Charles P. Sabatino, J.D.


Charles P. Sabatino, J.D., is the Director of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Law and Aging, in Washington, D.C., where since 1984, he has been responsible for the ABA Commission’s research, project development, consultation, and education in areas of health law, long-term care, guardianship and capacity issues, surrogate decision-making, legal services delivery for the elderly, and professional ethics.  He has written and spoken extensively on capacity issues, surrogate decision-making, and advance care planning, heath care reform, and legal ethics.  Mr. Sabatino is also a part-time adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center where he has taught Law and Aging since 1987.  He is a Fellow and former president of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and active in NAELA public policy affairs.  He received his A.B. from Cornell University and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and is a member of the Virginia and D.C. bars.

Examples of his publications related to aging and law issues include:

  • Improving Advanced Illness Care: the Evolution of State POLST Programs, with Naomi Karp (an AARP Public Policy Institute report, April 2011)
  • “Damage Prevention and Control for Financial Incapacity,” 305(7) JAMA 707 (Feb.16, 2011).
  • “A Values Approach to Teaching Elder Law,” 40 Stetson Law Rev. 333 (Fall 2010).
  • “The Evolution of Health Care Advance Planning Law and Policy,” 88(2) Milbank Quarterly 211–239 (2010).
  • Legal Guide for the Seriously Ill (co-author), National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, 2009.
  • “Medico-Legal Issues,” a Special Subjects chapter in The Merck Manual (18th Edition), 2006.
  • The American Bar Association Legal Guide for Americans Over 50, co-editor/co-author (NY: Random House, 2006).
  •  “National Advance Directives: One Attempt to Scale the Barriers, 1 NAELA Journal 131 (Spring 2005).
  •  “Will My Wishes Be Known and Honored?  Policy and Practice Perspectives,” in Improving End-of-Life Care: The Role of Attorneys General, 35-46 (National Association of Attorneys General, 2003).