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Regina Austin is the Director of the Penn Program on Documentaries and the Law. She is a professor at Penn Law School and teaches the Visual Legal Advocacy Seminar, a course in which law students make short advocacy videos on behalf of public interest clients and organizations. Her scholarly writing deals with the treatment of race, gender, and class in law-related feature-length documentaries, as well with the use of visual legal advocacy in criminal proceedings.

Tom Isler is an attorney and award-winning documentary filmmaker whose work has screened at numerous film festivals, including Hot Docs in Toronto. He has worked as a freelance cameraman for CBS Sunday Morning and MSNBC, and his writing about film has appeared in Documentary magazine, The Boston Phoenix, and elsewhere. He earned his J.D. at Penn Law.


Michael L. Wong, Guest Contributor,  is a Penn Law grad who left a big firm in New York City to pursue filmmaking in Asia.  While a law student at Penn, he directed his first documentary short, Shmul Kaplan, which was by the Penn Program on Documentaries and the Law Program and received the New Filmmakers Award at the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival.