Biographies of presenter CLE -Application
Law and Society Week 2012
The Fox Rothschild Center for Law and Society at the Community College of Philadelphia will be presenting seminars that are free and open to the public in celebration of Law and Society Week. Law and Society Week will begin Saturday, February 25, 2011 through Friday, March 2, 2011. This is our thirteenth year of offering a week filled with an array of legal events for the College and local community. The week offers something for everyone, from lectures and presentations, to student voices, and legal resources for the entire community.
The following is a list of the biographies for individuals who are either presenting or moderating a workshop:
WENDY AGUIRRE, MSW, has worked in direct service and supervisory positions in the Child Welfare field in Philadelphia for 11 years. She earned her Master's Degree in Social Work with a concentration in Macro practice, from the University of Pennsylvania in 2003. Prior to moving to Philadelphia in 2001, Wendy worked in Product Marketing for 11 years in the private sector for a global technology firm located in Silicon Valley. While living in Santa Clara County, California, Wendy was also a CASA Volunteer.
PAUL A. BECHTEL, JR. earned his Bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University and his J.D. from Temple University School of Law. He is a partner in the law firm of MARSHALL, DENNEHEY, WARNER, COLEMAN & GOGGIN. He currently serves as a Judge Pro Tem for the Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia and is a Certified Mediator for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He teaches Continuing Legal Education one in Advanced Medical Malpractice and Advanced Damages. He also teaches Continuing Medical Education courses with particular emphasis on emergency room law. He has tried between 200 and 250 cases to verdict by jury. Mr. Bechtel has been widely published in the area of medical malpractice legal issues. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
JUDITH BERNSTEIN-BAKER, ESQ., MSW is the Executive Director of HIAS and Council Migration Service of Philadelphia (HIAS and Council). She received her B.A. from Binghamton University, her M.S.W. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work and her J.D., cum laude, from Temple University Beasley School of Law. HIAS and Council and its predecessor organizations have assisted over 300,000 newcomers immigrate and integrate into the Philadelphia region since its founding in 1882.
Prior to becoming Executive Director of HIAS and Council, Ms. Bernstein-Baker ran the Public Service Program at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and was named Honorary Fellow of Penn Law School in 1998. In 2004 she received the Mary Philbrook Award from Rutgers/Camden Law School for Public Interest, and has received the Equal Justice Award from Community Legal Services. Ms. Bernstein-Baker has published several articles on immigration issues and public interest law, the most recent being “The World of Refugee Resettlement,” featured in the Philadelphia Lawyer magazine in Spring, 2010. She teaches Immigration Law at Philadelphia Community College and is an active member of the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association, serving as pro bono liaison.
JIM CALDWELL served as a Patrol Officer in the Philadelphia Police Department for four years before becoming a Senior Crime Scene Investigator. He has investigated over 1,000 crime scenes while assigned to the Crime Scene Unit. He assists prosecutors in preparing courtroom presentations and has been qualified as an expert witness in both Pennsylvania and Federal Courts. Since 1998 he has served as a Crime Scene Unit Training Officer and has been responsible for training over 1500 Philadelphia Police Department Investigators, Patrol Officers, and Police Recruits in Crime Scene Investigations. He has given training seminars to many local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.
FRANK CERVONE is the Chair of the Board for Friends of Pennsylvania Children’s Trust Fund and the Executive Director of the Support Center for Child Advocates, the lawyer pro bono program for abused and neglected children in Philadelphia, Pa. Previously, Mr. Cervone was a Staff Attorney at Delaware County Legal Assistance Association and Adjunct Clinical Professor at Villanova University School of Law, where he instructed law students in domestic abuse and child support litigation, and served as counsel for Saint Gabriel's System, an agency providing treatment services for juvenile offenders.
WILLIAM COLARULO, Philadelphia Police Department. Chief Inspector William Colarulo is the Commanding Officer of the Philadelphia Police Department's Internal Affairs Bureau. Chief Colarulo has over 25 years of experience in the field of law enforcement which includes command experience and management, strategic development, public relations, labor relations, investigations, and training skills. As the previous Public Information Officer for the department, Bill was the official spokesperson for the Police Commissioner and the entire police department.
ROSEMARY CONNORS joined NBC10 in June 2009 as a general assignment reporter for NBC10 News at 11PM. Before NBC10, Connors worked as a reporter and anchor in Fort Myers/Naples, Florida and Grand Junction, Colorado. In Florida, she was honored for her work by the Associated Press, Suncoast Emmys, and the Society of Professional Journalists.
Her arrival at NBC10 is a homecoming of sorts. Connors grew up in Wynnewood, Pa. and interned with the NBC10 Investigators while she was a student at the University of Pennsylvania. After she interned at NBC10, she made it her mission to return as a reporter. As a Penn undergrad, she also interned at NBC’s Today Show in New York. While in college, Connors was a member of Penn’s Division I field hockey team that competed in the Ivy League.
Connors is the third generation of women in her family to report the news in Philadelphia. Both her mother and grandmother worked as journalists for the city’s newspapers. Sunday night dinners with her family inspired her to become a reporter, as Philly news and sports dominated the conversation.
Connors resides in Philadelphia, near her parents and three siblings, including a twin brother. She is enrolled as a part-time student at Temple University Law School and completed her first year in May 2011.
STEPHANIE A. FARR graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2004 and has been reporting for the Daily News since 2007, covering everything from gay porn stars who entered the burglary business to moon trees, skinheads, murders and naked bike rides. She covers crime, both in the city and suburbs, and keeps clippings of bizarre Associated Press articles. Her favorite this year was the story about the drunk in Punxsutawney who gave mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to a dead opossum.
HON. HOLLY J. FORD, serves as a Domestic Relations Judge for the Court of Common Pleas under the Family Court Division for the City of Philadelphia. Judge Ford earned her B.S. in Biology from S.U.N.Y at Albany, her M.S. in Education from Fordham University, and her J.D. from Rutgers University. From 1993 through 2003, Judge Ford was a sole practitioner who focused primarily on criminal, domestic and civil litigation prior to serving as a Judge. She has taught at the Community College of Philadelphia for approximately 16 years.
DAVID FREEMAN, ESQ., is an assistant professor of Social Science and holds a Bachelor of Arts from the College of New Jersey and a Juris Doctor from Rutgers University. He has served as a legal aid attorney, a prosecutor and a public defender. As a private attorney, he represented individual, corporate and governmental bodies before federal and state courts. He has served as a volunteer attorney for the Bucks County Legal Aid Society and Community Legal Services. He has represented clients for the Volunteers for the Indigent program and has also represented numerous children in the ALEC (A Lawyer for Every Child) program. Freeman has also served as a volunteer attorney for the Disability Law Clinic.
DEIRDRE K. GARRITY-BENJAMIN is the Program Coordinator for Geographic Information Systems and Instructor of Social Sciences at the Community College of Philadelphia. Mrs. Garrity-Benjamin has years of experience in environmental policy and education at the urban community college as well as the urban high school level. She worked as GIS/GPS Lead with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection for approximately 10 years. Mrs. Garrity-Benjamin then served as an Adjunct Faculty of Physical Geography, Physical Science and Biology at Burlington County Community College for approximately 6 years and Environmental Science and Physical Science Teacher at Archbishop Ryan High School, Philadelphia PA for approximately 2 years. She received her Master’s of Science degree in Environmental Policy from New Jersey Institute of Technology in 2004 and Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from Richard Stockton College in 1999.
Secondary Teacher Certification from the State of Pennsylvania as well as extensive coursework in GIS/GPS. AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS
NJDEP Constituent Service Recognition- Greenstart Compliance Program
NJDEP Certificate of Recognition and Participation- Preparing Strategic Plan
State of New Jersey Customer Service Excellence Award
State of New Jersey Teamwork/Partnership Achievement Award
DR. JULIE GURNER, is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the Community College of Philadelphia. Dr. Julie Gurner earned a B.A. in Psychology from Grove City College and went on to complete a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Hartford. Julie A. Gurner, Psy.D., is a doctor of clinical psychology who has extensive experience and training in conducting forensic evaluations for the court and justice system, including evaluations for Competency to Stand Trial and Mental State at the time of the Alleged Offense. Her specific knowledge base of adult psychopathology and its interaction with the legal system forms a wonderful basis for this interesting exploration into what defines our ability to be executed. Dr. Gurner taught a variety of beginning and advanced psychology classes at Quinnipiac University. There she developed a special interest in using the "writing across the curriculum model" to develop her students' writing and thinking skills.
DR. LISA HANDLER , is as an assistant professor of Social Science at the Community College of Philadelphia. She currently serves on the Student Appeals Committee and is an editorial board member for the CAP Literary Magazine. She also has extensive volunteer experience, including serving as a certified trainer for an anti-bias and diversity education program. Prior to joining the College, Lisa taught sociology at Temple, Hofstra, and State University of New York at Stony Brook. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Vermont, and her Master of Arts and Ph.D. in Sociology from SUNY-Stony Brook.
WALT HUNTER, CBS3 Eyewitness News Reporter. CBS 3 Reporter Walt Hunter is one of the market's most outstanding investigative reporters. In 2004, Hunter was named best TV reporter by Philadelphia Magazine in its “Best of Philly” issue. Hunter joined CBS 3’s news team in 1980 covering the police beat, and since that time, has earned a reputation for breaking many of the Philadelphia area's top stories. Hunter was the first to report the use of military explosives in the MOVE shootout (which he covered under fire) and the first to expose major safety hazards at J.F.K. Stadium (which led to its closing). Hunter has also broadcast more than 40 reports exposing Philadelphia's child welfare system, which led to many reforms.
His hard-driving and in-depth reporting style has won him more than 20 awards including eight Philadelphia Emmy Awards and an Emmy nomination in 2004 plus honors from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Associated Press, UPI and the Philadelphia Press Association. A Philadelphia native, Hunter worked his way through college working summers as a deck hand on an oil barge at a Philadelphia refinery. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. He made his move to television following five years as the morning drive and police beat reporter for WCAU-AM. He also worked as a reporter for the Philadelphia Bulletin and The Main Line Times where at 23 he was named the youngest managing editor in the history of the paper. On Friday, November 16, 2007, Walt Hunter was inducted into the Broadcast Pioneers’ Hall of Fame.
MARK A. JONES is an Assistant Professor of Justice at the Community College of Philadelphia. Professor Jones was a 30 year police veteran, serving as an officer, supervisor and manager in the Philadelphia Police Department where he progressed through the ranks to the position of Police Inspector. During his tenure, he was assigned to patrol, investigative, and administrative duties in such units as the Police Academy, Accident Investigation, Juvenile Investigations, Internal Investigations, Scientific Services, Emergency Management Staff, and the Community Affairs Division. Professor Jones was a member of the part-time faculty at Community College of Philadelphia in the Justice Curriculum since 1991. After retiring from the Police Department in 2000, he was an assistant professor of criminal justice at Alvernia College and Atlantic Cape Community College. He has been a member of the full-time faculty at Community College of Philadelphia since 2005 and continues as an adjunct instructor at Atlantic Cape Community College and at Wilmington University. Professor Jones is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the Public Service Management Institute of Temple University and has attended the University of North Florida, Northwestern University and the University of Virginia for advanced police science studies. He holds an associate’s degree from the Community College of Philadelphia in Criminal Justice, a bachelor’s degree from the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science (now Philadelphia University) in Criminal Justice Administration and a master’s degree in Public Safety from St. Joseph’s University.
PAMELA KING is an expert in the fast-growing field of computer forensics, a kind of digital detective who helps clients gather and cull data about their computer networks and electronic files, provides tools for firms to monitor their own servers and databases and helps businesses in all aspects of e-discovery—the art of acquiring data from a server, disk or hard drive, a CD, PDA (personal digital assistant), cell phone or virtually any media that has memory and storage capacity. King is also one of the first faculty members to teach in Community College of Philadelphia’s associate’s degree program in Computer Forensics.
As manager of Discovery and Forensic Infrastructure at LDiscovery in Fort Washington, Pa., King’s clients include Fortune 500 corporations, law firms, consulting firms and individuals. She has extensive experience in e-discovery as a former federal employee for a law enforcement consortium and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) computer forensics analyst. King hadn’t intended to go into data sleuthing. She began her career with a Criminal Justice degree from the College of New Jersey. Her first job was with a federal Regional Information Sharing System (RISS), a clearinghouse that provided support for local law enforcement in the mid-Atlantic region. But as her RISS work brought her more and more exposure to computer systems, she became interested in data extraction in crime investigations. After attending an FBI school for computer forensics, she joined the FBI’s Computer Analysis and Response Team (CART) at its New Jersey Regional Computer Forensic Laboratory.
WILLIAM LOVE, ESQ. is a visiting lecturer of Justice at the Community College of Philadelphia. He has been an attorney since 1988 and a faculty member at Community College of Philadelphia in the Justice Curriculum since 1990. In addition, Mr. Love is a Hearing Master in the Emergency Domestic Violence Court Unit for the City of Philadelphia.
MICHELLE LUDWIG, Child Sex Abuse Investigator, Department of Human Services.
WILLIAM MULKEEN, ESQ., is an Adjunct Professor of Paralegal Studies at the Community College of Philadelphia. Mr. Mulkeen has been employed with the College for approximately 3 years. Mr. Mulkeen served as the Director of Paralegal Studies of the Watson School of Public Service and Continuing Studies at Thomas Edison State College and is a graduate of Seton Hall University School of Law. He has been active in legal education for more than 30 years and has most recently served as the president of the American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE) where he created the Technology Task Force and the Writing Task Force. Mr. Mulkeen is a member of the editorial advisory board of Paralegal Today and the advisory board of the New York City Paralegal Association. He also serves with several national accrediting agencies reviewing civilian and military legal and paralegal courses and programs.
CHIEF OF POLICE CHARLES H. RAMSEY
Charles H. Ramsey was appointed Police Commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Department on January 7, 2008, by Mayor Michael A. Nutter. He leads the fourth largest police department in the nation with over 6,600 sworn members and 800 civilian members. Commissioner Ramsey brings over forty years of knowledge, experience and service in advancing the law enforcement profession in three different major city police departments, beginning with Chicago, then Washington, DC, and now Philadelphia.
Commissioner Ramsey has been at the forefront of developing innovative policing strategies and leading organizational change for the past 19 years. He is an internationally-recognized practitioner and educator in his field, and currently serves as President of both the Police Executive Research Forum and Major Cities Chiefs, the only law enforcement professional to hold both of these prominent positions at the same time.
During his three years as Police Commissioner in Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Police Department has continued to make significant progress in driving down violent crime in the city. With a renewed focus on uniform patrol, organizational accountability, and evidence-based policing initiatives, Philadelphia has seen nearly a 14% reduction in violent crime, and a 22% reduction in homicides. Additionally, the homicide clearance rate is among the highest in the nation at 70%.
In 2007, Charles H. Ramsey was a security consultant to the Washington, D.C. Convention Center and the United States Senate Sergeant of Arms. During that year, he also served on the Independent Commission on Security Forces of Iraq, led by now National Security Advisor General James L. Jones. Ramsey headed a prominent group of law enforcement professionals to review the state of Iraqi police forces for a report to the United States Congress, an effort which garnered international attention and praise.
Commissioner Ramsey served as the chief of the Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia (MPDC) from April 21, 1998 to December 28, 2006. He was the longest-serving chief of the MPDC since DC Home Rule and the second longest-serving in Department history. Under then Chief Ramsey's leadership, the Department regained its reputation as a national leader in urban policing. Crime rates declined by approximately 40 percent during Ramsey's tenure, community policing and traffic safety programs were expanded, and MPDC recruiting and hiring standards, training, equipment, facilities and fleet were all dramatic upgraded. He also oversaw and participated in numerous high profile investigations and events in Washington DC, such as: The 1998 murders of two United States Capitol Police officers inside the U.S. Capitol Building; The Y2K National Celebration in Washington, DC; The International Monetary Fund/World Bank Protests in April, 2000; The Chandra Levy Murder Investigation, The 9/11Terrorist Attacks, The 2001 Anthrax Attacks; The 2002 DC Sniper Investigation; The funeral of President Ronald W. Reagan and the 2001 and 2005 Presidential Inaugurations.
A native of Chicago, Illinois, Commissioner Ramsey served in the Chicago Police Department for nearly three decades in a variety of assignments. He began his career in 1968, at the age of 18, as a Chicago Police cadet. He became a police officer in February 1971, and was promoted through the ranks, eventually serving as commander of patrol, detectives and narcotics units. In 1994, he was named Deputy Superintendent of the Bureau of Staff Services, where he managed the department's education and training, research and development, labor affairs, crime prevention and professional counseling functions.
Commissioner Ramsey was instrumental in designing and implementing the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy, the city's nationally acclaimed model of community policing. As co-manager of the CAPS project in Chicago, Commissioner Ramsey was one of the principal authors of the police department's strategic vision. He also designed and implemented the CAPS operational model and helped to develop new training curricula and communications efforts to support implementation. During his career in Chicago, he received numerous awards including thirteen Department Commendations and more than 200 Honorable Mentions for police work.
As head of the 4,400-member Metropolitan Police Department, Commissioner Ramsey worked to improve police services, enhance public confidence in the police, and bring down the District of Columbia's crime rate. He also oversaw a multi-million dollar upgrade to district stations and other Department facilities, as well as new communications and information technology, including mobile data computing and the 3-1-1 non-emergency system.
In the area of community policing, Commissioner Ramsey redefined the Department's mission to focus on crime prevention. Policing for Prevention, the Department's community policing strategy, encompasses focused law enforcement, neighborhood-based partnerships and problem solving, and systemic prevention efforts. The strategy is supported not only by enhanced training for officers and supervisors, but also by a unique community training initiative called Partnerships for Problem Solving as well as a Senior Citizen Police Academy. The MPDC received international acclaim for its handling of major events, and the Department took a number of steps to address the continued threat of terrorism in the Nation's Capital.
The result of these and other initiatives was a dramatic reduction in crime in the District of Columbia under Commissioner Ramsey’s tenure. Violent crime in DC was at its lowest level since the current method of reporting statistics was first developed in the late 1960s. At the same time, opinion surveys indicated that public confidence in the MPDC rose under Commissioner Ramsey's leadership.
In 1999, Commissioner Ramsey partnered with the Anti-Defamation League in developing an innovative and experiential training program at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum called “Law Enforcement and Society: Lessons from the Holocaust.” By examining the Holocaust, law enforcement personnel gain insights into the critical importance of their profession’s core values, as well as the significant and unique role they play within our democracy. More than 70,000 people have gone through this program, including every new agent in the FBI, state and federal judges and police personnel from agencies nationally and internationally.
Commissioner Ramsey serves as both the President of the Police Executive Research Forum, and the President of the Major Cities Chiefs Association in the United States and Canada, the only law enforcement professional to hold both of these positions at the same time. He is also a member of the Executive Committee for the International Association of Chiefs of Police, which represents cities with populations over one million. Commissioner Ramsey serves on the National Advisory Council for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), comprising experts in the field of emergency preparedness, management and response, and is also an advisor to the FBI’s National Executive Institute.
He has served previously as the Chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee for both the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Major Cities Chiefs Association. In 2009, he was also appointed as a member of the Cambridge Review Committee, a national independent committee to help identify lessons learned from the arrest of Harvard Professor, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. on July 16, 2009.
Commissioner Ramsey holds both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in criminal justice from Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the National Executive Institute. He completed the Executive Leadership Program at the Naval Postgraduate School, Center for Homeland Defense and Security in February 2008.
Commissioner Ramsey has lectured nationally on community policing as an adjunct faculty member of both the Northwestern University Traffic Institute's School of Police Staff and Command and Lewis University, and is seen as an expert in the area of policing and homeland security.
His honors include the following:
- Gary P. Hayes Award, from the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), 1994
- McDonald’s Black History Maker Award, 2000
- Webber Seavy Award, 2000
- Robert Lamb Humanitarian Award, from the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), 2001
- Sigmund Livingston Award, from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), 2001
- Civil Rights Award, from the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), 2001 & 2005
- Parents Family and Friends of Lesbians & Gays (PFLAG) Award, 2002
John Carroll Society Medal, from the Archdiocese of Washington, 2003
- Washington, DC, “Pigskin Club” Award for crime reduction, 2003
- Paul Harris Fellow Award, from the Rotary Club of Greater Washington, 2005
- Leadership Award, from the US Holocaust Memorial Museum (including the creation of an internship program in the Chief's name) 2005
- FBI Leadership in Counter Terrorism Award, 2006
- Myrtle Wreath Award, from Greater Washington Area Chapter of Hadassah, 2006
- Jim Brady Law Enforcement Award from the Brady Center To Prevent Gun Violence, 2006
- Police Fund’s creation of the Charles H. Ramsey Scholarship, 2006
ILAN ROSENBERG joined the firm's Philadelphia office in September 2002. A member in the Global Insurance Group, he concentrates his practice in the areas of complex insurance coverage and commercial litigation, and international disputes.
Ilan has extensive experience in complex litigation matters – including commercial, insurance coverage, administrative, and civil rights claims - in federal, state, and foreign courts. Notably, Ilan has been actively involved in Travelers Indemnity Company v. Bailey (U.S.) (scope of bankruptcy judge's jurisdiction relating to asbestos settlement); In re W.R. Grace & Co. (Bankr. Del.) ($7 billion asbestos bankruptcy); Asten Johnson, Inc. v. Columbia Casualty Co. (E.D. Pa.); among other asbestos-related and mass tort proceedings pending around the country. Ilan has also represented multiple corporations and individuals before U.S. and foreign courts in connection with claims arising throughout Latin America, and served as an expert consultant and witness in the field of Mexican law.
Prior to joining Cozen O'Connor, Ilan served in the Mexican public sector for two years, where he provided legal consultation on taxation and public finance to the federal government. In 1999, Ilan joined the firm of Chevez, Ruiz, Zamarripa y Cia., S.C., focusing his practice on tax and administrative litigation, as well as domestic tax planning in Mexico City, Mexico.
Ilan is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania and every jurisdiction in Mexico. He is also admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd and Federal Circuits, as well as the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania, Northern District of Illinois, and the Eastern District of Wisconsin. Ilan has been named a "Pennsylvania Super Lawyer – Rising Star" by Law & Politics in 2007 and 2008.
Ilan received his law degree from the Escuela Libre de Derecho in Mexico City, Mexico in 1998. In 2002, he received his L.L.M. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Ilan also holds a Masters in Comparative Law from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. A member of the American and Pennsylvania Bar Associations, Ilan also sits on the board of directors for the Anti-Defamation League, is vice president of the board of HIAS & Council Migration Service of Philadelphia, and a member of the Advisory Board of the America-Israel Chamber of Commerce.
LOUIS RULLI is the Practice Professor of Law and Clinical Director for University of Pennsylvania Law School. Professor Rulli possesses expertise in public interest law, legislation, litigation, and clinical legal education, and he has written and lectured extensively on access to justice for the poor. In 2006, he received the university-wide Provost’s Award for Distinguished Teaching. Prior to joining the Penn Law faculty, Rulli was the executive director of Community Legal Services in Philadelphia. He is a past chairman of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention, a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s House of Delegates, and the Board of Governors of the Philadelphia Bar Association. He is the Philadelphia Bar Association’s first Advisor to the Cabinet for Pro Bono and Delivery of Legal Services issues. He serves on Pennsylvania’s Judicial Ethics Ad Hoc Committee, the PBA’s Legal Access Task Force, and the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Task Force on Civil Gideon. He also serves on the governance boards of Philadelphia Legal Assistance, Community Legal Services, and Friends of Farmworkers, and on the Advisory Board to Pennsylvania’s Student Loan Repayment Assistance Program. He is a frequent trainer and consultant to civil legal aid programs.
Rulli is only the second person to receive the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award, presented to an individual who has demonstrated substantial leadership in the creation and continuation of pro bono programs. Rulli has received numerous other awards for his work and was selected by Philadelphia Magazine as one of Philadelphia’s best attorneys for public interest law.
DAVE SCHRATWIESER joined the FOX 29 “Ten O’clock News” in 1994 as an investigative reporter. Like putting the pieces together to solve a puzzle, Dave Schratwieser investigates a story piece by piece until it all fits and makes a clear picture. From organized crime and corruption to the reporting on the courts, Dave Schratwieser asks the hard questions and does the research to tell a most accurate story.
Schratwieser, launched his television career with the New Jersey Network (NJN) as State House correspondent, senior producer and assignment editor. While working with NJN, he broke the story on medical waste being dumped on the Jersey shores. His hard-core investigative journalism continued at WCAU-TV, CBS affiliate, where he worked as the New Jersey correspondent. While at WCAU-TV, he reported from Saudi Arabia on Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield and was nominated for three local Emmy Awards for investigative, enterprise and magazine format reporting.
Utilizing his proficient journalism skills and knowledge of government, Schratwieser altered his career direction and worked in government. He served as Director of Communications and Public Affairs for the New Jersey Attorney General's Office and later worked as Press Secretary for Governor Jim Florio. Then again, he served as Director of Communications for Attorney General Deborah Poritz. In 1994 when FOX 29 offered him the opportunity to return to television as an investigative reporter, he decided to return to his broadcasting roots.
Schratwieser has continually received recognition for his outstanding talent. Throughout his journalism career he has been the recipient of numerous awards. Since joining the FOX team in 1994, he has received five Emmy awards for Investigative Reporting, Spot and Feature News.
A Long Island native, Schratwieser began his journalism career in print media after graduating from Rutgers University. His first job lasted five years when he was an investigative reporter and state house correspondent for the News Tribune in Woodbridge, New Jersey. While working at the newspaper, he studied television production which led to his work with NJN.
VALERIE SCOTT is the Human Resources Director for the Children's Crisis Treatment Center (CcTC).
DVEERA SEGAL, ESQUIRE, is a Professor of Law and Director of Clinical Programs for Villanova University. Professor Segal has served as a litigator and an advocate for the poor and disadvantaged. In law school, she represented clients as an active member of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, a student-run legal services office. Following graduation, she practiced as a staff attorney for the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago, Illinois and for the Delaware County Legal Assistance Association, in Chester, Pennsylvania. She represented individual clients in a wide variety of cases, including housing, consumer, employment, public benefits and domestic abuse matters. In Illinois, she was also counsel in class action litigation successfully challenging reductions in General Assistance benefits, protecting inmates’ rights in prison disciplinary proceedings and obtaining damages for consumers injured in a revolving repossession scheme in violation of the UCC. In Delaware County, Professor Segal specialized in public benefits and in public and subsidized housing matters, where she represented many individuals and was also lead counsel in federal litigation which caused the Chester Housing Authority to create both an admissions procedure and a grievance procedure.
Professor Segal began teaching at the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1994. While teaching in their Civil Practice Clinic, her areas of practice expanded to encompass civil rights, civil forfeiture, family law and special education. She also supervised student externships at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office, the Office of General Counsel of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Environmental Protection Agency. Professor Segal joined the Villanova faculty in 1999.
Professor Segal has been active in a number of professional and civic organizations, including the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Family Law Section (Custody Committee), the Public Interest Section (Delivery of Legal Services Committee) and she is an appointed member of the Investigative Division of the Commission on Judicial Selection. Professor Segal is a coordinator of the Delaware Valley Clinical Workshop, a member of the Board of Directors of HIAS and Council, a past Board member of the Northwest Interfaith Movement and the past president of the Germantown Jewish Centre.
DENA SUKOL, ESQ., earned her Bachelor degree from Temple University and her J.D. from Temple University School of Law. After clerking for a Common Pleas Court Judge she joined a defense litigation firm as a trial attorney. She then opened her law office, concentrating in civil and criminal litigation. She has served as a consultant to the Bavarian Institute for Education Research in Munich, Germany for projects related to multicultural studies in Germany and Eastern European countries. She was an editor of PROFILES OF INVOLVEMENT, a publication exploring corporate social involvement, FUNDING RESOURCES, a reference volume for grant proposal writing and has published both general and legal articles in newspapers and journals. She teaches writing at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia and is an adjunct professor of Sociology and Paralegal Studies at Community College of Philadelphia. She has been selected to participate in several overseas projects, including the Title VI Middle East Project Program in Istanbul, Turkey in Spring 2006 and projects in Munich, Germany and Firenze, Italy.
JOSEPH A. SULLIVAN, an experienced litigator and pro bono attorney, is Special Counsel and Director of Pro Bono Programs at Pepper Hamilton LLP. Mr. Sullivan manages Pepper’s firm-wide pro bono programs. He supervises and coordinates all aspects of the delivery of pro bono legal services, including the internal reach and effectiveness of the programs, as well as outreach to bar associations, public interest law firms, business entities and community organizations. Mr. Sullivan also actively participates in pro bono engagements.
Mr. Sullivan serves on the boards of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project, Community Legal Services, the Homeless Advocacy Project (ex officio and as past president) and Inn Dwelling (a community development organization for which he is board chairman), and he is active in a number of other organizations, including the Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program. Mr. Sullivan is co-chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Delivery of Legal Services Committee and the Civil Gideon Task Force. He is a former member of the Association’s Board of Governors and is past counsel to the Board. He has served as an independent counsel to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and as a legal advisor to the Philadelphia School Reform Commission.
Mr. Sullivan is a recipient of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Wachovia Fidelity Award, which is presented annually to an individual who has made significant contributions to improving the administration of justice through voluntary activities rather than services rendered as a paid professional. He also is a recipient of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Louis J. Goffman Award (the highest honor for pro bono service) and its Pro Bono Award for Philadelphia County.
Mr. Sullivan joined Pepper from Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis in Philadelphia, where he was counsel and served as an administrator of that firm’s Litigation Services Department and director of its pro bono program.
TARA J. TIMBERMAN, is an Assistant Professor of English at Community College of Philadelphia where she teaches leadership and community-oriented pre-college and college level classes in public speaking, community engagement, and academic research and writing. Ms. Timberman specializes in working with students from underserved communities whom are attending classes at community colleges, universities, and in federal and state correctional facilities.
Her pedagogy and praxis involves exposing students to rigorous academic readings and assignments that call for affective and cognitive reflection and thinking, culturally sensitive and inventive approaches to instruction based in student-centered philosophies of education, and individualized advisement and mentoring that extends the student-teacher relationship beyond the classroom walls. She additionally designs and facilitates projects, programs, and workshops that create literacy and workforce development initiatives that help those with criminal histories overcome barriers to their success.
RHODIA D. THOMAS, ESQ., is currently the Executive Director of MidPenn Legal Services, a non-profit law firm that provides civil legal services to low-income individuals in 18 counties in central Pennsylvania. She graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University, with a B.S. in Education, and received her J.D. from Widener University School of Law. Ms. Thomas has received several awards, including the PLAN Excellence Award, the Outstanding Minority Scholar Award, Women of Excellence Award and Adult Achievers Award sponsored by the Camp Curtin YMCA, and in 2002 she was named as one of 50 Minorities of Influence by the American Lawyer Media, publishers of the Legal Intelligencer and Pennsylvania Law Weekly. Ms. Thomas is active in the Pennsylvania Bar Association and currently serves as a member of the PBA Constitutional Review Committee and as Co-Chair of the Access to Justice Committee. She is also a member of the Minority Bar Committee and serves as Co-Chair of the MBC’s Diversity Summit. Ms. Thomas is also a member of the Immigration Law and Legal Services to the Public Committees. Ms. Thomas has over 25 years of experience in public interest law and currently serves as President of the Pennsylvania Project Directors Association.
DAVID KELLER TREVASKIS, ESQUIRE, is the premier law-related educator in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. An attorney and former third grade teacher with a Master's Degree in Education, David currently serves as the Pro Bono Coordinator for Legal Services for the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) as well as the PBA's coordinator for public education about the law. He has been a leader in the PBA statewide mock trial competition for most of its twenty-one year history. Mr. Trevaskis is also the PBA's liaison to PennCORD, the Pennsylvania Coalition for Representative Democracy, a coalition that counts the Pennsylvania Bar Association among its Lead Partners. Mr. Trevaskis was awarded the 2006 Compass Award by PennCORD. The second annual award recognizes individuals that have a long history of making significant contributions toward civic education in Pennsylvania schools. The previous winner was former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.
Mr. Trevaskis serves as the Executive Director for Law, Education, and Peace for Kids (LEAP-Kids), the Pennsylvania branch of a national network organized by the United States Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to promote law-related education and civics (LRCE). He is the President of the Pennsylvania Council for Social Studies and the Chair of the PCSS Law-Related and Civic Education Special Interest Group since 1989. He helped draft the Pennsylvania Civics and Government Standards and coordinated Pennsylvania Governor's Institutes on Civics and Government and Social Studies from 1999 to 2001, programs in which he continues to be actively involved. Mr. Trevaskis is also the developer and original trainer for Project PEACE (Peaceful Endings through Attorneys, Children and Educators) that has brought peer mediation and conflict resolution education to nearly 500 schools.
NICOLE VADINO, is an Associate Professor of Social Science at the Community College of Philadelphia. Vadino graduated with her M.A. and B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1995 in Sociology with a concentration in deviance and social control. Her main research interests at Penn were the death penalty, the Italian Mafia, crime control, and due process as well as death and mourning. After graduation, she spent three years in Greece and speaks both Greek and Italian. At the University of Delaware, Vadino did her PhD course work and her research interests were in Law & Society and Criminology. Vadino has taught a variety of Sociology and Criminology courses at University of Delaware, Penn State Delco and CCP.
Alternative Segment of Law and Society Week
A FILM BY Sentenced Home
Putting a human face on controversial immigration policy, SENTENCED HOME follows three young Cambodian Americans through the deportation process. Raised in inner city Seattle, they pay an unbearable price for mistakes they made as teenagers. Caught between their tragic pasts and an uncertain future, each young man confronts a legal system that offers no second chances.
As part of a large group of Cambodian refugees admitted to the U.S. in the early 1980s, the deportees and their families found asylum in Seattle’s grim public housing projects and hoped for a piece of the American dream. But, as “permanent residents,” the refugees were not afforded the same protections as American citizens. Under strict anti-terrorism legislation enacted in 1996, even minor convictions can result in automatic deportation. For some, this means being permanently separated from families and homes because of a minor offense—such as the case of Loeun Lun, who fired a gun in the air as a teenager to protect himself from a gang attack.
Told through interweaving stories, in the voices of the deportees, their families and friends,
SENTENCED HOME explores what it’s like to be deported along with the social, historical and political reasons behind the deportees’ fate. Along with family man Loeun Lun, who fights to stay together with his wife and children from behind bars and across oceans, audiences will meet former gang member Kim Ho Ma, who struggles to come to terms with his identity in a country he doesn’t understand. Also introduced is an introspective Many Uch, who looks to redeem himself by taking advantage of what time he has left in the U.S. to give today’s Cambodian American youth something he never had—the ability to play little-league baseball.
SENTENCED HOME follows Lun and Kim Ho Ma all the way to Cambodia. There Lun begins building a tiny shack for himself amidst rice paddies, while Kim Ho tries to contain his anger and frustration at U.S. immigration law, and the lack of opportunity in the city of Phnom Penh.
Meanwhile, as Many Uch leads his baseball team, inspiring members of the Seattle community to re-think their negative opinions of the deportees, his own deportation status hangs in the balance of an unblinking legal system increasingly deemed unfair.