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Tune in here to find out about upcoming SAGE events. 

**NOTE:  For SAGE members, attendance at a minimum of two starred*  events per semester is mandatory.**

Spring 2011

  • January 28th, 2011, 3-5 PM - DVAP Training*, Philadelphia Bar Association.  For all Spring volunteers in the DVAP program, attend mandatory training for pro bono project participation this semester.  Training will be conducted by PLA and WLP, and will occur at 1101 Market Street in the 11th Floor Conference Room.  Contact us with questions.
  • February 11th, 2011, 3-5 PM - Court Observation Project Training*,  Women’s Law Project.  Attend the training to learn about contempt proceedings and to help ensure the judicial process is acknowledging and protecting victims from violations of protective orders. Volunteers will observe and collect data on criminal contempt proceedings at the Criminal Justice Center (1301 Filbert) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-1 and 1-4.  Volunteers must be able to attend ONE shift date.  Training will occur at 125 S. 9th Street, Suite 300. 
  • February 23, 2011, 6:30-8:30 PM - Panel: Social, Legal and Ethical Implications of Sex-Selective Abortion and International Surrogacy*, in G2.  SAGE is hosting a discussion with Kimberly Mutcherson, Professor of Bioethics and Ritu Kamal, Medical Technology Entrepreneur. Dinner will be served.
  • March 16, 2011, 5:30-8 PM - Rally: Stand Up for Women’s Health, at City Hall.  SAGE members, join Penn students from the School of Social Policy and Practice in a rally to raise awareness for women’s health issues.  This will be an opportunity for any and all individuals to come out and stand up for honesty and transparency in law making and state and federal funding around women’s health.
  • April 20, 2011, 12-2 PM - Panel on Transgender Issues*, location TBD.  Stay tuned for details or changes!

Fall 2010

  • September 24th, 2010, 3-5 PM - DVAP Training*, Philadelphia Bar Association.  For all volunteers in the DVAP program, attend mandatory training for pro bono project participation this semester.  Training will be conducted by PLA and WLP, and will occur at 1101 Market Street in the 10th Floor Board Room. 
  • October 6th, 2010, 4:30-6:30 PM - Panel: Interviewing Survivors of Trauma*,  in S245A.  Lori Keller and Dana Saporito, professional counselors for Women Organized Against Rape, will offer their expertise on how to interview survivors of trauma in a way that is both sensitive and effective. Snacks will be provided.
  • October 20, 2010, all day - Commemoration of Recent Suicide Victims, at Penn Law.  SAGE members, wear purple in honor of the 6 who committed suicide in recent weeks/months due to homophobic abuse in their homes and at their schools.  RIP Tyler Clementi, Asher Brown, Seth Walsh, Justin Aaberg, Raymond Chase and Billy Lucas.
  • October 22, 2010, 4-6 PM - Know Your Rights Training*, in T320.  SAGE is conducting training for all those interested in participating in the Know Your Rights Initiative—which aims to educate immigrant workers in Philadelphia on their legal rights against sexual violence/harrasment in the workplace.  The training will guide students through a community education curriculum and discuss the ins and out of group management, cultural sensitivity, and working on sensitive issues of sexual violence with workers.  This training is mandatory for SAGE members who want to deliver presentations to our community partners.  Light refreshments will be served.
  • November 10th, 2010, 5-7 PM - Film Screening: North Country*, in T345.  SAGE is screening a 2005 film about the first successful sexual harassment case in the United States.  The movie will be followed by discussion with Penn Law’s Prof. Serena Mayeri. Food will be provided.
  • November 15th, 2010, 4-6 PM - Panel: Sexual Assault Advocacy in Practice*, in G213.  SAGE is hosting a discussion with Susan Pearlstein, staff attorney at Philadelphia Legal Assistance, and Deb Harley, head of the Family Violence and Sexual Assault Unit at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office. Snacks will be served.
  • November 15th, 2010, 8:30-forever PM - SAGE Happy Hour!  Join SAGE at Biba, the new wine bar at 3131 Walnut Street.  Potential topics for conversation: the film, iron mines, law school, not law school, anything you want.


2009-2010 events included:

  • SAGE Kickoff Meeting. [Penn Law, September 15th, 2009, 4:30 PM]
  • DVAP Training. [Philadelphia Bar Association, September 25th, 2009, 3-5 PM]
  • Criminal Court Observation Training. [Penn Campus, October 1st, 2009, 9:30-10:30 AM]
  • SAGE Happy Hour!  Amidst the grim work, SAGE had some fun at a particularly divey bar. [Dirty Frank’s, October 8th, 2009, 6-8 PM]
  • Training: Interviewing Trauma Survivors.  Dr. Catherine Cerulli conducted a training on effective and culturally sensitive interviewing techniques for attorneys, self-care, and evidence-based mental health interventions. [Penn Law, October 14th, 2009, 5-7 PM]
  • Training: Suicide Intervention.  Dr. Catherine Cerulli conducted a training on identifying and successfully handling suicidal ideation and behavior in legal clients. [Penn Law, October 15th, 2009, 5-8 PM]
  • Spaghetti Lunch with Gloria Steinem.  SAGE co-sponsored a lunch with the Penn Law Feminist Working Group hosting feminist icon Gloria Steinem, who shared her thoughts on feminist activism and reflected on her distinguished career.  [Penn Law, November 13th, 2009, 12-1 PM]
  • Reel Justice Film Screening.  SAGE and Penn Law’s Feminist Working Group screened a documentary, Taking the Heat: The First Women Firefighters of New York City,  about the courage of New York’s first female firefighters in combatting gender-based discrimination in entering and remaining in their profession.  Employment Law Professor Sophia Lee led the subsequent discussion. [Penn Law, January 27th, 2010, 6:30-8:30 PM]
  • Brown Bag Lunch with Katie Eyer. Philadelphia employment rights attorney Katie Eyer delivered a lunchtime lecture and led a discussion on gender-based discrimination in the workplace against sexual minorities and gender bias in judges and juries. [Penn Law, February 11th, 2010, 12-1 PM]
  • Documentary Presentation.  SAGE and the Penn Law Muslim Students Association screened a viewing and discussion of Penn Law student Asra Syed’s legal documentary on domestic violence in the Muslim-American community. [Penn Law, March 1st, 2010, 12-2 PM]
  • Cross-Disciplinary Panel: Gender Based Asylum for Domestic Violence Survivors.  SAGE and the Penn Law Immigrant Rights Project hosted an interdisciplinary panel on the legal, political, and medical challenges in representing asylum-seekers fleeing domestic violence relationships abroad. [Penn Law, April 1st, 2010, 4:30-7:30 PM]