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"Basic Topics of Elder Law”
Power of Attorney, Healthcare Proxy, Wills, and Medicaid Basics

1.5 Professional Practice and 0.5 Ethics credits
Presented by Kenneth Barocas ('90) and Patricia Powis (’08)

 Monday, November 14, 2016 | 6:30pm – 8:30pm

CUNY School of Law
2 Court Square
Long Island City, NY 11101


Elder Law / Special Needs Law Practice Group
Networking Session & Sign-in:

5:30PM - 6:30PM - Light refreshments will be served.

The Networking session provides time for practitioners working in the area of elder law and special needs law to discuss the formation of the new Elder Law / Special Needs Law Practice Group. The CLE presenters, Kenneth Barocas and Patricia Powis, are also the current practice group facilitators and want to hear your thoughts on the best structure for and use of the new group. Please come to share your ideas!

*Please note the networking session is currently offered only to CUNY School of Law alumni. All others, please select "no" during the registration process to the question about attending the networking session.*

CLE Program:
6:30PM - 8:30PM - No late arrivals can receive CLE Credit

CLE Program Description:

This course will include the definitions and processes of preparing Power of Attorney, Healthcare Proxy, Will, Medicaid, and will address the ethical issues that arise in these areas.

Presenter Bios:

Kenneth Barocas, a 1990 CUNY Law grad, is a solo practitioner for over 12 years specializing in Elder Law and Article 81 Guardianship, Wills, Trust & Estates, Landlord-Tenant Law, Criminal Law exclusive to drug possession, Debtor- Creditor Law and Personal Injury. Ken has practiced Elder Law and Guardianship for over 15 years and has been involved in over 300 Article 81 cases in a variety of roles including Petitioner, Guardian, Guardian Ad litem, Court Evaluator, Counsel to the alleges incapacitated person, and Referee. Ken represents numerous clients Pro Bono in a variety of proceedings. Ken has also been a Social Worker for 15 years for the Jewish Association for Services for the Aged and a member of the New York State Bar, Brooklyn Bar Association and Kings County Housing Bar Association.

Patricia Powis, a 2008 CUNY Law grad, devotes her practice to facilitating clients' successful navigation through life's transitions by concentrating on Elder Law, Guardianship Estates and Estate Planning. With a background in Social Work, she is a trained Elder Mediator and her law practice emphasizes the use of Mediation and Collaboration, as well as Litigation. Licensed in New York and Connecticut, Patricia is also active in the NYSBA Dispute Resolution Section. She is a member of the NYSBA Elder Law Section and the NYSBA Trusts & Estates Sections. She is also a member of the Queens, Nassau and Suffolk County Bar Associations, as well as a member of the AARP Legal Services Network and the National Guardianship Association. Locally, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for Woman of New York and on the Board of Directors of the Columbian Lawyer’s Association of Queens County. With extensive experience in Guardianship matters, Patricia is often called to serve in Court appointed roles as an Article 81 Guardian, Court Evaluator and Counsel to the Allegedly Incapacitated Person. She has been entrusted to act as the SNT Trustee for several individuals. Patricia has been appointed by the Appellate Division of the Second Dept. to serve as a Court Examiner to oversee Guardianships in Queens County. She participates in the International Guardianship Network and lectures on Aging Issues to community groups and attorneys.


2.0 Credits (1.5 Professional Practice Credits & 0.5 Ethics Credit)

$50 (Financial Aid is available. Please see below for more information.)


Current CUNY School of Law students are invited to attend the CLE program from 6:30PM-8:30PM free-of-charge. Seating is limited. To reserve a place, please email John-Paul Kocot at with your name and class year.


Please note pre-registration is required for all CLE programs.

CLE Credits provided by Community Legal Resource Network at CUNY School of Law

This CLE program is approved for both experienced and newly admitted attorneys. Under Continuing Legal Education regulations, CLE credit will be offered only to those attorneys completing entire sessions; attorneys attending only part of a session are not eligible for partial credit. Attorneys arriving late are welcome to attend the program but will not be eligible for credit.

Financial Aid Requests

To request financial aid, please first email John-Paul Kocot at Do not register on this page. Financial aid details and registration instructions will be sent to you.

Cancellation Policy

CUNY School of Law reserves the right to cancel a program at any time. If CUNY School of Law cancels a program, you will receive a full refund. 

Refund Policy

Full refunds are available, less a $5 processing fee, up to 48 hours before the program date. Requests for refunds must be made via email to John-Paul Kocot at

Refund requests made less than 48 hours before the program date will be refunded at 50% less a $5.00 processing fee.
No refund will be available if you cancel on the program date, if you do not show up, or if you leave a program early for any reason. No refund will be available if you attend a program and are dissatisfied with its presentation or content.

If you do not cancel and do not attend the program, a complete set of materials will be forwarded to you in consideration of the registration fee.