Shira Wakschlag Promotes Supported Decision-Making as Guardianship Alternative

Shira Wakschlag (’10), Senior Director of Legal Advocacy and General Counsel at The Arc, was quoted in Washington Lawyer magazine discussing the need to capture missing data to address guardianship issues and endorsing the least restrictive alternatives to guardianships, including supported decision-making (“Reforming Conservatorship A Battle Over Best Interests,” Nov./Dec. 2021). “Who's under guardianship? How are they able to exercise their rights? How many people are trying to file rights restoration petitions, and are they being denied or granted? And how many people are trying to terminate or select their own counsel? . . . There's a lot of data that's really necessary to even define the problem. There's no question that it's a big, systemic issue, but really wrapping your mind around numbers and certain specifics within the system is a really important piece to figuring out solutions.”