Nixon Peabody Partner Allen Lynch Receives Top Award for Article in Johns Hopkins/NIC Seniors Housing & Care Journal

Winning Author Also the First Attorney to Graduate from the Johns Hopkins University/NIC Executive Development Program

November 06, 2002

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Allison McClain

Winning Author Also the First Attorney to Graduate from the Johns Hopkins University/NIC Executive Development Program

BALTIMORE, MD—Nixon Peabody LLP partner Allen A. Lynch, II, who is based in Boston, was recently honored by Johns Hopkins University and the National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industries (NIC) for writing the winning article in the 2002 Seniors Housing & Care Journal. The subject was “The Enforceability and Use of Negotiated Risk Agreements.”

The Journal, published annually by the Johns Hopkins University/NIC Seniors Housing & Care Program, features articles on critical issues faced by managers in the industry. Its purpose is to disseminate scholarly research that is focused in the field and has relevance to day-to-day operations.

“This year’s top paper is especially noteworthy,” said Robert G. Kramer, NIC executive director, “because it recognizes the importance of balancing residents’ desire for independence with the community’s responsibility for protecting them. Negotiated risk agreements give a community the ability to enter into an explicit understanding with residents and their families as to how that balance will be maintained.”

Prize money is awarded by a committee for the top papers: $3,000 for the first place article, $1,500 to second place and $500 to the third. This year’s awards were presented at the 12th Annual NIC Conference on Oct. 17.

Winner of the second place award went to Linda Hollinger-Smith, Ph.D., director of research, Mary Leary, president and CEO, and their colleagues at the Mather Institute on Aging, located in Evanston, IL. That paper focused on building a quality long term care workforce. Other articles in the 2002 Journal address how Medicaid rules stymie assisted living, improving data collection in the industry, and reducing operating costs as a means to affordable assisted living. Copies of the publication are available through for $50.

The Johns Hopkins University/NIC Seniors Housing & Care Program is the first graduate program in the nation devoted exclusively to the business of seniors housing and care. It offers graduate level courses and degrees, including concentrations applied toward the university’s MBA program and the Master of Science in Real Estate. An applied research program, of which the Journal is a part, consists of case studies on the seniors housing and care sector, as well as applied research projects.

In addition, an Executive Development Program prepares industry executives for leadership positions, with courses in operations and management, development and finance, and sales and marketing. Students who complete the program receive a graduate certificate. Nixon Peabody’s Allen Lynch is the first attorney to graduate from this program.

“The Executive Development Program provided me with a practical insight into the daily operations that many of my clients within the real estate and seniors housing and care industry are facing today,” Mr. Lynch said. “It provides valuable knowledge and tools for helping to deal with the difficulties many owners, operators and financiers are confronted with.”

Launched in 1999, the Johns Hopkins University/NIC Seniors Housing & Care Program is the product of a partnership between NIC and the Johns Hopkins University School of Professional Studies in Business and Education.

Funding is secured through NIC, and 20 leading financial institutions and senior living companies that are founding sponsors. Those organizations include American Retirement Corporation, Bank of America, Benedictine Health System Long Term Care, Capital Senior Living Corporation, EdenCare Senior Living Services L.P., Erickson Retirement Communities, Formation Capital LLC, GE Capital Healthcare Financial Services, GMAC Commercial Mortgage, Greystone Communities Inc., Key Healthcare Finance, Marcus & Millichap, Marriott Senior Living Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Prudential Real Estate Investors, Retirement Housing Foundation, SouthTrust Bank, SunBridge Healthcare Corp., The Fountains, and Vetter Health Services. For more information, visit or call (410) 516-0768.

Nixon Peabody LLP is one of the largest multi-practice law firms in the United States, with more than 500 attorneys and offices in 13 cities. Clients include emerging and middle-market businesses, national and multi-national corporations, financial institutions, public entities, not-for-profit institutions, and individuals.

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