Governance and Leadership

The management of NAELA is vested in the Board of Directors and consists of no more than 26 elected representatives of the regular members of NAELA (including the elected officers).

NAELA's mission is to educate, inspire, serve, and provide community to attorneys with practices in elder and special needs law.


The Academy's Bylaws set out the system approved by the membership for governing the Academy. The membership adopted NAELA's original bylaws in 1989. The most recent version of the Bylaws was updated in March 2013.

NAELA Bylaws
(Adobe PDF File)

Committees and Task Forces

NAELA offers a wide range of volunteer opportunities. As a NAELA volunteer, you'll learn and share expertise with fellow elder law and special needs planning attorneys and professionals in the field, gain valuable leadership experience, and influence positive change in elder law and special needs planning. To learn more visit our volunteer page.