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FEATURE
Wakschlag's and Whitlatch's organizations were among the parties
that joined the American Civil Liberties Union in its amicus brief to the
Superior Court of Los Angeles County in support of Spears's expressed
desire to select her own attorney for her conservatorship proceedings.
The groups also asked that supported decision-making be used in the
process, illustrating Wakschlag's point regarding the availability of less
restrictive options even within the context of broader conservatorships.
After the June hearing, Spears's court-appointed counsel stepped down
and was replaced by one of her choosing. On September 29 Spears's
father was suspended as conservator of her estate. A November hearing
has been set to consider her request to end her conservatorship.
In July, the Freedom and Right to Emancipate From Exploitation Act,
alternately called the FREE Act or the Free Britney Act, was introduced in
the House of Representatives. If passed by Congress, it would facilitate
the removal of a conservator at the ward's request without having to
prove misconduct.
In the District, the Legal Counsel for the Elderly has been lobbying for
the passage of the Uniform Power of Attorney Act. " The District's powers
of attorney haven't been updated in more than 20 years, " says Parker of
the D.C. Long-Term Care Ombudsman.
The proposed act " strengthens the protections for individuals who place
their trust in somebody else, " according to Yourougou, who recently
testified before the D.C. Council in support of the act. " The act makes it
clear what the duties of a power of attorney actually are statutorily, while
the previous version largely fails to. It clearly says that it's a fiduciary relationship,
and the statutory form would also encourage people to think
carefully before creating a power of attorney. "
As of March 2021, at least 40 states and the District of Columbia have
introduced pieces of legislation referring to supported decision-making,
but legislation is just the first step to ensuring that the rights and liberties
of individuals with disabilities and the elderly are respected. Advocates
say true safeguards will require that people know and understand the
laws and make deliberate efforts to tailor the least restrictive support
systems possible.
Reach D.C. Bar staff writer Jeremy Conrad at JConrad@dcbar.org.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Washington Lawyer - November/December 2021

Letter to Members
From Our President
Calendar of Events
Practice Management
Toward Well-Being
Reforming Conservatorship: A Battle Over Best Interests
Legal Deserts: No-Man’s Land of Affordable Legal Help
The Unfinished Work of Equal Justice for All
Pro Bono Mentoring for High-Impact Help
The Afghanistan Fallout: Broken Promises & Processes
Taking the Stand
ABA Delegate’s Corner
On Further Review
The Learning Curve
Member Spotlight
Worth Reading
Attorney Briefs
Disciplinary Summaries
Speaking of Ethics
The Pro Bono Effect
A Slice of Wry
Washington Lawyer - November/December 2021 - Cover1
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Washington Lawyer - November/December 2021 - 1
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Washington Lawyer - November/December 2021 - Letter to Members
Washington Lawyer - November/December 2021 - From Our President
Washington Lawyer - November/December 2021 - Calendar of Events
Washington Lawyer - November/December 2021 - Practice Management
Washington Lawyer - November/December 2021 - Toward Well-Being
Washington Lawyer - November/December 2021 - Reforming Conservatorship: A Battle Over Best Interests
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Washington Lawyer - November/December 2021 - 12
Washington Lawyer - November/December 2021 - 13
Washington Lawyer - November/December 2021 - Legal Deserts: No-Man’s Land of Affordable Legal Help
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Washington Lawyer - November/December 2021 - The Unfinished Work of Equal Justice for All
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Washington Lawyer - November/December 2021 - Pro Bono Mentoring for High-Impact Help
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Washington Lawyer - November/December 2021 - 27
Washington Lawyer - November/December 2021 - The Afghanistan Fallout: Broken Promises & Processes
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Washington Lawyer - November/December 2021 - 31
Washington Lawyer - November/December 2021 - Taking the Stand
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Washington Lawyer - November/December 2021 - ABA Delegate’s Corner
Washington Lawyer - November/December 2021 - On Further Review
Washington Lawyer - November/December 2021 - The Learning Curve
Washington Lawyer - November/December 2021 - 37
Washington Lawyer - November/December 2021 - Member Spotlight
Washington Lawyer - November/December 2021 - 39
Washington Lawyer - November/December 2021 - 40
Washington Lawyer - November/December 2021 - 41
Washington Lawyer - November/December 2021 - Worth Reading
Washington Lawyer - November/December 2021 - 43
Washington Lawyer - November/December 2021 - Attorney Briefs
Washington Lawyer - November/December 2021 - Disciplinary Summaries
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Washington Lawyer - November/December 2021 - Speaking of Ethics
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Washington Lawyer - November/December 2021 - The Pro Bono Effect
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Washington Lawyer - November/December 2021 - A Slice of Wry
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