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PHILADELPHIA (February 17, 2015) —Community College of Philadelphia’s Fox Rothschild Center for Law and Society presents its 16th Annual Law & Society Week (February 23-27), examining the changing legal landscape in the nation, and future challenges.

“Law and Society week showcases how the law relates to other disciplines and engages the College and the greater community in learning about important issues of our day,” explains Kathleen M. Smith, J.D., director of the Fox Rothschild Center for Law and Society. Smith launched Law and Society Week 16 years ago with the help of her husband David Freeman, an associate professor of Social Science at the College.

For example, a new session, “Is the Law Going to the Dogs?” will discuss how the law is struggling to catch up with the rapidly evolving view of animals by society. The presenter is Nadia S. Adawi, Esq., vice chair, Pennsylvania Bar Association Animal Law Committee. It will be held on February 24 at 2:40 p.m. at the Center for Business and Industry, Room C2-28, 1751 Callowhill Street.

The shooting death last year of teenager Michael Brown by a now former Ferguson, Mo. police officer, Darren Wilson, stirred protests and conversations about justice and equality across the country.

On February 24, a presentation titled “Searching for Justice in a Plural Society” will explore the role that cultural indoctrinations and individual beliefs play in law enforcement, and how they might hinder the intended outcome of justice. Dana L. Auguste, Assistant General Counsel and Director of Risk Management, University of the Sciences, is the featured speaker. The program will start at 11 a.m. at the Northwest Regional Center, Room 216, 1300 W. Godfrey Avenue.

Also that day, a discussion titled, “Avoiding Problems and Pitfalls in the Legal Profession” will explore common pitfalls that legal professionals face in an increasingly litigious society. The event will highlight key ethics rules and focus on conflicts of interest, effective communication with clients, and the importance of early intervention when a problem arises. The presenters are Thomas D. Paradise, Esq., general counsel, Fox Rothschild LLP; and Rachelle M. Bin, Esq., assistant general counsel, Fox Rothschild. The event will start at 9:40 a.m. at the Center for Business and Industry, Room C2-28, 1751 Callowhill Street.

That same morning, a discussion entitled “A City Story: Girard College and its Legacy and Future” will be held at 8 a.m. at the College’s Center for Business and Industry, Room C2-28, 1751 Callowhill Street.

The story of Girard College is intertwined with 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 Philadelphia. The discussion on Girard College’s Legacy is being moderated by Miles Grosbard, professor, Architecture, Design and Construction and head, Department of Architecture, Design and Construction at the College; David Trevaskis, Esq. and Roberta West, Esq The event is co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Philadelphia Bar Association.

On February 25, the session “Psychological Testing in Law Enforcement” looks at the history and use of psychological tests in law enforcement personnel. The interactive lecture will be presented by Lindback Award winner and associate professor of Psychology at the College, Rick Frei, Ph.D. The event will start at 11:30 a.m. at the Center for Business and Industry, Room C2-28, 1751 Callowhill Street.

This year, the Philadelphia Police Department’s Homeland Security Mobile Command Post tours are back. The Mobile Command Post has the latest cutting-edge equipment of modern emergency management and is open to the public.

The command post will be parked in front of Mint Building on the 1600 block of Spring Garden Street from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. February 23. The vehicle then moves to the College’s West Regional Center, 4725 Chestnut Street, on February 26 from 10 a.m-3 p.m.

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 2015.

 

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PHILADELPHIA (February 17,2015) —Community College of Philadelphia’s Fox Rothschild Center for Law and Society presents its 16th Annual Law and Society Week (February 23-27), which will tackle some of society’s most important issues including the lingering effects of MOVE, human trafficking and the death penalty.

Activities will kick off 11 a.m. on February 23 with “The Legal and Social Implications of International Human Trafficking” in the Great Hall of the Winnet Student Life Building, on the west side of 17th Street between Spring Garden and Callowhill streets.

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. More than two dozen workshops, lectures, panel discussions and demonstrations during the week 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,” explains Kathleen M. Smith, J.D., director of the Fox Rothschild Center for Law and Society. Smith launched the annual Law and Society Week now 16 years ago with the help of her husband David Freeman, an associate professor of Social Science at the College.

This year, the week will examine the confrontations between the Philadelphia Police Department and the MOVE Organization in 1978 and 1985, by using panel discussions, photo exhibits and film.

On February 23, a lecture on Human Trafficking will cover the legal and criminal aspects, the social implications and the ways in which it is being combated here and abroad. Moderated by Nicole Vadino, MA, Associate Professor, Sociology at the College, other panelists will include Shea M. Rhodes, Esq., Director, Villanova Law Institute to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation at Villanova University School of Law; Jamie Manirakiza, MSW, 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.

Among the other highlights:

  • Matters of Life and Death: The Legal Framework and Case Study of the Barbara Mancini Story: Barbara Mancini, a registered nurse living in Philadelphia who was prosecuted for aiding a suicide attempt by her 95-year-old father, Joseph Yourshaw, will share her story. She was charged with aiding a suicide attempt after handing her father pain medication in his home in Pottsville, Pa. in 2013. Her story has made national news and has been told on CBS’ “60 Minutes” and CNN. The forum will consider the current legal status of death with dignity statutes and look at the legal framework of the case prosecuted against her. It will begin at 7:10 p.m. February 23 in the Great Hall of the Winnet Student Life Building, off of 17th Street, south of Spring Garden Street.
  • “MOVE and the Media” Panel Discussion will focus exclusively on the confrontations between the MOVE Organization and the Philadelphia Police Department in 1978 and 1985. “MOVE and the Media” panelists include: Craig R. McCoy, investigative reporter, Philadelphia Inquirer; William "Bill" Marimow, editor, Philadelphia Inquirer; M. Larry Litwin, professor, public relations advisor; and Richard Maloney, retired public relations director and reporter. The panel will begin at 6 p.m. on February 24 in the Large Bonnell Auditorium (Room BG-20), off of 16th Street, between Callowhill and Spring Garden streets.
  • Witness to Innocence: The Story of Shujaa Graham: Graham was convicted for the 1973 murder of a prison guard at the Deuel Vocational Institute in Stockton, Calif., and sent to San Quentin’s death row. Mr. Graham was exonerated in 1981 and will share his powerful story and his current life advocating for reform. Co-sponsored by Witness to Innocence. It will begin at 1 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Winnet Student Life Building.

Law and Society week closes on February 27 with an Expungement Assessment Clinic from 9 a.m.-12 noon at Pavilion Building’s Klein Cube on the Main campus. The Pavilion Building is on the west side of 17th Street between Callowhill and Spring Garden Streets. Attorneys and volunteers will be available to help citizens understand the process of addressing issues related to one’s criminal record. It is co-sponsored by Community Legal Services. No appointment is necessary, but the clinic is first come, first served.

Some of the Law and Society Week lectures qualify for Continuing Legal Education credits for legal professionals. To learn how to receive continuing education credits, contact LawCenter@ccp.edu. A complete listing of events and dates for Law and Society Week 2015.

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Community College of Philadelphia is the largest public institution of higher education in Philadelphia and the sixth largest in Pennsylvania. The College enrolls approximately 34,000 students annually and offers day, evening and weekend classes, as well as classes online. Visit the College at www.ccp.edu. Follow us on Twitter. Like us on Facebook.

PHILADELPHIA, February 17,2015 —Community College of Philadelphia’s Fox Rothschild Center for Law and Society presents its 16th Annual Law and Society Week (Feb. 23-27), which will conclude its year-long project exploring the aftermath of MOVE and its lingering effects on the city.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of that 1985 MOVE/Philadelphia Police confrontation. The MOVE Organization is a Philadelphia-based Black liberation group founded in 1972 by the late John Africa. In 1978, Philadelphia police officers raided the group’s Powelton Village home, resulting in the imprisonment of nine MOVE members and the death of Police Officer James Ramp. In 1985, MOVE and the Police Department made international news after authorities dropped an explosive device onto the roof of MOVE’s home in an attempt to end an armed standoff. The explosion and ensuing fire killed 11 people (five children, six adults) and destroyed more than 60 homes in the 6200 block of Osage Avenue in West Philadelphia.

“Knowing our history, including controversial, messy history, is the duty of every citizen,” said Kathleen M. Smith, J.D., director of the Fox Rothschild Center for Law and Society. “By looking at MOVE, the confrontations and the history, we do come away with a deeper understanding of our society and ourselves. This is not an easy topic, but it's a critically important one and one which the Community College of Philadelphia is uniquely positioned to take on.”

All events and activities are free and open to the public. The events probing the history and lingering lessons of MOVE are among the more than two dozen free workshops, lectures, panel discussions and demonstrations scheduled for the 2015 Law and Society Week.

On Monday, February 23rd, the College will start the screenings of “Let the Fire Burn,” documentary about MOVE, which covers the 1978 and 1985 incidents. Screenings will be held on the Main Campus, and at the Northeast Regional Center, the Northwest Regional Center, and the West Regional Center. “Let the Fire Burn” is a film about MOVE, including the 1978 and 1985 incidents. The documentary will be shown at different times on all four campuses during Law and Society week. To find the times and locations, visit Law and Society Week 2015.

 The week’s highlights also include:

  • On February 24th, Philadelphia Magazine reporter Victor Fiorillo will discuss his past oral history work on MOVE, Philadelphia-based serial killer Gary Heidnik and other stories during the “Gary Heidnik, MOVE and the Cheesesteak” panel. The talk will begin at 11:20 a.m. at the Great Hall of the Winnet Student Life Building, on the west side of 17th Street between Spring Garden and Callowhill streets.
  • Also on February 24th, a media roundtable will discuss the decades of confrontations between MOVE and police. “MOVE and the Media” panelists include: Craig R. McCoy, Investigative Reporter, Philadelphia Inquirer; William "Bill" Marimow, Editor, Philadelphia Inquirer; M. Larry Litwin, Professor, Public Relations Advisor and Richard Maloney, retired public relations director and reporter. The moderator is Jason Osder, filmmaker of “Let the Fire Burn.” The discussion is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. on February 24 in the Large Bonnell Auditorium (Room BG-20), on 16th Street, between Callowhill and Spring Garden streets
  • Osder will also participate in a “MOVE Panel Discussion” on Wednesday, February 25th starting at 6 p.m. in Room C2-28 of the Center for Business and Industry, 1751 Callowhill Street. Moderated by Temple University Journalism Professor Linn Washington, Ramona Africa, MOVE’s Minister of Communications, Osder and “Let the Fire Burn” authors Randi and Michael Boyette will look at the various aspects of the MOVE confrontation and its impact on neighbors.
  • Community College of Philadelphia students who have been involved in an array of disciplines will examine the MOVE confrontations during a “MOVE Student Panel” on February 25th starting at 12:40 p.m. in room C2-28 of the Center for Business and Industry, at 1751 Callowhill Street.
  • A panel discussion titled “1975–1985 in Philadelphia: A Panel Discussion of the Social Landscape” is scheduled to begin at 9:40 a.m. on February 26th at the Pavilion Building, Klein Cube, room P2-03. The Pavilion is located on 17th Street between Spring Garden and Callowhill Streets’ Scheduled panelists include Rev. Audrey Bronson, founder/ pastor of Philadelphia’s Sanctuary Church of the Open Door and a member of the MOVE Special Investigation Commission; plus community activists Carol Ann Weisenfeld and Bilal Qayyum.
  • On February 26th, a session titled “Literary Response to Contemporary American Tragedies,” will feature creative writers who have written about the MOVE bombing. Scheduled panelists include: Community College of Philadelphia professor Olga Dugan and teacher/poet Andrea Walls. The panel discussion will start at 2:40 p.m. at the Great Hall of the Winnet Student Life Building.

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. Visit our website for a complete listing of events and dates for Law and Society Week 2015.

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Baltimore, Md. (February 18, 2015) – Achieving the Dream, Inc. and OneMain Financial today announced the selection of Community College of Philadelphia as one of five community colleges selected for the OneMain Financial Completion Scholarship Program, a national effort to help low-income community college students get to the finish line and earn a certificate or degree.

“This scholarship widens and extends the path to possibilities for students,” said Dr. Donald Guy Generals, the president at Community College of Philadelphia. “It recognizes the talent of our students and enables them to gain the credentials that are essential in today’s workplace.”

By providing scholarships to students who are near completion, Community College of Philadelphia will give these students an extra boost by reducing financial barriers that stand in the way of completion.

“Nearly 70 percent f community college students in our nation have to work while attending college and 33 percent work full-time while attending college. These students have to work because one in three community college students nationally have family incomes of less than $20,000 per year, putting them near or below the poverty line. So this scholarship program serves as a brilliant example of how corporate-community college partnerships can help students overcome financial obstacles to successful college completion,” said Dr. William E. Trueheart, President and CEO of Achieving the Dream. “Supplemental support of students is critical to successfully earning college credentials.

Community colleges are increasingly seeking strategies to improve completion rates, particularly for low-income students and students of color. Through this scholarship program, Community College of Philadelphia, , Achieving the Dream and OneMain Financial are working together to help students overcome financial barriers.

“At OneMain Financial, we recognize the need for more students to complete their education and secure jobs that will allow them to support a family,” said Mary McDowell, OneMain Financial President and CEO. “We are excited about the OneMain Financial Completion Scholarships, which will be offered to students who are nearing graduation but are facing potential delays due to financial burdens.”

In fall 2015, Community College of Philadelphia will administer and disburse the first round of scholarship funds.

The following are the five community colleges selected for the OneMain Financial Completion Scholarship. Each of these institutions will receive four $3,000 scholarships: * Atlanta Technical College Foundation – Atlanta , GA * Central Piedmont Community College – Charlotte, NC * Community College of Philadelphia – Philadelphia, PA * El Centro College – Dallas, TX * Elgin Community College – Elgin, IL

 

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Community College of Philadelphia is the largest public institution of higher education in Philadelphia and the sixth largest in Pennsylvania. The College enrolls approximately 34,000 students annually and offers day, evening and weekend classes, as well as classes online. Visit the College at www.ccp.edu. Follow us on Twitter. Like us on Facebook.

Achieving the Dream, Inc. is a national nonprofit that is dedicated to helping more community college students, particularly low-income students and students of color, stay in school and earn a college certificate or degree. Evidence-based, student-centered, and built on the values of equity and excellence, Achieving the Dream is closing achievement gaps and accelerating student success nationwide by: 1) guiding evidence-based institutional improvement, 2) leading policy change, 3) generating knowledge, and 4) engaging the public. Conceived as an initiative in 2004 by Lumina Foundation and seven founding partner organizations, today, Achieving the Dream is leading the most comprehensive non-governmental reform network for student success in higher education history. With over 200 institutions, more than 100 coaches and advisors, and 15 state policy teams - working throughout 34 states and the District of Columbia – the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network helps nearly 4 million community college students have a better chance of realizing greater economic opportunity and achieving their dreams.

OneMain Financial is based in Baltimore and provides personal loans and one-on-one, local service from more than 1,100 branches nationwide. Since 1912, OneMain Financial has worked with customers to find the loan solutions that best fit their needs and budget. The company and its employees are proud to support the communities where they live and work. Additional information may be found at OneMainFinancial.com.

For a screening: The Community College of Philadelphia (1700 Spring Garden St.) will screen the 2014 satire Dear White People starting at 4:30 p.m. at the school’s Winnet Student Life Building.
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The president of Community College of Philadelphia, Donald Generals, sat in the AL DÍA News roundtable and talked about Obama’s free community college initiative, why he is optimistic about Governor Wolf, the representation of Latinos, his proposal for ESL classes and international students.

Juanita Watson-Traore, now retired at age 66, came back to Community College of Philadelphia recently, a place that helped her to advance in life.Alumni Tailgate

Watson-Traore first began taking courses at the College in 1967, when it was located inside the now former Snellenburg Department Store on 11th Street. She left the College to work and raise a family but came back in 2006. In 2010, she graduated with an associate’s degree in Culture, Science and Technology.

On Feb. 3, Watson-Traore found her way back to Main Campus to cheer on some remarkable students following in her footsteps. She attended the season’s first alumni tailgate event, held before men’s Colonials basketball team defeated Bucks County Community College 114-68 before a crowd of about 200 at the Athletics Center. The team is ranked fifth among Division III teams in the February 10 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) poll.

“I had never been to a tailgate before and it was fun,” Watson-Traore said. “I really enjoyed the event and I hope they have more of them.”

Ollie Johnson Community College of PhiladelphiaOllie Johnson, a former member of the Philadelphia Sixers NBA basketball team, was a special guest that night. Johnson played for the Colonials as a freshman before transferring to Temple University, where he was a standout with the Owls.

With staff, students and alumni on hand, the Colonials men’s basketball team attracted one of the largest crowds of this season.

“I think one thing that is important for athletics is for the kids to see people in the stands,” Johnson said. “...Whether they are alumni, staff or other students. I think it is just a great thing.”

Before the Bucks County game started, alumni took time to catch up inside the Coffeehouse in the nearby Winnet Student Life Building, where they munched on hotdogs and chili, and played games such as a giant version of Jenga and bean bag toss.

Darryl A. Irizarry, Jr., the Annual Fund and Alumni Relations coordinator, pronounced the tailgate a huge success. Ninety-six people RSVP’d, and about 40 stropped by before the game.

“Success is pretty much seeing the smiles on our alumni’s faces,” Irizarry said. “If we have smiles on the alumni’s faces then we are doing our jobs. They haven’t been back on campus in such a long while so why not have their comeback be something fun and festive?”

There was an extra bonus as well. Athletic Director Rogers Glispy noted the College’s red-hot men’s basketball team 23-2 record (as of February 11) was now bringing people together and uniting them with a shared purpose: student success.

“I was excited, happy and proud to see our men’s basketball team bring our College community together,” Glispy said. “Our vision is being fulfilled.”

The Colonials have made it into the NJCAA Division III Region XIX tournament. The NJCAA Division III Men's Basketball National Championship Tournament goes from March 12-14 at Paul Gerry Fieldhouse, Loch Sheldrake, NY. The National Championship game will be played on March 14.

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