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 Catholic University law school Assistant Clinical Professor Faith Mullen


Law School Hosts Training to Protect Seniors at Risk


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Outreach workers, case managers, social workers and other professionals who work with aging and vulnerable adult populations gathered at the Columbus School of Law on June 27 for a one-day training seminar designed to improve their ability to spot and respond to signs of abuse. 
The law school has hosted the event for several years in collaboration with the DC Office on Aging Adult Abuse Prevention Committee, in addition to nearly a dozen additional organizations.
"By sponsoring this annual conference, the law school makes an important contribution to wellbeing of older residents of the District of Columbia. It is a rare opportunity for social workers and lawyers to spend that day together exploring issues of great importance to seniors," says Catholic University law school Assistant Clinical Professor Faith Mullen, who supervises students in CUA Law’s General Practice Clinic and was among the three presenters for the day.
This year’s chief topic was “Reaching out to Vulnerable Seniors,” and included information about the new DC real property tax sale legislation. For her part, Mullen discussed the importance of the orderly transfer of real property through probate.
"The failure to either leave property in a will or to probate a will to clear title can trigger serious problems. It can make it impossible to sell the property when an opportunity obtain a mortgage to make needed repairs or to pay property taxes," Mullen told her audience.

America’s elderly population, especially seniors living on their own, are more vulnerable than younger people to neglect, financial exploitation, psychological and emotional abuse, abandonment, or physical abuse.
Through lectures, videos, and first-person accounts, attendees were reminded that one must first learn to correctly read the signs or red flags that may point to a problem.  In the afternoon, speakers from the Consumer financial Protection Bureau presented a train the trainers event on “Money Smart for Older Adults.”  This was geared to helping people recognize and prevent fraud.