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What Does It Mean To Be a CAP Member?

 Members of CAP offer professional expertise to meet the needs of an older, maturing clientele and people with disabilities or special needs and their families.

CAP members are preeminent in the field of Elder and Special Needs Law.

NAELA Council of Advanced Practitioners

A member of the Council of Advanced Practitioners  is an attorney who has been
nominated and selected by his or her peers--experienced Elder and Special Needs
Law attorneys--to be part of the Council as a result of their commitment and
contribution to their clients and the ethical, high-quality practice of Elder and
Special Needs Law.

To become a member the attorney must be a current NAELA member for a minimum
of 10 consecutive years prior to nomination.  In addition, a candidate must either:

    • Hold an AV rating under the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings, the highest rating for ethical standards and professional ability.
    • Be a NAELA Fellow or a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA), which is the only approved designation for certification by the American Bar Association, through the National Elder Law Foundation


  • Be a full-time Elder Law professor or a Legal Services attorney.

  • Be a sitting judge

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How Do CAP Members Contribute to NAELA and to the Elder and Special Needs Law Community?

  • Serve as governing leaders of NAELA and other legal associations and organizations


  • Serve as thought leaders and subject matter experts by regularly contributing to NAELA publications and programs


  • Lead the way in keeping NAELA at the forefront of Elder and Special Needs Law by conducting regular educational programs and an annual conference focused on the highest levels of the practice