Presentation on Aging with Dignity

On April 20th, Barry University Law School, The University of Central Florida, Orange County Council on Aging, and the Ninth Judicial Circuit of Florida will present a series of discussions on aging with dignity and the representation of elder and vulnerable populations.  The presentation will take place at Barry University Law School, Room 111, LAC (Legal Advocacy Center), 6441 E. Colonial Dr., Orlando, Florida 32807 and will be held from 9:00am to 3:00pm.  Provided below is the presentation schedule:

Presentation Schedule

  • 9:00-9:05am Welcome by Dean Leticia Diaz
  • 9:05-10:00am Supporting Capabilities: Meeting People “where they are at.”  Tracy Wharton, PhD, LCSW - Assistant Professor School of Social Work, University of Central Florida.  Dr. Wharton will be presenting on issues dealing with implicit bias against the elderly and unhelpful stereotypes that lead to decision-making with potentially harmful consequences.
  • 10:00-11:00am Becoming a Veterans’ Fiduciary - Mr. Brian Headley – Field Supervisor, Veteran’s Administration.  Mr. Headley will be discussing how someone may become a Veterans’ Fiduciary and the responsibilities and requirements imposed by federal law and regulations.
  • 11:00-11:05am BREAK
  • 11:05-12:00pm When Florida Law Meets the Federal VA Wards in Need of Protection. - Hon. Jose R. Rodriguez-Circuit Judge, Ninth Judicial Circuit of Florida, Adjunct Professor of Law, Barry University Law School.  Judge Rodriguez will be discussing how the state guardianship laws complement and interact with federal requirements.
  • 12:00-1:00pm LUNCH BREAK
  • 1:00-2:00pm How to Combine Guardianship, VA Fiduciary Obligations. - Ms. Katina Williams – Professional Guardian; VA Fiduciary. Ms. Williams will be discussing the practical applications of how a professional guardian who is also a Veterans’ Fiduciary manages the welfare and best interests of her clients.
  • 2:00-3:00pm What is a Court Monitor and What Does a Court Monitor Do? - Ms. Wynter Solomon-Cuthbert, Court Monitor, Ninth Judicial Circuit of Florida (Case Studies) - Judge Jose R. Rodriguez, Ninth Judicial Circuit of Florida (Statutory review).  Judge Rodriguez reviews the statutory powers of a Court Monitor and Emergency Court Monitor followed by case studies offered by Wynter Solomon-Cuthbert, Court Monitor for the Ninth Judicial Circuit.
  • 3:00pm- ? Questions and Answers.

The event will be sreamed "Live" on the Court's YouTube channel at