J.D., University of Miami
B.A., University of Arizona
Professor Katherine Pearson is a scholar of legal issues facing older adults, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary and comparative approaches to elder care. Her recent scholarship focuses on protection of older adults, regulation of continuing care retirement and life care communities, and public and private obligations under filial support laws. She is also an affiliated faculty member of the John A. Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence at Penn State University.
A 2009-2010 Fulbright scholar, Professor Pearson was the Petersen Visiting Scholar in Gerontology and Family Studies at Oregon State University and a scholar in residence at Queen's University Belfast in Northern Ireland, where she conducted interdisciplinary research. She was awarded a 2012 research grant by the Borchard Foundation.
Professor Pearson uses her background as a practicing attorney, with experience in jury trials, to inform her teaching, including classes on evidence, non-profit organizations, and contracts. Her international work includes courses on cross-border family law, and comparative social security policies. Professor Pearson created and directed the Elder Protection Clinic, which operated from 2001 to 2012, providing students with opportunities for "first chair" representation of older adults on cutting edge legal issues.
The Law of Financial Abuse and Exploitation (with Trisha Cowart) (Bisel Publishing, 2011).
“Filial Support Obligations in Pennsylvania Adult Children, Parents, and Spouses,” in Elder Law in Pennsylvania (Jeffrey Marshall, ed., 3d ed. 2011).
Selected Journal Articles
“Capacity, Conflict, and Change: Elder Law and Estate Planning Themes in an Aging World,” 117 Penn State L. Rev. 979 (2013)(Introduction to Symposium Issue). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2255177.