Law and Society Week

Law and Society Week

The Fox Rothschild Center for Law and Society
Presents the 23rd Annual Law and Society Week

February 28 through March 4, 2022

Schedule of Events


Date Event Details

Monday, February 28, 2022

Opening Ceremony with Keynote Speaker

10:20 to 11:20 a.m.

Presenter: Deputy Commissioner Kristal Turner-Childs, Pennsylvania State Police

Join Us on Feb. 28 at 10:20 a.m.

Passcode: Law

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Human Trafficking Presentation

9:40 to 10:40 a.m.

Facilitated by: Dr. Faye Allard, associate professor of Social Science and Head, Department of Social Sciences; and Nicole Vadino, associate professor of Social Science

For the past several years, professors Faye Allard and Nicole Vadino have brought human trafficking awareness to Community College of Philadelphia. Human trafficking is not just a buzzword in the media, but a widespread societal issue that impacts so many facets of life. This session will provide an overview of the various types of human trafficking around the world, and the ways in which we can help recognize and prevent it. For more information, please reach out to professor Vadino at or Dr. Allart at

Join Us on March 1 at 9:40 a.m.

Meeting ID: 980 1974 1294
Passcode: Law

Gun Violence Presentation

11:20 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.

Presenters: Dr. Katheleen Murphey, associate professor of English; and Tamara Russell, aka POC, host of Revive Radio, Proof of Consciousness POC

Kathleen Murphey, Ph.D., a writer, visual artist and associate professor of English, will share her artwork and poetry. She has experimented with subversive knitting, composite photography and paper mâché masks, as well as poetry and fiction. She will present an overview of her work with a focus on her work addressing gun violence and our broken criminal justice system.
Tamara Russell, aka POC, produced the powerful documentary, "Numb to Normalcy," which highlights gun violence in the City of Philadelphia. This movie was made in partnership with Community College of Philadelphia, and the participants in the documentary are CCP students.

Join Us on March 1 at 11:20 a.m.

Meeting ID: 923 4096 8093
Passcode: Law

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

The Road to Reentry

9 to 10:10 a.m.

Facilitated by: R. Seth Williams

Please join former district attorney and federal inmate, R. Seth Williams, as he shares his unique perspective on the criminal justice system and the reentry process. He will share his journey, as well as his current efforts to help transform the lives of Philadelphia's youth through drug intervention, counseling, education, job readiness, community service, academic achievement, violence interruption and various empowerment programs.

Join Us on March 2 at 9 a.m.

Meeting ID: 924 4927 6324
Passcode: Law

I Am More Reentry Engagement Program

10:20 to 11:20 a.m.

Facilitated by: Derrick Perkins, director of Student Transition Success

While the historic pandemic has affected individuals equally, the impact has not been equitable. As such, the College has expanded its outreach and services to be more responsive to our most vulnerable populations. In November 2020, the College rebranded its reentry support program by renaming it the I Am More: Reentry Engagement Program. We fully understand that formerly justice-involved individuals have typically been disconnected from the educational pipeline. Therefore, they often require specialized services to ease the transition to College with ongoing support to stay actively engaged. Please learn about the program and how you can support our efforts on an individual and community-based level.

Join Us on March 2 at 10:20 a.m.

Meeting ID: 993 7595 5870
Passcode: Law

Thursday, March 3, 2022

Not That Innocent; Examining How Children Learn About Race

9:40 to 10:40 a.m.

Facilitated by: Dr. Faye Allard, associate professor of Social Science and Head, Department of Social Sciences

This highly interactive, data driven session will examine when children become cognizant of race, how they develop their own racial identity and how they apply their ideas of race onto others. Importantly, we will also ask how does our society impact this process and what the consequences of this might be. Finally, the session will outline practical strategies and a discussion about how to talk about race with children.

Please register in advance for this event.


Leading Ladies in Law; a Panel Discussion

11:20 a.m. to 12:20 p.m

Presenter: Malika Rahman, assistant professor of Criminal Justice

Panelists: Honorable Lori A. Dumas, Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court; Honorable Sheila Woods-Skipper, Administrative Judge, Orphans’ Court; Honorable Lisette Shirdan-Harris, Administrative Judge, Trial Division, Court of Common Pleas; and Honorable Karen Simmons, Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge

Historically, women have been underrepresented in the legal profession, more specifically in senior level positions. As we are on the brink of our first African American Female U.S. Supreme Court Justice nominee, it is essential to highlight the unique perspective women bring to the bench, as well as the social impact this unprecedented appointment will have on our community and country. This panel discussion will offer the opportunity for students, staff, and faculty to hear from experienced judges who’ve excelled professionally, while paving the way for others to the same.

Please register in advance for this event.

Friday, March 4, 2022

Mock Trial

10:20 to 11:20 a.m.

Presenters: Honorable Joffie Pittman; Billy Love, Esq., associate professor of Criminal Justice; Elizabeth Canapary, Esq., assistant professor of Criminal Justice; Keir Grey, Esq.; and Sonte Reavis, Esq.

The Fox Rothschild Center for Law and Society's fifth annual mock oral argument will examine the pending case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, in which the supreme court will decide whether Mississippi's law banning abortion under fifteen weeks is unconstitutional. The resulting decision could have a significant effect on abortion rights in the United States, and could effectively overturn Roe v. Wade. Mr. Sonte Reavis, Esq., will argue on behalf of the petitioners, and Elizabeth Canapary, Esq., will argue on behalf of the respondents.

Please register in advance for this event.


Explore Past Law and Society Week Events

Looking Back at the 22nd Annual Law and Society Week

February 22-25 marked the 22nd Annual Fox Rothschild Center Law and Society Week. Over the course of the week, over 500 students, faculty, staff, administrators, and guests attended informative and thought-provoking events.  We want to thank Dr. Generals and Community College of Philadelphia for giving us the resources and safe space to host this annual event.  We also want to thank the Division for Marketing and Management and the Office of Communications for their continued support. Above all, we want to thank our presenters, moderators, and panelists for their willingness to share their expertise, experiences and research with us. 

Media coverage of the week:

Watch recordings of sessions from the week:

Gender Inequality in Law Enforcement: Beyond the Badge

Presenters: Malika Rahman and Kristal Turner-Childs
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Policing Domestic Violence and Mental Health

Presenter: Victoria Chase
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Policing Our Streets and Building Trust Within Our Community- Wednesday February 24th

Facilitator: Judy Cruz-Ransom
Moderator: Leslie Davilla
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The Tolls of Gun Violence

Presenters: Jim MacMillan and Kathleen Murphey
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Mock Trial: Fulton v. City of Philadelphia

Presenters: Lance Roxas and Liz Canapary
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The Community College of Philadelphia Gun Violence Reporting Center

The Initiative for Better Gun Violence Reporting

John Hopkins: Reducing Gun Violence in America: Evidence for Change

Suspicious Minds: Exploring the Causes and Consequences of Suspicion

Presenter: Faye Allard
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Being Black Wearing Blue

On October 15, Criminal Justice visiting lecturer and Diversity Fellow Malika Rahman, along with the Fox Rothschild Center for Law and Society, provided the community with an enlightening panel discussion that explored the attitudes, perceptions and impacts of the current social climate on their professional and personal lives. The panel included Branville Bard, Cambridge, MA Police Commissioner and former CCP Criminal Justice instructor; Major Kristal Turner-Childs, PA State Police; Gary Tuggle, DEA Retired Special Agent in Charge; Sergio Diggs, CCP alum and Philadelphia Police Officer. News coverage included a 6abc feature, ‘Being Black Wearing Blue' panel addresses police reform, systemic racism, and coverage on CBS 3, Community College of Philadelphia Hosts Virtual Discussion Called ‘Being Black Wearing Blue’.

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