Child abuse is one of the most troubling problems plaguing our society today. A significant number of children are physically, sexually and mentally abused every year. Recognizing that attorneys are some of the most likely professionals to come into contact with victims or perpetrators of child abuse, and that attorneys hold a place of respect and trust in our society, attorneys in Oregon are mandatory child abuse reporters. The Oregon State Bar requires attorneys to complete regular training in child abuse reporting as a part of their continuing legal education requirements. Andria Seo, of Crew Janci LLP in Portland, Oregon, will lead you through the first part of this program, covering mandatory child abuse reporting laws applicable to Oregon attorneys.
The second section of this course, led by attorney Faith Morse, covers the basic reporting requirements for elder abuse for attorneys under Oregon law. Elder abuse includes physical, emotional, and/or sexual abuse, as well as exploitation, neglect, and abandonment. Perpetrators can include other family members and staff at nursing homes, assisted living, and other facilities. Morse will address the circumstances under which reporting is required, and exceptions to the reporting rules.
Andria Seo is an Associate Attorney at Crew Janci LLP. Andria is a graduate of the New York University School of Law. During law school, she worked with the National Center for Youth Law, the Legal Aid Society, and the NYCLU. Prior to joining the team at Crew Janci LLP, Andria advocated for vulnerable children and their families as a staff attorney at Partnership for Children’s Rights, a nonprofit based in New York City. Andria also previously worked assisting in the representation of victims of a terrorist attack in civil suits. Andria moved to Portland in 2016 and joined Crew Janci LLP in 2017. She is admitted to practice in Oregon and New York.
Faith graduated from Willamette University College of Law magna cum laude. She received the National Association of Women Lawyers Outstanding Law Graduate Award and the Bruce Spaulding Memorial Award for Trial Advocacy. During law school, Faith served as Editor-in-Chief of Willamette Law Online, Executive Editor of the Willamette Journal of International Law and Dispute Resolution, was a member of the Pro Bono Honors Society, a volunteer for the Willamette University Public Interest Law Project, and served in various positions in other extra-curricular groups. Faith’s interest in serving people and justice led her to practice with Kelly L. Andersen, P.C.
Faith is a member of the Oregon State Bar Association, the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, the American Inns of Court, the American Association for Justice, and the Jackson County Bar Association. In 2017 she received the Oregon Super Lawyer Rising Star Award.
During law school, Faith worked one-on-one with struggling students to help teach them legal writing and research methods. She worked on plaintiff-side issues in worker’s compensation and social security disability by helping research, develop and edit briefs for filing in an administrative forum, in the U.S. Federal District Court, and in the Oregon Court of Appeals. She worked as a legal intern in the International Human Rights Clinic on a report on Oregon’s infrastructure response to human trafficking published in June 2010. She worked with a team for End Child Prostitution and Trafficking (ECPAT) in New York to analyze the laws regarding child prostitution in all 50 states. She also helped prepare draft rules and commentary for the Committee to Review the Oregon Judicial Code.
In addition to her law degree, Faith earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA). While studying for her MBA, she was named a Willamette MBA Scholar, received the Exceptional Performance Award for Integrated Knowledge Evaluation Week, and won the Fitzhenry Joint Degree Scholar Award.
From a young age, Faith has been involved in community service. From volunteering with programs to serve the homeless, to working with young children at her church, Faith has always enjoyed helping others. The same passion and drive that sent her to Mexico to build houses for homeless families led her to law school. She continues volunteering for community groups and is involved in many activities, including organizing and hosting events raising awareness about human trafficking in Oregon. Faith continues seeking out opportunities to serve in the community and enjoys volunteering.
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