Charles P. Sabatino, J.D. is an independent consultant in law and aging after retiring in 2022 from his position as the Director of the ABA Commission on Law and Aging, located in Washington, DC, where he served since 1984. The Commission is a policy and practice research, education, and advocacy body within the ABA, focused on the rights of older adults. Mr. Sabatino’s work there focused on research and project development in the areas of health law, long-term care, decision-making capacity, and ethics. He is a nationally recognized expert in supporting the dignity and rights of older persons and persons with disabilities, especially those with serious illnesses near the end of life. This remains the focus of his work post-retirement from the ABA.
In addition to his role at the ABA Commission, Mr. Sabatino was an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center from 1987 to 2022, where he has taught the seminar on law and aging. He is a Fellow and past president of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (2001-2002) and is past chair of its public policy committee.
Prior to joining the ABA, Mr. Sabatino was the elder law project attorney and managing attorney of the Arlington, Virginia, branch of Legal Services of Northern Virginia. He is a member of the District of Columbia and Virginia bar associations. Mr. Sabatino received an A.B. from Cornell University and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington.