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Incapacity, Continuum of Care, and Practical Pitfalls: How Dementia Affects Practitioners Personally and Professionally as Our Profession Ages

Level: Intermediate
Runtime: 93 minutes
Recorded Date: May 25, 2021
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  • Recognizing how our personal experiences with incapacity/Dementia impact us both personally and professionally, regardless off legal practice area, as our population and profession age
  • An overview of the continuum of incapacity (MCI, dementia, AD and other related diseases) by Dr. Jason Karlawish (the medical perspective)
  • Practical take-aways on how to spot possible impairment in colleagues, clients, or family members
  • A "quick list" of how practitioners can avoid pitfalls when working with clients with incapacity or when confronted with a fellow practitioner with signs of incapacity
  • Legal options for decision-making support
Runtime: 1 hour, 33 minutes
Recorded: May 25, 2021


Incapacity and dementia affects all practitioners (both personally and professionally) especially as our profession ages. Truly, it is not a matter of "if" a practitioner will be confronted with issues related to incapacity, it is a matter of "when".

This program was recorded on May 25th, 2021.

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American Bar Association
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Jason Karlawish, MD

Physician & Author

Jason Karlawish is a physician and writer. He researches and writes about issues at the intersections of bioethics, aging, and the neurosciences. He is the author of The Problem of Alzheimer’s: How Science, Culture, and Politics Turned a Rare Disease into a Crisis and What We Can Do About It and the novel Open Wound: The Tragic Obsession of Dr. William Beaumont and has written essays for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Forbes, The Hill, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. He is a Professor of Medicine, Medical Ethics and Health Policy, and Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania and Co-Director of the Penn Memory Center, where he cares for patients. He lives in Philadelphia.

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Karen Campbell

Executive Director, North Florida Office
Public Guardian, Inc.

Karen Campbell is the Executive Director of the North Florida Office of Public Guardian, Inc. There, she has served as attorney of record in over 300 guardianship cases in 22 counties. Her legal career has focused on the areas of aging and disability issues.

Karen is a former commissioner to the American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging and is the co-chair of the Guardianship Committee of the Senior Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association. She has contributed to the authorship of various disability and aging publications.

Karen served on several legislative and Florida Supreme Court guardianship task forces and is a delegate to the 2021 Fourth National Guardianship Summit. Karen travels across the state of Florida offering workshops and trainings on guardianship and guardianship alternatives.

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Kerry R. Peck

Managing Partner
Peck Ritchey, LLC

Kerry R. Peck is the managing partner of the Chicago law firm Peck Ritchey, LLC. His clients include families, hospitals, banks, the State of Illinois, County of Cook, and City of Chicago.

Mr. Peck was retained by the City of Chicago Department of Aging to rewrite the State of Illinois Elder Abuse and Neglect Act, and co-authored the book Alzheimer’s and the Law, published by the American Bar Association.

Mr. Peck has also written articles for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Chicago Bar Association Record, Illinois State Bar Journal, and various other Bar Association journals and newspapers. He frequently teaches attorneys and healthcare professionals across the country.

Mr. Peck has been repeatedly selected by his peers in statewide surveys of Illinois attorneys as a “Super Lawyer”, an attorney to whom other attorneys would refer their family. He was also named a member of the Leading Lawyers Network. In 2014 Kerry Peck was honored with the Justice John Paul Stevens Award is the Chicago Bar Association’s highest honor. The Stevens Award recognizes lawyers and judges who have demonstrated outstanding character and commitment to community throughout their careers.

Mr. Peck has extensive experience in advising individuals and banks charged with the administration of estates and trusts, and guiding fiduciaries through the probate process, including appearing in court; assisting in the transfer of assets and resolution of claims; and the implementation of decedent’s estate plans. He vigorously represents all parties in will contests and contested guardianships, including minors and disabled adults. In addition, Mr. Peck assists families with planning for disabled children or other family members who are, or are likely to become, disabled and require special protection.

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