PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 24, 2014—Using the case of two 7th graders who were banned from wearing bracelets with the words I ♥ boobies, judges will discuss how issues become a federal case as part of Community College of Philadelphia’s 15th Annual Law and Society Week (Feb. 24-27), hosted by the Fox Rothschild Center for Law and Society.
The presentation “Making a Federal Case Out of It: A View of the Federal Bench from the Inside” will feature prominent members of the federal judiciary, including Judge Theodore A. McKee, Chief Justice of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, Thomas L. Ambro, 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals, and Kent A. Jordan, 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals. The panel will be held 8 a.m. February 25 in the Great Hall of the Winnet Student Life Building, situated on the west side of 17th Street, between Spring Garden and Callowhill streets.
Moderated by David Keller Trevaskis, Esq., the panel will discuss how cases are appealed to the 3rd Circuit Court, the procedure for arguing before the Court, how judges prepare, and what judges listen for in argument. Each member of the audience will receive a pocket-sized copy of the U.S. Constitution.
This discussion is among the more than two dozen free workshops, lectures, panel discussions and demonstrations scheduled for the 2014 Law and Society Week. The legal system touches every American in a variety of ways. Law and Society Week was established to inform students and the general public of emerging legal issues and trends, while offering practical advice from respected experts.
“When students see how law relates to the technology they use, the food they eat, and just about every topic imaginable, that’s a real light bulb moment for them,” said Kathleen M. Smith, J.D., director of the Fox Rothschild Center for Law and Society. Smith launched the annual Law and Society Week 15 years ago with the help of her husband David Freeman, an associate professor of Social Science at the College.
Activities kick off February 24 with "A Conversation with Honorable Edward G. Rendell”, which will be held at 6 p.m. in the Great Hall. The former Pennsylvania Governor and Philadelphia Mayor will discuss his career and use the prism of his personal experience to give insight into current events.
Other 2014 highlights include:
- The Judges’ Panel: Moderated by the Honorable Holly J. Ford Judge Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, will begin at 6 p.m. February 27 in the Great Hall. It features distinguished Philadelphia county and municipal judges discussing the challenges of a legal career.
- Alternatives to Juvenile Courts: The Youth Court at Strawberry Mansion High School: This presentation on the Strawberry Mansion Youth Court includes a demonstration of youths supporting each other through conflict resolution. It will begin at 1 p.m. February 25 in the Great Hall of the Winnet Student Life Building, which is on the west side of 17th Street, between Spring Garden and Callowhill streets.
- The Evolving Role of DNA in the Criminal Justice System: This panel discussion will explore how DNA evidence is used in criminal investigations and prosecution. It will begin at 9:40 a.m., February 25 in Room S2-3 of the Winnet Student Life Building.
- Witness to Innocence: The Kirk Bloodsworth Story: Kirk Bloodsworth is the first DNA exonerated from death row in the United States and his story has been told in the New York Times, CNN and on NPR. He will share his story of serving eight years on death row for the assault and murder of a child before becoming the first person in the U.S. to be exonerated as a result of DNA evidence. It will begin at 1 p.m. February 27 in the Great Hall of the Winnet Student Life Building, which is on the west side of 17th Street, between Spring Garden and Callowhill streets.
Some lectures qualify for Continuing Legal Education credits for legal professionals. To learn more on how to receive continuing education credits from Law and Society Week presentations contact LawCenter@ccp.edu. A complete listing of events and dates for Law and Society Week 2014 is available URL: bit.ly/ccplaw.