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Law and Society Week

17th Annual Law and Society Week — 2016 Schedule of Events

Presented by the Fox Rothschild Center for Law and Society and co-sponsored by the Pro Bono Committee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and The Rendell Center for Civics and Civic Engagement

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 – pre-registration is not required, all sessions are free and open to the public.*

 

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2016 Survey Results

Session % "Yes" Expectation per title % "Yes" Learned Something New/Interesting/ Valuable % "Yes" Would Like to Learn More
Screening of Our Way Home: Transitioning From the Front Lines to the Homefront & Plenary Q&A 90% 90% 87%
The Last Jimmy: A Hip Hop Musical Film Screening and Talk-Back Session 100% 100% 75%
Reducing Philadelphia Incarceration Rates: Perspectives from the Criminal Justice Community 94% 98% 85%
Reparations and Reconciliation in the US: The Legal Landscape 79% 86% 79%
A City Story: Girard College and its Legacy and Future 94% 94% 85%
Domestic Violence and Updates to PFA Laws 100% 95% 76%
Screening: Kids for Cash 100% 100% 100%
Ethics in City Government 94% 99% 80%
The Presidential Election: Students Explain the Issues 100% 88% 68%
Election Year Focus! 97% 88% 65%
Trans101 - Transgender Ally Training 100% 100% 100%
International Refugees: Population in Crisis 100% 96% 78%
Model Grand Jury of a Police-Involved Shooting 100% 100% 82%
Investigating a Cold Case Homicide 80% 94% 88%
New and Old Threats to Free Speech on Campus 100% 90% 81%
Criminal Records: Impact and Expungement 96% 92% 88%
Screening: Touched, A Film by Terrance Tykeem 72% 78% 89%
Racial Profiling 94% 97% 86%
Legal Implications of Nursing 94% 90% 86%
Judicial Independence 95% 95% 86%
Philadelphia CSI 100% 97% 100%
Youth Court and its Role in Social Justice 95% 97% 86%
Guises: Exploring the Relationship between Theater and Reentry at CCP 100% 97% 64%
Grand Tech Auto Squad: A 21st Century Approach to the Auto Crime  100% 96% 89%
Copyrights and the Self-Published Songwriter/Artist 100% 98% 83%
Ethics 101 for Public and Elected Officials 80% 77% 74%
Judicial Ethics: Reality and Perception 82% 97% 91%

2016 Schedule of Events

*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.

Please find our Classroom Discussion Guide here.

Date Event Details

All Week

Design Studio Exhibit

Main Campus - Library (First Floor – Mint Building)

Last fall, students in third semester Design Studio explored possibilities for Girard College to leverage its central remaining asset — its land — to create market rate housing.  Ongoing development in the neighborhood has put the property, parts of which are underutilized, within reach of potential homebuyers and renters.  Sharing Stephen Girard's physical legacy could provide a way to recharge Girard College's endowment.

 

Voter Registration Drive

Main Campus — Various Locations

To vote in the next election, you must complete your application by March 28, 2016.  A volunteer will be available to help you register at various events during the week on the Main Campus. Information on how to register will be available at every event location for the entire week.


Ways to submit an application:

When applying, keep in mind:

  • If you have a PA driver's license or PennDOT ID, keep it available to reference as you complete the application
  • Your registration is not complete until processed and accepted by your county voter registration office
  • 3/28/2016 is the last day to register before the 4/26/2016 election

For more information, visit: http://www.votespa.com.

Note: If you are on active duty in the military, or you are a hospitalized or bedridden veteran, you can register at any time. See http://www.fvap.gov for more information

Monday, February 29, 2016

 

Screening: Our Way Home: Transitioning From the Front Lines to the Homefront followed by Plenary Session/Q&A

10:20 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Main Campus - Winnet Student Life Building, Great Hall, S2-19

CLE: 1.5 hours Substantive

A showing of the documentary, Our Way Home: Transitioning From the Front Lines to the Homefront, that explores the psychological effects of war, specifically Post Traumatic Stress (PTS), by documenting the homecoming stories of United States veterans from World War Two until present day, will be followed by a panel discussion of the challenges faced by veterans and their loved ones. Issues addressed include, “How has the culture changed the way what was traditionally known as "shell shock" into a serious disorder that effects 7.7 million Americans every day?” “How can society help ease this transition?”, and most importantly, “Where can veterans with PTS get help?”  Panelists include Eric R. Cohen; Alexis Warner, who started the nonprofit, Seeds of Hope, as a high school student struggling to understand the issues faced by her stepfather on his return from Afghanistan. Presented by Seeds of Hope. Moderated by Wesley R. Payne, IV, Esq., co-chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Military and Veterans Affairs Committee, partner at White and Williams, LLP and veteran. Co-sponsored by the Veterans Resource Center of Community College of Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Bar Association Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee.

 

The Last Jimmy: A Hip Hop Musical Film Screening and Talk-Back Session

12:40 - 2:50 p.m.
Main Campus - Bonnell Auditorium, Room BG-20

This event will feature a film screening of the hip-hop musical “The Last Jimmy” followed by a “talk back” session with the production’s creators, including Dice Raw, a well-known Philadelphia solo hip-hop artist and member of The Roots crew. “The Last Jimmy” was inspired by Dr. Michelle Alexander’s book, The New Jim Crow, and explores the impact of mass incarceration and the prison industrial complex on young black males.

 


Opening Reception

3 – 5 p.m.
Main Campus - Pavilion Cube, P2-03

David K. Trevaskis, Esq., will provide opening remarks.  Join us as we officially open the Seventeenth Annual Law and Society Week! Refreshments, exhibits and more.

 

Reducing Philadelphia Incarceration Rates: Perspectives from the Criminal Justice Community

6 - 7:30 p.m.
Main Campus Winnet Student Life Building, Great Hall, S2-19
CLE: 1.5 hours Substantive

A panel of experts looks at the issue of mass incarceration in Philadelphia and discusses innovative initiatives that seek to address this critical issue.  Panelists include Caterina Gouvis Roman, Ph.D., assistant professor of Criminal Justice at Temple University; Byron Cotter, director of Alternative Sentencing at Defender Association of Philadelphia; Derek Riker, assistant district attorney and chief of Diversion Courts; among others. Moderated by Tara Timberman, founder/coordinator of the Fox Rothschild Center for Law and Society Reentry Support Project.

 

Reparations and Reconciliation in the United States:  The Legal Landscape

7:40 - 9:40 p.m.
Main Campus Winnet Student Life Building, Great Hall, S2-19
CLE: 2 hours Substantive

A social, economic, and political examination through the lens of American law. Presented by Dena Sukol, Esq.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

 

A City Story: Girard College and its Legacy and Future

8 - 9:30 a.m.
Main Campus
- Winnet Student Life Building, Great Hall, S2-19
CLE: 1.5 hours Substantive

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. Moderated by David Trevaskis, Esq., and Roberta West, Esq.

 

Domestic Violence and Updates to PFA Laws

9 - 10:30 a.m.
Northwest Regional Center, Room 216
CLE: 1.5 hours Substantive

In this fast paced workshop, we will discuss the nuts and bolts of the Pennsylvania Protection From Abuse Act, as well as the new Protection From Sexual Violence and Intimidation Act, which took effect in 2015. Topics covered will include a synopsis of each Act, who is actually covered under each Act, the court process, civil vs. criminal remedies, and the legal relief available to victims of violence. Presented by William Love, Esq., Justice professor and Social Science department head.

 

Screening: Kids for Cash (104 mins)

9 - 11 a.m.
Northeast Regional Center, Room 124

Kids for Cash is a riveting look behind the notorious scandal that rocked the nation when it first came to light in 2009. Beginning in the wake of the shootings at Columbine, a small town in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania elected a charismatic judge who was hell-bent on keeping kids in line. Under his reign, over 3,000 children were ripped from their families and imprisoned for years for crimes as petty as creating a fake MySpace page. When one parent dared to question this harsh brand of justice, it was revealed that the judge had received millions of dollars in payments from the privately-owned juvenile detention centers where the kids—most of them only in their early teens—were incarcerated.

Exposing the hidden scandal behind the headlines, Kids for Cash unfolds like a real-life thriller. Charting the previously untold stories of the masterminds at the center of the scandal, the film reveals a shocking American secret told from the perspectives of the villains, the victims and the unsung heroes who helped uncover the scandal. In a major dramatic coup, the film features extensive, exclusive access to the judges behind the scheme. Now serving a 28 year sentence in federal prison, the former juvenile court judge at the heart of the scandal shares his ulterior motives, revealing that his attorneys never knew about his interviews for this film.

 

Ethics in City Government

9:40 - 11:10 a.m.
Main Campus - Winnet Student Life Building, Great Hall, S2-19
CLE: 1.5 hours Ethics

Contemporary government at all jurisdictional levels is guided by and funded by a complex and ever increasing maze of laws, administrative rules and regulations and practices. Compliance with these directives is required of government employees and also with those who do business with government. The City of Philadelphia's Office of the Inspector General (OIG) is the government watchdog with the power to investigate corruption, fraud, waste and dishonest and unethical practices. Members of the OIG will discuss their role in this important area of Ethics in a Government. Moderated by William Mulkeen, Esq.  Presented by Amy L. Kurland, inspector general, City of Philadelphia; and Kathleen T. McAfee, first deputy inspector general, City of Philadelphia.

 

Homeland Security Mobile Command Post Tours

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Northeast Regional Center, Main Entrance

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 Presidential Election: Students Explain the Issues

11:20 a.m. - 12:40 p.m.
Main Campus - Center for Business and Industry, Room C2-28

Students discuss their research into the defining issues of the 2016 Presidential Election.  Presented by Julie O’Dell and ENG102 Students.

 

Election Year Focus!

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

CLE: 1.5 hours Substantive

David Thornburgh, president and CEO of the Committee of Seventy (The Better Government People), will share his observations about this critical election season and set the stage for a diverse panel of political experts to engage in a lively panel discussion of the key issues in the upcoming election.

 

Trans 101: Transgender Ally Training

1 - 2 p.m.
Northwest Regional Center, Room 216

Learn about gender identity and becoming an ally to the transgender members of our community.  We’ll talk about the gender binary, provide definitions to words you may be hearing around campus, and identify actions we all can take to make the college inclusive and welcoming. Presented by Will Miller.

 

International Refugees: Populations in Crisis

2:40 - 4:10 p.m.
Main Campus - Winnet Student Life Building, Great Hall, S2-19
CLE: 1.5 hours Substantive

This session will explore the journeys of international refugees, including a first-hand account. Who are they? Where do they come from? How are they selected to be resettled in a new country, and what are the challenges they face? What are the roles of the United Nations, U.S. Department of State, and U.S. Department of Homeland Security? A discussion of these questions, and many more, will be led by Juliane Ramic, Senior Director for Refugee and Community Integration at the Nationalities Service Center, and will be followed by a Q&A. Co-sponsored by the Nationalities Service Center.


Model Grand Jury of a Police-Involved Shooting

6 - 7:30 p.m.
Main Campus - Winnet Student Life Building, Great Hall, S2-19
CLE: 1.5 hours Substantive

This session will simulate a grand jury of a police involved shooting.  The audience will participate as grand jury members and make the ultimate decision to indict the police officer or not.  Judges, lawyers and police officers will take part in this session ripped from the news. Presenters include David Trevaskis, Esq., Roberta West, Esq., Judge Genece Brinkley, Judge Giovanni Campbell and more!

 

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Investigating a Cold Case Homicide 

9:10 - 10:10 a.m.
Main Campus - Center for Business and Industry, Room C2-28
CLE: 1 hour Substantive

When a homicide goes unsolved, it eventually ends up in the cold case files.  That is where the experts of the Vidocq Society come in.  This Philadelphia based organization is made up of law enforcement experts that volunteer their time to help solve cold cases.  Come listen to members of the society present some of their cases.  Presented by Linda Edelson-Slocum, D.M.D., a forensic dentist and member of the Vidocq Society.

 

Homeland Security Mobile Command Post Tours

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Main Campus - - Mint Building Entrance

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.

 

Screening: Kids for Cash (104 mins)

10:20 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Main Campus - Bonnell Auditorium, Room BG-20

Kids for Cash is a riveting look behind the notorious scandal that rocked the nation when it first came to light in 2009. Beginning in the wake of the shootings at Columbine, a small town in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania elected a charismatic judge who was hell-bent on keeping kids in line. Under his reign, over 3,000 children were ripped from their families and imprisoned for years for crimes as petty as creating a fake MySpace page. When one parent dared to question this harsh brand of justice, it was revealed that the judge had received millions of dollars in payments from the privately-owned juvenile detention centers where the kids—most of them only in their early teens—were incarcerated.

Exposing the hidden scandal behind the headlines, Kids for Cash unfolds like a real-life thriller. Charting the previously untold stories of the masterminds at the center of the scandal, the film reveals a shocking American secret told from the perspectives of the villains, the victims and the unsung heroes who helped uncover the scandal. In a major dramatic coup, the film features extensive, exclusive access to the judges behind the scheme. Now serving a 28 year sentence in federal prison, the former juvenile court judge at the heart of the scandal shares his ulterior motives, revealing that his attorneys never knew about his interviews for this film.

 

Islamic Economy and Social Mobility: Considering Culture and Religion

12:40 - 1:40 p.m.
Main Campus - Faculty Center for Teaching & Learning (FCTL) Lounge, Room M1-17
*CCP Faculty and Staff Only

Hasan Shahpari, adjunct instructor of Sociology, discusses his upcoming book which is the result of a lengthy collaboration with an economist. The book focuses on history, philosophy, economy, sociology, theology and political dimensions to address problematic of Islamic societies with reference to post September 11. It is a unique work with no parallel in market of Middle East studies.  Jointly sponsored by the Center for International Understanding and the Fox Rothschild Center for Law and Society.


New and Old Threats to Free Speech on Campus

1:50 - 2:50 p.m.
Main Campus - Winnet Student Life Building, Great Hall, S2-19
CLE: 1 hour Substantive

Controversies surrounding free speech on college campuses were front and center in 2015, and 2016 is proving no different. This talk will take a look at threats old and new to the exercise of free speech on campus and address why it is so crucial to defend this critical right. Presented by Joe Cohn, Legislative and Policy Director of FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education).

 

Safe Space Training

12 - 1 p.m.
West Regional Center, Room 111

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

 

Criminal Records: Impact and Expungement

6 - 7:30 p.m.
Main Campus - Winnet Student Life Building, Great Hall, S2-19
CLE: 1.5 hours Substantive

The end of a criminal sentence does not terminate the effects of a criminal record. From housing to employment, a criminal record can have adverse effects for years. This panel of experts discusses the legal implications of criminal records and developments in expungement procedures.  Panelists include Kevin Harden, Jr., Esquire, Keir Bradford-Grey, Esq., Michael Lee, Esq., and Jamie Gullen, Esq.

 

Screening: Touched, A Film by Terrance Tykeem

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

This acclaimed film is made up of four stories portraying how countless individuals were able to overcome and move forward upon being physically and sexually abused as children. It features a long list of familiar names and faces from the entertainment world. Which includes a star studded cast of actors, athletes, reality-stars and recording-artist.

 

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Racial Profiling

8 - 9:30 a.m.
Main Campus - Winnet Student Life Building, Great Hall, S2-19
CLE: 1.5 hours Substantive

Consistent allegations of racial profiling and racially-biased policing against law enforcement agencies across the nation has resulted in many departments collecting data about vehicle and pedestrian stops. How do agencies typically analyze this data? How should this data be analyzed? Join Dr. Branville Bard for a normative discussion of the issues.

 

Legal Implications of Nursing

9:40 - 11:10 a.m.
Main Campus - Winnet Student Life Building, Great Hall, S2-19
CLE: 1.5 hours Substantive

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.

 

Judicial Independence

9:40 - 11:10 a.m.
Main Campus - Bonnell Auditorium, Room BG-20
CLE: 1.5 hours Ethics

Justice depends upon the ability of judges to render impartial decisions based upon open-minded and unbiased consideration of the facts and the law in each case, as well as maintains public trust and confidence within the courts. Within the United States, justice manifests independence in decisional processes, as well as institutional operations, or the ability of the court to administer their own operations as part of an independent branch of government.  This session will explore judicial independence, and the threats to it, both historically and today. Moderated by Judge Midge Rendell. Co-sponsored by The Rendell Center for Civics and Civic Engagement.

 

Philadelphia CSI

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Northeast Regional Center, Room 124
CLE: 2 hours Substantive

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.

 

Youth Court and its Role in Social Justice

11:20 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.
Main Campus - Winnet Student Life Building, Great Hall, S2-19
CLE: 1.5 hours Substantive

Edgar Cahn, one of the great advocates of social justice and the creator of the legal aid system, will speak about finding justice in our communities today.  He will share his Time Dollar theory and his thoughts on social justice through the prism of an innovative way to break the school to prison pipeline, youth courts.  A youth court demonstration featuring Philadelphia school students will be part of Mr. Cahn's presentation with the help of Gregg Volz of the Regional Youth Court Support Center and Pennsylvania Bar Association Pro Bono Coordinator David Trevaskis.  Judges and lawyers from the Philadelphia area will share their thoughts on youth courts.

 

Guises: Exploring the Relationship between Theater and Reentry at the College

11:20 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.
Main Campus - Bonnell Auditorium, Room BG-20

College alumni and students from Once More Theatre will show their short documentary film, Guises, a work in progress about acting and the Fox Rothschild Center for Law and Society’s Reentry Through Higher Education Achievement Program (REACH Program) which provides extensive support to returning citizens in their transition to education and back into society. Please join us for a showing of the film and a panel discussion with the documentary participants and the filmmakers.

 

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

12 - 1:15 p.m.
West Regional Center – Auto Lab
CLE: 1.25 hours Substantive

This exciting presentation by the Auto Squad of the Major Crimes Unit of the Philadelphia Police 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.


Copyrights and the Self-Published Songwriter/Artist

1 - 2:30 p.m.
Main Campus - Winnet Student Life Building, Great Hall, S2-19
CLE: 1.5 hours Substantive

This workshop will explore the challenges facing songwriters and artists in the current music industry climate.  An emphasis will be placed on securing copyrights for one’s works, as well as understanding the various ways in which music is monetized. Come hear a firsthand take on ways to navigate the ever-changing music industry landscape. Join Paul J. Geissinger, producer, composer and Chair of Community College of Philadelphia’s Music Department, for this lively session. Presented by Paul J. Geissinger, chair, Music Department, Community College of Philadelphia.

 

Ethics 101 for Public and Elected Officials

2:40 - 4:10 p.m.
Main Campus - Winnet Student Life Building, Great Hall, S2-19
CLE: 1.5 hours Ethics

This session will take a look at the guiding principles, best practices and ruling ordinances for public and elected officials in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia. Join us for this exciting session to discuss the State Ethics Act, City Ethics Code, City Charter Article 10, Mayor's Executive Order on Gifts, 03-11; Campaign Finance, Lobbying/Political Activity, Procurement and Contracting, and more! Presented by Charles Gibbs, Esq.

 

Judicial Ethics: Reality and Perception

6 - 7:30 p.m.
Main Campus - Winnet Student Life Building, Great Hall, S2-19
CLE: 1.5 hours Ethics

This issue of judicial ethics has been brought to the forefront with recent issues involving members of the judiciary in Pennsylvania. This panel discusses those incidents and the impact on public perception of the judiciary and the work of the courts. The future of judicial ethics reform will also be considered. Moderated by Honorable Holly J. Ford. Invited panelists include Honorable Anne E. Lazarus, Sam Stretton, Craig McCoy, Senator Anthony H. Williams and more.

 

Friday, March 4, 2016

Judicial Affairs Conference

8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

For more information, contact: LawCenter@ccp.edu

 

Expungement Assessment Clinic

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Northwest Regional Center, Room 216

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.
  • Photo ID requested to enter all college buildings. 

Please email the Center for more information.