Registration open for Adult Guardianship Symposium
Registration is now open for the Adult Guardianship/Elder Justice Symposium March 11-12, 2015 at the Ramkota Hotel in Bismarck.
The free symposium is sponsored by the North Dakota Court System. It is open to judges, attorneys, guardians, financial advisors, legislators, health care professionals, social workers, law enforcement and any others who work with the elderly.
Featured plenary speakers include the following:
Philip Marshall has been teaching and practicing in the field of historic preservation for over thirty years. He has held faculty positions at Columbia University, the University of Vermont, and Roger Williams University where serves as professor and director of the historic preservation program. In 2006, after years of increasing concern, Mr. Marshall, with the help of others, sought a petition for guardianship (which was awarded) for his grandmother, Brooke Astor. The story was chronicled nationally by the press due to Mrs. Astor's recognition, the nature of allegation indicated in the petition, and events cumulating in a six-month criminal trial of Mr. Marshall's father and one of his grandmother's lawyers. Through her life, Brooke Astor was known for her decades of philanthropic work in New York. Today, Mr. Marshall believes that his grandmother's greatest legacy, nationwide, is how her sad circumstances have spurred a greater recognition of elder abuse. Mr. Marshall now seeks to tell his story to help the greater cause of elder justice.
Brenda K. Uekert, Ph.D., is a Principal Court Research Consultant at the National Center for State Courts. Dr. Uekert has worked extensively in the areas of domestic violence, elder issues, and problem-solving courts and is currently directing several projects that provide technical assistance to improve state court responses to domestic violence. She is the founder and director of NCSC's Center for Elders and the Courts—a national resource to the courts on aging issues, elder abuse, and guardianship. Dr. Uekert is developing an elder abuse toolkit for the courts, an elder abuse curriculum for state judicial educators, and is staffing a project to update the National Probate Court Standards. In addition, she works closely with the Conference of Chief Justices and Conference of State Court Administrators Joint Task Force on Elder and the Courts. Dr. Uekert holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Syracuse University, a M.A. in Sociology from Syracuse University and a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire.
Paul Greenwood, J.D., is deputy district attorney in San Diego, CA, and is head of the Elder Abuse Prosecution Unit. He has been involved in the prosecution of over 500 felony cases of elder and dependent adult abuse, both physical and financial, is co-chair of California's DA Elder Abuse Committee and assisted with drafting Elder Abuse legislation for the California Evidence Code. He is An instructor with the California District Attorneys Association (CDAA); the National District Attorneys Association, and the American Prosecutors Institute and has received numerous awards for his work on elder issues. He was inducted into the Elder Rights Advocacy Hall of Fame in 2011 by the National Association of Legal Services Developers.
Other speakers at the symposium include Texas Probate Judge Steve King, South Carolina Probate Judge Irvin Condon, Professor Rodney A. Swenson from the UND School of Medicine, and Georgia Probate Judge Jeryl Rosh.
Topics will include guardianship standards, prosecuting elder abuse cases, investigating fraud and abuse, recognizing capacity, court monitoring and the removal of guardians.