Practical Ethics Faculty

Roberta Flowers
Professor of Law and Co-Director, Center for Excellence in Elder Law
Stetson University College of Law
Gulfport, Florida

Roberta K. Flowers is a professor of law at Stetson Law. Professor Flowers teaches Ethics in an Elder Law Practice in the Elder Law LL.M. program. She also teaches evidence, criminal procedure, and professional responsibility. She has lectured throughout the United States and internationally in the area of ethics. Professor Flowers’ research interests revolve around the issues of ethics and professionalism. Her articles have appeared in such journals as the Fordham Law Review, the Boston College Law Review, Missouri Law Review, the Nebraska Law Review, the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law, Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly, the Stetson Law Review, and the NAELA Journal.

Before coming to Stetson, Professor Flowers worked as a prosecutor both in the state and federal system. She graduated magna cum laude from Baylor University in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Colorado in 1984, where she was selected to be a member of the Order of the Coif. Professor Flowers is active in several professional associations. She has served on numerous committees of the Florida Bar including the Professional Ethics Committee, the Evidence Committee and the Standing Committee on Professionalism. She is currently the chair of the Professionalism Sub-Committee of the Litigation Section’s Ethics and Professionalism Committee of the American Bar Association.

 

Patricia E. Kefalas Dudek
Patricia E. Kefalas Dudek & Associates

Principal

Patricia E. Kefalas Dudek is the principal of Patricia E. Kefalas Dudek & Associates and the past chair of the Elder Law & Disability Rights Section of the State Bar of Michigan. Her practice concentrates in elder law, Medicaid, estate planning, estates/trust administration, probate, administrative law and disability advocacy. Dudek’s practice includes advising and preparing estate planning documents, including special needs trusts; representation in Medicaid hearings to secure appropriate services; administration of estates, trusts, guardianship, conservatorship, and other protective arrangements; and contested litigation in these areas.

A prolific writer and lecturer on topics related to Medicaid, alternatives to guardianship and estate planning for people with disabilities, elders and their right to control their support services, Dudek was the author of the model contracts for Michigan’s Medicaid Self Determination Initiative. These contracts facilitate control over Medicaid service budgets and allows for creative solutions for housing and supports.

Another creative solution used by Dudek on behalf of her clients is the use of a Pooled Account Trust for Medicaid planning. She was the first attorney in Michigan to draft one of these trusts and to secure approval for Medicaid by both the Social Security Administration and the State of Michigan. Dudek earned her B.A. degree from Michigan State University and her J.D. degree from the Detroit College of Law (now the Michigan State University School of Law), and maintains a membership in ASNP (Academy of Special Needs Planners, American Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan (member, Elder Law and Disability Rights Section), and the Oakland County Bar Association.

Other honors earned by Dudek are: The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Powley Elder Law Award in Fall 2005, coveted Fellow Status from the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys in Spring 2009, the Michigan Super Lawyers list as one of the top lawyers 2013; DBusiness, Detroit’s Premier Business Journal, named Dudek Top Lawyer for 2013; and Best Lawyers named Dudek as Michigan Lawyer of the Year for 2014. She was additionally named to the 2012 and 2013 list of Top Attorneys in Michigan by the New York Times. Dudek has also received a tier 1 ranking from U.S. News – “Best Law Firms” for 2015, 2016, & 2017. In 2016, she was recognized by the American Registry as one of America’s Most Honored Professionals.