About the Foundation

The mission of the NAELA Foundation is to promote the goals of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) to advocate for the rights of older Americans and people with disabilities by focusing on litigation and regulatory advocacy, amicus briefs, research and education/scholarships. 

  • The Foundation's Litigation and Regulatory Advocacy Fund's objective is to establish good legal precedent in matters of critical important to older Americans and people with disabilities. 
  • The Cohen Sister's Scholarship for Patient Advocacy awards scholarships to NAELA members in financial need so they can attend national education events.  

Apply Now! NAELA Foundation Scholarship to Attend NAELA’s Annual Conference

Application Deadline: March 15, 2022, at noon ET. 

The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Foundation proudly announces the availability of the Cohn Sisters’ Scholarships for Patient Advocacy for attendance at the 2022 NAELA Annual Conference. The conference will be held in Scottsdale, Arizona May 13-14, 2022.

Since its’ inception, the Cohn Sisters’ Scholarship has been awarded to more than 30 NAELA members who have benefitted from the education, engagement, and networking only available at a NAELA annual conference. The Scholarships are open to NAELA members who are unable to afford the registration cost to attend NAELA’s Annual Conference and will use the training to advocate on behalf of people with disabilities of all ages.  READ MORE


Financial and Amicus Support Provided in Successful Montana Supreme Court Case

Estate of Marilyn Scheidecker v. Montana DPHHS, First Judicial District Court No. BDV-2019-1221 Read More

The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care

The Foundation awarded a grant in October 2016 to the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care (formerly NCCNHR), a leading national voice representing consumers in issues related to long-term care Read More

Center for Medicare Advocacy

CMA filed a new Complaint on behalf of individuals who have lost health care and/or have had to pay out-of-pocket or are subject to Medicaid estate recovery because Medicare coverage was erroneously denied. Read More

Hegadorn v. Department of Health and Human Services - July 2018

Amici Curiae of Elder Law and Disability Rights Section of State Bar of Michigan and NAELA Michigan Chapter, and NAELA Read More

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