DRI Executive Director, Amy Cunningham, a delegate at the Fourth National Guardianship Summit, joined 125 participants to develop National Recommendations for Guardianship Reform

Highlights of National Guardianship Summit


  • Held virtually over four half-day sessions starting on May 10, 2021 around the theme of Maximizing Autonomy and Ensuring Accountability.
  • First national summit held to develop recommendations in ten years.
  • National Guardianship Network, a collaboration of fourteen organizations interested in guardianship issues organized the summit.
  • Syracuse University Collage of Law hosted the event.


Highlight of Summit Recommendations Twenty-two Recommendations for Improvement and Reform


  • Rights-Based Guardianships – Enhancing Rights of Persons Subject to Guardianship: 3 Recommendations
  • Supporting Decision-Making: 4 Recommendations
  • Limited Guardianship, Protective Arrangement & Diverting Pipelines: 4 Recommendations
  • Rethinking Guardianship Monitoring & Addressing Abuse: 4 Recommendations
  • Addressing Fiduciary Responsibilities & Tensions: 4 Recommendations
  • Guardianship Court Improvement Programs: 3 Recommendations


Click here to review the full recommendations


Summit papers and the recommendations will be published in a symposium edition of the Syracuse Law Review (likely this fall). Current drafts and issues briefs are currently available on the Summit website at: http://law.syr.edu//academics/conferences-symposia/the-fourth-national-guardianship-summit-autonomy-and-accountability.