Elder Abuse Survivor, Mickey Rooney to Speak at 8th Annual Call to Action Summit to Stop Elder Financial Abuse.

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Over 300 are expected to attend Call to Action 2011 a national summit on the growing crime of elder financial abuse. The conference and awards ceremony will highlight the explosion of consumer frauds, scams and exploitation that target seniors. A multidisciplinary line-up of expert speakers will present on undue influence; investment, insurance and reverse mortgage fraud; ethical dilemmas and the elder client, the effect of the economic crisis on fraud targeting seniors, and more. A legislative panel will examine California’s mandated reporting law for financial institutions and other proposed legislation. Presented by Elder Financial Protection Network (EFPN) and CapitalSource Bank.

"If elder abuse happened to me, Mickey Rooney, it can happen to anyone"

The Keynote Speaker for the event is California State Insurance Commissioner, Dave Jones. Philip Marshall, elder justice advocate and grandson of Brooke Astor will open the conference. Marshall’s inquiries into his grandmother’s neglect resulted in the most publicized case of elder abuse in America. The opening address will be by San Francisco District Attorney, George Gascon. Elizabeth Loewy, assistant district attorney from New York, who led the high-profile prosecution of Philip Marshall’s father, Anthony Marshall, will join a panel on investigating and prosecuting elder financial abuse. Robert Blancato, national coordinator of the Elder Justice Coalition, Washington, D.C., will provide a briefing on the status of the Elder Justice Act.

WHEN:    Thursday, March 31, 2010, 7:30AM – 5:00 PM    
WHERE: Mission Bay Conference Center at UCSF—1675 Owens Street, San Francisco, CA

They will be joined by recognized speakers from across the country discussing this emergent social crisis. Other featured presenters and topics are:

  •     “What We Know About Undue Influence”: Lisa Nerenberg: MSW and Mary Joy Quinn, Director, Probate Court of San Francisco.
  •     “Slam Sammers”: Prescott Cole, Esq. Staff Attorney, CANHR (California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform), Neil Granger, Esq. Insurance and Annuity Litigation Consultant and Shawna Reeves, MSW, Silicon Valley Council on Aging.
  •     Fostering Partnerships with Financial Institutions to Investigate and Prosecute Elder Financial Abuse: Elizabeth Loewy, Deputy District Attorney, New York County, NY with Steve Vallejo, Bank of the West, Robert Steger, Investigator, San Francisco Police Department and Duane Vickery, ACSW, San Francisco Adult Protective Services.
  •     From Baby Boomer to Senior-Protecting a Lifetime of Savings: Pat Huddleston, Esq., Huddleston Law Firm.
  •     Legislative Update: Insurance Fraud and Mandatory Reporting: Steven Reiss, Esq. Reiss Law Firm, Shirley Krohn, California Senior Legislature and Susan Montoya, Vice President CRA, First Bank and Elizabeth de Vries Esq., Scott Law Firm.
  •     Predatory and Deceptive Financial Abuse Scams: Nancy Barron, Esq. and Ingrid Evans, Esq., Evans Law Firm.
  •     Undue Influence and Incapacity: Ethical Dilemmas and Issues in Representing the Elderly: jurist Virginia Palmer, Esq. Partner, Fitzgerald, Abbott & Beardsley, LLP.    

Community co-sponsors: National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, National Adult Protective Services Association, California Department of Financial Institutions, Consumer Attorneys Public Interest Foundation, California State Sheriff’s Association, Elder Justice Coalition, Civic Research Institute, San Francisco Department of Aging and Adult Services/Adult Protective Services and Marin County Division of Aging and Adult Services.


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