Jeremy Chan

  • Hosted by Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach
  • Sponsored by Anonymous
  • Service location San Francisco, California
  • Law school University of California, Hastings College of the Law
  • Issue area Elder Abuse
  • Fellowship class year 2019
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Jeremy provided mediation and conflict coaching services for Asian American and Pacific Islander seniors and adults with disabilities.

San Francisco’s senior population has almost doubled to 200,000 in the past decade. Over half of the senior population is low-income, and over half of the senior population identify as Asian and Pacific Islander (API). This spike has led to an increased need for Elder Law services, including elder abuse cases. Because elder abuse cases are often between an elder and someone the elder is dependent on, such as a family member or caregiver, aggressive legal action or litigation-based strategies often fail to meet the client’s non-legal goals, such as wanting to maintain good family relations. This risk is compounded for API seniors, as cultural beliefs include valuing self-sacrifice for the sake of group stability and fear of bringing shame upon the family, further discourage API seniors from seeking help.

Fellowship Plan

During his two-year Fellowship, Jeremy:

  • Provided full representation for over 60 seniors and adults with disabilities, including conflict coaching, representation in elder abuse restraining order hearings, and advocating using mediation-inspired tactics.
  • Began a partnership with the UC Hastings Mediation Clinic to mediate cases involving seniors and adults with disabilities.
  • Created a conflict coaching toolkit, including a supplemental questionnaire to identify cases that might be suitable for mediation, and provided basic training for APILO’s legal staff, the API Elder Abuse Task Force, and community partners
  • Conducted 30 trainings and presentations on anti-Asian hate incidents, elder law, elder abuse, elder consumer fraud, and mediation to seniors, service providers, and community organizations, reaching over 700 individuals.

Next Steps

Following his fellowship, Jeremy has stayed on with Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach as a staff attorney, where he continues to work with seniors and adults with disabilities in the San Francisco Bay Area. His caseload includes elder abuse and elder abuse restraining order cases, as well as mediation and conflict coaching cases.

Media

California battles an AAPI elder abuse problem

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