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National Center on Law & Elder Rights: Assessing Legal Capacity: Strategies for an Elder Rights-Centered Approach

  • 28 Apr 2021
  • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • WebCast

Assessing Legal Capacity: Strategies for an

Elder Rights-Centered Approach

When: Wednesday, April 28, 2021, at 11:00-12:00 P.T./2:00-3:00 E.T.

This training will explore the elements of legal capacity and how capacity can be inferred from the Model Rules of Professional Conduct. Presenters will provide an overview of the ethical issues of representing a client with diminished capacity and explore strategies for advocates to conduct person-centered capacity assessments and provide services.

Presenters will share:

  • Elements of legal capacity and the relevant Model Rules of Professional Conduct;
  • Strategies to address unconscious bias in assessment of capacity;
  • Promising practices for incorporating decision supports and trauma-informed lawyering in capacity evaluations and representation; and
  • The latest updates to the ABA checklist for assessing legal capacity (the first major revision in 15 years).


  • David Godfrey, Senior Attorney, ABA Commission on Law and Aging
  • Vivianne Mbaku, Senior Staff Attorney, Justice in Aging

Closed captioning will be available on this webcast. A link with access to the captions will be shared through GoToWebinar’s chat box shortly before the webcast start time.

This training will be presented in a WEBCAST format to accommodate more participants. Due to the high volume of participants, computer audio will be the only option to listen to the presentation. No telephone call-in number will be provided. Please plan accordingly. Thank you. 

This webcast will be recorded and available on our website shortly after the presentation. The recording and training materials will also be emailed to all registrants within a few days after the training.

The webcast will take place on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. PT/2:00 p.m. ET and will run for one hour.


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