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Nick Mariano

Safeguarding Elderly from Unintended Legal Consequences Discussed at Loyola
Lecture Series Focuses on Seniors’ Emotional Well-Being


Second Annual Christopher T. Hurley Elder Law Lecture, sponsored by the Elder Law Initiative of the Institute for Health Law at the Loyola University Chicago School of Law. The lecture, Therapeutic Jurisprudence: A New Lens for Examining Laws Affecting the Elderly, features professor Marshall B. Kapp, J.D., M.P.H., of Wright State University School of Medicine. Kapp is a widely published and highly regarded scholar in both public health and law. He is a professor in the Departments of community health and psychiatry at WSU and teaches courses on the legal and ethical aspects of health care. He is currently the Arthur W. Grayson Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law and Medicine at Southern Illinois University School of Law, an appointment he also served in the 1998-99 school year. He is the founding and present editor of the Ethics, Law, and Aging Review (formerly the Journal of Ethics, Law, and Aging). He is also editor of the Journal of Legal Medicine, published by the American College of Legal Medicine. He is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and of the American College of Legal Medicine. He currently serves as the secretary of the American Society on Aging. Among many awards he has received is the Donald Kent Award of the Gerontological Society of America in 2003 for exemplifying “the highest standards for professional leadership in gerontology through teaching, service and interpretation of gerontology to the larger society.”


Tuesday, March 23
6 – 7 p.m.
Loyola University Chicago
Rubloff Auditorium
25 E. Pearson, Water Tower Campus


Therapeutic jurisprudence is a relatively new discipline that focuses on the law’s impact on emotional life and psychological well-being by asking how laws or legal procedures affect people personally or socially. It is a perspective that regards the law itself as a social force that often produces therapeutic or anti-therapeutic consequences.

The Christopher T. Hurley Elder Law Lecture Series was established in 2002 to raise for discussion crucial issues that affect seniors. The lecture series was established from a gift from Hurley (Loyola School of Law, ’84). Hurley is a senior partner in Christopher T. Hurley & Associates, PC. His firm specializes on nursing home abuse and neglect cases.

The Elder Law Initiative was created in July 2000 to sensitize law students to the unique legal needs of the elderly and prepare students to serve the legal needs of the elderly throughout their careers.




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