Law and Society Week

Law and Society Week 2019

Join us for the 20th Anniversary of Law and Society Week, Presented by the Fox Rothschild Center for Law and Society

Many events qualify for continuing legal education (CLE) credits. Please note that there is no course fee; however, this conference is a single course provider, and self-reporting is necessary. Lawyers seeking CLE credit must return a copy of the necessary certificate(s) of attendance and a check for $1.50 per credit hour to PA CLE.

Unless otherwise indicated, pre-registration is not required, and all sessions are free and open to the public.

Schedule of Events

For location information and directions, view our map of Main Campus buildings and our Northeast Regional Center.

Date Event Details

Monday, February 25, 2019

Opening Luncheon with Keynote Speaker Wilson Goode, Sr.

12 to 1:30 p.m.
Invitation only

Join us in celebrating African American History Month and the beginning of the 20th Annual Law and Society Week. We will honor a hometown leader, Wilson Goode Sr., former mayor of Philadelphia and first African American to hold that office. We will also present service awards to a few distinguished alumni in appreciation of their good work in the community.
Co-sponsored by Student Engagement

Dr. W. Wilson Goode, Sr. is the president and CEO of Amachi, Incorporated, a nationally acclaimed faith-based program for mentoring children of incarcerated parents; and chairman and CEO of Self, Incorporated, a nonprofit corporation dedicated to serving more than 600 homeless men and women. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Fox School at the University of Pennsylvania. He became the city’s first African American mayor in 1984 and served two terms. Dr. Goode is chairman of the Philadelphia Leadership Foundation, a board member and former chair of Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region, and the Free Library of Philadelphia. He is also a former chair of Partners for Sacred Places and the Cornerstone Christian Academy. He is a board member of America’s Promise Alliance, Community InSchools of Philadelphia and Eastern University. Dr. Goode is chairman emeritus of Leadership Foundations, and emeritus trustee of Southwest Leadership Academy Charter School.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019


9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Pavilion Building, Welcome Center

A special event designed for visiting high school students.

High school students are invited to join us for a day of investigation. They will have the opportunity to experience facets of law-related careers at the College, including a demonstration of real-life examples of how geospatial technologies were successfully used to aid law enforcement in providing evidence that was used to convict individuals. Following the workshop, students will be led on a brief College tour, where they will be given the opportunity to use their critical thinking skills to solve a hypothetical crime while visiting the Social Science and Justice Career Fair. Students will also have the opportunity to meet and talk with visiting representatives from law fields, including the FBI, police, crime labs and more.
Facilitator: Deirdre Garrity-Benjamin, assistant professor, Social Science and Geographic Information Systems program coordinator

Social Science/Justice Career Fair

9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Bonnell Lobby

Come out and meet potential employers from local and state police departments; probation and parole, housing authority and paralegal recruiting agencies; law firms; and many more private and government agencies. Students are encouraged to bring their résumés and come dressed to impress! 

Perspectives on Healing the Aftermath of Violence

9:40 to 11:10 a.m., Winnet Student Life Building, Great Hall, Room S2-19

What happens to individuals, families and communities in the wake of violence? This workshop will provide a variety of perspectives and viewpoints about this issue, and it will be conducted in a peacemaking circle, with audience members being allowed to observe and listen to an incredible dialogue process. The participants in this circle include survivors and co-victims of violence, and individuals who have committed acts of violence and have served many years of incarceration, but are now returned citizens. Observers will hopefully get a feel for ways that healing can begin, based on their stories. Facilitating the peacemaking circle is adjunct professor Don Haldeman, who was taught the First Nation process 17 years ago, and who brings the process to all of his classes.

*Approved Substantive CLE


Jamarr's Promise and the Foster Care System

11:20 a.m. to 12:50 p.m., Center for Business and Industry, Room C2-28

Jamarr Cruz, a nine-year-old boy, was tragically killed in 2009 while under the oversight of New Jersey's Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS). His caseworker was blamed for his death. Kristin Morris, his caseworker and now former employee of the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency, and psychologist Joseph Zielinski, Ph.D., promised to fight for him even after his death by writing the book Jamarr's Promise. Join us for a panel that will discuss Jamarr's life, the corruption surrounding the DYFS system, the legal ties to placing children in foster care and the hopes for the future in protecting children.

*Approved Substantive CLE


2020 Census

1 to 2:30 p.m., Center for Business and Industry, Room C2-28

Join Noemi Mendez from the U.S. Census Bureau to discuss the importance of the 2020 Census. The data collected by the Census is so important that it is mandated as part of the Constitution. This session will focus on the legal umbrella of the Census Bureau, the data collected, and the importance of this data to equitable distribution of public funds and representation.
Moderator: Deirdre Garrity-Benjamin, assistant professor, Social Science and Geographic Information Systems program coordinator

*Approved Substantive CLE

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Judicial Affairs Conference

9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Winnet Student Life Building, Great Hall, Room S2-19

RSVP required: RSVP at

Hosted annually, Best Practices in Judicial Affairs is a symposium on effective strategies to support various experts from public safety, student affairs, counseling and the College’s legal counsel. The event kicks off with a keynote presentation, followed by several breakout knowledge collaboration seminars. The focus is on professional development as well as cross-collaboration of professionals in their fields, best practices and lively idea-spawning sessions. The program spotlights emerging issues and practical approaches to assist Student Affairs staff, police/security personnel, counselors, and legal counsel in better meeting the needs of today’s students while promoting academic integrity, positive student life experiences, and overall student success.

*Approved Substantive CLE 

Marijuana Law Update

9:10 to 10:10 a.m., Center for Business and Industry, Room C2-28

Patricia M. Hoban of the Hoban Law Group looks at the state of laws on marijuana and discusses upcoming changes for Pennsylvania in the emerging medical marijuana and industrial hemp markets. This session focuses on distribution, zoning laws and local ordinances, and investment and cannabis banking issues in Pennsylvania, along with other areas as it relates to cannabis business law.

*Approved Substantive CLE

Exposure to Violence and Attitudes about Guns: A Comparison of Community College of Philadelphia Students from 2008 to 2018

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Center for Business and Industry, Room C2-28

In 2008, students in the Descriptive Research Methods in Psychology course surveyed their classmates on the topic of guns and gun violence. Ten years later, in fall 2018, the survey was re-administered to the College’s students. Have student attitudes about guns and methods of reducing gun violence changed over the past decade? Join Rick Frei, Ph.D., associate professor of Psychology, and members of the Descriptive Research Methods class as they look at how exposure to violence in childhood is related to gun attitudes in adulthood.

*Approved Substantive CLE

PTSD, Causes, Coping and Cures

12:40 to 1:40 p.m., Center for Business and Industry, Room C2-28

More than 13 million Americans have PTSD at any given time. Charles Burckhardt, a former detective in the Philadelphia Police Department and Vietnam veteran, and Tim Wynn, a student at the College and a veterans certified forensic peer specialist in Philadelphia, will discuss the changes to brain functions that occur due to trauma, the ways that the sufferer can cope and the tools that are used to aid veterans who have been incarcerated in the hopes of reducing their reincarceration rates. This presentation will highlight the most effective therapies, such as ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and ART (Accelerated Resolution Therapy).

*Approved Substantive CLE

Domestic Violence and Updates to PFA Laws

6:30 to 9:45 p.m., Northeast Regional Center, Room 249

In this fast-paced workshop, we will discuss the nuts and bolts of the Pennsylvania Protection From Abuse Act, as well as the Protection From Sexual Violence and Intimidation Act, which took effect in 2015. Topics covered will include a synopsis of each Act, who is actually covered under each Act, the court process, civil vs. criminal remedies and the legal relief available to victims of violence. This presentation will also cover the ethical issues involving client and victim confidentiality, as well as ethical issues related to pro se representation.
Presenter: William Love, Esq., director, Fox Rothschild Center for Law and Society; assistant professor, Justice; and chair, Social Science department

*Approved Ethics CLE

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Human Trafficking

9:40 to 11:10 a.m., Center for Business and Industry, Room C2-28

There were an estimated 24.9 million victims of modern-day slavery in 2017. Of these, 16 million were exploited for labor, 4.8 million were sexually exploited and 4.1 million were exploited in state-imposed forced labor. This panel will explore the aspects of labor trafficking and ways in which this type of trafficking is dealt with in the legal system.
Moderators: Melany Nelson, executive director, Northwest Victim Services and Nicole Vadino, associate professor, Sociology

*Approved Substantive CLE

Victim Services Panel

11:20 a.m. to 12:50 p.m., Center for Business and Industry, Room C2-28

Experts in the field of elder and child abuse will discuss victim services, the legal rights of those abused and how to report incidences of abuse in different settings, such as nursing homes and child care centers, as well as at home settings.
Moderators: Melany Nelson, executive director, Northwest Victim Services and Nicole Vadino, associate professor, Sociology

*Approved Substantive CLE

What is Hidden Bias, and How Do I Overcome It?

1 to 2:30 p.m., Center for Business and Industry, Room C2-28

In this research-driven presentation, participants will learn what hidden bias is and how it relates to prejudice, discrimination and racism. Participants will be encouraged to determine what their unconscious biases are by thinking about how we learn these biases. Discover why unconscious bias matters and how it expresses itself, especially in the workplace. Finally, participants will be given practical advice as to how we can best overcome our hidden bias. This is an encore presentation and counts as training toward the Diversity Certificate program.
Presenter: Faye Allard, Ph.D., assistant professor, Social Science

*Approved Ethics CLE

Navigating Law Firm Culture and Difficult Personalities

2:40 to 4:10 p.m., Center for Business and Industry, Room C2-28

This panel discussion will help new and experienced employees navigate the law firm environment, deal with different kinds of personalities and manage stress on the job. The panel will also help students identify the correct working environment for their values, skills and personality.
Moderator: Elizabeth Canapary, Esq., coordinator, Justice and Paralegal programs; assistant professor, Justice

*Approved Ethics CLE

Friday, March 1, 2019

Mock Oral Argument of the Madison v. Alabama Case

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Winnet Student Life Building, Room S2-3

Can a state execute a prisoner whose mental disability leaves him with no memory of the capital offense for which he was convicted, or would his execution violate our evolving standards of decency as protected by the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment? Come witness mock oral arguments for Madison v. Alabama. Elizabeth Canapary, J.D., assistant professor of Justice, will defend the rights of Vernon Madison, who has been compromised by vascular dementia and multiple strokes, causing severe cognitive dysfunctions that prevent him from remembering the crime for which he was convicted or understanding the circumstances of his scheduled execution. Lance Roxas, Ph.D., assistant professor of Social Science, will defend Alabama’s state sovereignty and political authority to carry out the execution. The participants will also field questions from the audience and ask for volunteers to take part as judges in the case.

*Approved Substantive CLE

Campus Locations

Bonnell Building

Located on 17th Street on the east side of the street, between Callowhill and Spring Garden streets. The Bonnell Auditorium is located on the ground floor of the building, to the right of the Bonnell main entrance.

Center for Business and Industry

Located at 18th and Callowhill streets. Events held in this building are on the second floor.

Winnet Student Life Building

Located on 17th Street on the west side of the street, between Spring Garden and Callowhill streets. The building is yellow brick with a rounded exterior. Events held in this building are on the second floor.

Northeast Regional Center

Located at 12901 Townsend Road, 19154. Signs at the Center will indicate the room.


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