PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 13, 2014—Community College of Philadelphia’s 15th Annual Law & Society Week (Feb. 24-27) tackles some of society’s most important issues such as the death penalty, cyber security, and legal issues surrounding crime scene investigations.
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 providing practical advice from respected experts. Events include more than two dozen workshops, lectures, panel discussions and demonstrations that are free and open to the public.
“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” at 6 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Winnet Student Life Building, situated on the west side of 17th Street between Spring Garden and Callowhill streets. The former Pennsylvania Governor and Philadelphia Mayor will discuss his career and his personal experience to offer insight into current events.
Other highlights include “Cyber Intelligence-Why it Matters”, a presentation that explores issues of intellectual property, privacy and cyber harassment. It will begin 2:40 p.m., February 25 in Room C2-28 of the Center for Business and Industry, 1751 Callowhill Street. Co-sponsored and presented by Bowman & Partners, LLP, Cyber Intelligence is also offered at the Northwest Regional Center February 26 and the West Regional Center February 27.
Anti-death penalty activist Shujaa Graham, who spent five years on death row before a court exonerated him in 1981, will share his compelling story. Co-sponsored by Philadelphia-based Witness to Innocence, Graham’s presentation occurs 1 p.m. February 27 in the Great Hall. Now a self-employed landscaper, Graham travels the country as an advocate for prison reform and alternatives to incarceration.
Events also include the 10th Annual Reporter’s Panel with Tony Hanson of KYW Newsradio 1060, Walt Hunter of CBS-TV 3, Dave Schratwieser of Fox 29 TV, and Tom Gibbons a former Philadelphia Inquirer reporter. Panelists will discuss the rewards and challenges of covering crime and the news. The panel takes place 11:20 a.m. February 25 in the Bonnell Auditorium (Room BG-20), situated on 17th Street between Callowhill and Spring Garden streets.
Two separate panel discussions will also feature judicial officials.
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 takes place at 8 a.m. February 25 in the Great Hall.
A second panel titled “The Judges’ Panel” takes place 6 p.m. February 27 in the Great Hall. Moderated by the Honorable Holly J. Ford, Judge Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, the panel features other distinguished Philadelphia county and municipal judges discussing the challenges of a legal career.
Some lectures qualify for Continuing Legal Education credits for legal professionals. To learn more about 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.