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Susan Shapiro Receives Writing Award from the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

May 17, 2013, ABF news

ABF Research Professor Susan Shapiro has been awarded the John J. Regan Writing Award for her research entitled, “Advance Directives: The Elusive Goal of Having the Last Word.” The prize-winning article appears in the Fall 2012 issue of the NAELA Journal.

Presented annually by the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), the John J. Regan Award recognizes the best original article published in the NAELA Journal in the prior year.  NAELA is a professional association of attorneys who specialize in the legal needs of aging Americans and those with disabilities.

“Advance Directives” is based on Shapiro’s three-year observational study of more than 2,000 patients who passed through two intensive care units in a large urban teaching hospital. The article describes the challenges of following advance directives at the bedside and their impact on the decision-making process and outcomes, especially the likelihood that patient wishes are honored.

Shapiro’s research interests include the role of law at the end of life, surrogate decision-making, conflict of interest, fiduciary relationships and trust, ethics, the legal profession, securities fraud and regulation and white-collar crime.

She is the author of many articles and two major monographs – Tangled Loyalties: Conflict of Interest in Legal Practice (winner of the Distinguished Book Award of the Sociology of Law Section of the American Sociological Association) and Wayward Capitalists: Target of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Shapiro accepted the award on May 2, 2013 at the NAELA Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA.

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