McGeorge School of Law’s Elder & Health Law Clinic has provided free legal assistance to elderly clients since 1964.

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Free legal workshop uses actors to dramatize elder abuse scams

McGeorge School of Law event takes place on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
Jun 7, 2016

Actors from the Sacramento-based Capital Stage company will team up with law professors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law on Wednesday, June 15, to raise awareness of elder abuse financial scams, characterized by the National Council on Aging as "the crime of the 21st century." June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

The free public workshop, "No. is a complete sentence," will take place from 9:30 a.m. to noon in Classroom E at McGeorge School of Law, 3285 Fifth Avenue, Sacramento. The workshop is sponsored by the Elder & Health Law Clinic, part of Community Legal Services at McGeorge. Community Legal Services has been serving the community since 1964.

During the workshop, Capital Stage actors will present vignettes to demonstrate elder abuse scams and how to say no, while McGeorge Professor Melissa Brown, director of the Elder & Health Law Clinic, will talk about legal remedies. Brown is a national expert on elder law and co-author of the book "Advising the Elderly or Disabled Client."

Audience members will engage in their own role-playing to practice how to recognize and handle those who seek to take advantage of seniors. An estimated 90 percent of elder financial abuse is committed by an older person's own family members - most often their adult children, followed by grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and others.

Former California Assemblyman Dennis Mangers, now senior advisor to Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León, will serve as emcee.

Capital Stage's mission is to explore the human condition in relation to society through theater. More information about the company is at www.capstage.org.

In the Elder & Health Law Clinic, McGeorge students provide pro bono legal representation to people over 60 years of age with issues unique to the aging population, including nursing home residents' rights, alternatives to conservatorship, health care access, Social Security, Medicare/Medi-Cal, estate planning, and elder abuse.

Students are placed in the role of an attorney in a law office setting, serving clients with the greatest legal and social needs. Students take major responsibility for real cases under careful law school faculty supervision, deal with issues in pending cases, and then use those real-life experiences to discuss in an academic setting the professional and ethical issues that lawyers face in their legal careers.

The Sacramento County Mental Health Older Adult Committee, among others, has honored the clinic for the preparation it offers law students and the service it provides to the Sacramento region.

For more information, contact Nicole Egan at (916) 340-6080 or negan@pacific.edu.

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