Mary Joy Quinn, R.N., M.A., is the retired Director of the Probate Department for the San Francisco Superior Court. As Director, she supervised probate court investigators and examiners and coordinated activities of the Probate Department. She also conducted over 5000 conservatorship investigations, many with undue influence as an allegation. Prior to joining the Probate Court, Mary Joy served as a public health nurse and directed a psychiatric day center for older adults. Mary Joy has conducted extensive research on guardianships, undue influence, elder abuse and neglect. She has authored or co-authored several significant reports, articles, book chapters and books, including, Guardianship of Adults: Achieving Justice, Autonomy and Safety (Springer Publishing Company, 2005), Elder Abuse and Neglect: Causes, Diagnosis and Intervention Strategies (Springer Publishing Company, 1997), and the Handbook for Conservators (California Judicial Council, 2002). Mary Joy has served as a member of the California Judicial Council on Probate, a commissioner with the American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging, and a board member of the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse. She also served as the president of the National College of Probate Judges.