LL.M. in Elder Law - Faculty
Elder law courses are taught by nationally recognized faculty including Stetson's full-time faculty, adjunct professors and faculty from other institutions.
Roberta K. Flowers is a professor of law, director of the Center for Excellence in Elder Law at Stetson University College of Law, and director of Stetson's online LL.M. in Elder 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.
Edwin M. Boyer is a Florida Bar board-certified elder law attorney. He has practiced law in Sarasota, Florida, 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.
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, Florida, 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.
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.
Rebecca C. Morgan is the Boston Asset Management Chair 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.
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, Kansas, 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.
Dennis Sandoval's experiences as a result of injuries from a car accident in 1992 are invaluable in his work with the disabled and senior communities of Riverside County and San Bernardino County, California. He has firsthand experience in dealing with the physical and emotional aspects of having a disability and how the system works for those requiring care.
Sandoval is the only attorney in California who has certifications in the three areas of estate planning, elder law and taxation. He received his Certified Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Specialist designation from the California Bar Board of Legal Specialization in 1998 and his Certified Taxation Law Specialist designation in 2000 from the same organization. He is a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA), a designation he proudly received in 2004 after meeting all the requirements established by the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF) and the American Bar Association. Dennis has also holds the designation as an Accredited Estate Planner® (AEP) from the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils.
Sandoval’s educational degrees include a Master of Tax Law Degree (LL.M.), a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration / Finance.
Before becoming a lawyer, Sandoval owned a tax planning / preparation and financial planning firm in Orange, California. During the time he practiced in this area he received his designations as an Enrolled Agent with the Internal Revenue Services and as a Certified Financial Planner® (CFP) and Registered Financial Consultant® (RFC) designations. Although he no longer practices as a financial planner, the knowledge and experience he gained from serving his tax and financial planning clients is invaluable in assisting his estate planning, elder law and tax controversy clients, as well as working with their financial advisors.
Sandoval served on the board of directors of the National Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys (NAELA) and chaired many of its Sections and Task Groups. He also served as a member of the board of directors of the National Elder Law Foundation. In 2014, Dennis was named as a Fellow of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorney, a distinction held by less than 100 attorneys nationwide.
Sandoval is one of only eight California members of the Special Needs Alliance, a nationwide membership organization of attorneys interested in advancing the care of special needs persons through proper planning. Dennis is active in many special needs and disability organizations, including ARC, NAMI, TACA, the Autism Society and the Special Olympics. He is also a member of The Academy of Special Needs Planners, a nationwide membership organization dedicated to assisting persons with disabilities. Dennis is member of the Riverside County Bar Association, the San Bernardino County Bar Association, the Riverside County Estate Planning Council, the San Bernardino County Estate Planning Council, the Inland Empire Planned Giving Roundtable and the Consumer Attorneys of California.
Stuart D. Zimring was admitted to the Bar in 1972, and is admitted to practice in California and U.S. District Court, Central and Northern Districts of California and the U.S. Supreme Court. He received his B.A. degree in 1968 from UCLA and his J.D. degree in 1971 from the UCLA School of Law and is “AV” rated in Martindale-Hubbell. He is a member of the Los Angeles Superior Court Probate Volunteer Panel. Mr. Zimring is a Fellow of and Past President of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), and a Charter Member of NAELA’s Council of Advanced Practitioners (CAP). He is a Fellow of the American College of Trusts and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), is certified as a Specialist in Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Law by the Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California and is one of the seven California members of the Special Needs Alliance.
Zimring serves on the boards of directors of a number of non-profit organizations, including Justice In Aging (formerly the the National Senior Citizens Law Center and is past-president of ONEgeneration in the San Fernando Valley, on whose Board he continues to serve. He is also a member of the Estate Counselors Forum, San Fernando Valley Estate Counselors Forum, San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles County Bar Associations (of which he is a past Chair of its Trust & Estates Executive Committee), State Bar of California and Southern California Council of Elder Law Attorneys.
He is an adjunct professor at Stetson University College of Law and California State University Northridge on issues in Elder Law and Special Needs Trusts. He is a frequent speaker and writer on elder law, special needs trusts and related issues throughout the country. He is co-author of Tax, Estate and Financial Planning for the Elderly – California Guide and Fundamentals of Special Needs Trusts, both published by Matthew Bender/Lexis-Nexis, as well as a member of Matthew Bender’s Elder Law Editorial Committee.
Hyman G. Darling is a Shareholder with Bacon Wilson in Springfield, Massachusetts. He practices in the areas of estate planning and alternative dispute resolution and is the chair of the estate planning and elder law department of the firm. He received his undergraduate degree from Boston University and his Juris Doctorate from Western New England College.