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FSGA Virtual Conference 2020

FSGA Virtual Conference 2020
From August 21, 2020 at 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM

Please join the FSGA as we host a virtual conference August 21, 2020 “Charting the Course through Guardianship.”  We have an excellent educational program planned with messages from sponsors, tote bags, trivia and more.  Courses will offer 6 CEU in the areas of Professional Guardian, Nursing, and Social Work, as well as CLE credits for attorneys. Check this page for ongoing updates and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Our Sponsors & Exhibitors

Conference Overview

Friday, August 21
08:15 AM - 09:15 AM The Admiral’s View – Updates from DOEA and OPPG

The Admiral’s View – Updates from DOEA and OPPG

Friday, August 21 08:15 AM - 09:15 AM

CEUs: 1

Secretary Prudom will provide a general update on the Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA), as well as the Office of Public and Professional Guardians (OPPG).

  • The Honorable Richard Prudom, Secretary, Florida Department of Elder Affairs

    In January 2019, Governor Ron DeSantis appointed Richard Prudom as Secretary for the Florida Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA)  Secretary Prudom has served the State of Florida in various leadership roles, including at the Department of Elder Affairs since 2011. Previously he has served as the DOEA’s Deputy Secretary.  Prudom has led several initiatives, including the Dementia Care and Cure Initiative (DCCI) and Livable Florida, the State’s efforts to make Florida a place where all residents can live well regardless of age or ability. 

09:30 AM - 10:30 AM Revised Channel Markers – SB 944 Becomes Law

Revised Channel Markers – SB 944 Becomes Law

Friday, August 21 09:30 AM - 10:30 AM

CEUs: 1

  • The Honorable Senator Passidomo

    Kathleen C. Passidomo is a Republican member of the Florida Senate who has represented the 28th district, which includes Collier, Hendry, and part of Lee County in Southwest Florida, since 2016. She previously served three terms in the Florida House of Representatives, representing the Naples area from 2010 to 2016.

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM The Captain’s View – from the Bench during Covid-19

The Captain’s View – from the Bench during Covid-19

Friday, August 21 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

CEUs: 1

View from the bench during this time of Covid-19 and changes in court operation, or expections in Guardianship.

  • The Honorable Judge Lisa Davidson

    Judge Lisa Davidson is a Brevard County judge of the 18th Judicial Circuit Court in Florida. She took office in 1998. Davidson received her B.A. degree from the University of Michigan in 1974 and her J.D. degree from Duke Law School in 1977.Davidson began her career in 1978 as an Assistant Public Defender in Broward County. She then served as an assistant state attorney for that county from 1980 through 1981. She was in private practice with the Brevard County firm of Kahn & Kahn, P.A. from 1982 through 1993. In 1984, she joined the Brevard County Court, where she served until she joined the circuit court in 1998.

  • The Honorable Judge Michelle T. Morely

    Judge Morley received her undergraduate degree in business management from the University of Tampa and her J.D. from the Stetson University College of Law. In 2002, the Florida Supreme Court certified her as a mediator of family law, County Court and Circuit Court cases. Before being elected to the judiciary in 2006, she practiced law for two decades, successfully handling a wide variety of civil and criminal cases, teaching law and serving as an active volunteer.

  • The Honorable Judge Charles M. Greene

    Charles M. “Charlie” Greene is a probate and civil division judge of the 17th Judicial Circuit Court in Florida. He was elected on September 4, 1990, effective the following January. He was re-elected in 2008 and 2014. Greene was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1983. He began his career as a prosecutor, working in the counties of Lee and Broward for five years. He then spent a year in private practice before becoming a legal adviser for the Boca Raton Police Department in 1989. In 1990, he was elected to the circuit court.

  • Pam Keller, Esq.

    Pamela Keller, Esq. focuses her practice in the area of civil litigation. Ms. Keller’s litigation practice includes commercial, transactional, construction, real estate, guardianship, probate, trust and exploitation litigation. Her elder law practice includes complex and contested guardianship and probate matters, preparation of estate planning documents, guardianship, probate and trust administration and Medicaid planning. Ms. Keller has over 30 years of experience trying civil cases in New York and Florida in the Federal and State courts.

12:00 PM - 01:00 PM Charting and Changing Course – Legislative Update

Charting and Changing Course – Legislative Update

Friday, August 21 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

CEUs: 1

  • Steven Hitchcock JD, LL.M

    Steven E. Hitchcock is a Florida Bar Board Certified Elder Law attorney, who practices in the areas of Social Security Disability Law, SSI and Medicaid, Special Needs Trusts, Guardianship and Guardian Advocacy, Long Term Care Planning, Veteran’s Benefits law, Estate Planning and Probate and Trust Administration. Mr. Hitchcock is owner of Hitchcock Law Group. Mr. Hitchcock received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy from Union University in upstate New York. Mr. Hitchcock received his Law Degree, Cum Laude, with a Certificate of Concentration in Elder Law in 2005, and his LL.M. in Elder Law, with Distinction, from Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg, Florida in 2012. He is a member of the Elder Law, the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law, Health Law and Administrative Law sections of the Florida Bar. He serves as Substantive co-Chair of the Elder Law Section of the Florida Bar and also Chair of the Ethics Committee of the Elder Law Section of the Florida Bar, and serves on the Guardianship Committee of the Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar.

01:15 PM - 02:15 PM Smooth Sailings or Choppy Waters? New Ethical Dilemmas

Smooth Sailings or Choppy Waters? New Ethical Dilemmas

Friday, August 21 01:15 PM - 02:15 PM

CEUs: 1

  • Irene Rausch, NMG

    Irene Rausch has served as professional guardian since 1982. She holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Anthropology and earned the National Master Guardian certification in 2000. She served as President of the Guardian Association of Pinellas County (1987, 1988, 2012, 2013) and developed and conducted the initial 40 hour training at St. Petersburg Junior College in 1988. Irene also served as President of the Florida State Guardianship Association (1989, 1990) and coordinated the first state guardianship conference St. Petersburg in 1987.
    Irene was elected as a charter member of the NGA Board of Directors in 1988 and served for 9 years on the Board. During her term, she served as Conference Chairman for 6 years. While on the NGA board she assisted with the development of the NGA Registered Guardian Handbook, 8 hour training and initial exam for RG certification. Irene has personally conducted 121 40 hour guardian training programs in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties since 1989 and is the author of “A Practical Guide to Guardianship.”

02:30 PM - 03:30 PM Reaching the North Star – Restoration of Capacity

Reaching the North Star – Restoration of Capacity

Friday, August 21 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM

CEUs: 1

  • Anne Ridings, NMG

    Anne Ridings is the owner of Ridings Case Management and Fiduciary Solutions, Inc., serving as an advocate for the elderly and disabled. She was the founding Director of Lutheran Services Florida Sarasota Guardianship program, working there from January 1990 to December 2016. She came to Florida shortly after graduating Bridgewater State College with a degree in Social Work. She is a Certified Master Guardian through the National Guardian Association. Anne was the facilitator and coordinator of the Guardianship Education for families and professionals in the 12th Judicial Circuit from 1990 to 2016, is passionate about elder abuse and has coordinated several seminars with regard to abuse and exploitation. She has served on the Statewide Board of Directors for FSGA and was the founding president for the local Gulf Coast Chapter of FSGA and is a current board member.

  • Gerald O’Brien, Esq.

    Gerry O’Brien is an attorney who has practiced in Sarasota since 1989. He is the managing partner of O’Brien & Bennett, P.A., a Sarasota Law Firm emphasizing Elder Law issues. Gerry grew up in Michigan, and graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. He received a Master of Arts in Industrial Relations from the University of Cincinnati and his Law degree from the University of Detroit. After completing his formal education, Gerry worked in private practice with a Detroit based law firm specializing in corporate and litigation legal services. He later worked with Wayne State University, representing the University in arbitration hearings and labor negotiations. Gerry moved to Sarasota in 1989 where he started a general law practice. He began to shift his focus from a general law practice to Guardianship Law in 1990 shortly after major revisions to the Florida Guardianship Law went into effect. Jeanne Bennett joined his practice in 2013 and partnership of O’Brien & Bennett was formed in 2015. Although a portion of Gerry’s practice involves high conflict guardianship matters, he prefers to work collaboratively with attorneys in order to achieve agreed resolutions to these stressful
    family situations. In addition maintaining a private practice, Gerry has served as an Arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association, a Hearing Officer for Sarasota County Government and is a frequent lecturer on Guardianship matters.

  • Richard Diamond, MD

    Dr. Richard Diamond, MD is a Internal Medicine Specialist in North Venice, FL and has over 43 years of experience in the medical field.  He graduated from Temple University School of Medicine medical school in 1977.  He is affiliated with Venice Regional Bayfront Health. Dr Diamond has been performing guardianship evaluations in Venice, Florida for 7 years.