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Removing the Ageist Lens: Looking at the Law to Address Trauma, Abuse and the Older Adult

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Produced on October 08, 2019

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Course Information

Time 1h 2m
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Elder Public Interest

Course Description

Understanding trauma and its impact is critical to effective and efficient lawyering. Traumatic experiences can have profound and lasting cognitive and behavioral effects, and legal proceedings are rife with trauma triggers and the potential for retraumatization. For the attorney representing older adult clients, these symptoms can be compounded as well as obscured by the effects of ageism and a plethora of societal biases concerning older adults. Understanding how these cultural forces impact legal frameworks is critical in assisting victims. In this course, presented by Deirdre Lok and Glendalee Olivera of The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Justice, attorneys will learn how to identify, understand, and effectively represent an older adult who has experienced trauma in a variety of legal fora. A case study will be used as a tool to practice lessons learned, and multidisciplinary community resources will be shared.   

Learning Objectives:

  1. Review the various types of elder abuse
  2. Acquire a basis for deepening the understanding of older adults and trauma, and the manifestation of trauma in an older adult’s health
  3. Explore how ageist views can bias the responses to older adults in crisis
  4. Examine how the attorney-client relationship can be enhanced with the tools to trauma-informed lawyering

Credit Information

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Deirdre Lok

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Justice at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale

Deirdre M.W. Lok, Esq. is the Assistant Director and General Counsel for The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Justice at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale. She manages the operations of the shelter, including providing legal services to victims in Supreme Court, Housing Court and Family Court. An Adjunct Professor at Brooklyn Law School, Ms. Lok directs the law school’s HELP (Helping Elders through Litigation and Policy) Clinic. She 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, Touro Law, Hofstra 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, the Bronx Bar Association, and is a faculty member of Lawline. Ms. Lok is appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio to the Age-Friendly NYC Commission, is chair of the American Bar Association’s Senior Lawyer’s Division, Elder Abuse Prevention Committee, and served as Chair of the Policy and Procedure Subcommittee of the New York State Committee on Elder Justice. Prior to joining The Weinberg Center, she was a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Oahu, Hawaii and an Assistant District Attorney in the Queens County District Attorney’s Office where she focused on domestic violence cases. She is the recipient of the New York Law Journal 2017 General Counsel Impact Award.

Glendalee Olivera

The Weinberg Center

Glendalee Olivera is the Senior Elder Justice Specialist at The Weinberg Center. Glendalee has worked in the field of social work for twelve years, providing services for a variety of different populations including disabled children, survivors of domestic violence, mentally impaired individuals, and older adults. A graduate of College of New Rochelle with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Glendalee received a Master of Social Work degree from Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Glendalee was selected as a 2018 Advocate of New York City by the Mayor’s Office to End Domestic Violence and Gender-based Violence.


Michael B.

good, thx.

Theodore H.


Ellen S.

Wonderful class. Thank you.

Cheryl C.

Excellent presenters and content.

Hirobumi A.

Interesting presentation.

Irene L.

Great coverage from 2 perspectives. Much needed topic.

Edward C.

Extremely informative and very enjoyable. Thanks!

Donald B.

excellent presentation, communicaion and examples; both presenters were very effective in educating us with the theme, topic, and objective

Tobias P.

The attorneys displayed having a very meaningful practice.

Anjanette B.

Excellent, practical tips for elder abuse cases!

Kathryn T.

Very interesting topic, empathetic and caring lecturers. Unique perspective. Very unlawlike. I enjoyed it.

Joseph D.

I had no idea the many and varied forms elder abuse can take. Good that the course offered practical suggestions as well as legal discussion. Well done.

Victoria B.

It was nice to hear from the new generation of lawyers on such an important topic.

Lydia C.

Good info

Carl F.

Very helpful, even for outside the attorney setting.

Joan F.

Very lively, timely, topical, down to earth and practical. Thanks!

Susan D.

Excellent CLE

Sean R.

Excellent presentation

Wendy B.

Very energetic presentation

Diana L.

Very engaging.

Lawrence M.

EXcellent personal and practice insights

Shayla J.

Great energy and well-represented.

Ronna H.

Dynamically presented. Thank you.

Anne M.

wonderful presentation! I have several elder clients and this seminar has given me many ideas to assist me in defending them.

Brian N.

gained little legal knowledge. Social Worker was great, though.

Debra B.


Robert K.

Thank you

Ingrid S.

Excellent course! Great examples and terrific insights!

Michael D.

good advice regarding Attorney client relationship

Junya M.

Useful lecture. But I prefer one lecturer style.

susan s.

Very engaging presenters

Steve S.

The commentators were really good and engaging. I have a better perspective on how older adults should be helped in legal situations, but I was underwhelmed about the actual substantive legal information (laws, rules, etc.).

Lauren C.


Daria C.

I appreciated the genuineness of speakers...no reading of script .

Elisa V.

Nice to address bias requirements with wider criteria. I would love bias program on persons and or clients with disabilities as well.

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