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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