Past CLE presentations include:
The Elder Justice Resource Guide, presented with the New York Courts Office for Justice Initiatives’ Division of Policy and Planning, discussed the launch of this user-friendly Guide. The Elder Justice Resource Guide, available here, is designed to assist judges, court personnel and others in addressing the range of issues connected to elder abuse and neglect. The Guide includes a comprehensive resource directory and practical information about: elder abuse identification, memory and other changes related to the aging process, relevant criminal and civil laws, and benefits and entitlements for older adults.
Trauma and Older Adult Populations addressed the importance of understanding trauma for effective and efficient lawyering. This presentation brought attention to how traumatic experiences result in lasting cognitive and behavioral effects, how legal proceedings are rife with trauma triggers and the potential for re-traumatization, and how these symptoms can be compounded as well as obscured by the effects of aging. Knowledge of these topics, then, allows attorneys to effectively represent an older adult who has experienced trauma in a variety of legal fora.
In the Red: The Reach and Impact of financial Abuse and Scams was developed in collaboration with New York Attorney General’s Statewide Elder Abuse Coordinator Gary Brown. It covered the various ways elder financial abuse manifests and how the different legal tools, procedures, and resources attorneys can use to educate, prevent, and intervene in order to best serve their clients. It is also now available on the American Bar Association website as a CLE on demand.
The Many Faces of Elder Abuse and the Law: Identifying and Understanding a Hidden Problem was presented first to the New York State Judicial Institute. This presentation imparted a nuanced understanding of the way elder abuse presents and the legal remedies available to address elder abuse efficiently and effectively. Understanding how cultural forces such as trauma, ageism, and societal biases impact legal frameworks is critical to assisting older adults who have experienced abuse. The course presented participants with knowledge of these interlocking issues as well as practical legal tools and resources to address instances of elder abuse in courtroom and other legal settings.