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A. Frank Johns to Present at 3rd World Congress on Adult Guardianship

A. Frank Johns, from Booth Harrington & Johns of Greensboro will present the plenary session Person-Centered Guardianship and Supported Decision-Making in Six Countries at the 3rd World Congress on Adult Guardianship. The World Congress will be held May 28 – 30 in the Washington, DC metro area. This panel discussion also features presentations from Makoto Arai, Chuo University (JPN); Cheol Ung Je, Hanyang University (KOR); Rebecca Morgan, Stetson University College of Law (USA); Kim Dayton, William Mitchell College of Law (USA); and Denzil Lush, Court of Protection (GBR).

This unique event will bring together 120 speakers from 21 countries on six continents to discuss promising practices in the area of adult guardianship. This is the third World Congress on Guardianships; the first and second were held respectively in Japan and Australia. As the current chair of the National Guardianship Network, Johns was a primary organizer for the event.

"I'm pleased and honored to be speaking about this important topic to such an esteemed worldwide audience,” said Johns. Anyone who is involved with guardianship regularly faces challenges at some point. While many regional and national organizations offer ways for guardianship professionals to share challenges and solutions, rarely do they have the opportunity to interact with peers from other countries. The World Congress presents shared problems from new perspectives and offer ideas and solutions from multiple viewpoints, cultures and guardianship systems.”

A. Frank Johns, JD, LLM, CELA, CAP has been practicing law in North Carolina for over 30 years and is a nationally recognized legal authority in Elder Law, Guardianship, Special Education and Disability Rights, Special Needs Trusts and Legal Ethics. Mr. Johns is a charter partner in Booth Harrington & Johns of NC PLLC. He is past President of and a Fellow in the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and past chair of NAELA’s Council of Advanced Practitioners; a fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC); charter chair of the North Carolina Bar Association Elder Law Section; and charter associate of the Society of Settlement Planners. He is also charter advisory Board member of Elder Counsel. He is Board Certified in Elder Law by the National Elder Law Foundation, and certified as a specialist in elder law by the North Carolina State Bar. He was a charter Board member of the National Guardianship Association and a charter member of the National Guardianship Network, where he serves as the current chairperson.

This three-day event features 42 general and breakout sessions, including a keynote presentation from Hon. Kathy Greenlee, Administrator for Community Living and Assistant Secretary for Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Complete details, including the full program, registration information and hotel details, can be found at

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