Ethics and Elder Law: Teaching Students to Ask the Right Questions
17 Pages Posted: 14 Apr 2012
Date Written: 2010
Teaching professional responsibility generally is not an easy task, but when it is combined with the complicated issues in Elder Law, it poses obstacles, challenges, and great rewards. Many times the best way for practitioners to solve the ethical dilemmas they face is to know the right questions to ask. This Article discusses how using Elder Law examples to illustrate ethical issues can accomplish the following three goals: (1) teaching the general rules of professional responsibility using the lens of Elder Law; (2) exploring the unique roles played by Elder Law attorneys in the lives of their clients and their clients’ families; and (3) help the students learn to identify the questions and concerns raised in this particular area of law. Teaching ethics in an Elder Law context affords the students the opportunity to explore the roles of the Elder Law attorney and the need to recognize the questions and concerns in this area of law.
Keywords: Elder Law, Professional Responsibility
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