Clinical Practices and Judicial
REPORT TO THE CHIEF JUSTICE,
Thomas F. Coleman
July 1, 2020
* On January 13, 2020, the board of directors endorsed the capacity assessment project, including a report to be written by Thomas F. Coleman to to be submitted upon completion to the Chief Justice, Governor, and Legislature.
See Below for Background to Report
February 27, 2021
Advisor Reviews, Offers Suggestions on Capacity Assessment Report
Kapp, J.D., M.P.H.*,
a legal and mental health advisor to Spectrum Institute, has submitted
the following review of a report titled
“Capacity Assessments in California Conservatorship Proceedings.”
The report was written by attorney Thomas F. Coleman and submitted to
the Chief Justice, Governor, and Legislature on July 1, 2020.
Thanks for the opportunity to review this excellent report. My general impression is that the report is so thorough in content, clearly written, comprehensively supported, and specific enough in its recommendations for action that elected officials ought to be able to understand the points you are trying to convey. I’m sorry but not surprised that no official response has been forthcoming yet; judging by what I see on the nightly news, California has a plethora of problems vying for attention.
In terms of prioritizing recommendations, obviously those not requiring huge outlays of new dollars are most likely to be received positively. In general, recommendations requesting educational activities are less threatening than recommendations calling for actual change in behavior/activity, such as establishing new governmental or private bodies.
Thanks again for the opportunity to review and learn from your impressive work on capacity assessment.
Marshall B. Kapp, J.D., M.P.H. (Colleges of Law & Medicine) was educated at Johns Hopkins University (B.A.), George Washington University Law School (J.D. with Honors), and Harvard University School of Public Health (M.P.H.). Now a Professor Emeritus, he was the Founding Director of the Florida State University Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and Law from 2010 through 2017, with faculty appointments as Professor, Department of Geriatrics, FSU College of Medicine, and Professor of Medicine and Law in the FSU College of Law. He also was a Faculty Affiliate of the FSU Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy and the FSU Institute for Successful Longevity. He currently is an Adjunct Professor, Stetson University College of Law (teaching in the Elder Law LLM program) and an Adjunct Professor at the FSU College of Law (teaching in the Juris Masters program).