Speed Idea Sharing Session: Teaching Elder Law Topics

Date: Tuesday, June 28, 2022, 12:00 – 1:00 PM ET

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Elder Law As Proactive Planning and Informed Empowerment During Extended Life
Movie Reflection Paper Rubric
Universal Design and Green Home Survey
The Fear Hat Exercise


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Kathryn Liss, J.D., Assistant Dean & Director, Law Career Services, Executive Director, Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center, DePaul University College of Law

Professor Laurel Rigertas joined the NIU law faculty in 2006. She teaches professional responsibility, torts, advanced torts and a mindfulness course for law students. Professor Rigertas’ research and scholarship focuses on the legal profession, particularly in the areas of ethics, professionalism, the unauthorized practice of law, and access to the legal system. She served as the College of Law’s Interim Dean during the 2019-2020 academic year.

Prior to joining the NIU law faculty in 2006, Professor Rigertas practiced complex commercial litigation as a partner with Michael Best & Friedrich LLP in Chicago, which she joined in 1999 as an associate. She has litigated cases at the trial and appellate levels in both federal and state courts, as well as in arbitrations and mediations. Professor Rigertas began her law career in 1997 at Jenner & Block in Chicago, where she also focused on complex commercial litigation. Prior to joining the NIU law faculty she also taught as an adjunct professor at Northwestern University School of Law and Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

Professor Rigertas graduated magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1997. There she was a member of the honorary scholastic society, Order of the Coif, and served as articles editor of Law & Inequality: A Journal of Theory and Practice.



Joan Foley, J.D., Kermit Gitenstein Distinguished Professor of Health Law and Policy & Professor of Legal Process, Touro Law Center
Professor Foley teaches Health Care Law, Legal Process, Legal and Ethics Issues in Medical Malpractice, and American Trial Courts – Theory and Practice in the Federal Courts. Professor Foley received her legal education at the New York University School of Law, graduating in 1995. After law school, she joined the firm of Gordon Thomas Honeywell LLP. From 2000 through 2006, Professor Foley was a partner of that firm in Seattle, Washington. Her practice focused on health law, complex litigation, appellate litigation, and environmental litigation. Professor Foley represented clients in a wide range of cases, including reimbursement litigation, product liability, personal injury, defense litigation, utilities law, and class actions. Professor Foley joined the faculty at the University of Washington School of Law in 2007. There, she taught first-year and upper division legal writing courses. Throughout her legal career, Professor Foley has served on a number of boards of professional and non-profit organizations. Professor Foley is Board Member of the Federal Bar Association – Eastern District of New York Chapter Board. She is as an Executive Committee Member of the Association of American Law Schools – Aging and the Law Section. Professor Foley is a Steering Committee Member of the Laurel Rubin Farm Worker Justice Project. Professor Foley’s distinctions include being recognized in Law & Politics Magazine as a “Rising Star of Washington Law” and being named a Chapter Member of the Year by Washington Women Lawyers.



Richard Kaplan, J.D., Guy Raymond Jones Chair in Law, University of Illinois College of Law

Professor Richard Kaplan, the Guy Raymond Jones Chair in Law, graduated from Indiana University with highest honors and earned his law degree from Yale University. He practiced law in Houston with Baker & Botts, specializing in U.S. tax consequences of international transactions, before joining the faculty in 1979. An internationally recognized expert on U.S. taxation and tax policy, he has lectured in these areas on three continents, testified before the U.S. Congress on several occasions, and written innovative course books on income taxation and international taxation.

Professor Kaplan developed one of the first law school courses on elder law, an emerging specialty dealing with the legal implications of extended life, and is the co-author of Elder Law in a Nutshell (7th ed. 2019). He has served as faculty advisor for the Elder Law Journal since its inception in 1992. He has also been recognized with the Outstanding Professor in the College of Law several times and has received the Campus Award for Excellence in Graduate and Professional Teaching at the University of Illinois. Professor Kaplan is a fellow of the Employee Benefits Research Institute and a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance.




Kendall Kerew, J.D., Associate Clinical Professor and Director of the Externship Program, Georgia State University College of Law

Kendall Kerew, is an Associate Clinical Professor and Director of the Externship Program at Georgia State University College of Law. She is the recipient of the College of Law’s 2019 Steven J. Kaminshine Award for Excellence in Service, the 2017 David J. Maleski Award for Teaching Excellence, and the Black Law Student Association’s 2016 Bernadette Hartsfield Faculty Award.

She spent her first five years at Georgia State Law teaching in the first-year legal writing program. Prior to joining the faculty in 2005, Kerew worked as an associate at King & Spalding and as an assistant attorney general for the Georgia Attorney General’s Office.

Kerew is the author of Chapter 6, “Building Your Professional Identity” and Chapter 14, “Cross-Cultural Lawyering”, in Nathalie Martin, Lawyering from the Inside Out: Learning Professional Development through Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence (Cambridge University Press 2018) and Chapter 17, “Writing for Practice” in Learning From Practice: A Text for Experiential Legal Education (Wortham, Scherr, Maurer, & Brooks eds., 3d ed. 2016). In addition, she is the co-author (with Timothy W. Floyd) of Marking the Path from Law Student to Lawyer: Using Field Placement Courses to Facilitate the Deliberate Exploration of Professional Identity and Purpose, 68 MERCER L. REV. 767 (2017).

She is Immediate Past President of the Clinical Legal Education Association (cleaweb.org) and a member of its Board of Directors. From 2015 to 2017, Kerew served as co-chair of the Association of American Law Schools Clinical Legal Education Section’s Externship Committee. In this role, Kerew facilitated the re-launch of LexternWeb, (lexternweb.org) which seeks to promote information sharing and collaboration among externship faculty nationwide and internationally. In addition, to her work with the AALS Externship Committee, Kerew is an active member of the AALS Clinical Legal Education Section’s Teaching Methodologies Committee, and the Georgia Association of Legal Externships. GALE is a consortium of externship directors from five Georgia law schools.


Tara Sklar, J.D., Professor of Health Law and Director, Health Law & Policy Program, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law

Professor Tara Sklar is the Director of the Health Law & Policy Program at Arizona Law. She also holds appointments as Faculty Senior Advisor in Telehealth Law & Policy at the Arizona Telemedicine Program, College of Medicine-Tucson, and at Innovations in Healthy Aging with the University of Arizona Health Sciences.

Professor Sklar’s scholarly research examines legal, regulatory, and ethical issues that arise in adapting to a diverse aging population, with a focus on the integration of health technology. Her work has appeared in the following peer-reviewed journals: New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, and American Journal of Law & Medicine, among others. She also frequently presents her research around the world, including to professional associations, at industry conferences, to regulators, and at universities. Her commentary is often featured in national media outlets, including the Associated Press, Bloomberg Law, Axios, NPR, PBS, and The Conversation.

At Arizona Law, Professor Sklar launched and oversees a portfolio of over 35 online, multidisciplinary Health Law & Policy courses developed in collaboration across seven UA Colleges and with international companies. She teaches courses on: Aging Law & Policy, Advanced Health Law Research, and frequently guest lectures on health law topics. She is a peer reviewer for the top legal and medical publications in the world, including Oxford and Cambridge University Presses, American Journal of Public HealthJournal of Law, Medicine, & Ethics, and Journal of Law & Biosciences.

Prior to her current role, Professor Sklar was the inaugural Director of Aging Programs at the University of Melbourne where she established the first online Master of Aging degree across nine colleges and a global Industry Network in Aging comprised of 200 organizations. Professor Sklar has worked for health systems and government entities, including Ascension Health, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, on a diverse range of issues from charity care and medical debt to human subjects research, and end-of-life care. She has received over four million dollars in grants and philanthropic support from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, private donors, and from university-wide awards at both the University of Melbourne and the University of Arizona.