13th Annual Conference on Elder Abuse

13th 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, private fiduciaries, conservators, public guardians, medical professionals, law enforcement officials, and others.

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

Up to 6 hours continuing education credits are available for California Attorneys, Professional Fiduciaries, Behavioral Scientists (LMFT, LCSW, LPCC, and/or LEP), Psychologists, and Registered Nurses. Sessions have also been approved as outside training for Public Administrators, Guardians, and Conservators through CAPAPGPC. A Non-Credit Certificate of Attendance is also available. 


8:00 – 9:00 AM       Registration and Breakfast


9:00 AM   Keynote

Client Control: A Practice Guide for Senior Care Professionals
   – Dr. Teo Ernst, Clinical and Forensic Psychologist


11:00 AM   Breakout Sessions

Toolbox for Navigating LGBTQIA Elder Abuse
   – Lizabeth N. de Vries, Attorney, Scott Law Firm
   – Virginia Palmer, Attorney, Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP
   – Ming Wong, Supervising Helpline Attorney, National Center for Lesbian Rights

The Evolution of Undue Influence in California: Law and Practice
   – Mary Joy Quinn, Director (ret.), San Francisco Probate Department
   – Candace Heisler, Author, Consultant, Heisler & Associates

Aging in 2018: Federal Threats to Healthcare and Social Security/SSI, California Proposals & What it All Means for Older Adults
   – Claire Ramsey, Senior Staff Attorney, Justice in Aging
   – Trinh Phan, Senior Staff Attorney, Justice in Aging

Fighting for Veterans: Be Better Informed When Encountering the Disabled or Destitute Veteran
   – Maurice L. Abarr, Attorney, Law Offices of Maurice L. Abarr – Lawyer, Inc.


12:30 PM   Lunch


1:30 PM   Breakout Sessions

Pursuing Justice for Senior Consumers
   – Sharon Djemal, Director, Consumer Justice, East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC)
   – Miguel Soto, Staff Attorney, EBCLC
   – Kara Acevedo, Staff Attorney, EBCLC
   – Rachel Swanson, Program Coordinator, EBCLC

Taking Action, Safeguarding the Elder, Investigating and Pursuing Elder Abuse Legal Remedies
   – David Ries, Deputy City Attorney, Office of the City Attorney, San Francisco
   – Evyn Shomer, Attorney, SF Department of Aging and Adult Services
   – Elizabeth Combs, Senior Staff Attorney, Legal Assistance for Seniors
   – Susanne Cohen, Attorney, Law Offices of Susanne B. Cohen

Serving Diverse Communities: Checking your Bias, Creating Cultural Humility, and Increasing Capacities
   – Zakia Afrin, Manager, Client Advocacy Programs, Maitri
   – Protima Pandey, Director, Office of Women’s Policy, County of Santa Clara

The Road to Elder Justice-Progress and Pitfalls along the Way
   – Julie Schoen, Deputy Director, National Center on Elder Abuse, Keck School of Medicine, USC


3:00 PM   Break


3:15 PM Breakout Sessions

Ending Homelessness for Seniors in Alameda County
   – Joshua Bamberger, Chief Medical Consultant, Mercy Housing

Married with Children with Conservator
   – Lisa Soloway, Licensed Fiduciary, Soloway Fiduciaries, Inc.
   – Mona Nia, Associate Attorney, Bray Law Office
   – Loren Acuna, Licensed Fiduciary, The ACE Fiduciary Group

Building Resiliency: Tips and Tools for Effective Management of Vicarious Trauma and Secondary Traumatic Stress
   – Nicky MacCallum, Chair, Mental Health Working Group and Clinical Director, Youth ALIVE!

* Schedule is subject to change.  

 LAS would like to thank

And our sponsorsSee the list of sponsors here

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations received by 4/23/18 will be refunded less a $10 administrative fee. Those received 4/24 to 5/7/18 will be refunded less a $50 fee. No refunds after 5/7/18, 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.