History is one of the best predicators of the future. The presenters will discuss the timelines of the scientific understanding of dementia and how the law has adjusted to the medical understanding of dementia and mental illness. Through these timelines the presenters will highlight specific consideration points of historical anomalies (i.e. federalism v. state rights, economics, and news stories) that shifted the focus of mental health law in relation to conservatorships. Throughout the entirety of the seminar, the presenters will address the: a) historical trend towards conservatees rights, b) dynamic between paternalism and patient autonomy, and c) the ethical guidelines for professional fiduciaries in relation to protecting the rights of their ward.
The Medical and Legal History of Dementia: The Ethics of Conservatee Independence
Sarah Mourra MD.
Dr. Mourra is double-board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in both Adult Psychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry. She obtained residency training at Yale where she served as Chief Resident. She completed fellowship training in Geriatric Psychiatry at UCLA, where she also received training in ECT and was selected as a Bureau of Health Professions Fellow in geriatric psychiatry. She is currently a Health Sciences Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, and also serves as clinical staff on the Cedars Sinai Psychiatric Consultation Liaison Service. In 2014, Dr. Mourra was selected as one of Los Angeles Magazine’s “Rising Star” Doctors in the area of Adult Psychiatry
Jeff Marvan, Esq.
Jeff Marvan is the founder of Marvan Law, A.P.C. Jeff received his J.D. from U.C. Davis, King Hall School of Law and his bachelor’s degree in political science from The Colorado College. After graduating from King Hall, Jeff was a public defender for Yolo County. Jeff established Marvan Law, A.P.C. in 1996. Marvan Law, A.P.C. is a boutique estate planning and probate litigation firm. A great deal of its present focus is representing professional fiduciaries. From 2012 through 2014, Jeff served as an adjunct professor teaching trust and estates at Glendale University College of Law. Jeff was a councilperson for his local neighborhood counsel. Jeff is a member of LACBA’s settlement officer program. Jeff presents at numerous legal education programs sponsored by LACBA, SFVBA, SBBA, Pincus Professional Education, and PFAC. In addition to being a member of LACBA’s Trust and Estate Executive Committee, Jeff is the chair of Court Appointed Counsel Training Program. Jeff has received the honor of being selected as a Super Lawyer for 2020-2022 and as a Best Lawyer for 2022.