When: June 18th, 2024 from 9 AM – 5 PM
Where: UC Law San Francisco (198 McAllister St.)

We are thrilled to announce the return of our in-person Conference on Elder Abuse, California’s premier conference for attorneys, advocates, social workers, fiduciaries, care managers, and others committed to preventing and responding to elder abuse.

At a time when financial abuse and housing precarity are on the rise for older adults, Conference sessions will focus on examining the various ways older adults experience elder abuse within our communities. Speakers will provide effective tools and strategies to identify and address issues that impact older adults.

This year’s 18th Conference on Elder Abuse will take place at UC Law San Francisco on June 18th and is being co-sponsored by the UCSF-UC Law SF Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy. We hope you will join us on June 18th for what promises to be an inspiring, relevant, and thought-provoking 18th Conference on Elder Abuse.

Conference Registration

  • $175 – Regular (purchased June 18)
  • $200 – Day of Registration
  • $125 – Special Rate for nonprofit organizations and government agencies (Registration must be completed by June 17 to receive the Special Rate)

An Important Note: To limit our agency’s impact on the planet, all accompanying materials for Conference sessions will be available only online for download prior to the Conference. It is the responsibility of all Conference attendees to save copies to bring on devices or print copies for the Conference. LAS will NOT have printed session materials available at the Conference.

Conference Schedule

Conference Program

(MCLEs will be offered)

An Elder Abuse Survivor and Her Grandson Take on Financial Institutions That Assist in Elder Financial Abuse with Alice Lin, Matthew Sugiyama, and Anne Marie Murphy
Session Description: After losing her life savings to scammers via transactions that her bank failed to flag as suspicious, Alice Lin experienced a trauma that she continues to feel two years later. The psychological effects rippled through her family as well. Armed with strength and courage, Ms. Lin and her grandson, Matthew Sugiyama, set out to help others by sharing their story – in hopes of making sure that what happened to Ms. Lin wouldn’t happen to other seniors in California. Attend this session to hear from Ms. Lin, her grandson, and her attorney, Anne Marie Murphy, about her heartbreaking loss, the role financial institutions play in elder financial abuse, and what is needed to stop this devastating practice.

Enforcing Elder Abuse Laws in the Landlord-Tenant Context with Jacqueline Ravenscroft
Session Description: Learn about applying financial elder abuse laws to the housing context, application of FEHA and disability rights laws in housing, general overview of local and state rent ordinances that have specific protections based on age, the specific ways housing insecurity and displacement affect the elderly, and legal remedies and damages.

Ethics Jeopardy: Legal Ethics for Attorneys, Paralegals, Professional Fiduciaries, Caregivers, Bankers, and Others! with Frank R. Acuña and Tracy S. Regli
(MCLE: 1.5 Legal ethics—subfield credit)
Session Description: Join the legal equivalent of Alex Trebeck and Vanna White as they take you through legal ethics for attorneys, paralegals, professional fiduciaries, caregivers, bankers, and others! Categories include Family Members; Conflicts of Interest; and, of course, Hodge Podge. And remember, your response must be in the form of a question.

Furthering Elder Justice through Legislative Advocacy with Norma P. Garcia and Shawna Reeves
Session Description: Curious about legislative advocacy but nervous about jumping in feet first? This presentation is for you! Let an attorney and a social worker who have worked on legislative advocacy together show you the building blocks of creating policy change that benefits your clients and countless other older adults. Using examples of elder financial abuse consumer campaigns and bills they have worked on at the state and federal levels, Norma and Shawna will not only demystify the legislative advocacy process but hopefully get you interested in participating in it as well.

How Scammers Use Loans to Steal Older Homeowners’ Life Savings with Kathleen Thaete, Sil Vossler, and Peter Fredman
Session Description: Learn how scammer loan brokers manipulate short-term, hard money loans to “rescue” older borrowers and steal their accumulated life savings. This presentation will include cases stories, how to identify predatory loans, and what to do when you encounter these cases.

Older Adults in Crisis: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Elder Abuse with Housing Instability with Hannah Brady, Vivianne Mbaku, and Jose Michel
Session Description: In the recent needs assessment conducted by Stanislaus County’s Area Agency on Aging, housing surpassed all other areas of need for older adults for the first time ever. Indeed, across California, this population is facing unprecedented housing instability and often, this is intertwined with elder abuse. Our panel will provide a technical education on the various types of legal and social interventions that can be mobilized during the moment of crisis when an elder’s housing is threatened due to elder abuse, with a focus on restorative justice solutions that are trauma-informed and culturally competent. Then, the panel will present several different scenarios for attendees to examine using the knowledge that they gained from the presentations.

Understanding the Harm of Ableism in Preventing Elder Abuse with Ali Chiu
(MCLE: 1.5 Implicit bias—subfield credit)
Session Description: This presentation will explore U.S. history, policies, and service structures on disability, and examine how ableist practices perpetuate oppression and put older and dependent adults at risk for abuse.

Unraveling Nursing Home Ownership with Gary Praglin
Session Description: Nursing Home Litigation can be complex. Ownership is often difficult to determine and sometimes deliberately concealed. This discussion will illustrate the problem and how we pulled back the curtain to reveal the true owners in a recent nursing home death case.

Veterans Benefits: A Lure for Elder Abuse with James M. Morgan and Frank Fox
Session Description: Pension with Aid and Attendance (PAA) is a benefit from the VA available to wartime veterans who qualify based on their income and care needs. Unscrupulous individuals and companies take advantage of unsuspecting veterans by qualifying them for the maximum PAA benefit and then “selling” them home care, which ultimately leaves the veterans in a worse financial position than they were in before they qualified for the benefit. PAA is also used as a lure by insurance agents selling annuities, attorneys and paralegals selling “estate plans,” assisted living facilities in search of new residents, and assisted living placement agencies looking for new clients. Through the lens of cases they have handled, Jim and Frank will discuss how these types of scams work, identify “red flags” that will help you spot scams that use PAA as a lure, describe the resulting array of economic and non-economic harms, and explore applicable legal theories and available remedies.


Conference Speaker List
Frank R. Acuña, Attorney at Law, California State Bar Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Probate, and Trust Law
Hannah Brady, Executive Director, Senior Advocacy Network
Ali Chiu, Lead Supervisor of Consultative Services, Institute on Aging
Frank Fox, Esq., Majors & Fox
Peter Fredman, Esq., Law Office of Peter Fredman PC
Norma Garcia, Esq., Lecturer, UC Berkeley School of Law
Alice Lin, Advocate and Elder Financial Abuse Survivor
Vivianne Mbaku, Esq., Director of Equity in Elder Justice, Justice in Aging
Jose Michel, MSW, Supervisor IV, Stanislaus County Adult Protective Services
James M. Morgan, Esq., Partner, Lanzone Morgan, LLP
Anne Marie Murphy, Esq., Partner, Cotchett Pitre & McCarthy LLP
Gary A. Praglin, Esq., Partner, Cotchett Pitre & McCarthy LLP
Jacqueline Ravenscroft, Tenant Rights Attorney, Partner, Tobener Ravenscroft LLP
Shawna Reeves, MSW, Special Projects Consultant, Legal Assistance for Seniors
Tracy S. Regli, Attorney at Law, California State Bar Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Probate, and Trust Law, Attorney at Law, Acuña Regli, LLP
Matthew Sugiyama, Advocate, Founder of ProtectingOurSeniors.org
Kathleen Thaete, Staff Attorney, Housing and Economic Rights Advocates
Sil Vossler, Esq., The Vossler Law Firm
and more incredible speakers TBA!

The Conference on Elder Abuse is made possible only by the generosity of our dedicated sponsors and supporters below:

MCLE credit will be offered.