Wednesday January 25, 2012

3:00 - 5:00 
Panel Discussion:  Changing Maine: Serving the Legal Needs of Maine's Growing Aging & Immigrant Populations
Panel: The Honorable A. Ellen Gorman (moderator); Dr. Georgia J. Anetzberger, ACSW, LISW; Donald Kerwin, Esq.; Jaye L. Martin, Esq.; Susan A. Roche, Esq.
Symposium Reception

Thursday January 26, 2012: 

Plenary: Race, Gender & Poverty: Barriers to Justice
The Honorable Fern A. Fisher
Maine is changing. It is now the oldest state in the nation with an ever-growing number of foreign-born residents. Judge Fisher will share her expertise in how justice can effectively be delivered to a diverse community.
Cultures Across Time & Space: Dealing with New Waves of Immigrants & the Tsunami of Older Adults in Maine
Panel: The Honorable Peter A. Darvin (moderator); Suzanne Fox; Dr. Marilyn Gugliucci
This session will provide practical information and insights for working with various cultures including the culture of aging. Panelists will provide guidance for working effectively with aging clients, and tips for avoiding cultural barriers in order to work effectively with newcomers to Maine who are seeking legal assistance.
VLP Awards Buffet Lunch
1:15-2:45 Concurrent Sessions:
       The Potential Pitfalls of Long Term Care Planning
Panel: Victoria Powers, Esq. (moderator); Dr. Georgia J. Anetzberger, ACSW, LISW; Denis Culley, Esq.; Aria Eee, Esq.; Kate Geoffrey, Esq.
This session will explore the issues around advising a family concerning asset preservation in the context of long term care planning. Topics will include: an exploration of the motivations of families when it comes to asset preservation; how to distinguish between the goals of the elder and the goals of others; how to best provide information regarding asset preservation so that a family can make informed decisions; and when a plan falls apart, what lawyers can do.

Representing Immigrant Clients: How Abuse & Exploitation Affect Access to Justice
Panel: Susan A. Roche, Esq. (moderator); Jennifer A. Archer, Esq.; Michael Guare, Esq.; The Honorable Valerie Stanfill
Learn how a client's immigration status, language and culture can affect her ability to participate in the legal system when she is a victim of domestic violence, crime, trafficking, or employment-related abuse. The panelists will provide an overview of immigration basics, including immigration statuses and procedures, and they will offer tips on important questions to ask your client, necessary documents to review, and situations that trigger the need to consult with an immigration expert. The presenters will discuss strategies to overcome your clients' challenges, as well as resources and relief that may be available to them under the immigration and employment laws. The session will also cover working with interpreters, both in attorney-client interactions and through the use of the mandated court interpreters. l
3:15-4:45 Concurrent Sessions:
The Six Pillars of Capacity: Alternative to Guardianship
Panel: Vanessa Pelzer Bell, MPPM (moderator); The Honorable Thomas A. Berry; The Honorable Susan W. Longley; The Honorable Joseph R. Mazziotti
Learn ways to enhance the capacity of older adults through less restrictive alternatives to guardianship. Maine's population is aging rapidly and it is projected that Maine's probate courts will see an increase in guardianship proceedings. This will place a strain on a system that requires that the least restrictive alternatives are explored in each and every case. This session presents an overview of a new approach to making judicial determinations of capacity in guardianship proceedings, called the Six Pillars of Capacity. This approach was developed by the ABA Commission on Law and Aging, the American Psychological Association and the National College of Probate Judges, and it is already in use in several Maine probate courts. After the overview of the Six Pillars, three Probate Judges will discuss their experiences in using this new approach in Maine.
Truth or Consequences: The Impact of Criminal & Family Law Proceedings on Immigration Status
Panel: Iris Gomez, Esq. (moderator); Cynthia C. Arn, Esq.; Sarah A. Churchill, Esq.; The Honorable Peter A. Darvin; Barbara H. Taylor, Esq.
Receive important information about the potential impact of criminal and family law cases on the immigration status of litigants who are not U.S. citizens and learn strategies to ensure that immigrants have equal access to court proceedings. Specifically, presenters will outline how court dispositions in particular categories of crimes can threaten the status and residency rights of immigrants and the corresponding obligations of criminal defense attorneys to counsel clients about these potential consequences in light of the U.S. Supreme Court's opinion in Padilla v. Kentucky (2010). Attendees will also learn about the interaction of family law, including domestic violence issues, and immigration law. The panel—which includes experienced immigration law attorneys, a member of the judiciary, and criminal and family law practitioners—will outline best practices forattorneys and judges to avoid negative immigration law consequences from other legal proceedings.





Thank you to our Symposium Series Sponsors:Sam CohenMaine Community Foundation

Legal Aid providers:

Cumberland Legal
Aid Clinic

Immigrant Legal
Advocacy Project

Maine Equal
Justice Partners

Maine Legal Services
for the Elderly

Maine Volunteer
Lawyers Project

Pine Tree
Legal Assistance