National Institute on the Prosecution of Elder Abuse

September 10 - 13, 2013

The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), AEquitas, and the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL) presented a three and one-half day training designed to provide prosecutors with the substantive knowledge and practical skills to prosecute cases of elder abuse. Utilizing a combination of educational methods, the seminar allowed participants to handle elder abuse cases from beginning to end—from the moment a report makes it to the prosecutor’s desk to sentencing. It encouraged collaboration and employing a multi-disciplinary approach to elder abuse cases. Curriculum topics included an overview of dynamics prevalent in these cases, interviewing older witnesses and victims, competence and capacity, typical defense justifications, ethics and professionalism, Crawford and its progeny, and sentencing.

The roster of faculty included Bonnie Brandl, Director, National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life; Christopher Mallios, Attorney Advisor, AEquitas; Crystal Boodoo, Forensic Accountant, Washington, DC United States Attorney’s Office; Dr. Harry Morgan, President, The Center for Geriatric and Family Psychiatry, Inc.; Janice Green, Senior Program Specialist, United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women; John Wilkinson, Attorney Advisor, AEquitas; Kathy Van Olst, Prosecutor, King County Prosecutor’s Office; Kenya Fairley, Director of Programs, National Resource Center on Domestic Violence; Liz Lowey, Attorney-In-Charge, Elder Abuse Unit, New York County District Attorney’s Office; Page Ulrey, Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, King County Prosecutor’s Office; Ricker Hamilton; Deputy Commissioner of Programs, Maine Department of Health and Human Services; Dr. Steven Tam, Assistant Clinical Professor, University of California, Irvine; and Tara Patet, Senior Prosecutor, City of Saint Paul Attorney’s Office.

The conference was hosted September 10-13, 2013 at the Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel in Arlington, VA. 31 prosecutors from across the country were in attendance and qualify for approximately twenty (20) continuing legal education credit hours including at least one (1) hour of ethics credit.

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