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Fundamentals of Special Needs Trusts Administration Webinar Faculty

Robert B. Fleming
Attorney at Law

Fleming & Curti PLC
Tucson, Ariz.

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 Professor Kenney Hegland) of New Times, New Challenges: Law and Advice for Savvy Seniors and Their Families. 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 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. At different times, he was president of the Pima County Bar Association and the Young Lawyers Section of the State Bar of Arizona (he no longer qualifies to be a member). Fleming is a founding member of the Special Needs Alliance. Perhaps more importantly, he is a husband, father, scuba diver, pilot and martial arts practitioner.


Mary Alice Jackson
Attorney at Law
Mary Alice Jackson, PC
Austin, Texas

Mary Alice Jackson is the sole shareholder in the firm of Mary Alice Jackson, P.C. in Austin, Texas. She actively practices in both Texas and Florida. Her work focuses on elder law and special needs planning for individuals with disabilities and their families. She has an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale Hubbell and has been named a Super Lawyer in Florida since 2007.

Jackson is a Fellow of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and a recipient of the NAELA Powley Award for Public Service. She is a member of the Texas Chapter of NAELA. Jackson also serves on the NAELA national public policy steering committee which identifies public policy priorities for advocacy on the federal level. She is a member of the Special Needs Alliance, a national association of special needs planning attorneys, and serves on its Board of Directors. She is board certified in Elder Law by the Florida Bar and is a past President of the Florida Bar Elder Law Section. Ms. Jackson is a co-author of Planning for the Elderly in Florida, a Lexis Nexis publication. She is a frequent speaker on topics related to elder law, special needs planning and public policy.

Jackson has been an adjunct professor at her alma mater, Stetson University College of Law (also her father’s alma mater) in Gulfport, Florida, since 1994. She currently teaches Long Term Care Planning in the Elder Law L.LM program. She is also a member of the Advisory Board the Center for Excellence in Elder Law at Stetson. Ms. Jackson holds a B.S. in government and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Florida State University. She lives with her husband, Bob and two standard poodles, Max and Biscuit, and chases after her two year old grandson, Benjamin on an as-needed basis.


Craig C. Reaves, CELA
Attorney at Law
Reaves Law Firm, P.C.
Kansas City, Mo.

Craig C. Reaves has been Certified as an Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation since the Charter class of 1995. He is a past President of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), a Fellow of NAELA and a Fellow of the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel (ACTEC).

Reaves is an Adjunct Professor of Law at both the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law and also at the University of Kansas School of Law where he teaches an Elder Law course. He is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell and has been selected for inclusion on the Kansas and Missouri Super Lawyers list for every year since 2005 and has been included in the current editions of The Best Lawyers in America since 2007.

Reaves is a past president of the Brain Injury Association of Kansas and Greater Kansas City and current president of LifeCare Planning, Inc., a non-profit organization assisting parents of persons who have a disability to plan for future care of their children. He also currently serves on the Advisory Board of The Mission Project. He previously served for nine years as a director and officer of the Arthritis Foundation-Western Missouri/Greater Kansas City Chapter. He was a founding director and officer for eleven years of Respite Care Services, Inc., a non-profit organization that provided highly trained temporary home care for people with disabilities.

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