Edward D. Spurgeon, Albert and Elaine Borchard Foundation

TITLE: President

FOCUS AREAS: Youth development, health and medicine, education, the arts, the environment

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PROFILE: Edward D. Spurgeon is an officer on the board and the president of the Albert and Elaine Borchard Foundation. He has been part of this foundation since it first began in 1983.

His professional bio shares:

Edward D. “Ned” Spurgeon, an active national advocate, scholar and teacher on Elder law issues, founded The Borchard Foundation Center on Law and Aging and serves as Co-Director. He also serves on the Board of Directors, and is past president, of the National Senior Citizens Law Center, as a special advisor to the American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging (formerly the Commission on Legal Problems of the Elderly) and was co-founder of the Utah Legal Services Senior Lawyer Volunteer Project. He is also a member of the American Bar Foundation (Utah Chapter).
Since 1980, Professor Spurgeon has been a legal educator, with faculty appointments as Professor of Law at the University of Utah College of Law (1980-1993, 2002-present) and the University of Georgia School of Law (1993-2003) and as visiting Professor of Law at New York University, Stanford University and Pacific McGeorge School of Law, where he was from 2007-2010 the first holder of the Gordon D. Schaber Chair in Health Law and Policy. He also was the Dean of the law schools at both the University of Utah (1983-1990) and the University of Georgia (1993-1998). His teaching and writing in recent years have focused on law, public policy and aging; taxation of gifts, estates and trusts; and estate planning.
Spurgeon’s recent scholarship includes the book, Federal Taxation of Trusts, Grantors and Beneficiaries (with Professor John Peschel, 3d ed., 1997; supplements 1998-2010). Selected articles include “Lawyers Acting as Guardians: Policy and Ethical Considerations” in XXXI Stetson Law Review No. 3 2002 (with Ciccarello) “Integrating Tax and Elder Law into Elder Law and Tax Courses” XXX in Stetson University Law Review No. 4 2001 (with Mustard), “How Increased Respect for the Autonomy of Older People Has Changed the Legal Landscape: An Overview” in the Intermountain Aging Review (Fall/Winter 2000-01), and “Fostering Elder Rights Through Innovative Collaborations: A Look at the Partnerships in Law and Aging Program” in the Journal of Poverty Law and Policy (Sept.-Oct. 2000).
Spurgeon organized a national multidisciplinary conference on the legal and ethical aspects of dementia at the University of Georgia in December 2000; papers from the path-setting conference were published in 35 Georgia Law Review No. 2 (2001) for which he co-authored the foreward. Spurgeon has also helped organize similar national conferences: one at Stetson University on guardianship law (2001); and a second at Fordham University on legal ethics (1993).
Spurgeon also was co-organizer with the ABA Commission on Law and Aging of a pathsetting national multidisciplinary conference at Pacific McGeorge School of Law on the topic of Facilitating Voting as People Age: the Impact of Cognitive Impairments, for which he also co-authored the Introduction.
Spurgeon practiced law for 15 years, including 12 years as an associate and a partner with Paul, Hastings, Janofsky and Walker in Los Angeles, before beginning his career in legal education.
Spurgeon earned his undergraduate degree in English from Princeton University, his law degree from Stanford University Law School, and a Master of Laws degree from New York University Law School.

Spurgeon was a 2016 recipient of the John H. Pickering Award of Achievement, which was presented by the Senior Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association.