Carolyn L. Dessin is a professor of law and director of Moot Court programs at The
University of Akron School of Law. She received her B.M.Ed., magna cum laude, from Temple
University, M.M. from Westminster Choir College and J.D., magna cum laude, from Villanova
University, where she was editor-in-chief of the Villanova Law Review and a member of the
Order of the Coif. Professor Dessin teaches Individual Taxation; Elder Law; Wills, Trusts
and Estates; and Drafting for Estates. Her bar admissions include Pennsylvania and the
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and she is a member of the American Bar
Association. Professor Dessin’s research focuses on elder law, probate law and commercial
law, and she is an expert in elder law and elder abuse. Her recent articles include
“Protecting the Older Client in Multigeneration Representation” (38 Family L. Q. 247-268
(2004)) and “Financial Abuse of the Elderly: Is the Solution a Problem?” (34 McGeorge Law
Review 267 (2003)). Prior to joining the Akron law faculty in 1999, Professor Dessin was
an Associate Professor at the Widener University School of Law and a Visiting Associate
Professor at the University of Idaho School of Law. She began her career as a law clerk
for The Honorable Collins J. Seitz in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and
as an associate for Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in Philadelphia, Pa. 



Arbitrability and Vulnerability, Temple Political & Civil Rights Law Review (2012)

Arbitration is cool. Everybody‟s doing it. In the eighty-five years since the passage of the...



Creating and Sustaining Interdisciplinary Guardianship Committees (with Julia R. Nack and Judge Thomas Swift), Utah Law Review (2012)

Over the past two decades, guardians, advocates, and the judiciary have been working at the...



Should Attorneys Have a Duty to Report Financial Abuse of the Elderly?, Akron Law Review (2005)

Exploitation of older persons is a growing problem in America. As a result, our legal...



Protecting the Interests of Older Clients in Multi-Generation Representations, Family Law Quarterly (2004)

Estate planning is a field in which attorneys often represent members of the same family...



Financial Abuse of the Elderly: Is the Solution a Problem?, McGeorge Law Review (2003)

As a population, we are aging rapidly. With this phenomenon has come an increasing interest...


Contributions to Books


Financial Durable Power of Attorney, Elder Law Handbook (2010)

This handbook is intended to provide you with an overview of the many areas of...