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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.

Mayor Michael A. Nutter on Feb. 18 called upon the city’s top business leaders to join with him in seeking full and fair funding for public education, and he called quality education "the Civil Rights issue of the 21st century."

"Whether you walk, drive or take the train, come to Harrisburg with me and urge the Commonwealth to make public education a top priority," Nutter said at the annual Mayoral Luncheon sponsored by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.

Mayor Nutter told the audience, filled with leading business and political leaders, that an investment in education is an investment in the future. "It’s an investment in making our region more competitive. It’s an investment in our city, the Commonwealth and our nation. I am asking you to join me in the fight for the future, the fight for our children, the fight for a smarter, ready-for-business Philadelphia."

In a speech in which the mayor touted many of the region’s and corporate community’s top accomplishments, Nutter devoted part of his address to the financial challenges facing the School District of Philadelphia, linking the education of local students to the region’s shared prosperity. Community College of Philadelphia is the top college destination for graduates of the School District of Philadelphia.

"In my view, access to a high-quality education is the Civil Rights issue of the 21st century. You are less likely to become a first-class scholar with second-class education funding. We’re less likely to become the world-class city we want to be with a workforce in which many struggle with low literacy skills and poor educational attainment,” Nutter told a packed auditorium at the Marriott Hotel.

Nutter, who is also a member of the Community College of Philadelphia Board of Trustees, said solving the city’s “education problem” must become a business and economic imperative. "If we don’t address this problem now, in 10 years, we won’t have a competitive workforce, meaning you won’t have a qualified pool of workers to fill available positions." Nutter recommended a number of ways to move public education forward, including:

  • A bold new approach that would make schools innovative campuses of educational excellence.
  • Fair and full funding for the School District of Philadelphia and every other school district in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
  • A predictable and sustainable funding system for public education in Pennsylvania.

In listing the top achievements of 2013, Mayor Nutter also mentioned the College's Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses-Greater Philadelphia program, which supports the region’s established entrepreneurs. The program offers 14 weeks of entrepreneurial instruction, one-on-one coaching and access to capital to eligible business owners from the region. Since its launch last year, 50 business owners from across the region have completed the program in Philadelphia. Applications for 10,000 Small Businesses are accepted on a rolling basis at Community College of Philadelphia. Visit www.ccp.edu/10KSB for more information.

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PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 13, 2014—Leading legal experts will explore a range of timely issues, including the difference between surveillance and spying, cyber-bullying, and cyber-security during Community College of Philadelphia’s 15th Annual Law and Society Week (Feb. 24-27), hosted by the Fox Rothschild Center for Law and Society.

Law and Society Week offers more than two dozen workshops, lectures, panel discussions and demonstrations that are free and open to the public. 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.

Activities kick off on February 24 with “A Conversation with the 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 offer insights into a range of current events.

On February 25, Betty Medsger, author of The Burglar, David Kairys, Esq., and other participants will examine the blurred lines between government surveillance and spying during the evening presentation “The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI”.  The panel will discuss the historic break-in that took place in 1971 at an FBI office in Media, Pa. The presentation takes place in the Great Hall.

Another presentation called “Cyber Intelligence-Why it Matters” explores issues of intellectual property, privacy, cyber harassment and our online citizenship responsibilities. It will begin at 2:40 p.m. February 25 in Room C2-28 of the Center for Business and Industry, 1751 Callowhill Street. The presentation, which is co-sponsored and presented by Bowman & Partners, LLP, is also offered at the Northwest Regional Center on February 26 and at the West Regional Center on February 27.

"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.

Other 2014 Highlights include:

  • Domestic Violence and Technology: A presentation featuring national experts from the National Center for Victims of Crime and the National Network to End Domestic Violence. It will begin at 9:40 a.m. February 27 in Room C2-28 of the Center for Business and Industry at 1751 Callowhill Street.
  • Grand Tech Auto: A 21st Century Approach to Auto Crime: A presentation from Staff Inspector Jerrold Bates of the Specialized Investigations Bureau, Philadelphia Police. It will begin at 12 p.m., February 27 at the West Regional Center, 4725 Chestnut Street.
  • Homeland Security Mobile Command Post Tours: Tours of the mobile command are provided each hour on the hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. February 24 on Spring Garden Street between 17th and 16th. Tours also are offered at the Northeast Regional Center at 12901 Townsend Road from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on February 26.

Some lectures qualify for Continuing Legal Education credits for legal professionals. To learn 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.

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 13, 2014—Shujaa Graham, a man who spent five years on death row before he was exonerated and found not guilty will share his compelling story as part of the 15th Annual Law and Society Week (Feb. 24-27) at Community College of Philadelphia.

Now a self-described “anti-death penalty activist”, Graham was convicted of the 1973 murder of a prison guard and served five years on death row in San Quentin State Prison in California before exoneration in 1981. A self-employed landscaper, he travels the country as an advocate for prison reform and for alternatives to incarceration.

Graham will speak at 1 p.m. on February 27 in the Great Hall of the Winnet Student Life Building, situated on the west side of 17th Street between Spring Garden and Callowhill streets. His presentation is sponsored by the College, and Witness to Innocence, a Philadelphia-based national organization for exonerated death row survivors and their loved ones.

His talk is among more than two dozen free workshops, lectures, panel discussions and demonstrations scheduled for the 2014 Law and Society Week, hosted by the Fox Rothschild Center for Law and Society. 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 Law and Society Week 15 years ago with the help of her husband David Freeman, an associate professor of social science at the College.

Other 2014 highlights include:

  • Alternatives to Juvenile Courts: The Youth Court at Strawberry Mansion High School: This discussion on the Strawberry Mansion Youth Court includes a demonstration of youths helping each other through conflict resolution. It will be held at 1 p.m. February 25 at the Winnet Student Life Building, Room S2-3, on the west side of 17th Street between Spring Garden and Callowhill streets.
  • Tenderloin: Organized Crime on Spring Garden Street!: Local historian Annie Anderson discusses how prohibition-era organized crime impacted the Spring Garden neighborhood and surrounding communities. This event, which includes interactive maps created by students in the Geographic Information Systems Program, will begin at 11:30 a.m. February 26 in the Campus Library located in the Mint Building, entrance on 17th Street near the corner of Spring Garden Street.
  • The Evolving Role of DNA in the Criminal Justice System: This panel discussion examines how DNA evidence is used in criminal investigations and prosecution. It begins at 9:40 a.m. on February 25 in Room S2-3 of the Winnet Student Life Building.

Some Law & Society Week lectures qualify for Continuing Legal Education credits for legal professionals. To learn how to receive continuing education credit, contact LawCenter@ccp.edu A complete listing of events and dates for Law and Society Week 2014 is available at URL: bit.ly/ccplaw.

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.

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