Volunteer Opportunities

Benefits of Volunteering for Your Professional Association

Whether you have experience with NAELA Committees, Task Forces, State Chapters, and Sections or are just getting started, NAELA offers a wide range of volunteer opportunities. As a NAELA volunteer, you'll learn and share expertise with fellow Elder and Special Needs Law attorneys and professionals in the field, gain valuable leadership experience, and influence positive change in Elder and Special Needs Law.

Top Reasons to Participate in NAELA Committees and Special Projects
  1. Help shape the future of NAELA and the field of Elder and Special Needs Law.
  2. Connect and network with members and legal professionals across the country.
  3. Gain leadership skills and ideas to implement in your practice.

Volunteer Responsibilities
  • Actively participate in conference calls and meetings as designated by committee/project leader.
  • Assist in developing content for programs, events, and publications to carry out NAELA's mission.
  • Maintain current membership in NAELA during the volunteer term.
  • Act as an ambassador for NAELA in the field.

Volunteer Term Lengths
  • Committee participation is generally open to NAELA members only. Most appointments are effective June 1 through May 31 of each calendar year. 
  • Volunteer inquiries will be accepted on a rolling basis; committee and special project appointments will be confirmed on or about May 15.
  • Please view the committee lists below for specific term lengths.

For more information about specific opportunities, log in with your NAELA username and password and then click on the committee name in any of the lists below.

Featured Committee Member
Julia K. Price



Julia is a NAELA Journal Editorial Board member and member of the NAELA Tennessee Chapter Finance and Membership Committees.

"Before I joined these committees, the only NAELA members I knew were the ones in my office. It’s nice to meet other members from all over the country."

Questions?
Email volunteer@naela.org

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Alliance CommitteeCommittee is ad hoc and not currently meetingClosedThe mission of this committee is to develop alliances with other organizations that strengthen NAELA as the premier organization in the Elder and Special Needs Law field. The charges are 1) Seek alliances with other organizations that would strengthen NAELA’s position as the premier organization in the Elder and Special Needs Law field. 2) Identify and prioritize legal, aging, and special needs organizations outside Elder and Special Needs Law with whom NAELA should explore partnerships. 3) Ensure that NAELA has the resources in place to support any alliances approved by the Board of Directors. 4) Develop strategies to make NAELA the Elder and Special Needs Law hub with the larger legal, aging and special needs communities. 5) Receive all requests for NAELA to partner; determine what NAELA and the proposed partner have to gain and the financial or time cost of the partnership; and recommend to the Board of Directors whether to partner and, if so, how to partner such that NAELA benefits as much as possible. 6) Recommend to the Board member benefit policies and proposed agreements between member benefit partners and NAELA.naela@naela.org
GovHealthCare Steering Committee OpenSteering committee for the new GovHealthCare Sectionnaela@naela.org
Litigation Committee ClosedManage NAELA's litigation initiatives.naela@naela.org
Mentoring Program OpenThe NAELA Mentor Panel is designed to give guidance to NAELA members who have not had extensive experience in handling certain Elder and Special Needs Law matters, and to have access to experienced Elder and Special Needs Law attorneys who have volunteered to serve as mentors to those requesting guidance. The Panel format of mentors provides for more than one mentor in a particular field of practice to offer assistance.naela@naela.org
NAELA Journal Editorial Board2 hours per month estimated volunteering time with monthly meetings. OpenThe mission of this committee is to publish a distinctive publication that offers an in-depth review of key Elder and Special Needs Law topics. The charges are: 1) Work with the Programs and Publications Steering Committee to ensure Journal content fits within the context of NAELA’s overall content delivery plan. 2)Publish a high-quality, relevant, timely, and vibrant NAELA Journal two times a year.naela@naela.org
NAELA News Editorial Board OpenThe mission of the NAELA New is to publish a distinctive publication of interest to all NAELA members. The charges are: 1) Work with the Programs and Publications Steering Committee to ensure NAELA News content fits within the context of NAELA’s overall content delivery plan. 2) Publish a high-quality, relevant, timely, and vibrant NAELA News six times a year.naela@naela.org
Practice Development/Management Section OpenThis section is focused on building and maintaining the practice and marketing tips and strategies for promoting the practice. Steering committees generally meet once a month. Section charges are to:1) Provide value to Section members through new and innovative means. 2) Engage in a process to determine what members want from the Section and what the Section can provide to members. 3) Designate three services that the Section will provide to the Section membership during the program year, such as a newsletter, a seminar, etc. 4) Maintain and update the Section Web page such that it offers value to Section members. 5) Keep members current on developments in applicable law and regulation. 6) Recommend content that the Programs and Publications Steering Committee can include within NAELA’s integrated print, program and web curriculum. 7) Recommend to the Public Policy Committee those issues on which NAELA should advocate on the federal level, state level, and in the courts.naela@naela.org
Professionalism and Ethics Committee2 - 4 hours per month estimated volunteer hours including twice monthly meeting. OpenThe mission of this committee is to maintain NAELA's Aspirational Standards. The charges are to : 1) Integrate the Aspirational Standards into member practices. 2) Distribute the Aspirational Standards and Commentaries to aging and special needs consumer organizations and to professional associations whose members serve older persons and persons with special needs. 3) Study relationships with nonlawyers to enhance member value and consider whether to develop categories, criteria, services and safeguards to be presented to the Board for further review.naela@naela.org
Public Policy Steering Committee ClosedManage NAELA's advocacy initiatives.naela@naela.org
Special Needs Law Section Steering Committee OpenFocuses on the many aspects of special needs law. Sections provide their members with subject matter expertise, topical information, and tools through biannual newsletters, webinars, and the Section websites housed via the NAELA Communities platform. Section Steering Committees also will be exploring additional ways to engage participants and promote the value of Section membership. Steering committees generally meet once a month. Section charges are to:1) Provide value to Section members through new and innovative means. 2) Engage in a process to determine what members want from the Section and what the Section can provide to members. 3) Designate three services that the Section will provide to the Section membership during the program year, such as a newsletter, a seminar, etc. 4) Maintain and update the Section Web page such that it offers value to Section members. 5) Keep members current on developments in applicable law and regulation. 6) Recommend content that the Programs and Publications Steering Committee can include within NAELA’s integrated print, program and web curriculum. 7) Recommend to the Public Policy Committee those issues on which NAELA should advocate on the federal level, state level, and in the courts. naela@naela.org

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