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The Multidimensionality of Capacity and Navigating Sensitive Court Matters
The size of the aging boom is staggering with some 72 million people projected to be 65 years or older by 2030. This program will address the demographic transition to an aging society, how greater longevity is associated with functional limitations and changes in capacity, and how the courts will be affected by this transformation. A case study that demonstrates the multi-dimensionality of capacity and assessment challenges will serve as the foundation for discussion about a surge in probate case types and capacity determination hearings. The sensitive topic of judicial capacity and the roles of state judicial assistance programs will be explored.
- Gerald W. VandeWalle, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of North Dakota
- Terry L. Harrell, Executive Director, Indiana Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program
- Dr. Bonnie J. Olsen, Clinical Professor, Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, University of California Irvine
The Case of the Legendary Philanthropist Brooke Astor: Capacity v. Greed
At the heart of the renowned case of “The People v. Anthony Marshall and Francis Morrissey” were questions regarding Mrs. Astor’s mental capacity and her son and attorney’s financial exploitations of her famous fortune. This session will explore her grandson’s intervention and the court’s approach to rendering justice in a case of larceny and massive fraud to a victim in the throes of advanced Alzheimer’s disease.
- Robin Sweet, Director and State Court Administrator, Nevada Administrative Office of the Courts
- Darcel D. Clark, Associate Justice, New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department
- Elizabeth Loewy, Chief, Elder Abuse Unit, New York County District Attorney’s Office
- Philip C. Marshall, Professor of Historic Preservation, School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation, Roger Williams University, Rhode Island and grandson of Brooke Astor
Improving Court Responses to Elder Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation
Elder abuse (including neglect and financial exploitation) is a hidden problem in the justice system and is an underlying factor in a variety of court cases involving older persons. While every state has criminal statutes that apply to elder abuse, these cases present special challenges for the justice system. This session begins with a presentation on the common misconceptions that seem to hinder the investigation, prosecution and conviction of many elder abuse incidents. A follow-up panel discussion featuring innovative court responses and national resources will include a range of actions that can be taken by courts.
- Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of California
- Joyce Cram, Judge, Superior Court of Contra Costa, California (Ret.)
- Paul Greenwood, Deputy District Attorney, Elder Abuse Prosecution Unit, San Diego District Attorney’s Office
- Brenda Uekert, Director of the Center for Elders in the Courts, National Center for State Courts
Innovations and Challenges in Guardianship Reform
This panel discussion examines the impetus for state-level reform of the adult guardianship/conservatorship system and how state justice systems have responded. The discussion will include a comparison of approaches and highlight the most promising aspects of reform efforts.
- Callie Dietz, State Court Administrator, Washington
- David K. Byers, Administrative Director of the Courts, Arizona
- Michael G. Heavican, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Nebraska
- Jeff Shorba, State Court Administrator, Minnesota
- Erica F. Wood, Assistant Director, ABA Commission on Law and Aging
Activities on your own
The Greenbrier itself provides the best social "program" that's humanly possible. If there's something you'd like to do, The Greenbrier website will likely provide abundant information.
That's one of the reasons we have left Sunday morning and afternoon open for you to explore this remarkable place. Both the hotel concierge and West Virginia's Supreme Court volunteers can help you find whatever you're looking for. Just don't be afraid to ask. The main building of The Greenbrier is absolutely enormous and is worth an exploration in and of itself.
It's the several thousand acre campus, however, where you'll find even more fun. Just go to the link above and see what you can find to make you happy.
For shoppers, there are plenty of retail specialty stores in the main building. But there are shops elsewhere on the campus as well: the Art Colony Shops located in the historic Alabama Row cottages overlooking the Springhouse. The walk under the centuries' old trees as you stroll over to the Colony can cool you down on the hottest of July days, and the shops feature crafts and merchandise that you won't find anywhere else.
If you're a history buff, be sure to visit the Presidents' Cottage Museum. Opened in 1932, this museum gives information about the Greenbrier stays of 26 U. S. Presidents. The cottage itself was where each president stayed in August from the 1830s through the 1850s -- from Martin Van Buren to James Buchanan -- to get away from the sweltering heat of August in Washington, D.C.
Since people have been coming to The Greenbrier since 1778, there is even more for the historically minded. A special history tour is one of the many offerings at The Greenbrier and golf historians can be especially satisfied since that too is one of the hotel's discussions and tours.
If you've had enough swimming (indoor or outdoor), tennis, horseback riding, or any of the other myriad activities at The Greenbrier, Sunday afternoon might be a good time to experience The Greenbrier's afternoon tea. It's held every day in the Main Dining Room between 4:00 PM and 4:45 PM. It's not as formal as it once was (where ladies and gentlemen dressed in appropriate afternoon formal clothing before changing into their dinner clothes for dinner later that evening). But it is still a reminder of the grand old traditions where you can nibble on freshly made goodies underneath the unique crystal chandelier designed by Dorothy Draper. Plus, we've heard from connoisseurs of tea that the afternoon tea is mighty good and hits the spot.
Of course, we're not going to leave you entirely to your own devices! Here, then, is a list of what we have in mind to make your trip to the 2014 Annual Meeting even more fun and memorable:
Law & Literature Session
5:30pm - A reception with light hors d' oeuvres will be held in the Lobby outside the Eisenhower room, for participants, spouses, and guests with musical guests Born Old
7:00pm - Dean H. King, author of The Feud: The Hatfields and McCoys: The True Story
For more than a century, the enduring feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys has been American shorthand for passionate, unyielding, and even violent confrontation, aspects of which ended up in several courts, including the United States Supreme Court. Yet despite numerous articles, books, television shows, and feature films, nobody has ever told the in-depth true story of this legendarily fierce-and far-reaching-clash in the heart of Appalachia. Drawing upon years of original research, including the discovery of previously lost and ignored documents and interviews with relatives of both families, bestselling author Dean King finally gives us the full, unvarnished tale, one vastly more enthralling than the myth.
In the 1960s, a secret bunker was built underneath The Greenbrier for use by members of Congress in the event of a nuclear missile attack on Washington, D.C. For almost forty years, this bunker was maintained by the U. S. Government and kept ready for using by Congress.
On Sunday night, tours will be given of the bunker. Since only 28 people at a time can go on a tour, these will be staggered to accommodate everyone who wants to go, and it's highly recommended that you do so. This is a great lesson about the Cold War, and it is extraordinary how the federal government went to such lengths to protect the members of Congress and their families while attempting to present an image of "things as usual."
We'll begin the tours at around 5:15 PM and they will continue throughout the evening until everyone who wants to go has had a chance to see how the U. S. government prepared for Congress to survive and work through the worst. Obviously, these tours will overlap both the night's reception and the buffet dinner.
If the weather permits, the reception will be held in the Colonial Terrace at 6:00 PM, very close to where the Bunker tours originate. (In the case of inclement weather, we'll hold the reception just indoors at the Cameo Ballroom. We also plan on having some lovely mountain music entertainment as we enjoy drinks and light hors d'oeuvres.
Members of our party will be coming and going from the Bunker during the reception.
Again, in order to accommodate the Bunker tour groups, we need dinner to be buffet style. Don't worry, however: the dining experience for which The Greenbrier is known will be grand.
Monday -- Rafting in the New River Gorge (and Zip Lining above it)
Spouses, guests, and children will be transported via bus to the New River Gorge National River to enjoy either a day-long float trip (with a picnic lunch by the river in the Gorge) or whitewater rafting, whichever guests choose.
The trips vary depending on the depth of the river. However, the float trips typically last six to seven hours and the whitewater rafting trips are three or four hours.
While a person can opt on Monday for just the zip line courses and spend the day in the canopy of the trees, a bus will be heading back to the Gorge on Tuesday for just zip lining. Tree Tops, River Canopy, and the world-renowned Gravity Course can keep a zip line aficionado happy all day long. Zip line fun lasts for three to four hours, depending on the courses that are chosen.
We've planned for one of the buses to leave after the whitewater trip so that guests will not have to wait for those who went on the longer float trip. The other bus will leave after the float "trippers" return and the final zip line course has been conquered at the end of the day.
The bus trip, incidentally, is about an hour and fifteen minutes each way. It's a beautiful trip for you to see the sights on the way there. You'll be so tired that you'll likely sleep all the way back!
We've chosen Class VI River Runners not only because of that company's decades' long expertise on the river, but because of its beautiful setting on the canyon rim.
Please note that you'll need to reserve your trip through the spouse's registration form. There is no cost to participants, but we'll need to know the numbers for each venue to make adequate reservations
Culinary Classes on Monday and Tuesday Afternoons
Some of you won't want to travel to the New River Gorge. Perhaps you would like to learn how to make a new dish, special desserts, or even remarkable cocktails. On both Monday and Tuesday, we are offering our guests culinary classes from the renowned chefs of The Greenbrier.
The classes will be determined by those guests who sign up. The majority will rule for each day. There is no charge for the classes, incidentally, but there may be some back and forth among the guests about which two classes are ultimately chosen. Here is the, ahem, menu of choices as provided by The Greenbrier:
Monday night you're on your own. That's why it's a good place here to discuss Eating at The Greenbrier:
The resort has nine separate restaurants that range from formal dining to cafes.
It is highly recommended that you make reservations to eat in the Main Dining Room on Monday night. It is a world-famous venue with food to match its reputation and it is a unique dining opportunity.
One of the real favorites at The Greenbrier is its steakhouse, Prime 44 West, named after basketball legend -- and West Virginia native son -- Jerry West. Again, reservations are a good idea.
For casual, easy-going dining, try Draper's. Named after Dorothy Draper, the legendary interior designer who changed what Americans expect in its hotels and resorts after her landmark work The Greenbrier in the 1940s, Draper's is a great place to grab lunch between activities. No reservations are required.
Café Carleton is a traditional coffee house with a luxurious European ambience, largely due to murals that surround the diners. No reservations are required.
In the mood for Italian food -- house-made pastas, vegetables fresh from the Greenbrier Chef's Garden, and dishes influenced from all of the regions of Italy -- try The Forum. Reservations are strongly recommended for this taste of Italy.
If you're too busy playing, shopping, and browsing to stop to eat, you can grab something on the run at The Greenbrier Gourmet.
If you're playing tennis or golf, Sam Snead's is a convenient, wonderful restaurant. Turn one way, and you can watch the food prepared in the open show kitchen. Turn the other, and watch the golfers doing their best to live up to the golfing legend (and Greenbrier pro in the 1950s and 1960s, Sam Snead).
You won't have to leave the outdoor infinity pool to have a sandwich or a burger. Tree Tops Café will hit the spot as you relax with the backdrop of the lovely Allegheny Mountains to enhance your swimming or sunbathing experience.
In-Fusion is in the heart of The Greenbrier's Casino Club, so those under 21 years old cannot be served. It features small plate dishes from the Pacific Rim, and is where you need to go if you're craving sake or Asian beer. Reservations are recommended.
There are also five bars (JJ's, the Lobby Bar, Twelve Oaks, Greenbrier Royale, and Slammin' Sammy's) located throughout the resort if you're feeling a bit thirsty before the Hospitality Suite opens each night at 9:00 PM (location to be announced).
Tuesday -- Zip Lining the Gorge
For those who decided to go down the river and who now want to have an aerial version of the New River Gorge -- and for those who chose to zip-line on Monday and can't wait to get back up there -- we'll be taking another bus or two back to the New River Gorge for a day of zip line fun. There is no cost to guests for this activity.
Tree Tops, River Canopy, and the world-renowned Gravity Course can keep a zip line aficionado happy all day long. These activities last for three to four hours, depending on the courses that are chosen.
The participants will be queried on the bus about what they plan to do so that a leave time can be established that suits everyone. In any case, the buses will be back by no later than 4:30 PM so that everyone will have time to clean up and relax for a moment before heading up to Kate's Mountain.
There's likely much more to explore at The Greenbrier itself. But just in case you want to visit elsewhere in the vicinity, we'll have mini-buses running back and forth to Lewisburg, Budget Travel Magazine's 2011 Coolest Small Town in America.
These buses will leave every half hour after 10:30 AM from the main entrance to The Greenbrier and from the Greenbrier County Visitors' Center in downtown. Everything in town is within a few blocks of the Visitors' Center.
Lewisburg has an interesting history which has been preserved in a number of buildings and homes, including log cabins built some 250 years ago. It's the site of the oldest extant courthouse in the state.
There are also interesting antique shops ranging from "junktique" to high-end antiques. What is most notable about shopping in Lewisburg is the number of high-end art galleries.
We shall have Court volunteers on the bus, at the Visitors' Center, and roaming the town to answer questions and help make sure you find what you want.
We'll stop running the buses at 4:00 PM., but we'll make sure that there is a contact number given to each traveler in case he or she misses that final bus and needs a ride back to White Sulphur Springs.
At 6:00 PM, we'll begin taking guests from the main hotel on buses on a ten-minute ride to the top of Kate's Mountain. There, we'll have a sumptuous spread of authentic West Virginia mountain food.
Kate's Mountain has splendid views of the Alleghenies and is a wonderful setting to catch the cool breezes of the evening. There is a pavilion in case of rain.
As dinner winds down, we'll have the pleasure of being entertained by West Virginia Music Hall of Fame member Melvin Goins and his band, Windy Mountain. During their breaks, we'll hear from a past winner of West Virginia's annual Liars' Contest, Bil Lepp. We'll also be inviting any of the Chiefs who would like to compete with a bona fide liar to come up on stage and give it a try. (Administrators, of course, never lie!)
For those who may want to leave before the end of the entertainment, buses will be heading down the hill throughout the night. But you'll likely be enthralled until the last string is plucked.