As the American population ages, the emerging field of elder law stands poised to play an increasingly important role in legal practice. In preparing to meet this growing need, Hamline is pleased to announce the appointment of Kimberley Dayton as distinguished resident scholar and director of elder law studies. Dayton is an internationally-known expert on elder law and on the law of guardianship.
She was professor of law at the University of Kansas School of Law from 1986-2004, and at the William Mitchell College of Law from 2005-2013. Since January 2014 she has been an emerita professor at William Mitchell. Dayton is the director of the Center for Elder Justice and Policy in Minneapolis and recently founded the International Elder Law Network. In 1994, Dayton helped to establish the elder law clinic at the University of Kansas, one of the nation’s first law school clinics dedicated to serving the needs of elderly clients. Her current research interests include adult guardianship, comparative perspectives on law and aging, and feminist legal theories of elder law. Dayton received her BA in history and english literature from the University of Kansas (1980) and her JD magna cum laude from the University of Michigan (1983).