Thank you for joining us for Legal Assistance for Seniors’ Fall Webinar Series on Elder Abuse. This year’s webinar is brought to you in partnership with Golden Gate University, the special host of this webinar series. We extend our deep gratitude to our sponsors, partners and volunteers for their time and generosity. Without their commitment and support, this webinar series would not have been possible.

LAS’ four-part webinar series is open to the public, free of charge, though a donation of $25 per webinar event will be gratefully appreciated and accepted in order to support our work. We hope you find the presentations informative and useful.

Each webinar will run approximately 90 minutes in length, featuring a presentation on the particular topic followed by a live, moderated Q&A session. We encourage everyone to come prepared with questions to submit to our panelists.

Please reserve your space for those webinar events of interest to you at our EventBrite registration page:

Please note that all webinars will be taking place at Pacific Time. We would hate to miss you based on a time zone scheduling mishap!

This webinar will be held on Zoom. Closed captioning will be available to all participants. For additional accommodation or accessibility requests, email Shawna Reeves at For questions about the webinar series, email us at



Session 1

Presenter: Kamela Love, JD., and Anaisa Seneda

As Integrative Mediators, transforming family conflict into empathetic understanding, healing of hurt feelings, and restoration of financial, emotional, and/or physical damage is our ultimate goal. We will share how we work with families dealing with elder abuse situations in a way that promotes the restoration of healthy boundaries and the preservation of family relationships.

Kamela Love is the founder of Integrate Legacy Dispute Resolution, a private practice that exclusively offers mediation and professional facilitation services for families who want to repair and preserve their relationships rather than to sue each other in court. As an experienced communication and relationship coach, mediator, martial arts practitioner, dancer and spiritual counselor, she integrates these skills with her legal training to provide a holistic approach to conflict resolution and family facilitated conversations. Kamela graduated undergrad as Valedictorian and magna cum laude from Santa Clara University and earned her law degree from Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles. Kamela became a DRPA certified mediator in 2010. She is the former President of the Board of Directors at Community Boards, a community mediation non-profit in San Francisco. She was trained through Integrative Mediation Bay Area to co-mediate with mental health professionals in such a way that the emotional side of the dispute is prioritized and addressed while simultaneously creating solutions to the financial and legal sides of the dispute. As a pioneer of the collaborative Trust & Estates field, she has worked on interdisciplinary teams with other mediation-trained Attorneys, licensed Mental Health and Eldercare Professionals, and Certified Financial Planners to help families solve legal problems outside of court.

Anaisa Seneda, a skilled mediator with notable presence of mind, has experience with emotionally charged cases involving trauma. Trained in clinical psychoanalysis, behavioral coaching, and Ayurveda psychology, she facilitates difficult conversations and supports the co-regulation of the nervous system in mediation sessions. Anaisa is a trauma-informed professional, experienced in sensitive cases involving moral damage, misconduct, abuse of power and sexual abuse. She has also managed Accountability Processes based on Restorative Justice.

The video recording of Session 1 is available at Session 1.

You can download the PowerPoint slides for Session 1 at Session 1 Slides. NOTE: If you have Microsoft Office Online in Microsoft Edge, the presentation will open in your browser. Otherwise, you must use Microsoft PowerPoint to view the slides.

Session 2

Presenters: Frank Fox, Esq. and Jon Furgison, Esq.

Too often, the non-economic damages inflicted by elder financial abuse are underestimated or “fly under the radar” altogether. This presentation will explain the realm of and reason for potentially recoverable non-economic damages in elder financial abuse litigation, discuss ways to identify and assess those damages and explain the importance of considering potential non-economic damages at each stage of the litigation, e.g., at case intake, pleading, discovery, settlement and trial.

Frank Fox earned his law degree from Stanford in 1984 and formed the San Diego firm of Majors & Fox in 1992. For more than two decades, he has focused his practice on representing financially-abused elders and other vulnerable consumers victimized by predatory business practices, recovering more than $100M for them, including more than $25M in cy pres funds. His work is also reflected in reported cases like Brack v. Omni Loan Company, Ltd. (2008) 164 Cal.App.4th 1312, Shuts v. Covenant Holdco LLC (2012) 208 Cal.App.4th 609 and Mahan v. Charles W. Chan Ins. Agency, Inc. (2017) 14 Cal.App.5th 841. Mr. Fox is a frequent speaker on the subject of elder financial abuse and he has provided training on elder financial abuse, pro bono publico, to Adult Protective Service workers and Legal Service Attorneys. He has received the “Consumer Champion” award from the California Consumer Federation and CANHR’s “William F. Taylor Memorial Award” in recognition of his efforts in “promoting justice for elder financial abuse victims.”

Jon Furgison is the founder of Furgison Law Group, PC and exclusively represents claimants in their disputes with the securities industry. He is a member of the Public Investors Advocate Bar Association (PIABA). He earned his J.D. from Loyola Law School and B.A. in Economics with Honors from the University of California, Berkeley. Offices in Los Angeles and handles cases nationwide.

The video recording of Session 2 is available at Session 2.

You can download the PowerPoint slides for Session 2 at Session 2 Slides. NOTE: If you have Microsoft Office Online in Microsoft Edge, the presentation will open in your browser. Otherwise, you must use Microsoft PowerPoint to view the slides.

Session 3

Presenters: David Burnes, PhD, Marie-Therese Connolly, JD, Patricia Kimball, MS, Stuart Lewis, MD, FACP, Geoff Rogers, Erin Salvo, JD

This moderated panel will explore the evolution and implementation of R I S E – a new person-centered approach to elder abuse designed to reduce harm, respect autonomy, and advance justice in a more holistic and flexible way than is possible given the structural constraints of most existing systems. Since 2019, Maine APS workers have referred more than 350 cases to RISE advocates with positive outcomes as measured both by APS and by clients. Panelists will discuss the philosophy and research that inspired RISE, the practical steps and partnerships that turned those ideas into a reality, and the ongoing efforts to collect and analyze data to assess the impact of the work.

David Burnes, PhD – Associate Professor, Associate Dean, Academic, University of Toronto, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, Affiliate Scientist, Baycrest, Rotman Research Institute

Marie-Therese Connolly, JD – Elder Justice Collaborative, USC Davis School of Gerontology, adjunct faculty, MacArthur Foundation Fellow

Patricia Kimball, MS – Executive Director, Elder Abuse Institute of Maine

Stuart Lewis, MD, FACP – Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics and Primary Care, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Geoff Rogers – Director, The Learning & Development Projects at the Silberman School of Social Work, Hunter College

Erin Salvo, JD – Director, Maine APS

The video recording of Session 3 is available at Session 3.

You can download the PowerPoint slides for Session 3 at Session 3 Slides. NOTE: If you have Microsoft Office Online in Microsoft Edge, the presentation will open in your browser. Otherwise, you must use Microsoft PowerPoint to view the slides.

Session 4

Presenters: Kathryn Stebner, Esq. and Niall McCarthy, Esq.

As our population gets older and wealthier it is no surprise that preying on the elderly for financial gain is rising. Our Financial Institutions are the first line of defense and the gatekeeper of the elder’s money. In fact, institutions market themselves as such and promote all the ways in which money will be guarded and protected against scams. Policies and education are said to be in place to catch the scammer. Yet the scams keep happening under the unwatchful eye of the institution. The presenters will discuss fact patterns, red flags and holding the institution accountable.

Kathryn A. Stebner, Esq., founder of Stebner Gertler Guadagni & Kawamoto, has devoted over 30 years to fighting for the rights of others. She now focuses her skills seeking the proper treatment of individuals in assisted living or board and care facilities. From testifying in support of legislation on behalf of elderly and dependent adults, to being a formidable adversary in the courtroom on behalf of the victims of abuse or improper care, her efforts make a difference in the lives of people living in California. Kathryn is a prolific writer who has contributed to numerous publications. She is also in demand as a speaker on topics related to laws and procedures pertaining to elder care, assisted living, and litigation, appearing recently in the New York Times, Bloomberg, the Los Angeles Times, CNN, and NBC News. In 2014, her dedication and advocacy on behalf of her clients earned Ms. Stebner the Street Fighter of the Year award presented annually by Consumer Attorneys of California. She has also been honored for her achievements by California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform. Kathryn graduated from the University of Oregon in with a BA in pollical science and received her JD from the University of San Francisco School of Law. She is the treasurer of Consumer Attorneys of California and a member and former president of the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association.

Niall McCarthy has practiced extensively in the area of elder abuse, including obtaining multi-million dollar recoveries on behalf of senior citizens in actions involving reverse mortgages, and has been retained by San Mateo County, Santa Clara County, Alameda County and Santa Cruz County to prosecute financial elder abuse cases. In addition, he has handled many notable cases against nursing homes, including well-publicized actions for the families of three victims who died at a San Mateo County nursing home during a heat wave, and an action on behalf of a developmentally disabled person who was severely burned while left unattended in a nursing home shower. He obtained a punitive damage jury verdict after trying an elder abuse case against a nursing home. He also won a unanimous jury verdict in a hotly contested financial elder abuse trial involving the misuse of a senior citizen’s life savings. He is a member of American Board of Trial Advocates, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, International Society of Barristers, and American College of Trial Lawyers.

The video recording of Session 4 is available at Session 4.

You can download the PowerPoint slides for Session 4 at Session 4 Slides. NOTE: If you have Microsoft Office Online in Microsoft Edge, the presentation will open in your browser. Otherwise, you must use Microsoft PowerPoint to view the slides.

Continuing Education

Continuing Education credits are available (1 hour per webinar) for California Attorneys and Professional Fiduciaries. Sessions have also been submitted to CAPAPGPC and approved as outside training for Public Administrators, Guardians, and Conservators.

Please check back soon for additional information about BRN and CAMFT CEUs.

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Special Thanks Special Thanks GGU

Golden Gate University for co-hosting the webinar series and providing technical assistance and support.

CAPAPGPC for its work to provide continuing education units for attendees.

Zur Institute for providing continuing education units for attendees.

Alameda County Area Agency on Aging for sustained program support.

East Bay Foundation on Aging for its partnership with LAS.

California Elder Justice Coalition for its support of our webinar event.

Legal Aid Association of California for its support of our webinar event.

California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform for its support of our webinar event.

Elder Abuse Prevention Program at Institute on Aging for its support of our webinar event.