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Public Interest Week

The 11th Annual Public Interest Week, October 1 -5, 2018

                                                

The capstone of Public Interest Week will be Alumni Day on Friday, 10/5, which will include an alumni summit, and will end with our annual public interest student and alumni bash.
Details are below, continue to check back as more information is added everyday!

 

Videos from the Event

Schedule of Events

Please look for additional details via email, announcements, Twitter, and Facebook. Feel free to contact all-tpic@law.upenn.edu with any questions.
Make sure to check in at each event you attend this week for a chance to win a super prize at our end of week BASH.

Monday 10/1:

DONUTS OF JUSTICE
8:30 - 9:30 AM l Sansom Street Entrance

Start your morning off with coffee and donuts from TPIC. 

PI WEEK STUDENT GROUP EVENT: Is the First Amendment Good for Social Justice?
12:00 - 1:15 PM l Fitts Auditorium
Student Group Sponsors: Federalist Society and American Constitution Society for Law and Policy

Justice Cardozo argued that “freedom of expression is the matrix, the indispensable condition, of nearly every other form of freedom.”  As we pursue “justice for all,” join the Federalist Society and the American Constitution Society in discussing how essential the First Amendment is to the goal of the various freedoms pursued by social justice initiatives.  The event will feature a panel of scholars who will discuss the different ways the First Amendment intersects with social justice.

Panelists:

PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO THE OVERWHELMING INTEREST IN THIS EVENT THE LOCATION HAS CHANGED TO FITTS AUDITORIUM

This program has been approved for 1.0 substantive CLE credits for Pennsylvania lawyers. CLE credit may be available in other jurisdictions as well. Attendees seeking CLE credit should bring separate payment in the amount of $40.00 ($10.00 public interest/non-profit attorneys) cash or check made payable to The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania

Lunch will be offered to those who RSVP before Friday, September 28.

 

PI WEEK STUDENT GROUP EVENT: A Life Unraveled: A Simulation of the Impact of Criminal Records
12:00 - 1:30 PM l Levy Conference Center
Student Group Sponsors: The Criminal Record Expungement Project; The Democracy Law Project; Penn Housing Rights Project; Custody and Support Assistance Clinic; Pardon Me Project; Penn Law Advocates for the Homeless; and the Employment Advocacy Project.

Come to the third annual “A Life Unraveled” Simulation. This interactive experience will give you a taste of the daily struggles that individuals with a criminal record face. You will be forced to grapple with issues like gaining access to stable housing, maintaining custody of your children, and getting public benefits while the specter of a criminal record hangs over your head.  First, participants will spend 30-45 minutes juggling their time between a simulated family court, benefits office, housing office, and more, all while trying not to end up evicted and hungry.   The Simulation will conclude with a discussion about the stress and unique challenges faced by people with criminal records.  This discussion will be led by Zane Johnson, managing attorney at the Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity, and several leaders in the West Philadelphia community who have been directly impacted by criminal records. This is a can’t miss opportunity to learn though action.

Panelists:

Lunch will be offered to those who RSVP before Friday, September 28.

 

**This program has been approved for 1.5 ethics CLE credits for Pennsylvania lawyers. CLE credit may be available in other jurisdictions as well. Attendees seeking CLE credit should bring separate payment in the amount of $60.00 ($10.00 public interest/non-profit attorneys) cash or check made payable to The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania.**

Tuesday 10/2:

DONUTS OF JUSTICE
8:30 - 9:30 AM l Sansom Street Entrance

Start your morning off with coffee and donuts from TPIC. 

 

PI WEEK STUDENT GROUP EVENT: How We Misunderstand Mass Incarceration: Exposing the False Nonviolent/Violent Divide
12:00 - 1:15 PM l Gittis 213
Student Group Sponsor: Pardon Project, Youth Advocacy Project, Criminal Record Expungement Project, and National Lawyers Guild

Many people call for lower sentences for those whose crimes have been considered “nonviolent” while failing to seek reform for those whose crimes have been considered “violent.” This panel seeks to expose how this dichotomy ignores the root causes of mass incarceration, blocks meaningful transformation of the criminal justice system and the punishment paradigm, and fails to fully address issues of harm and violence and healing.

Panelists:

This program has been approved for 1.0 ethics CLE credit for Pennsylvania lawyers. CLE credit may be available in other jurisdictions as well. Attendees seeking CLE credit should bring separate payment in the amount of $40.00 ($10.00 public interest/non-profit attorneys) cash or check made payable to The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania.

Lunch will be offered to those who RSVP before Friday, September 28.

 

PI WEEK STUDENT GROUP EVENT: The Fight for Just Cause Eviction Legislation in Philadelphia

12:00 - 1:15 PM l Silverman 280
Student Group Sponsor: Penn Law Advocates for the Homeless

Many of Philadelphia’s housing-insecure population has been evicted or is threatened with eviction for little-to-no reason. The Just Cause Eviction bill is currently making its way through Philadelphia’s City Council and is designed to protect tenants from these unjust evictions. In partnership with the Penn Housing Rights Project and the Guild Food Stamp Clinic, the panel will explore and educate students on the collaborative efforts involved in the local legislative process, in which lawyers, politicians, and activists seek to be on the same page to resolve a legal problem. Confirmed panelists include an attorney who represents the housing insecure population, Community Legal Services Managing Attorney Rasheedah Phillips, as well as representatives from the Philadelphia Tenants Union. The event will also feature an “action” component which will allow students to voice their support for the legislation. 

Panelists:

 This program has been approved for 1.0 ethic CLE credit for Pennsylvania lawyers. CLE credit may be available in other jurisdictions as well. Attendees seeking CLE credit should bring separate payment in the amount of $40.00 ($10.00 public interest/non-profit attorneys) cash or check made payable to The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania.

Lunch will be offered to those who RSVP before Friday, September 28.

  

PI WEEK TPIC EVENT: Provost’s Lecture on Diversity: Butterfly Politics

4:30 - 6:00 PM l Zellerbach Theatre 

Please note that due to the overwhelming interest in this event, this event has been moved to the Annenberg Center’s Zellerbach Theatre. The new location for the reception will be in the Main Lobby of Zellerbach Theatre.

Renowned feminist scholar Catharine A. MacKinnon will be in conversation with Lubna Mian (L ’97, Adjunct Professor of Law) about her most recent book, Butterfly Politics, which touches on a lifetime of her far-ranging work for women. Professor MacKinnon will discuss the Me Too movement, sexual harassment, free speech and pornography, the academy, the practice of law, and the power of individuals and scholarship to shape the world. Co-sponsored by the
Office of the Provost and Penn Law School, this event is part of Toll Public Interest Week.

Reception to follow from 6-7 PM in the Lobby of Zellerbach Theatre.

RSVPs appreciated, but not required. 

 

This program has been approved for 1.5 substantive CLE credits for Pennsylvania lawyers. CLE credit may be available in other jurisdictions as well. Attendees seeking CLE credit should bring separate payment in the amount of $60.00 ($10.00 public interest/non-profit attorneys) cash or check made payable to The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania.

Wednesday 10/3:

DONUTS OF JUSTICE
8:30 - 9:30 AM l Sansom Street Entrance

Start your morning off with coffee and donuts from TPIC.  

 

PI WEEK STUDENT GROUP EVENT: How Could this Happen? Unpacking the Legal Framework Enabling Recent Family Separation Atrocities
12:00 - 1:15 PM l Gittis 1
Student Group Sponsor: Custody and Support Assistance Clinic, If/When/How, Penn Law Immigrants Rights Project

The injustice of Trump administration’s “Family Separation” policy did not arise overnight. The policy is in many ways an outgrowth of long-standing inequities in the immigration, child welfare, family and criminal justice systems.  Expert speakers in these fields will explain how these and other elements of our justice system have separated families unnecessarily for decades and continue to do so today.

Panelists:

  • Liz Yaeger, Supervising Attorney, HIAS
  • Jaclyn Dean, Public Policy Associate, NAPWF
  • Professor Kara Finck, Penn Law Interdisciplinary Child Advocacy Clinic, former Bronx Defenders Family Defense Practice Managing Director 
  • Abel Rodriguez, Director, Center on Immigration | Assistant Professor of Religion, Law, and Social Justice, Cabrini University

 This program has been approved for 1.0 ethics CLE credit for Pennsylvania lawyers. CLE credit may be available in other jurisdictions as well. Attendees seeking CLE credit should bring separate payment in the amount of $40.00 ($10.00 public interest/non-profit attorneys) cash or check made payable to The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania.

Lunch will be offered to those who RSVP before Friday, September 28.

 

PI WEEK STUDENT GROUP EVENT: Key Environmental Challenges Facing Pennsylvania in 2018 and Beyond

12:00 - 1:15 PM l Silverman 240B

Student Group Sponsor: Environmental Law Project

This panel will feature several groups that focus on environmental law and activism in Pennsylvania and their views on the key challenges they will be facing in the next several years. In addition, foreseen challenges outside of the current regulatory framework that perhaps may present themselves will be discussed.

Panelists:

Lunch will be offered to those who RSVP before Friday, September 28.

 

PI WEEK STUDENT GROUP EVENT: Black Solidarity with Palestine

12:00 - 1:15 PM l Gittis 2
Student Group Sponsor: Penn Law Palestine Solidarity & Black Law Student Association

In the summer of 2014, Black-Palestinian solidarity emerged into the mainstream after the police killing of unarmed Black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. As protests in Ferguson reached fever pitch and images of Israel’s latest assault on Gaza simultaneously filled the airwaves, Palestinians sent protestors in Ferguson both messages of support and practical advice on how to deal with tear gas inhalation. In response, protestors in Ferguson sent images and messages back, and waved Palestinian flags at demonstrations. Notwithstanding this most recent and visible example of Black-Palestinian solidarity, connections between the two struggles were drawn much earlier in time. As early as 1967, for example, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee issued a statement condemning Zionism in response to Israel’s actions during the 1967 war.

What other examples of Black-Palestinian solidarity can the movement draw from? How can these two struggles recognize the unique challenges each faces, while continuing to amplify and uplift the other? What has made Black-Palestinian solidarity even more vital in the age of Ferguson-Gaza? This panel will explore the historical connections between Black radicals and Palestinian resistance, the theoretical and practical difficulties of aligning the two movements in shared struggle, as well as future directions for continued Black-Palestinian solidarity. 

Panelists:

  • Che Gossett, 2018 - 2019 Palestine American Research Center Fellow
  • Sa’ed Atshan, Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies, Swarthmore College
  • Kristian Davis Bailey, Co-Founder, Black4Palestine 

 Lunch will be offered to those who RSVP before Friday, September 28.

 

PI WEEK TPIC & INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS EVENT: International Programs Speaker Series: Meena Harris
12:00 – 1:30 PM | Perry World House

Program Co-Sponsors: International Programs, the South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA), International Programs, Perry World House, Women in Entrepreneurship Law Society & Harvard Law School Women’s Alliance Philadelphia

Please RSVP.  Lunch will be provided.

 

PI WEEK TPIC EVENT: Litigating to Preserve Public Protections in Deregulatory Times

4:30 - 6:00 PM l Silverman 240A

Come listen to Allison Zieve, Director of the Public Citizen Litigation Group.

In this seminar, one of the nation’s foremost public interest regulatory advocates, Allison Zieve of Public Citizen, will use examples of recent lawsuits challenging regulatory delays and rollbacks to show the public interests at stake in federal regulation. She will explain how advocates can use the Administrative Procedure Act to challenge the actions (or inactions) of federal agencies—but will also highlight the difficulties faced when consumer or public-interest groups (as opposed to industry plaintiffs) seek judicial intervention over regulatory policy.  Focusing on recent successes in the courts—whether on issues related to fair housing, teen pregnancy prevention programs, student loans, and more—she will explain how public interest advocates can overcome the difficulties they face and still preserve meaningful protections for the public in deregulatory times.

Reception to follow from 6-7PM in Kabacoff Reading Room 


Thursday 10/4:

DONUTS OF JUSTICE
8:30 - 9:30 AM l Sansom Street Entrance
 
Start your morning off with coffee and donuts from TPIC.    

 

PI WEEK STUDENT GROUP EVENT: VOTING RIGHTS AND THE MIDTERM ELECTIONS

12:00 - 1:15 PM l Fitts Auditorium

Student Group Sponsor: Democracy Law Project & Civil Rights Law Project

As the 2018 midterm elections rapidly approach, join the Democracy Law Project and the Civil Rights Law Project as we host election law experts to discuss voting rights issues facing the upcoming elections, including gerrymandering, disenfranchisement, and turnout.  Our speakers will also explore what’s at stake in November both in Pennsylvania and nationally, as well as ways you can get out the vote. 

Panelists:

This program has been approved for 1.0 ethic CLE credit for Pennsylvania lawyers. CLE credit may be available in other jurisdictions as well. Attendees seeking CLE credit should bring separate payment in the amount of $40.00 ($10.00 public interest/non-profit attorneys) cash or check made payable to The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania.

Lunch will be offered to those who RSVP before Friday, September 28.

 

PI WEEK TPIC & ILE EVENT: Orienting Corporate Governance to Generate Sustainable Growth: A Cooperative Discussion on Common Ground and Forging a Path Forward

4:30 - 6:00 PM l Fitts Auditorium

Program Sponsor: Institute of Law and Economics

Panelists:

This program has been approved for 1.5 substantive CLE credit for Pennsylvania lawyers. CLE credit may be available in other jurisdictions as well. Attendees seeking CLE credit should bring separate payment in the amount of $60.00 ($30.00 public interest/non-profit attorneys) cash or check made payable to The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania.

 

PI WEEK TPIC EVENT: Dinner and Discussion with Honorary Fellow-in-Residence Sherrilyn Ifill 
Levy Conference Center

6:00 - 6:30 pm | Reception
6:30 - 8:00 pm | Dinner and Presentation

RSVP 

This program has been approved for 1.5 ethics CLE credits for Pennsylvania lawyers. CLE credit may be available in other jurisdictions as well. Attendees seeking CLE credit should bring separate payment in the amount of $60.00 ($10.00 public interest/non-profit attorneys) cash or check made payable to The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania.

Friday 10/5:

PUBLIC INTEREST STUDENT AND ALUMNI DAY

PI WEEK TPIC EVENT: STUDENT MEETINGS WITH ALUMNI
2:30 - 4:30 PM | Contact all-tpic@law.upenn.edu for details.

Alumni Participants:

  • Reid Cater – Staff Attorney at North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services (Raleigh)
  • Lauren Robbins – Policy Counsel at Planned Parenthood Federation of America (D.C.)
  • Dan Urevick-Ackelsberg – Staff Attorney at Public Interest Law Center (Philadelphia)
  • Nicolle Strand – Assistant Professor at Temple University School of Medicine (Philadelphia)
  • Jennifer Long – CEO at Aequitas (D.C.)
  • Asher Levinthal - Family Defense Resource Specialist at Still She Rises: A Project of the Bronx Defenders (Tulsa)
  • Marisa Gold – Staff Attorney at Casa Myrna Vazquez (Boston)
  • Haley Shellito – Attorney-Adviser at U.S. Department of State (D.C.)
  • Tanya Xu – Program Attorney at HUD (Philadelphia)
  • Ilana Eisenstein – Partner at DLA Piper (Philadelphia), Former Assistant to the Solicitor General, U.S. Department of Justice (’14-’17); Former Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Delaware (’06-’14)

 

Students are invited to sign up through Symplicity (click on Events and then Workshops, and then search by last name of the alum) for informal career conversations with alumni who have public interest experience.

1Ls: to sign up please email all-tpic@law.upenn.edu with the name(s) of the Alumn(i) you’d like to meet with and a window of available time(s).

 

PI WEEK TPIC EVENT: LIVING THE DREAM: PROFILES OF SUCCESSFUL ADVOCATES & IMPACTFUL ADVOCACY
4:30 - 5:30 PM | Tanenbaum 142

Join us for a conversation with several alumni who will share inspiring stories from the trenches and valuable career advice that will help you as you navigate your impactful public interest career.

RSVP Here 

 

PI WEEK TPIC EVENT: 2018 TOLL PUBLIC INTEREST CENTER STUDENT & ALUMNI BASH
Levy Conference Center

5:30 pm | Reception
7:00 pm | Dinner

Join Penn Law students, staff, faculty, alumni, and guests as we conclude Public Interest Week 2018 with a celebration of our collective work for justice!

 

Business Casual… or whatever makes you happy.

RSVP Here

As in past years, travel reimbursements are available for alumni who work in the public sector and are traveling to Philadelphia for the Alumni Dinner.