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Thank you for joining us for Legal Assistance for Seniors’ Fall Webinar Series on Elder Abuse. As you may know, LAS was originally planning to celebrate our 15th Annual Conference with attendees in person this year in May. Life in the Age of COVID-19 changed those plans, but technology will allow us to present you and your colleagues with valuable information on issues affecting seniors today.

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 for attendance will be gratefully appreciated and accepted. We hope you find the presentations informative and useful. Thank you, once again, for your interest and support.

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


Lisa Nerenberg
Lisa Nerenberg, MSW, MPH
Webinar 1: Toward a More Just, Less Ageist Society: An Elder Justice Agenda
Presenter: Lisa Nerenberg, MSW, MPH
Date: Tuesday, September 15 from 12:00 to 1:30 PM

Drawing from her 35 years as an advocate, Lisa Nerenberg will trace the forces that have given rise to the elder justice movement. These include heightened attention to ageism, the acceptance of elder abuse as a public health concern, and the global movement to adopt a universal convention for the rights of older people. Ms. Nerenberg will describe a framework for enhancing individual rights and social justice at the individual, interpersonal, community, and systemic levels. In doing so, she offers a vision for a more just society for older adults and people of all ages who aspire to live long and healthy lives.

Lisa Nerenberg has been a leader in the field of elder abuse prevention for over 30 years. She is Executive Director of the California Elder Justice Coalition and an instructor at City College of San Francisco, where she teaches classes in gerontology, elder abuse, and ageism. Ms. Nerenberg has presented at hundreds of professional forums, testified before state and federal legislative bodies, served on governmental advisory boards, provided training and technical assistance to communities across the U.S. and abroad, and written extensively about elder abuse, undue influence, multidisciplinary teams, financial exploitation, and health equity. Her newly released Elder Justice, Ageism and Elder Abuse (Springer, 2019) offers a roadmap for promoting individual rights and social justice in aging policy and programs. Her earlier Elder Abuse Prevention: Emerging Trends and Promising Strategies (Springer, 2008) describes what the public, government, agencies, and advocates can do to prevent abuse, and treat its effects.

Claire Ramsey, Esq.
Claire Ramsey, Esq.
Kevin Prindiville, Esq.
Kevin Prindiville, Esq.
Webinar 2: The Aging Landscape in California: An Overview of the 2020 Budget, Legislation, COVID Policy Response and the Master Plan for Aging
Date: Tuesday, September 22 from 12:00 to 1:30 PM
Presenters: Claire Ramsey, Esq. and Kevin Prindiville, Esq.

California’s older adults are facing dauting challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Second LAS Webinar will focus on these matters, as well as on other important issues facing seniors in the golden state. In addition to an overview of the 2020 Budget, legislation and the state’s Master Plan for Aging, the presenters will provide insight into getting more involved in aging policy advocacy efforts.

Claire Ramsey is a senior staff attorney at Justice in Aging focusing on California health care issues, including Medi-Cal and In-Home Supportive Services. Ms. Ramsey formerly worked as a staff attorney at the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County where she represented seniors on issues involving health care, public benefits, and elder abuse. She received her law degree from UC Hastings College of the Law in 2006 with a concentration on Public Interest Law.

Kevin Prindiville is Justice in Aging’s Executive Director. He is a nationally recognized expert on Medicare and Medicaid policy and has served as counsel in several class action lawsuits protecting low-income senior’s access to public benefits. The author of numerous articles, reports and briefs, he frequently testifies before legislators, presents at national conferences and works closely with both federal and state regulatory agencies. Mr. Prindivlle is a member of California’s Master Plan for Aging’s Stakeholder Advisory Committee.

Kimberly Swierenga, Esq., MBA
Kimberly Swierenga, Esq., MBA
Elena Ro, Esq.
Elena Ro, Esq.
Webinar 3: Recognizing, Preventing and Addressing Financial Elder Abuse
Date: Tuesday, September 29 from 12:00 to 1:30 PM
Presenters: Kimberly Swierenga, Esq., MBA and Elena Ro, Esq.

Fraud is often thought to refer to stranger-induced scams such as fake credit card schemes, lottery and prize promotions, and phony investment sales–typically sold through the internet, tele-marketing, or by direct mail. However, most financial abuse and exploitation is committed by “trusted others” – individuals such as relatives, caregivers, fiduciaries, financial planners, insurance agents, and other professionals or advisers who are in close relationships with a vulnerable senior and, therefore, in a position to exploit that relationship. Financial exploitation of seniors is a growing problem. This webinar will seek to explain these matters and help individuals learn how to avoid such fraud.

Kimberly Swierenga Esq., MBA, helps elders who have been victimized financially by the predatory practices of businesses, financial advisors, insurance agents, banks, title companies, escrow companies, and others in the financial services industry and community. Ms. Swierenga is recognized state-wide for her litigation of elder financial abuse claims, improper annuity and life insurance sales, trust-mill schemes, Veterans’ benefits scams and Medi-Cal planning scams, among others. Ms. Swierenga sits on the board of directors for the San Diego County Bar Association and Consumer Attorneys of San Diego (2013-current), chairs the Elder Law section of the San Diego County Bar Association, and is a court-appointed mediator for Superior Court and Probate Court in San Diego.

Elena Ro began working in the SEC’s San Francisco Regional Office in 2002 as an Enforcement staff attorney and became an Assistant Regional Director in 2014. Elena oversees the Operations function as well as supports the SEC’s Enforcement efforts for Northern California and the Pacific Northwest. Prior to joining the SEC, she worked as a law firm litigation associate in San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

David Little, Esq.
David Little, Esq.
Webinar 4: The Future is [almost] Here: Electronic Wills in California
Date: Tuesday, October 6 from 12:00 to 1:30 PM
Presenter: David Little, Esq.

The digitization of all things has only become more urgent with the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. Some states have enacted legislation to allow electronic wills, updating laws that go back centuries. California’s electronic will statute has not been enacted, but recent cases in other states have allowed electronic wills, even without legislation. David Little will explain these cases, other state’s laws, and California’s proposed legislation.

David Little is a senior attorney with Hartog, Baer & Hand in Orinda, California. Mr. Little has been practicing law since 2000 and has specialized in trust and estate law for the past nine years. He is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate law. David’s practice is focused on estate planning and the administration of trusts and estates, but he also has extensive experience in trust and estate litigation and has previously worked as a trust officer in a bank trust department. David has published extensively and has presented throughout California on estate planning and administration topics. He currently serves as Treasurer of East Bay Trust and Estate Lawyers and is a past president of the East Bay Estate Planning Council.

Special Hosts Golden Gate University

Special Thanks PAPGPC BBEvents

  • Golden Gate University, for co-hosting the webinar series and providing technical assistance and support.
  • Institute on Aging (IOA) for their sponsorship of education credits as well as their continued support.
  • CAPAPGPC for its work to provide continuing education units for attendees.
  • Alameda County Area Agency on Aging for sustained program support.
  • East Bay Foundation on Aging, for their partnership with LAS.


SponsorsDiamond Sponsors

PlatinumCampbell Green LLP, Trust & Estate Attorneys

Gold Gold Sponsors

Silver Silver Sponsors

Bronze Bronze Sponsors

  • A.R.M. Homes
  • Merlander Company
  • John Balquist Fiduciary Services

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. Continuing Education credits for BRN and CAMFT licensed professionals are available and will be provided by the Institute on Aging (IOA). Please see below for more information on the IOA provided credits.

Continuing Education Information—IOA

(1 to 1.5 hours Continuing Education Units): BRN (RNs only); CAMFT (serves LCSWs, MFTs, LPCCs and LEPs). IOA is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) Provider # CEP13610. IOA is also approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for this program. IOA maintains responsibility for the course and its content. Course meets the qualifications for continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. CAMFT provider number is #135377.

Certification Process

To receive MCLEs and Continuing Education Units (CEUs), attendees will be required to fill out an online evaluation form after each program to verify attendance and specify the MCLE/CEU specialty being requested. A link to this form will be emailed to guests who attend the session within 24 hours after it concludes. We kindly ask you fill out the form within one (1) week after the session in order to receive your MCLE/CEUs in a timely fashion. The forms will be processed by LAS and forwarded to our relevant CEU partners. Attendees will be notified via email with their accreditation documentation.

For members of the CA PA/PG/PC wanting CEUs, complete the request for your category and you will receive a Certificate of Attendance from LAS to submit with the proper documentation directly to the PA/PG/PC along with the fee for the credit.