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Prof. Nina Kohn, a national expert in elder law, joins Maine Law as visiting professor

July 22, 2013

PORTLAND, Maine – Nina Kohn, a professor at Syracuse University College of Law, joins Maine Law for the 2013-2014 academic year as visiting professor. She is recognized nationally as an expert in elder law.

At Syracuse, Professor Kohn teaches elder law, family law, torts, and an interdisciplinary gerontology course. Her research focuses on elder law and, in particular, the civil rights of senior citizens. Professor Kohn’s recent articles have addressed such issues as the potential for an elder rights movement, the practical and constitutional implications of elder abuse legislation, financial exploitation of the elderly, advance planning for and decision-making by individuals with intellectual and cognitive disabilities, and legal education.

Professor Kohn is a faculty affiliate with the Syracuse University Gerontology Center, a Commissioner of the American Bar Association (ABA) Commission on Law & Aging, Chair of the Elder Rights Committee of the Individual Rights and Responsibilities Section of the ABA, a Distinguished Fellow of the Canadian Centre for Elder Law, and the 2009 Chair of the Aging and the Law Section of the American Association of Law Schools.

Professor Kohn earned an A.B. summa cum laude from Princeton University and a J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard University. She clerked for the Honorable Fred I. Parker of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Following her clerkship, she was awarded a fellowship by the Skadden Fellowship Foundation to provide direct representation to nursing home residents and frail elders.

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Media contact: Trevor Maxwell, communications director at Maine Law
Office: 207-228-8037/ Cell: 207-286-4431/ email: trevor.maxwell@maine.edu

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