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Prosecuting Attorney's Office

Daniel T. Satterberg

King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office
King County Courthouse, Room W554
516 Third Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104-2362
(206) 296-9000


Washington State's Sixth Annual
Vulnerable Adult Abuse Conference


Abuse of Trust:

Investigating and Prosecuting Crimes
Against Vulnerable Adults and Elders

Save the Date!

October 19 and 20, 2009

Meydenbauer Center - Bellevue, Washington


  • Candace Heisler, former Assistant District Attorney for San Francisco

  • Case Studies from around the State on elder sexual assault, financial exploitation, and neglect

  • In-depth workshop on Undue Influence

This conference is sponsored by the King County Prosecutor's Office, Wells Fargo Advisors, Seattle Police Foundation, DSHS/ADSA and Disability Rights Washington.

For more information, please contact Cyndee Cavanah by phone 206-296-8797 or E-mail.

For a printable copy of the brochure, which features speaker, schedule and location information, please click here.

Monday, October 19




7:45 - 8:45

Register/Breakfast & Coffee


8:45 - 9:00


King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg

9:00 - 9:45

Keynote: Abuse of Trust and Elder Abuse

Candace Heisler, former Assistant District Attorney for San Francisco

9:45 - 10:00


10:00 - 11:00 The Role of the Court in Addressing Elder Abuse Judge H. Christopher Wickham, Thurston County Superior Court
11:00 - 12:15 Breakout: Undue Influence & Financial Exploitation Candace Heisler, former Assistant District Attorney for San Francisco
11:00 - 12:15 Breakout: How to Conduct an Investigation in a Long-Term Care Facility     
12:15 - 1:30 Lunch     
1:30 - 2:45 Breakout: Clark County's Collaborative Approach to Vulnerable Adult Abuse Jim David, Clark County Senior Deputy Prosecutor and Jim Senescu, Dimitrov & Senescu PLLC, Vancouver
2:45 - 3:00 Break     
3:00 - 4:15 Breakout: Interviewing People with Dementia Harry Morgan, MD, Center for Geriatric & Family Psychiatry, Inc.
3:00 - 4:15 Breakout: Case study - A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Elder Financial Exploitation Patrick, Johnson, Spokane County Deputy Prosecutor; Kirk Kimberly, Spokane Police Detective; Sheri Ellis APS

Tuesday, October 20




8:00 - 8:45

Register / Breakfast & Coffee

8:45 - 9:00 Welcome Chief Pillo, Bellevue Police Department
9:00 - 9:30 The Washington Attorney General's Vulnerable Adult Abuse Initiative Rob McKenna, Attorney General for Washington State
9:30 - 10:45 Morning Session: Understanding Competency and Capacity Harry Morgan, MD, Center for Geriatric & Family Psychiatry, Inc.
10:45 - 11:00 Break     
11:00 - 12:15 Breakout: Abuse of Power of Attorney - a Case Study Chris Anderson, Senior Deputy, King County Prosecutor
11:00 - 12:15 Breakout: Planning for Safety for Elders and Vulnerable Adults     
12:15 - 1:30 Lunch     
1:30 - 2:50 Breakout: Investigating and Prosecuting Adult Neglect Page Ulrey, Senior Deputy, King County Prosecutor; Nadia Fiorini, Seattle Police Detective; Maggie Baker, PhD, RN, CNL University of Washington
1:30 - 2:50 Breakout: Offender Information Available to Law Enforcement from State Agencies Washington State Patrol, Background Check Unit, DOH, Etc.    
2:50 - 3:10 Break     
3:10 - 4:30 Breakout: The Role of the Banking Industry in the Prevention and Prosecution of Elder Abuse     

3:10 - 4:30

Breakout: Ways to Improve the Reporting and Investigation of Crimes Against People with Disabilities Mary Oschwald, PhD, The Regional Research Institute, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon
Please Note: This schedule is subject to change.  Updates will be posted as changes are made. 

About our Speakers

Candace J. Heisler

Candace J. Heisler served as an Assistant District Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco for over 25 years.  During her career, she headed the Domestic Violence, Charging, Misdemeanor, and Preliminary Hearing Units.  She served as the Chairperson of the California District Attorneys Association's Domestic Violence Committee.  She has planned and presented training for that organization for approximately 20 years in the areas of domestic violence and elder abuse.

Ms. Heisler has edited four judicial curricula and a prosecutors' manual on domestic violence.  She helped develop and test curricula on elder abuse for judges and victim advocates for the American Bar Association.  She has authored numerous articles on domestic violence and elder abuse, including several in the Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect, and co-authored the recently-published Elder Abuse Detection and Intervention:  A Collaborative Approach.  Ms. Heisler assisted to develop six tele-courses for California law enforcement on these topics.  She helped design and now provides law enforcement training on domestic violence for first responders and investigators throughout California.  She also trains probation officers and victim advocates about elder abuse and domestic violence.

Ms. Heisler served as a member of the California Violence Against Women Act Stop Task Force, as an office and board member of The National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse for many years, and was a member of the Texas Medical Association Blue Ribbon Panel on Family Violence.

A recipient of the California Governor's Victim Services Award, Ms. Heisler  is also the recipient of the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women Leadership Award, and the California Crime Victims United "Prosecutor of the Year" Award.  She was honored for her work in San Francisco with the naming of "Candace Heisler Day" and has been named Hastings College of the Law "Alumna of the Year."  In 1998, the California District Attorneys Association presented her with its Career Achievement Award.  In 1999, she received the Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigation Excellence in Instruction Award.  In 2001, she received the "Lecturer of the Merit Award" from the National College of District Attorneys.

Ms. Heisler has presented on elder abuse and domestic violence subjects throughout the United States.  She is an Assistant Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of California's Hastings College.  She now teaches for and consults with a wide variety of state, local, and national governmental agencies as well as private organizations.

Harry E. Morgan

Harry E. Morgan, MD., has developed and is President of The Center for Geriatric and Family Psychiatry, Inc., located in Glastonbury, Connecticut.  The practice is a unique multidisciplinary professional group committed to providing for the mental health care needs of the elderly and their families.

Dr. Morgan is a member of the active psychiatric staff at the Institute of Living/Hartford Hospital, the Masonic Health Center, and is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Connecticut Health Center.  He is the Psychiatrist for the Southington Healthcare Alliance.  He is an active Psychiatric Consultant to the State of Connecticut Elderly Protective Service program.

Board Certified in Geriatric Psychiatry, Dr. Morgan is a member of the Medical Advisory Board of the Alzheimer's Association of Connecticut and an active member of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry.  As a Geriatric Psychiatrist, his teaching interests include education related to Alzheimer's disease and other dementing illnesses of later life, the diagnosis and treatment of depressive illness as it affects adults in later life, and the study of personality development during aging.  Dr. Morgan's clinical work with patients and families occurs in the office, in long term care facilities, and in patient's homes.

Dr. Morgan was educated at Dartmouth College, where he received his B.A. degree.  He obtained his M.D. degree from Harvard Medical School and completed his psychiatric residency at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

Page Ulrey

Page Ulrey is a Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney at the King County Prosecutor's Office.  She graduated from Amherst College and Northeastern University School of Law.  After law school, she worked for four and a half years as a public defender in Seattle.  In 1998, she went to work at the King County Prosecutor's Office.  Over the past ten years, she has prosecuted domestic violence and mainstream cases, supervised the prosecution of misdemeanor cases, and chaired the Juvenile Unit of her office.

Ms. Ulrey was appointed to the newly-created position of elder abuse prosecutor in the Criminal Division of her office in 2001.  In that position, she prosecuted cases of vulnerable adult neglect, financial exploitation, sexual assault, physical assault, and homicide.  She also founded and chaired the King County Elder Abuse Council and Criminal Mistreatment Review Panel.

Since September, 2007, Ms. Ulrey has been working as the elder abuse prosecutor in the  office’s Economic Crimes Unit, where she handles cases of vulnerable adult financial abuse, neglect, and sexual assault.  She is the co-chair of the King County Elder Abuse Council, and the chair of King County’s multidisciplinary case staffing team.  For the past three years, she has been involved in protocol development and has been a trainer on elder abuse investigation and prosecution for the Office on Violence Against Women, Department of Justice, and for the National District Attorneys Association.  Ms. Ulrey conducts trainings on vulnerable adult neglect and abuse locally and throughout the country.