A Director of the Florida Academy of Elder Law Attorneys since 1999, Lauchlin has testified on behalf of the Academy on several occasions before the Florida Legislature and various commissions, including the Commission on the Study for Long Term Care in 2000. The Florida Chapter awarded her the Outstanding Chapter Member award in 2001.
In April 2002, Lauchlin was elected to serve a two year term as a Director of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). She has served on the Public Policy Committee and the NAELA Fellows Selection Committee. Lauchlin has been Chair of the NAELA Advocacy/Litigation Special Interest Group since 2000, and a member of the Guardianship, Trust and Practice Development SIGs for the greater part of her tenure as a NAELA member.
As the immediate past Chair of the Elder Law Section of The Florida Bar, and a former Legislative Chair, Lauchlin is active in legal issues affecting the elderly in Florida. In 1999 she received the Chairís outstanding member award. She has also served as a Director of the Florida State Guardianship Association.
Lauchlin is on the Board of Directors at Big Bend Hospice, Inc. and volunteers frequently at the Tallahassee Senior Center. She is active in the Tallahassee Alzheimer Resource Association, the Capital Coalition of Aging, and numerous other community organizations related to the elderly. She recently participated as a panelist in the Angels In America series regarding death and dying and will assist in hosting a bio-ethics seminar in Tallahassee later in 2002.
Lauchlin has been married since 1980 to Steve Waldoch, an architect and builder with his own practice in Tallahassee. They have two children, Ashley, 18 and Alex, 16. Thankfully, both Lauchlinís parents and both her in-laws are still living and reside within two or three hours from Tallahassee. These relationships give her a perspective in elder issues that can only come from real-life experience.
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Florida Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 4-7.2(d) (1997).