Rooting Out Elder Abuse: The Law as a Tool (5-21-19)

Elder abuse is a rampant and rapidly growing problem throughout New York State and across the country. While it is increasingly common, elder abuse remains dramatically underreported. This presentation is designed to raise awareness and understanding of the elder abuse epidemic and assist lawyers and other professionals in identifying and addressing potential elder abuse within their pool of clients and potential clients. Participants will learn about the signs, symptoms and red flags of different types of abuse, whether physical, emotional or financial. Presenters will review the results of the latest elder abuse research and what those findings mean for practitioners. Attendees will learn how to evaluate common ethical dilemmas that arise for attorneys attempting to address elder abuse concerns. Potential legal remedies as well as community resources will be discussed, with a focus on practical and effective methods of prevention and intervention.

  • CLE Credits
    Ethics and Professionalism: 1.00
    Skills: 0.50
    Areas of Professional Practice: 0.50
  • Format
    On-Demand/Recorded - Audio/Video File
  • Practice Area(s)
    Elder Law
  • Price: $0
  • Materials
    Contains 4 training item(s)

About the Faculty

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    Deirdre Lok (Speaker)

    Deirdre M.W. Lok, Esq. is the Assistant Director and General Counsel for The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale. Prior to joining The Weinberg Center, Ms. Lok was a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Oahu, Hawaii and was the first prosecutor in Hawaii to manage the Mental Health courtroom. She spent several years as an Assistant District Attorney in New York City, at the Queens County District Attorney's Office where she focused on domestic violence cases. Ms. Lok graduated Magna Cum Laude from New York University and received her law degree from Brooklyn Law School. Ms. Lok is a frequent speaker on the issue of elder abuse and the law, and has guest lectured at Penn State Dickinson School of Law, Cardozo Law School, and CUNY Law School and has provided training to attorney's through the New York State's Judicial Institute, the Queens Bar Association, and the Bronx Bar Association. Ms. Lok was appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio to the Age-Friendly NYC Commission, and was also appointed co-chair of the American Bar Association's Senior Lawyer's Division, Elder Abuse Prevention Taskforce. Ms. Lok currently serves as Chair of the Policy and Procedure Subcommittee of the New York State Committee on Elder Justice, and from 2012-2014, Ms. Lok was co-chair of the New York City Elder Abuse Network. Ms. Lok is an Adjunct Professor at Brooklyn Law School and co-directs the law school's HELP (Helping Elders through Litigation and Policy) Clinic.
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    Malya Levin (Speaker)

    Malya is the Senior Staff Attorney at The Weinberg Center. In this role, she represents victims of acute elder abuse from throughout New York City and Westchester County in a wide variety of legal fora. Malya has spoken extensively about various aspects of elder abuse to professional and community audiences, and has also published prolifically on the subject, with a primary focus on the role of legal tools and policies in elder abuse cases. Malya is the coordinator of Westchester County’s Elder Abuse Multidisciplinary Team. She is on the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association Elder Law Section, and a member of its Elder Abuse Committee. Malya was named one of The New York Jewish Week’s “36 Under 36” for 2018. She graduated cum laude from Brooklyn Law School in 2012 and is a certified Reiki energy healer.
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    Amanda Lebron (Speaker)

    Amanda is the Elder Justice Case Coordinator at The Weinberg Center. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Summa Cum Laude, from Hunter College. Prior to joining the Weinberg team, Amanda served as a Social Work Assistant for Visiting Nurse Service of New York’s Community Mental Health Services division, providing intensive psychotherapeutic and case management services to youth in crisis and their families. Amanda has held several internships and Teacher’s Assistant positions in the health, psychology and sociology realms, performing research on the effects of stress and trauma on diverse populations.