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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Changing Maine: Serving the Legal Needs of Maine's Growing Aging and Immigrant Populations

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Race, Gender & Poverty: Barriers to Justice

Cultures Across Time and Space:  Dealing with New Waves of Immigrants and the Tsunami of Older Adults in Maine. 

The Potential Pitfalls of Long Term Care Planning

Representing Immigrant Clients: How Abuse and Exploitation Affect Access to Justice?

The Six Pillars of Capacity: Alternatives to Guardianship

Truth or Consequences: The Impact of Criminal and Family Law Proceedings on Immigration Status

Georgia J. Anetzberger, Aging Expert
Georgia J. Anetzberger, Ph.D., ACSW, LISW is Lecturer in the Health Care Administration Program at Cleveland State University, a consultant in private practice, and a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America. She received her bachelor’s degree in social work from The Ohio State University and master’s degrees in both anthropology and social work and her doctorate in social welfare from Case Western Reserve University.
Dr. Anetzberger has been active in the field of aging and human services for over thirty-five years as a planner, administrator, and educator. Past employment includes serving as Vice President for Community Services at The Benjamin Rose Institute, Director of the Western Reserve Geriatric Education Center, Executive Director of the Western Reserve Area Agency of Aging, and Senior Planning Associate at the Federation for Community Planning, all located in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1999 the Ohio Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers named her State Social Worker of the Year.
Dr. Anetzberger’s special interest and expertise is the area of elder abuse, in which she conducted pioneering research on physically abusing perpetrators. She is Editor of the Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect and President –Elect of the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse. Dr. Anetzberger has served on elder abuse research panels for the National Institute on Aging, National Institute of Justice, and National Area Resource Center on Elder Abuse and was a delegate to the National Policy Summit on Elder Abuse. She also is the recipient of the 2005 Rosalie Wolf Memorial Elder Abuse Prevention Award—National Category.
Dr. Anetzberger has authored more than eighty scholarly publications, including articles in such journals as The Gerontologist, Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, Violence Against Women, Generations, and Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Her two books are The Etiology of Elder Abuse by Adult Offspring and The Clinical Management of Elder Abuse. She lectures both nationally and locally on such topics as elder abuse and protective interventions, community-based services, aging-related public policy, and ethical issues in personal safety. In 2007 she received the Researcher of the Year Award from the Ohio Association of Gerontology and Education.

Jennifer Archer, Esq. Kelly Remmel & Zimmerman
Jennifer Archer is a shareholder with Kelly Remmel & Zimmerman in Portland, Maine. Her practice focuses on civil litigation and immigration, including employment and family-based immigration, as well as asylum. Jennifer graduated from the University of Maine School of Law in 2000, clerked for the Maine court system for two years, and then joined Kelly Remmel & Zimmerman. She places great emphasis on helping the immigrant community and has provided pro bono legal services as a panel member of the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project for many years.

Cynthia Arn
Cynthia C. Arn received her B.A. from Wellesley College and her law degree from the University of Maine School of Law and has practiced law since 1988. Cynthia is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and has previously served on the board of the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project.  Listed as a “Best Lawyer” in the immigration area by Best Lawyers of America, Cindy’s practice focuses primarily on family-sponsored immigration, deportation defense, citizenship, and political asylum, as well as I-9 compliance and employer sanctions matters.

Vanessa Pelzer Bell, USM Muskie School of Public Service
Vanessa Pelzer Bell graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.A. in Sociology in 2001.  She received her master’s in Public Policy and Management at the University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service in 2007.  Vanessa has advocated for adults with disabilities since high school.  She began her career working in residential facilities and providing direct support in the community before and during college.  After college Vanessa helped adults with disabilities find employment before becoming a state case worker and public guardian for adults with developmental disabilities in Maine.   Vanessa is currently employed at the Muskie School of Public Service, Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy, Disability and Aging program.  Her work focuses on enhancing policies and practices to better protect the rights of adults in Maine and across the nation. 

Sarah A. Churchill, Strike, Goodwin & O’Brien
Sarah A. Churchill is with Strike, Goodwin & O'Brien in Portland. Ms. Churchill received a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College in 1999 and graduated from the University of Maine School of Law in 2002 with honors.  Ms. Churchill is the President of the Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and has been a member of that organization since 2002.  She is also a member of the Maine State Bar Association. Her area of practice focuses on criminal trial litigation and she has tried several serious felony matters including murder, robbery, gross sexual assault, kidnapping, drug trafficking, burglary, and theft.  Ms. Churchill is the defense counsel member of the Cumberland County Adult Drug Court and has spoken at various criminal law related trainings.

Judge Peter Darvin, Maine District Court
The Hon. Peter Darvin is a District Court Judge for the State of Maine sitting primarily in Somerset County and Kennebec County.  His appointment was confirmed by the Legislature in April, 2010.  Judge Darvin received his law degree from the George Washington University National Law Center in 1983 and began his legal career as a staff attorney for Pine Tree Legal Assistance, where he worked from 1983-1996.   He then became a solo general law practitioner with an emphasis on immigration law, family law, consumer law and bankruptcy.  His most notable litigation was the ‘AMHI consent decree’ class action lawsuit which he filed with co-counsel in 1989 and in which he maintained his role as lead trial counsel until his appointment to the bench.   His work in the community has included his role as a founding board member and founding board president for both the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project (ILAP) and Preble Street organizations, as well as steering committee chairperson for the Campaign for Justice.

Fern A. Fisher, Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for New York City Courts
Judge Fisher is the Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for New York City Courts and also serves as the Director of the New York State Courts Access to Justice Program.
Judge Fisher’s career started in the Civil Court as a Legal Services attorney practicing in Manhattan Housing Court. She served as Deputy Director of Harlem Legal Services, Inc. and as an Assistant Attorney General of the New York State Department of Law. For four years, she provided pro bono legal services to Harlem-based community organizations as a project director of the National Conference of Black Lawyers. In 1989, she was appointed Judge of the Housing Part of the Civil Court, and later, in 1990, was elected to the Civil Court where she served as Deputy Supervising Judge. Judge Fisher was elected in 1993 to the Supreme Court of the State of New York. After serving in both the City and the Matrimonial Parts of Supreme Court, in December 1996 she was appointed Administrative Judge of the Civil Court where she served until March 2009 when she was appointed to her current position.
Judge Fisher contributes the Views from the Bench in the Thomson-West practice guide, "Residential Landlord-Tenant Law in New York." She served as the host of a series of television shows on housing issues for Crosswalk's, a public service cable show. She is a frequent lecturer at the New York State Judicial Institute and has taught at CUNY Law School. Judge Fisher is a founding member of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, a member and past Board member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and the New York County Lawyers Association. Judge Fisher also served as the Chair of the Housing Court (Judges) Disciplinary Committee and Chair of the Anti-Bias Committee of the New York County Supreme Court. Judge Fisher served as an expert on courts of lower jurisdiction for the Yale Law School China Law Center during two workshops in China devoted to exploring improvements to the Chinese judicial system. In 2006, Harvard Law School awarded her the Gary Bellow Public Service Award. In 2008, she was appointed to the American Bar Association Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services. She is the recipient of many other awards too numerous to list here.
Judge Fisher received her B.A. summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa in 1975 from Howard University and received her J.D. in 1978 from Harvard Law School.

Suzanne Fox, Fox Intercultural Consulting
Ms. Fox is founder and President of Fox Intercultural Consulting Services, focusing on Chinese-American educational projects. She has taught East Asian History and Cross-Cultural Communication and worked as a consultant for international business including Fairchild Semiconductor and Wyman’s of Maine. She serves on the board of the World Affairs Council and the Chinese American Friendship Association of Maine.

The Honorable Ellen Gorman, Moderator
Ellen A. Gorman has been an Associate Justice on the Maine Supreme Judicial Court since October 1, 2007. Prior to that appointment she served on the Superior Court for seven years and on the District Court for eleven years.  She is currently the Court’s liaison to the Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Service, the Committee on Maine Rules of Evidence, the Committee on Professional Responsibility, and the Maine Assistance Program for Lawyers and Judges.   In addition, she has been active within the Judicial Branch in the areas of language assistance and cultural accommodation throughout her career, and was instrumental in the creation of the Unified Criminal Docket in Cumberland County.

Justice Gorman received her B.A. from Trinity College in Washington D.C. in 1977 and her J.D. from Cornell Law School in 1982.  She has been a member of the Maine Bar since 1982.

Iris Gomez: Moderator MA Law Reform Institute Staff Attorney

IRIS GOMEZ is an award-winning writer and nationally-recognized expert on the rights of immigrants in the United States. She is the author of two poetry collections, Housicwhissick Blue (Edwin Mellen Press, 2003) and When Comets Rained (CustomWords, 2004), which earned a prestigious national poetry prize from the University of California. Her work is widely published in a variety of literary and other periodicals.

A respected public interest immigration lawyer and law school lecturer, she has represented civil rights groups and individuals in high impact cases and won professional awards for her accomplishments–including a Las Primeras award for Latina trailblazers in Massachusetts. She has frequently been called upon to write and speak on immigration-related topics and has appeared in the media, including on the nationally televised Cristina show and Boston’s celebrated bilingual late-night radio program ¡Con Salsa!

An immigrant from Cartagena, Colombia, she spent formative years in Miami, Florida and has also lived in New York City, Michigan, and throughout the Pacific Northwest. She and her family now make their home in the Boston area.

Mike Guare, Pine Tree Legal Assistance
Mike Guare graduated from the University of Southern Maine and Northeastern School of Law. He has worked with immigrant and farm worker clients virtually his entire career, first at Florida Rural Legal Services and currently at Pine Tree Legal Assistance, where he has been a staff attorney with PTLA's Farm Worker Unit since 1998.

Marilyn R.Gugliucci, Ph.D.
Dr. Gugliucci, is Director for Geriatrics Education and Research at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine and Director of U-ExCEL Fitness/Wellness Program for older adults.  She is also Chair of the Gerontological Society of America Health Science Section, President of the Maine Gerontological Society and a Member of the Board of Legal Services for the Elderly.  She is a nationally recognized presenter in the field of aging.

Donald Kerwin, Esq, Immigration Expert
Donald Kerwin is the Executive Director of the Center for Migration Studies (CMS), an educational institute established in 1969 to study migration policy issues and to safeguard the dignity and rights of migrants, refugees, and newcomers. Prior to joining CMS, Mr. Kerwin served as Vice-President for Programs at the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), where he remains a non-resident senior fellow.  Prior to joining MPI, he worked for 16 years at the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), serving as that agency’s director for 15 years.  CLINIC is a public interest legal corporation that supports a national network of charitable legal programs for immigrants.  Upon his arrival at CLINIC in 1992, Mr. Kerwin coordinated the agency’s political asylum project for Haitians. 

Mr. Kerwin serves as an associate fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center.  He also serves on the American Bar Association’s Commission on Immigration and the board of the Border Network for Human Rights. He previously served on the Council on Foreign Relations’ Immigration Task Force, the board of directors of Jesuit Refugee Services—USA, and the board of the Capitol Area Immigrant Rights Coalition. He writes and speaks extensively on immigration policy issues. He is co-author of And You Welcomed Me: Migration and Catholic Social Teaching (Lexington Press, 2009), http://woodstock.georgetown.edu/resources/books/And-You-Welcomed-Me.html

Jaye Martin, Esq., Local Expert Elder Law
Jaye Martin has been Executive Director of Legal Services for the Elderly (“LSE”) since 2006.   LSE’s services include a statewide helpline, a statewide Medicare Part D Appeals Unit, and five area offices.  Prior to joining LSE, Jaye was a partner at the Gray Plant Mooty law firm in Minneapolis where she specialized in health law and Co-Chaired the firm’s Health and Nonprofit Organizations Practice Group.  Jaye was with Gray Plant Mooty for twelve years.  Jaye attended law school at the Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul.  Before becoming a lawyer, Jaye worked for over a decade in the nonprofit sector developing and managing programs and services focused on meeting the needs of people with developmental and other disabilities.

Susan Roche, Esq., Local Expert Immigration Law
Susan Roche, Esq. is the Legal Director at the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project (ILAP) in Portland, Maine, Maine’s only nonprofit provider of comprehensive immigration legal services.  Sue graduated from Northeastern University School of Law in 2000.  She is an expert on family based immigration, remedies for noncitizen domestic violence and crime victims, and removal defense.  She has been an invited presenter at regional and national conferences of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and is admitted to the Maine Bar.

The Honorable Valerie Stanfill, Maine District Court Judge
Valerie Stanfill has been on the Maine District Court since January 2007. She sits in Region III in Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford Counties. She is the chair of the Judicial Branch Advisory Committee on Domestic Violence and serves as the Judicial Branch representative to the Domestic Violence Commission and the Homicide Review Panel. Judge Stanfill received her undergraduate degree from Bryn Mawr College and her law degree from the University of Maine School of Law, magna cum laude. Before coming to the bench she was a trial lawyer for over 20 years, handling civil, criminal and family cases. She spent six years at the Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic at the University of Maine School of Law. While at the Law School, she began and directed a domestic violence clinic and taught trial advocacy, advanced trial advocacy and clinical practice.

Barbara Taylor, Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project Barbara Taylor is a senior staff attorney at Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project in Portland. She is a 2004 graduate of Maine School of Law and was a judicial law clerk in the Maine Superior Court.

 

 

 

 

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