The National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL), under a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women, is pleased to announce a weekly series of four virtual training opportunities for prosecutors, to begin on September 7, 2022.
Elder abuse is a pervasive yet vastly underreported problem. With 10,000 Americans turning 65 every day, the population is aging, and the incidence of elder abuse can be expected to rise as well. The purpose of this series is to provide prosecutors with timely, practical information so they are better equipped to make well-informed prosecutorial decisions in cases involving older victims.
The series will be taught by nationally recognized experts in the field, addressing issues where there has been a high demand for training: Financial Exploitation, Confidentiality, Dementia and Capacity, and Medical Evidence. There is no charge for the series, and all sessions are one hour in length.
Verification of attendance will be provided to attendees who wish to seek CLE credits for these trainings. All sessions will be recorded and made available on the NCALL website.
If you have questions about this webinar series, please contact Ann Laatsch, Justice System Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Introduction to Prosecuting Financial Exploitation Cases
Wednesday, September 7, 2022 @ 10:00 PT/11:00 MT/12:00 CT/1:00 ET
Presenters: Candace Heisler and Jane Walsh
Wednesday, September 14, 2022 @ 10:00 PT/11:00 MT/12:00 CT/1:00 ET
Presenters: Alicia Aiken and Lisamarie Bristol
Dementia and Capacity
Wednesday, September 21, 2022 @ 10:00 PT/11:00 MT/12:00 CT/1:00 ET
Presenters: Dr. Harry Morgan and Candace Heisler
Medical Evidence in Abuse in Later Life Cases (DV, SA, and neglect)
Wednesday, September 28, 2022 @ 10:00 PT/11:00 MT/12:00 CT/1:00 ET
Presenters: Dr. Veronica LoFaso and Page Ulrey
Alicia Aiken has dedicated 25 years to working within the public and non-profit sectors to further social justice for people living in poverty and surviving violence. Alicia brings a deep understanding of the legal and social services non-profit sector, having spent 15 years as a practicing attorney and then a member of the Executive Committee at Legal Aid Chicago.
Alicia is a Principal at the Danu Center for Strategic Advocacy, and the Director of the Danu Center’s Confidentiality Institute, a national policy and technical assistance project that supports helping professionals to protect privacy for crime victims. In 2016, Alicia became the Faculty Fellow for Practicing Law Institute’s Interactive Learning Center where she designs innovative programs that teach lawyers to work well with individual clients. Alicia regularly strategizes with direct service non-profits, local coalitions, government entities, law firms, and professional organizations on a wide range of issues, including service delivery models, organizational structure, internal procedures, legal compliance, litigation strategy, policy advocacy, professional development, and distance learning design.
Alicia attended the University of Michigan, where she received a Law degree (’95) and a Bachelor of Arts in English/History (’92). In 2006-2007, Alicia was awarded the Chicago Foundation for Women Founder’s Award, enabling her to study organizational change at Northwestern University, and to undertake a national study of model domestic violence courts. Most recently, she received the American Bar Association’s 2018 Sharon L. Corbitt Award for Exemplary Legal Service to Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking.
Candace Heisler served as an assistant district attorney for more than 25 years for the City and County of San Francisco where she headed the Domestic Violence, Charging, Misdemeanor, and Preliminary Hearing Units. Ms. Heisler has served as a trainer and consultant for a variety of federal, state, and other organizations and governmental entities in the areas of elder abuse and domestic violence. She has edited bench guides for judicial officers and manuals for prosecutors on Domestic Violence and Elder Abuse and has helped develop curricula on elder abuse for judges, prosecutors, law enforcement, Adult Protective Services workers, and victim advocates for the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, the American Bar Association, and the California Courts. She has helped design training curricula on domestic violence for first responders, field training officers, investigators, crisis negotiators, and expert witnesses for California law enforcement and has helped create and deliver training on policing of domestic violence and sexual assault matters on tribal lands and on handling child abuse cases in which the child has a disability. She has designed curricula for Protective Services workers on working with the criminal justice system, undue influence, and documentation.
Ms. Heisler trains probation officers, emergency dispatchers, aging services, health care, and advocates about elder abuse and domestic violence. She has taught legal ethics to a variety of professionals including prosecutors. She recently was part of an OVC grant on polyvictimization in later life and was a member of the technical assistance team for the National Adult Protective Services Association Resource Center grant where she was the subject matter expert on elder criminal justice issues.
She has authored numerous books and articles on domestic violence and elder abuse, including several in the Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect on topics including law and ethics, the role of the criminal justice system, and polyvictimization. She co-authored Elder Abuse Detection and Intervention: A Collaborative Approach, “Forensic Markers in Elder Abuse” in the 2017 text book Elder Abuse (X. Dong, ed, Springer), and “Elder Abuse” in the book Victims of Crime. She participated in the creation of a prosecutor resource on elder abuse for AEquitas and completed work on a California Judges Guide on Abuse in Later Life.
Harry E. Morgan, M.D., has developed and is president of The Center for Geriatric and Family Psychiatry, Inc., located in Glastonbury, Connecticut. The practice is a unique multidisciplinary professional group committed to providing for the mental health care needs of the elderly and their families. Dr. Morgan is a member of the active psychiatric staff at the Institute of Living/Hartford Hospital and was an assistant clinical professor at the University of Connecticut Health Center. He is the Medical Director for the Alzheimer’s Resource Center of Connecticut in Southington, Connecticut. He is an active psychiatric consultant to many agencies, care facilities, and home care organizations. He has consulted regularly with Connecticut’s Protective Services for the elderly for thirty years. Dr. Morgan is Board Certified in Geriatric Psychiatry. He is a member of the Medical Advisory Board of the Alzheimer’s Association of Connecticut, an active member of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, and an active member of the American Psychiatric Association. As a Geriatric Psychiatrist, his teaching interests include education related to Alzheimer’s disease and other dementing illnesses of later life, the diagnosis and treatment of depressive illness as it affects adults in later life, and the study of personality development during aging. He has consulted and taught nationally on topics related to forensic issues in geriatrics and aging. Dr. Morgan’s clinical work with patients and families occurs in the office, in long-term care facilities, and in patients’ homes. Dr. Morgan was educated at Dartmouth College, where he received his B.A. degree. He obtained his M.D. degree from Harvard Medical School and completed his psychiatric residency at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
Jane Walsh is a Senior Deputy in the Denver District Attorney’s Office and is the Director of the At-Risk Protection Unit. She prosecutes crimes against older adults and people with disabilities. She previously developed and headed up a similar unit in the Boulder District Attorney’s Office for seven years. She originally qualified as an attorney in Scotland, and then requalified in England and worked in Oxford.
Jane has tried a wide range of financial crimes, including undue influence and exploitation cases during her time as a DA in Colorado. This led her to work with Colorado legislators to try to make it easier to prosecute these cases. Colorado now has a statute which enables prosecutors to obtain a video deposition on demand if a victim is at risk. Courts must schedule this within fourteen days of the prosecution request. Another statute widens the admission of hearsay statements for all offenses involving victims with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Lisamarie Bristol (JD) is an Assistant District Attorney in the Gwinnett County Office of the District Attorney in the Metro-Atlanta area of Georgia. Prior to that, she served as an Assistant Solicitor-General in the Office of the DeKalb County Solicitor-General, also in the Metro-Atlanta area of Georgia. She received her law degree from Georgia State University College of Law in Atlanta, Georgia after earning her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with Specialized Honours from York University in Toronto, Ontario Canada. After her admittance to the Georgia State Bar in 2009, Lisamarie worked for four years as a public defender before transitioning into prosecution. In 2014, she joined the DeKalb Solicitor-General’s office. There, she was assigned to the Special Victims Unit handling cases involving more serious cases of domestic violence, crimes against vulnerable victims, elder abuse cases, stalking cases, and animal cruelty cases. In early 2018, Lisamarie joined the Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office where her caseload includes all types of felony cases, including elder abuse and exploitation cases.
Lisamarie served as part of a multi-agency team that conducted training for hundreds of law enforcement officers in DeKalb County in recognizing and investigating elder abuse crimes in the community. The purpose of the training was to better equip first responders to recognize signs of elder abuse and take immediate action. She currently serves as part of a team that conducts training for prosecutors and law enforcement officers nationwide on the prosecution and investigation of elder abuse cases.
Page Ulrey is a Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney at the King County Prosecutor’s Office. She graduated from Amherst College and Northeastern University School of Law. After law school, she worked for four and a half years as a public defender in Seattle. In 1998, she went to work at the King County Prosecutor’s Office, where she has prosecuted domestic violence and mainstream cases, supervised the prosecution of misdemeanor cases, and chaired the Juvenile Unit of her office.
Page was appointed to the then newly created position of elder abuse prosecutor in the Criminal Division of her office in 2001. For the next five years, she prosecuted cases of elderly and vulnerable adult abuse and neglect. She also founded and chaired the King County Elder Abuse Council and Criminal Mistreatment Review Panel.
Since September 2007, Page has been working in the office’s Economic Crimes Unit, where she prosecutes cases of elder financial abuse, neglect, sexual assault, and homicide and co-chairs the King County Elder Abuse Council. She works on curriculum development and is a member of the national training team for the Office on Violence Against Women. Page conducts training and presentations on elder and vulnerable adult neglect, abuse, and exploitation locally and throughout the country.
Veronica LoFaso (MD, MS) practiced for 10 years as an Adult Nurse Practitioner before returning to medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine to pursue her MD degree. She completed her internship and residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and then joined the Division of Geriatrics in 1997.
Dr. LoFaso has extensive experience in medical education, curriculum development, and mentoring medical students and residents. She is the co-creator and assistant course director for the LEAP Course and co-director of the MSTAR Summer Research Program in Geriatrics and the Geriatrics Interest Group for medical students. She is director of the Geriatrics elective, as well as co-director of the Area of Concentration in Geriatrics. She is responsible for creating the original Geriatrics curriculum for the Weill Cornell Physician’s Assistant Program and acts as clinical preceptor and thesis mentor for these students.
Dr. LoFaso has received several awards for excellence in teaching at Weill Cornell Medical College and is a two-time recipient of the Leonard P. Tow Humanism in Medicine Award (Arnold P. Gold Foundation). She was the founder and director of the Medical Home Visit program at Cornell (Referenced in articles in The New England Journal of Medicine and Crain’s New York) and received the Roland Balay Clinical Scholar award in Geriatrics for her work in that area.
Dr LoFaso’s other area of interest is in prevention, detection, and education about Elder Abuse and Neglect. Her sabbatical work was a collaborative project with the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office and the Emergency Department at NYPH, which involved reviewing the legal (and medical) documentation of highly adjudicated elder abuse cases to categorize the physical injury patterns sustained by elder abuse victims. This work is ongoing and will involve reviewing legal documents from the other NYC boroughs going forward. Her publications include articles in the field of medical education and elder abuse and neglect.