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.