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Law and Society Week

16th Annual Law and Society Week — 2015 Schedule of Events

Presented by the Fox Rothschild Center for Law and Society

This annual week of legal events, designed for the College Family and local community, features workshops, lectures, film screenings and panel discussions on a variety of current topics. Many events qualify for continuing legal education (CLE) credits.  This year, we are pleased to offer 3.5 hours of ethics and 18.25 hours of substantive continuing legal education credit sessions over the course of the week – pre-registration is not required, all sessions are free and open to the public.*

*Please Note: there is no course fee however, lawyers seeking CLE credit must return a copy of the certificate of attendance and a check for $1.50 per credit hour to PA CLE.

For location information and directions, view our map of Main Campus buildings and our Northeast Regional Center, Northwest Regional Center and West Regional Center pages.

Date Event Details

All Week

MOVE Exhibit

Main Campus - Library, Mint Building - First Floor

The Community College of Philadelphia Library will be curating an exhibit that features photos, books and primary source documents from the Urban Archives about the MOVE incidents. There will also be an online component to the exhibit.

 

Osage Avenue Reimagined Exhibit

Main Campus - Library, Mint Building - First Floor

On display is the work of the College’s Architecture students, who have undertaken a rethinking of the Osage Avenue neighborhood.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Homeland Security Mobile Command Post Tours

10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Main Campus - Front of the Mint Building on Spring Garden Street
The tours are scheduled to begin every hour on the hour. The last tour will begin at 2 p.m.

 

Visit the nerve center of a mobile command post operated by the Homeland Security Unit of the Philadelphia Police Department. Come see the cutting-edge equipment of modern emergency management. The command unit will be parked directly in front of the Mint Building on Spring Garden Street.

 

The Legal and Social Implications of International Human Trafficking

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Main Campus - Winnet Student Life Building, Great Hall, S2-19

 

Human trafficking is considered one of the fastest growing criminal industries in the world. Where most people think that this activity does not impact them personally, different forms of forced labor have been uncovered throughout the United States and abroad. This lecture will discuss the legal and criminal aspects, the social implications and the ways in which it is being combated here and abroad. Moderator: Nicole Vadino, Associate Professor, Sociology. Panelists: Shea M. Rhodes, Esq., Director, Villanova Law Institute to Address Sexual Exploitation; Jamie Manirakiza, Director, Anti-Trafficking and Social Services, The Salvation Army, Philadelphia Social Service Ministries; and William S. Walker, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Homeland Security Investigations, Philadelphia.  *CLE - 1.5 hours substantive

 

Safe Space Training

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
West Regional Center, Room 134


Learn how to create a safe and discrimination-free space for all students at the College, including the LGBTQ community. Co-sponsored by the Diversity and Equity Office and the Rainbow Alliance

 

Screening of “Let the Fire Burn,” a film by Jason Osder

12:45  - 2:30 p.m.
Main Campus - Bonnell Auditorium, Room BG-20
Northeast Regional Center, Room 124
Northwest Regional Center, Room 216
West Regional Center, Room 134


“Let the Fire Burn” is a film about MOVE, including the 1978 and 1985 incidents. This film has been hailed as a definitive look at the complicated times of the late 1970s to mid-1980s in Philadelphia.


Opening Reception *by invitation only*

3 - 5 p.m.
Main Campus - Library, Mint Building, First Floor

 

Join us for the official kickoff of the Sixteenth Annual Law and Society Week! Daniel P. McElhatton, Esq., former chair of the College’s Board of Trustees, will provide opening remarks. The Library will feature Law and Society exhibits, and refreshments will be offered.

 

Matters of Life and Death: The Legal Framework and Case Study of the Barbara Mancini Story

7:10 to 8:40 p.m.
Main Campus - Winnet Student Life Building, Great Hall, Room S2-19

 

Barbara Mancini is a registered nurse that was prosecuted for aiding a suicide attempt by handing her 95-year-old father pain medication. Her story has made national news and has been told on “60 Minutes” and CNN. This session features a discussion of her story and will consider the current legal status of death with dignity statutes and look at the legal framework of the case prosecuted against Ms. Mancini. Presenters: Barbara Mancini and Fred Fanelli, Esq. *CLE - 1.5 hours substantive



Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A City Story: Girard College and its Legacy and Future

8  to 9:30 a.m.
Main Campus - Center for Business and Industry, Room C2-28

 

The story of Girard College reflects the history of Philadelphia. Founded in 1833 as a school for poor white boys, the school’s legal and social evolution reflects and embodies the turbulence and triumphs of the city itself. Join us in this fascinating look at a unique Philadelphia institution. Moderators: Miles Grosbard, professor, Architecture, Design and Construction and head, Department of Architecture, Design and Construction; David Trevaskis, Esq. and Roberta West, Esq. Co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Philadelphia Bar Association. *CLE - 1.5 hours substantive

 

Screening of “Let the Fire Burn,” a film by Jason Osder

9:30  - 11:15 a.m.
Main Campus - Bonnell Auditorium, Room BG-20


“Let the Fire Burn” is a film about MOVE, including the 1978 and 1985 incidents. This film has been hailed as a definitive look at the complicated times of the late 1970s to mid-1980s in Philadelphia.



Avoiding Problems and Pitfalls in the Legal Profession

9:40 to 11:10 a.m.
Main Campus - Center for Business and Industry, Room C2-28

 

This program will explore common pitfalls that legal professionals face in an increasingly litigious society. The program will highlight key ethics rules and will focus on conflicts of interest, effective communication with clients, and the importance of early intervention when a problem arises. In addition, the presenters will give “real world” ethical scenarios and provide guidance on how a legal professional can effectively manage such scenarios. Presenters: Thomas D. Paradise, Esq., General Counsel, Fox Rothschild LLP and Rachelle M. Bin, Esq., Assistant General Counsel, Fox Rothschild LLP. *CLE - 1.5 hours ethics

 

Searching for Justice in a Plural Society

11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Northwest Regional Center, Room 216

 

Law enforcement is a manifestation of a society’s culture.  This session will explore the role that cultural indoctrinations and individual beliefs play in law enforcement, and how such can hinder the intended outcome of justice. Presenter: Dana L. Auguste, Assistant General Counsel and Director of Risk Management, University of the Sciences. *CLE - 1 hour substantive


Gary Heidnik, MOVE and the Cheesesteak

11:20 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.
Main Campus - Winnet Student Life Building, Great Hall, Room S2-19

 

Reporter Victor Fiorillo will discuss his past oral history work on MOVE, serial killer Gary Heidnik and the most Philadelphia of stories, the history of the cheesesteak. He will explore how oral histories preserve information and capture moments, perceptions and personalities.


 

Duffy’s Cut

1 to 2:30 p.m.
Main Campus - Winnet Student Life Building, Great Hall, Room S2-19


The discovery of 57 bodies of Irish immigrants in Malvern, PA, in 2004 burst in headlines on both sides of the Atlantic. In the years since, much work has been done to unravel the stories of these individuals who met their demise while seeking the immigrant dream of better lives. This story has been featured in a Smithsonian documentary and in news stories around the globe. Presenters: Frank Watson and Earl Schandelmeier.


Is the Law Going to the Dogs?

2:40 to 4:10 p.m.
Main Campus - Center for Business and Industry, Room C2-28


Animal law encompasses all areas of law, from torts, contracts, family law, estate planning and environmental law to constitutional law. It affects companion animals, wildlife, animals in entertainment and research, and animals raised for food. This session will discuss how the law is struggling to catch up with the rapidly evolving view of animals by society, and will answer such questions as, What's the legal difference between a dog and a lamp? Is a person who videotapes animal cruelty a terrorist? Presenter: Nadia S. Adawi, Esq., Vice Chair, Pennsylvania Bar Association Animal Law Committee *CLE - 1.5 hours substantive

 

Screening of “Let the Fire Burn,” a film by Jason Osder

4  - 5:45 p.m.
Main Campus - Bonnell Auditorium, Room BG-20


“Let the Fire Burn” is a film about MOVE, including the 1978 and 1985 incidents. This film has been hailed as a definitive look at the complicated times of the late 1970s to mid-1980s in Philadelphia.



MOVE and the Media

6 to 7:30 p.m.
Main Campus - Bonnell Auditorium, Room BG-20


Join us for an introspective discussion panel featuring award-winning media professionals, including Craig R. McCoy, Investigative Reporter, Philadelphia Inquirer; William "Bill" Marimow, Editor, Philadelphia Inquirer; M. Larry Litwin, Professor, Public Relations Advisor; and Richard Maloney, Public Relations Director [ret.], Reporter [ret.]. Moderator: Jason Osder.


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Screening of “Let the Fire Burn,” a film by Jason Osder

9  - 10:45 a.m.
Northeast Regional Center, Room 124
Northwest Regional Center, Room 216
West Regional Center, Room 134


“Let the Fire Burn” is a film about MOVE, including the 1978 and 1985 incidents. This film has been hailed as a definitive look at the complicated times of the late 1970s to mid-1980s in Philadelphia.


Boy in the Box

10:20 to 11:20 a.m.
Main Campus - Center for Business and Industry, Room C2-28


In 1957, the bruised and beaten body of a little boy between the ages of 4 and 6 was found in a cardboard box in a remote lot in the Fox Chase area of suburban Philadelphia. For more than five decades, the answers to the questions surrounding this case still go unanswered. Presenter William L. Fleisher is co-founder and commissioner of The Vidocq Society, an organization of law enforcement experts that volunteer their time to help solve cold cases. Fleisher has aggressively pursued the Boy in the Box case, which remains open to this day. *CLE - 1 hour substantive

 

Psychological Testing in Law Enforcement

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Main Campus - Center for Business and Industry, Room C2-28

 

This session looks at the history and use of psychological tests in law enforcement personnel. What do test results tell us? What do test results not reveal? This interactive lecture by Lindback Award winner and associate professor of Psychology, Rick Frei, Ph.D., is sure to be stimulating and enlightening.

 

MOVE Student Panel

12:40 to 1:40 p.m.
Main Campus - Center for Business and Industry, Room C2-28

 

Students who have been involved in an array of disciplines will look at the various aspects related to MOVE, the tragedy of Officer Ramp, the neighbors and the last confrontation.

 

Screening of “Let the Fire Burn” and Conversation with the filmmaker, Jason Osder

3 to 5:30 p.m.
Drexel University's Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships, 3509 Spring Garden Street


“Let the Fire Burn” is a film about MOVE, including the 1978 and 1985 incidents. This film has been hailed as a definitive look at the complicated times of the late 1970s to mid-1980s in Philadelphia. Co-sponsored by Drexel University’s Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships


Anatomy of Fire Investigation

6 to 9 p.m.
Northeast Regional Center, Room 124

 

This session provides insight into nationally recognized scientific and practical techniques used by fire investigators in determining the origin and cause of fires. Presenter: Battalion Chief Ed Hojnicki, Wilmington, Delaware Fire Department. *CLE - 3 hours substantive

 

MOVE Panel Discussion

6 to 7:30 p.m.
Main Campus - Winnet Student Life Building, Great Hall, Room S2-19

 

Join us for this discussion, which will take a look at the various aspects related to MOVE, the neighbors and the tragic confrontation on Osage Avenue in 1985. Panelists include: Ramona Africa; Jason Osder, the filmmaker of “Let the Fire Burn;” and Randi Boyette and Michael Boyette, authors of "Let It Burn." Moderator: Linn Washington, Temple University Journalism Professor


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Legal Implications of Nursing

9:40 to 11:10 a.m.
Main Campus - Winnet Student Life Building, Great Hall, Room S2-19


Paul Bechtel, Esq., a nationally renowned expert on law and medicine and a veteran of more than 300 jury trials, will discuss nursing and issues of legal liability in medicine. Mr. Bechtel is a retired partner of Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin. *CLE - 1.5 hours substantive

 

1975–1985 in Philadelphia: A Panel Discussion of the Social Landscape

9:40 to 11:10 a.m.
Main Campus - Pavilion Building, Klein Cube, Room P2-03


The years from 1975 to 1985 were ones of social unrest, tension and unease in many urban areas. This panel looks at this landscape and provides insight into life during that seminal period of Philadelphia history. Panelists: Reverend Audrey Bronson, Carol Ann Weisenfeld and activist, Bilal Qayyum.

 

Philadelphia CSI Comes to NERC

10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Northeast Regional Center, Room 124

 

The Philadelphia Police Department’s Crime Scene Unit will explain its role in photographing and sketching crime scenes, as well as its method in the identification and processing of crime scene evidence. Actual and sometimes graphic crime scene photos will be shown.
*CLE - 2 hours substantive


Homeland Security Mobile Command Post Tours

10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
West Regional Center
The tours are scheduled to begin every hour on the hour. The last tour will begin at 2 p.m.

 

Visit the nerve center of a mobile command post operated by the Homeland Security Unit of the Philadelphia Police Department. Come see the cutting-edge equipment of modern emergency management. The command unit will be parked directly in front of the building on Chestnut Street.

 

Grand Tech Auto Squad: A 21st Century Approach to Auto Crime

12 to 1:15 p.m.
West Regional Center, Auto Lab


This exciting presentation by the Auto Squad of the Major Crimes Unit of the Philadelphia Police Department will explain and demonstrate the latest technologies and techniques for investigating and solving auto thefts and insurance fraud. Presenter: Staff Inspector Jerrold Bates of the Specialized Investigations Bureau and members of the Auto Squad. Co-sponsored by the Automotive Technology Services Program. *CLE - 1.25 hours substantive

 

Witness to Innocence: The Story of Shujaa Graham

1 to 2:30 p.m.
Main Campus - Winnet Student Life Building, Great Hall, Room S2-19

 

Shujaa Graham served on death row at San Quentin before being exonerated in 1981 and will share his powerful story and his current life advocating for reform. Co-sponsored by Witness to Innocence.


**Literary Response to Contemporary American Tragedies - POSTPONED - NEW TIME AND DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED**

This session features creative writers who have written about the MOVE bombing and similar contemporary American tragedies. As part of this panel discussion, the featured writers will share some of their poetry and prose work and discuss their creative process. They will explore such questions as, How can art bear witness to horrible events and help us heal? What is the artist's responsibility when documenting injustice? Free handouts of some of the creative work being shared will be distributed at the door. Panelists: poet, activist, playwright Sonia Sanchez; Olga Dugan and Andrea Walls.



Screening of “Let the Fire Burn” a film by Jason Osder

3 to 4:45 p.m.
Northeast Regional Center, Room 124
Northwest Regional Center, Room 216
West Regional Center, Room 134


“Let the Fire Burn” is a film about MOVE, including the 1978 and 1985 incidents. This film has been hailed as a definitive look at the complicated times of the late 1970s to mid-1980s in Philadelphia.

 

The Judges’ Panel: A Consideration of Common Pleas Court

5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Main Campus - Winnet Student Life Building, Great Hall, Room S2-19


Distinguished judges discuss their lives in the law, achieving balance and the challenges of a legal career.
Moderator: The Honorable Holly J. Ford, Judge, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. *CLE - 1 hour ethics

 

Ethics in Government: A Consideration

6:40 to 7:40 p.m.
Main Campus - Winnet Student Life Building, Great Hall, Room S2-19


The Office of the Inspector General of the City of Philadelphia promotes ethical conduct in government and investigates and uncovers corruption, fraud, misconduct and waste. The office also investigates and uncovers illegal and unethical relationships and conduct involving those individuals and government, city employees and those having relationships with the city. This session considers these important issues in a dynamic presentation. *CLE - 1 hour ethics


Friday, February 27, 2015

Expungement Assessment Clinic

9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Main Campus - Pavilion Building, Klein Cube, Room P2-03


If you have a criminal record, you may be able to erase it through a process called expungement. An expunged record can help you with future loans, housing, employment opportunities and more. Attorneys and volunteers will be available to help you understand how to deal with your criminal record. Expungement may be possible for non-conviction charges (nolle prossed, not guilty, dismissed or withdrawn), summary convictions and special programs like ARD or Section 17. Expungement is generally not possible for felony or misdemeanor charges that resulted in a conviction (guilty, guilty plea or nolo contender plea). Those who qualify may be able to receive free legal help. Co-sponsored by Community Legal Services


** This clinic is for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas matters only. No Juvenile/Orphan’s Court matters.**


No appointment is necessary, but the clinic is FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED. Please email the Center for more information.


Performance of “Marking Time: Tales of Tattoos”

12:40 to 1:40 p.m.
Main Campus - Bonnell Auditorium, Room BG-20


Members of Once More Theater will perform monologues written by students in the Reentry Support Project. The group is coordinated by Peggy Mecham, Ph.D., assistant professor of English. Co-sponsored by the Reentry Support Project of the Fox Rothschild Center for Law and Society.