Eckert Seaman’s Roberta Jacobs-Meadway Co-Chairs May 17 SeniorLAW Center Gala Benefit
The gala celebrates the work of the SeniorLAW Center, which aids Pennsylvanians faced with life-changing legal problems, and pays tribute to remarkable leaders, advocates, and elders. It features compelling stories, video, and celebration of the contributions of seniors throughout Pennsylvania. AGE OUT LOUD is the national theme for May, Older Americans Month, to amplify the many voices of older Americans and raise awareness of vital aging issues across the country.
The event, called AGE OUT LOUD: Honoring the Voices of Seniors & Advocates for Elder Justice, celebrates seeking justice for Pennsylvania elders, honors extraordinary advocates and partners, and features the stories of brave seniors and the attorneys who fought for their rights. AGE OUT LOUD is the national theme for May, Older Americans Month, to amplify the many voices of older Americans and raise awareness of vital aging issues across the country.
This year’s Gala Chairs are William J. Donohue of Exelon, Roberta Jacobs-Meadway of Eckert Seamans, and Christopher Otten of FFG Nonprofit Benefits Group. Teresa Cavenagh of Duane Morris serves as Chair of the SeniorLAW Center Board of Directors. Cherri Gregg of KYW Newsradio will serve as Gala MC.
Based in Philadelphia, SeniorLAW Center protects the rights of older Pennsylvanians through free legal representation, education, and advocacy. Since its founding in 1978, SeniorLAW Center has served over 400,000 older Pennsylvanians, including survivors of elder abuse, grandparents raising grandchildren, seniors at risk of homelessness, eviction and foreclosure, and other seniors 60 -100+ years old. SeniorLAW Center’s staff of attorneys advocate locally, statewide, and nationally for access to justice, safe housing, victims’ rights, intergenerational families, and elder justice.
Elder abuse is a national legal and health crisis. Older Americans and their families lose more than $2.9 billion each year to financial exploitation. Senior veterans, grandparents raising grandchildren, and victims of elder abuse and exploitation have critical need of legal services to prevent homelessness, provide protection from abuse, and pursue safety, independence, and security. One in five Pennsylvanians are now senior citizens, growing to one in four by the year 2020. Philadelphia has the largest percentage of seniors of the ten largest cities in the country, and one of the poorest. Issues of aging will affect us all dramatically, both professionally and personally, in every sector of business and human service, our work, and our families.
Lawrence J. Beaser, Esq. will be honored as the 2017 Champion of the Year. Partner at Blank Rome LLP, long-serving Chair and now Chair Emeritus of The Philadelphia Foundation, former Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, and respected leader in diverse networks and professions, he is an outstanding partner, supporter, and advisor in protecting the rights of elders throughout the Commonwealth.
The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency will be honored as the 2017 Partner of the Year. Through the Office of Victims’ Services, PCCD works to help crime victims transcend their trauma by providing funding to victim service agencies, including SeniorLAW Center, that work directly with victims and collaborate with criminal justice and allied professionals that advocate and respond to the needs of victims. With PCCD’s support, SeniorLAW Center has represented and served thousands of elder victims of abuse and exploitation and, in 2017, pursuing a groundbreaking expansion of services throughout the 5-county region.
Eric P. Sando, Esq. will be honored as the 2017 Volunteer of the Year. As new attorney, Eric took on a complex two-day trial for a grandmother raising her infant granddaughter, with the support of his firm and colleagues, obtaining successful verdicts for his client which saved her home, addressing fraudulent deed conveyance and a host of other problems.
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Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC has more than 360 attorneys located in 14 offices throughout the United States. The firm provides a broad range of legal services in the areas of litigation, including mass tort and products liability; corporate and business law; intellectual property; labor and employment relations; aviation; bankruptcy and creditors' rights; employee benefits; environmental law; construction; public finance; real estate; tax; estates; and transportation.
Eckert Seamans' practice reflects virtually every industry and segment of the country's business. Clients include Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions, newspapers and other media, hotels, health care organizations, airlines, and railroads. The firm also represents numerous federal, state, and local governmental and educational entities. In order to provide global reach and access to legal resources that enhance our ability to serve clients’ needs around the globe, Eckert Seamans has partnered with SCG Legal, a global network of over 145 independent law firms with more than 11,500 attorneys. For more information about the firm, please visit www.eckertseamans.com.
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