LL.M. in Elder Law - Faculty
Elder law courses are taught by Stetson's full-time faculty, adjunct professors and faculty from other institutions.
The program is administered by Professor Rebecca Morgan, Boston Asset Management chair in elder law and the director of the Center for Excellence in Elder Law. Professor Morgan has been teaching elder law courses at Stetson for more than 25 years.
|Rebecca C. Morgan is the Boston Asset Management Chair in Elder Law, the director of the Center for Excellence in Elder Law at Stetson University College of Law and the director of Stetson's online LL.M. in Elder Law. Professor Morgan teaches a variety of elder law courses in the J.D. and LL.M. and oversees the elder law concentration program for J.D. students. She is the 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 and The Fundamentals of Special Needs Trusts. She co-authored Planning for Disability with Robert Flemming for BNA and Ethics in an Elder Law Practice with Professor Roberta Flowers for the ABA. 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, past chair of the American Association of Law Schools Section on Aging and the Law and of the Florida Bar Elder Law Section, and is on the faculty of the National Judicial College.|
|Edwin M. Boyer is a Florida Bar board-certified elder law attorney. He has practiced law in Sarasota, Fla., since 1978. He received his J.D. degree in 1978 from Stetson University College of Law. He is the past president of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, a fellow in the Academy, and a member of the Council of Advanced Practitioners of the Academy. In 2004, he received the NAELA President's Recognition Award for extraordinary contributions to NAELA. Professor Boyer practices in the area of elder law with an emphasis on guardianship, estate planning and administration, advance directives, end-of-life issues, nursing home residents' rights, and elder exploitation. He is a co-author of the book Planning for the Elderly in Florida. He served as the Borchard Distinguished Professorial Lecturer in Elder Law in the Fall 2012 semester.|
|Robert B. Fleming is a partner in the Tucson law firm of Fleming & Curti P.L.C., with a practice limited to trust (and special needs trust) administration, guardianship, conservatorship, estate planning, and probate. Fleming is a co-author (with Lisa Davis) of The Elder Law Answer Book, and (with Prof. Kenney Hegland) of New Times, New Challenges: Law and Advice for Savvy Seniors and Their Families and Planning for Disability with Professor Rebecca Morgan. Fleming has been selected as a fellow of both the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. He is a past chair of both the Mental Health and Elder Law and the Probate and Trust sections of the State Bar of Arizona, and is a past president of the National Elder Law Foundation. Fleming is certified as an estate and trust specialist by the State Bar of Arizona, and as a certified elder law attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation.|
|Roberta K. Flowers is a professor of law at Stetson University College of Law. She has lectured worldwide on the topic of ethics. She won a Telly Award for Excellence in Educational Films for having produced a series of educational videos on the ethical issues faced by prosecuting attorneys. Along with Professor Rebecca Morgan, she created a video series used to train and educate attorneys nationwide on the ethical dilemmas faced by elder law attorneys. The Florida Supreme Court awarded Professor Morgan and Professor Flowers the Florida Supreme Court Professionalism Award for their video productions. Additionally, with Professor Morgan, Professor Flowers designed the nation's first "elder friendly courtroom," which serves as model for courtrooms of the future. She and Professor Rebecca Morgan co-authored Ethics in an Elder Law Practice, published by the ABA. Professor Flowers currently serves on the board of directors of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.|
|Bradley J. Frigon is in private practice in Denver, Colo. He received his J.D. in 1981 from Washburn University, and his LL.M. in Taxation in 1982 from the University of Denver. He is a certified elder law attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation. Frigon is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Colorado Bar Association, the Special Needs Trust Alliance and is a fellow in the Kansas Bar Association. Frigon is president-elect of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and serves on the board of the Special Needs Alliance. His areas of practice include estate planning, trust administration, probate, special needs trusts, public benefit planning, Medicare set-aside issues, and individual tax planning.|
|Mary Alice Jackson is an AV rated, Florida Bar board-certified elder law attorney and is a partner in the firm of Boyer & Jackson P.A., in Sarasota, Fla., and Austin, Texas. She practices exclusively in the area of elder law, with an emphasis on Medicaid, long term care and incapacity planning, special needs trusts, advance directives, probate and end-of-life issues. Professor Jackson received the NAELA Powley Award for public service in 2003, the William Reece Smith Jr. Public Service Award given by Stetson University College of Law in 2003, and the Florida Bar Pro Bono Service Award for the 12th Circuit in 1998. Professor Jackson received a bachelor's in government and a master's in public administration from Florida State University, and a J.D., cum laude, from Stetson University College of Law.|
|Marshall B. Kapp was educated at Johns Hopkins University (B.A.), George Washington University Law School (J.D. with Honors), and Harvard University School of Public Health (M.P.H.). He is the director of the Florida State University Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and Law, with faculty appointments as professor, Department of Geriatrics, FSU College of Medicine, and professor of medicine and law in the FSU College of Law. He also is affiliated with the FSU Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy. Previously, Kapp served as the Garwin Distinguished Professor of Law and Medicine at Southern Illinois University School of Law and School of Medicine and as co-director of the School of Law's Center for Health Law and Policy (2003-2009). He is professor emeritus from the School of Medicine at Wright State University, where, from 1980 through 2003, he was a faculty member in the Departments of Community Health and Psychiatry and taught courses on the legal and ethical aspects of health care. He also was director of WSU's Office of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology and held an adjunct faculty appointment at the University of Dayton School of Law. From 1998-2001, he was designated Wright State University's Frederick A. White Distinguished Professor of Service. He is the author or co-author of a substantial number of published articles, book chapters, and reviews. He served from 2004-2010 as the editor of the Journal of Legal Medicine, the official scholarly publication of the American College of Legal Medicine, and was named as an editor emeritus of JLM in 2010. He currently serves as the editor of the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) e-Journal Medical-Legal Studies and as the associate editor of the "Liability" section of the International Journal of Risk and Safety in Medicine. He is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and of the American College of Legal Medicine and served as secretary of the American Society on Aging from 2003-2006. In 1998, he was named Ohio Researcher of the Year by the Ohio Research Council in Aging. In 2003, he received the Donald Kent Award of the Gerontological Society of America for exemplifying "the highest standards for professional leadership in gerontology through teaching, service, and interpretation of gerontology to the larger society." In 2009, he received the American College of Legal Medicine Gold Medal, the highest award given by ACLM for service, professionalism, and dedication to the field of legal medicine.|
|Valerie Peterson is the executive director of ElderCounsel, where she has also served as education director and member liaison. Prior to joining ElderCounsel, she was a practicing elder law attorney in Ft. Lauderdale and Miami and the owner of Peterson Law Office P.A. Peterson was a litigator for several years after law school, but decided to focus her practice on elder law after she experienced firsthand the challenges of caring for an elderly loved one. She is a frequent speaker both locally and nationwide on topics pertaining to elder law, special needs planning and veterans aid and attendance benefits. Peterson attended Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kan., where she received the Order of Barristers award for excellence in courtroom advocacy. Prior to joining ElderCounsel, Peterson served as president of the Society of Financial Service Providers, Dade County, and she served on the board of directors of the Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys.|
|Winsor C. Schmidt is the endowed chair/distinguished scholar in urban health policy, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, and professor of family and geriatric medicine at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, and also is a professor of health management and systems sciences at the School of Public Health and Information Sciences. Professor Schmidt's publications include the co-authored books Public Guardianship and the Elderly, Guardianship: Court of Last Resort for the Elderly and Disabled and Public Guardianship After 25 Years: In the Best Interests of Incapacitated People? His teaching experience includes forensic psychiatry, health law, mental health law, elder law, women's health law, children's health law, social science in law, and international health law. Professor Schmidt received his J.D. from American University and an LL.M. in mental health law from the University of Virginia. He has recently served with the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse Board of Directors and the State of Washington's Certified Professional Guardian Board. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.|
Shirley B. Whitenack is a partner in the Tax, Trusts and Estates Department and Litigation Department at Schenck, Price, Smith & King LLP with offices in Florham Park and Paramus, N.J. She focuses her practice on elder law, special needs planning and advocacy, and estate and trust litigation. Whitenack is a fellow and vice-president of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and is a member of its Council of Advanced Practitioners. She is a trustee of the Guardianship Association of New Jersey, a past trustee of the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, and a current member of NJICLE's Advisory Committee. She is a frequent author and lecturer for various professional and charitable organizations. She is a contributing author to New Jersey Elder Law Practice, 3rd Edition (NJICLE), New Jersey Practice Elder Law: Guardianship and Conservatorship, Volume 45 (West Group), Trusts for Senior Citizens (ALI-ABA), Elder Law Trusts and Estates (Aspatore) and Creating a Trust (Aspatore).