Elder Protection Courts: Judicial Perspective, Holistic Approach

Vol. 24 No. 1


Judge Patricia Banks is the presiding judge of the Cook County Circuit Court’s Elder Law and Miscellaneous Remedies Division, a member of the Circuit Court’s Executive Committee, and a member of the ABA Commission on Law and Aging. In addition to her many other appointments and awards, she was the 2014 recipient of the CDEL Impact Award from the Center for Disability and Elder Law.

Judge Julie Conger, ret., retired from the Superior Court of California, County of Alameda, in 2008 after 26 years of service. She now presides as an assigned judge in numerous counties in northern California. Judge Conger also serves as a commissioner on the California Commission on Aging.

Judge Joyce M. Cram, ret., was appointed to the Superior Court of California, Contra Costa County, in 1998, where, until she retired in 2013, she presided over virtually every type of case, including criminal, civil, probate, and family law cases. She continues to teach judges and lawyers about elder abuse, probate, and ethics matters.

The moral test of government is how it treats those who are in the dawn of life—the children; those who are in the twilight of life—the aged; and those in the shadows of life—the sick, the needy, and the handicapped. Hubert H. Humphrey

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