May 11, 2022–The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) named Eric Carlson, Directing Attorney at Justice in Aging, as the recipient of the 2022 Charles P. Sabatino Excellence in Public Policy Award for his more than three decades of work as a steadfast advocate for older adults and people with disabilities.
The award was presented as part of NAELA’s annual conference. Eric spent his early legal career at Bet Tzedek in Los Angeles, California, where he provided direct client services and was Director of its Nursing Home Advocacy Project. Since 2001, he has been a key member of Justice in Aging’s team of attorney advocates. At Justice in Aging, he has tirelessly litigated and advocated on behalf of older adults and people with disabilities, particularly in long-term care settings. He’s the author of the leading legal treatise on long-term care and has trained tens of thousands of advocates across the country on nursing home resident rights. Additionally, he author’s Justice in Aging’s invaluable guide, 25 Common Nursing Home Problems and How to Solve Them. He also served on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Coronavirus Commission for Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes.
Members of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) are attorneys who are experienced and trained in working with the legal problems of aging Americans and individuals of all ages with disabilities. NAELA is the only professional association of attorneys that conditions membership on a commitment to Aspirational Standards beyond the benchmark set by the American Bar Association’s Model Rules Professional Conduct. Established in 1987, our mission is to educate, inspire, serve, and provide community to attorneys with practices in elder and special needs law. NAELA currently has members across the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit NAELA.org, or to locate a NAELA member in your area, please visit NAELA.org/findlawyer.