Annual Conference

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The Elder Access to Justice Roundtable is returning with a hybrid conference on June 17, 2022! REGISTER today! 

The Conference will be held in person at the Inn at Villanova and live online via Zoom. Masks will be required for all in-person participants. Continuing Education Credits are pending for attorneys and professional guardians. 

NASW-PA Chapter is a co-sponsor of this workshop. 5 CEs will be awarded for completion of this course, including 2 possible ethics credits for sessions on Mediation and Restorative Justice. NASW has been designated as a pre-approved provider of professional continuing education for social workers (Section 47.36), Marriage and Family Therapist (Section 48.36) and Professional Counselors (Section 49.36) by the PA State Board of Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists and Professional Counselors.

“Oops! I Did It Again”: Exploring Alternatives to Guardianship Conference

The decision to pursue guardianship is one that should not be taken lightly. Plenary guardianship results in the deprivation of basic rights of the alleged incapacitated person. The PA statute requires an examination of all possible less restrictive alternatives before pursuing guardianship, but these alternatives are often only given a cursory glance. This conference will provide an in-depth look at a variety of alternatives to guardianship that may be appropriate for older adults, in an effort to maintain their autonomy and reduce court involvement.

Conference Events and Schedule

Keynote (9:15am): The Honorable Lois Murphy, Administrative Judge of Montgomery County Orphans' Court

Panel (10am): Pam Walz, Esq., Community Legal Services; Kelly Darr, Esq., Disability Rights Pennsylvania; Karen Buck, Esq., Senior Law Center; Diane Menio, Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly; The Honorable Sheila Woods-Skipper, Administrative Judge of Philadelphia Orphans' Court (Moderator)

Lunch Break (11:45am)

Workshop Session One (12:45pm) (Choice Between Two Workshops)

  • Mediation: Sharon Eckstein, Esq., Eckstein Conflict Resolution Services; Winnie Backlund, Esq., Institute for the Study of Conflict Resolution
  • Supported Decision-Making and Community Supports: Valerie Snow, Esq., Senior Law Center; Jennifer Hruslinksi, CARIE

     Workshop Session Two (2:15pm) (Choice Between Two Workshops)

  • Restorative Justice: Maati Yvonne Platts, Roots of Justice; Sue Wasserkrug, Esq., CORA Good Shepherd Mediation
  • Legal Alternatives: Michelle Berk, Esq., Berk Elder Law & Dana Goldberg, Esq., Senior Law Center

        Closing Networking Session (3:30pm)      

        Additional information about course descriptions and objectives can be found HERE.