12th Annual Conference on Elder Abuse


12th Annual Conference on Elder Abuse

Legal Assistance for Seniors’ Annual Conference on Elder Abuse brings together a multidisciplinary group of professionals working on the front lines serving older adults. This state-wide conference is an essential resource and networking opportunity for a wide range of professionals, including attorneys, social workers, fiduciaries, law enforcement officials, and other advocates for seniors.

Join us to learn, network and share best practices so that together we can better support older adults. Continuing education credits available. Light breakfast, coffee break and networking lunch are included.

Up to 6 hours continuing education credits available for CA Attorneys, Professional Fiduciaries, Public Administrators, Guardians and Conservators, Psychologists, CA Registered Nurses and CA Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT courses meet the qualifications of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences). More information on continuing ed credits can be found here.

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8:00 AM Breakfast and Registration

9:00 AM Keynote

Embracing Your Ability To Unduly Influence – Dr. Glenn Hammel is a Clinical Neuropsychologist who explains in compassionate and common-sense terms how the conditions of aging impact brain functioning, vulnerability to elder abuse, and the ability to make decisions. His extensive clinical experience with the problems and opportunities associated with aging has made him a leading forensic expert as the Courts strive to balance an elder’s right to autonomy with society’s duty to protect. 


11:00 AM Breakout Sessions

Three Decluttering Skills to Help Older Adults with Hoarding Disorder
– Michael A. Tompkins, Co-Director, San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy

Bringing in the Big Fish: Corporate Responsibility for Elder Abuse
– Michael Molland, Esq., Principal, Molland Law

Boots on the Ground: Fighting Pension Poaching Scams against Elder Veterans in San Francisco
– Tamari Hedani, Associate Director of Elder Abuse Prevention, Institute on Aging

– Minerva Lopez, Regional Supervising Investigator, California Department of Insurance – Enforcement Branch
– John Mitchell, Deputy District Attorney, Kern County District Attorney’s Office
– Neil Granger, Financial Abuse Consultant and Expert

ID Theft
– Vivienne Antal, Senior Stakeholder Liaison, Internal Revenue Service


1:30 PM Breakout Sessions

Where Criminal Justice and Seniors Meet: Perspectives from the District Attorney’s Office Elder Death Review Team and California Victim Compensation Board
– Paul Durenberger, District Attorney, Sacramento District Attorney’s Office, Assistant Chief Deputy District

– Cindy Kaiser, Associate Governmental Program Analyst, California Victim Compensation Program

Tenant’s Rights for Seniors
– Leah Simon-Weisberg, Managing Attorney, Centro Legal de la Raza

– Victoria Snyder, Staff Attorney, Contra Costa Senior Legal Services

Recent Changes in Testamentary Capacity Rules
– Hon. Elaine Rushing, Judge

– Dr. Jonathan Canick, Clinical Neuropsychologist
– Walter Cook,Principal, Law Offices of Walter C. Cook
– Ronald P. Wargo, Partner, Friedemann Goldberg LLP

LGBTQIA Issues Facing Elders as We Age
– Deb L. Kinney, Partner, Johnston Kinney and Zulaica LLP

3:20 PM Breakout Sessions

Protecting Residents of California’s Long-Term Care Facilities
– Eric Carlson, Directing Attorney, Justice in Aging

Aging and Long-Term Care Policy Updates: The Recent, the Current, and the Ugly
– Tony Chicotel, Staff Attorney, California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR)

– Julie Pollock, Long Term Care Advocate, California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform

Medicare Alert: How to Help Prevent Medicare Fraud & Abuse
– Pat Macholl, Counselor, Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP)

– Caitlin Chan, HICAP Assistant Manager, Legal Assistance for Seniors 

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* Schedule is subject to change.

Thanks to Our Sponsors

Supporting the LAS Conference on Elder Abuse shows your commitment to protect seniors, and provides high visibility of your brand to our professional audience. A limited number of exhibit tables are available with some sponsorship packages. Download sponsorship information and benefits or a sponsor registration form below, or contact us for more details at 510-832-3040.

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Cancellation Policy: Cancellations received by 4/24/17 will be refunded less a $10 administrative fee. Those received 4/25 to 5/9/17 will be refunded less a $50 fee. No refunds after 5/9/17, but you may transfer your registration to someone else. Refunds will be processed approximately 2 weeks after the conference.

Legal Assistance for Seniors (LAS) may take photographs, audio recordings and video during the conference and reproduce them in news or promotional material, in print, electronic or other media, including the LAS website. By participating in the conference, you grant Legal Assistance for Seniors the right to use your name and image for such purposes. All postings are property of LAS.

For those unable to afford the cost of the conference, we have a limited number of volunteer spaces available. Email conference [at] lashicap.org for information on volunteering.