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.
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 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.
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.).
I appreciated the genuineness of speakers...no reading of script .
Nice to address bias requirements with wider criteria. I would love bias program on persons and or clients with disabilities as well.