Nina Kohn Calls for Adult Guardianship System Reform

Nina Kohn (’03), Professor of Law and Faculty Director of Online Education at Syracuse University College of Law, was interviewed for a WABC-TV New York 7 On Your Side investigative report on the lack of oversight surrounding adult guardianship in the tri-state area, and how other states have implemented model guidelines amid calls for reform of the guardianship system (“Eyewitness News Investigation Finds Alarming Issues in Tri-State’s Adult Guardianship Systems,” Jan. 18). “We’re not just stripping people of their rights, although that’s a huge deal. We’re also, in many cases, charging them to have their rights removed. . . . It’s far too easy to appoint guardians for people and it’s far too easy to give those guardians much broader powers than they actually need to protect the individual.” Calling on legislators to make guardianship reform a priority, Nina stated, “You just have to think that these people are worth it and the reality is that legislatures have not treated these people as worth it.” As a member of the Uniform Law Commission that created a comprehensive statute considered the “gold standard” for guardianship systems, Nina urged states to adopt The Uniform Guardianship, Conservatorship and Other Protective Arrangements Act.