly. Spurgeon has been a Commission volunteer since the early 1990’s, having served first as a Commissioner for many years, and as a special advisor for the past 10 years. Through his role since 1998 as Executive Director of the Borchard Foundation Center on Law and Aging, he has been able to partner with the Commission on various elder law reform initiatives and mini-grant programs targeted to state non-profits serving the disadvantaged elderly.
In acknowledging Spurgeon’s numerous accomplishments in a magazine story, the Commission recognized the importance of the March 2007 conference, “Facilitating Voting as People Age: Implications of Cognitive Impairment,” which was hosted by McGeorge. That conference brought together the leading experts on the subject from all over the country. Papers presented formed the basis of a McGeorge Law Review symposium issue (Volume 38, Issue 4), which has received widespread recognition and resulted in a hearing by the US Senate Select Committee on Aging, proposed new state voting laws and practices, and a Vermont pilot nursing home mobile polling project.