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Public Interest Week

The 8th Annual Public Interest Week, February 22-26

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The Toll Public Interest Center and the Penn Law community have always prioritized smart collaboration as the best way to capitalize the astounding energy and focus that our students, faculty, and staff bring to the quest for social justice. This collaboration takes many forms—whether between entrepreneurial students and administrators, student pro bono groups working in complementary practice areas, or between the law school community and its partners around the world—but one thing never changes: we know we are stronger together. Join us as we deliver a week of programming surrounding some of the most important legal issues of our day, and discuss the keys to building successful movements around them.  

Schedule of Events

*We are still finalizing the details of this year’s Public Interest Week programs. Check back for frequent updates, and please look for additional details via email, announcements, and Twitter. Feel free to contact all-tpic@law.upenn.edu with any questions.*

 
Monday 2/22:

A PATH APPEARS: SEX TRAFFICKING IN THE USA SCREENING | RSVP

12:00 – 2:00 PM, lunch provided to those who RSVP | Location: Gittis 2

A Path Appears: Sex Trafficking in the USA investigates young women in America forced into a life of prostitution and the innovative programs that have evolved to achieve remarkable results in empowering their lives.
Human trafficking, a form of modern-day slavery, remains one of the most brutal and widespread human rights violations in the world today. UNICEF estimates that 1.2 million children are trafficked every year around the world, and the International Labour Organization (ILO) calculates that almost 21 million people are victims of forced labor worldwide, including 4.5 million who are sexually trafficked. In the United States, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children estimates that at least one hundred thousand juveniles are sexually trafficked each year, most often by local traffickers, more commonly referred to as pimps.

 

The International Human Rights Advocates welcome you to join us for a screening of the film A Path Appears: Sex Trafficking in the USA, which investigates young women in America forced into a life of prostitution and the innovative programs that have evolved to achieve remarkable results in empowering their lives.

 

 

HOW SOCIAL ENTERPRISES AND SMALL BUSINESSES CAN LEVERAGE THE CROWD: A LOOK INTO THE SEC’S NEW CROWDFUNDING RULES | RSVP

12:00 - 1:00 PM, lunch served to those who RSVP | Location: Gittis 214

In October 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted final rules under Title III of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act. These rules will permit small businesses to crowdfund for securities without registering the offering with the SEC. The crowdfunding rules serve as a major shift in how small companies can raise capital in the private securities market.

As part of the Public Interest Week lecture series, Professor Troy Paredes, also former SEC Commissioner how entrepreneurs and small businesses can use the SEC’s final rules on equity crowdfunding to grow their companies. Come join Penn Law Entrepreneurs and Students for Technological Progress for lunch and understand the impact of these changes on raising capital and investing online. 

 

Tuesday 2/23:

CAUSE LAWYERING: BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN DIRECT CLIENT SERVICES AND MACRO POLICY WORK | RSVP

12:00 - 1:30 PM, lunch served to those who RSVP | Location: Gittis 1

How can I have an impact as an attorney? Should I work with individual clients, or on broader policies? Do I have to choose one or the other? If I work at a firm, how can I best contribute to social justice work?

Join us for panel discussion with inspiring attorneys who are successfully bridging the gap between direct client service and macro policy work. They will discuss the rewards and challenges of integrating these aspects of public interest lawyering.

Panelists:

Lisa Margulies L’12, Associate, Community Resources for Justice

Joanna Visser Adjoian L’11, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project

Moderator:

Catherine C. Carr L’79, Former Executive Director, Community Legal Services

 

Sponsored by CASAC, WRLS, and YAP

 

 

HONORARY FELLOW: INDIVIDUAL CAREER CONVERSATIONS WITH STUDENTS | SYMPLICITY

3:00 - 4:30 PM

Open to students only. Sign up for an opportunity to speak with Penn Law Honorary Fellow Benjamin Crump about your career goals. Instructions below:

1. Log into Symplicity 
2. Click on the Events tab
3. Click on the Workshops tab
4. Search for “Crump” and click on the day for which you are interested
5. Choose a time slot from the drop-down menu on the right-hand side

 

NEW REMEDIES: FEDERAL ENFORCEMENT, PRIVATE LITIGATION, AND POLICE REFORM | RSVP

5:00 - 6:00 PM | Location: S245A

C-REP is proud to present its Public Interest Week Panel titled “New Remedies: Federal Enforcement, Private Litigation, and Police Reform.” Discussion will focus on litigation responding to police misconduct and remedies to reform police practices.

Panelists:

Charles Hart, DOJ Special Litigation Section, Civil Rights Division

Mary Catherine Roper, Deputy Legal Director, ACLU of Pennsylvania

David Rudovsky, Senior Fellow, University of Pennsylvania Law School

Moderator:

Sandra G. Mayson, Research Fellow, Quattrone Center for Fair Administration of Justice

 

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 $30.00 ($15.00 public interest/non-profit attorneys) cash or check made payable to The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania. 

 

HONORARY FELLOW PRESENTATION AND DINNER. “WE CAN’T BREATHE: THE STRUGGLE TO RESUSCITATE DUE PROCESS AND CIVIL RIGHTS § 1983 POLICE BRUTALITY CASES” | RSVP

6:00 - 8:30 PM | Location: Levy Conference Center

Following a short reception from 6-6:30PM, members of the Penn Law community will be invited to dine and listen to 2016 Penn Law Honorary Fellow Benjamin Crump speak about his work to hold law enforcement accountable in the cases of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Alesia Thomas, and 13 rape victims of an Oklahoma police officer. Mr. Crump will address these issues from the perspective of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assertion that, “One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”

 

Free and open to members of the Penn Law Community.

 

 

Wednesday 2/24:

RACE & THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? | RSVP

12:00 - 1:00 PM, lunch served to those who RSVP | Location: Fitts Auditorium

A conversation sponsored by the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice and the Toll Public Interest Center.

Panelists:

Benjamin L. Crump, Principal, Parks & Crump, LLC; attorney for the families of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and Tamir Rice; President, National Bar Association

Everett Gillison, Former Chief of Staff & Deputy Mayor for Public Safety, City of Philadelphia

Moderator:

Dorothy E. Roberts, George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology and the Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights, Penn Law School

Participate in the Conversation! Submit Your Questions to our Panelists in Advance

 

This program has been approved for 1.5 (1.0 substantive/0.5 ethics) total 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 ($20.00 public interest/non-profit attorneys) cash or check made payable to The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania.

 

UNREASONABLE SUSPICION: COMBATING POLICE MASS SURVEILLANCE OF AMERICAN MUSLIMS POST-9/11 | RSVP

1:30 - 3:00 PM, lunch served to those who RSVP | Location: Fitts Auditorium

Following 9/11, the New York Police Department established a sprawling and secretive human mapping and suspicionless surveillance program that targeted Muslim American communities in New York, New Jersey, and beyond.  Hassan v. City of New York, a federal lawsuit filed against the City of New York that challenges the New York Police Department’s tactics, is the first case ever brought on behalf of Muslim Americans who were unlawfully targeted and surveilled under this program. Please join Baher Azmy, Counsel in Hassan and Legal Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights and Professor Kermit Roosevelt for a stimulating discussion and Q&A on the ongoing litigation and the constitutional limits of discriminatory policing and government surveillance.

 

NLG & ACS are proud to sponsor this event.

 

HONORARY FELLOW: INDIVIDUAL CAREER CONVERSATIONS WITH STUDENTS | SYMPLICITY

2:00 - 4:30 PM

Open to students only. Sign up through Symplicity for an opportunity to speak with Penn Law Honorary Fellow Benjamin Crump about your career goals. Instructions below:

1. Log into Symplicity 
2. Click on the Events tab
3. Click on the Workshops tab
4. Search for “Crump” and click on the day for which you are interested
5. Choose a time slot from the drop-down menu on the right-hand side

 

 

THE OKC 13: DISCUSSING THE CONVICTION OF FORMER OKLAHOMA CITY POLICE OFFICER DANIEL HOLTZCLAW FOR SEXUALLY ASSAULTING 13 BLACK WOMEN | RSVP

5:30 - 6:30 PM | Location: S240A

Honorary Fellow Benjamin Crump, who represents some of the sexual assault survivors, will discuss the case. He will be joined by Journalist Carmen Coffee and Filmmaker Mawuli Hormeku, the makers of a short film which will be screened as part of this discussion of race, gender, and justice.

Please join us for a reception following the discussion.

 

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 $30.00 ($15.00 public interest/non-profit attorneys) cash or check made payable to The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania.

 

 

Thursday 2/25:

SERVING THOSE WHO SERVED IN THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERROR | RSVP

12:00 - 1:00 PM, Lunch served to those who RSVP | Location: Gittis 213

Servicemembers and Veterans Legal Assistance Program (SVLAP) will host Denny Shupe and Tim Williams for a discussion about the biggest legal, economic, and social challenges facing veterans, what’s being done and how you can help. With thousands of combat veterans leaving the military after serving in the Global War on Terror, Philadelphia has turned its attention to helping veterans transition back to civilian life. 

Denny Shupe (L’89) is a partner at Schnader LLP and a former Air Force command and instructor pilot. He provides pro bono support and leadership to a variety of military veteran causes. Tim Williams is the Executive Director of Veteran’s Multi-Service Center in Philadelphia and a retired Army Special Forces Colonel. He will share what the organization has accomplished and its vision going forward.

 

 

EQUAL JUSTICE FOUNDATION AUCTION | FULL DETAILS

6:00 - 11:00 PM | Location: Great Hall, Fitts Auditorium

 

 

Friday 2/26:

HOW TO THRIVE AS A PUBLIC INTEREST LAWYER | RSVP

12:00 – 1:30 PM, lunch provided to those who RSVP |Location: T142 

Open to students only. Please join the Toll Public Interest Center for an intimate question-and-answer session with some of Penn Law’s best and brightest public interest alums. This session offers an open forum for students considering a career in public interest and public service. Panelists will address the rewards and challenges of a public interest career, their perspectives regarding the responsibilities and challenges they have faced, and any other questions you may have! 

 

 

PUBLIC INTEREST CAREER ONE-ON-ONES WITH ALUMNISYMPLICITY

2:00 - 5:00 PM

Open to students only. Interested in a career in public interest law? Sign up to speak with alumni lawyers from Community Legal Services, Public Interest Law Center, US Department of Labor, Philadelphia Legal Assistance, Pennsylvania Utility Law Project, Disability Rights Texas, and Community Legal Aid.

1. Log into Symplicity 
2. Click on the Events tab
3. Click on the Workshops tab
4. Search for “Week” and click on the day for which you are interested
5. Choose a time slot from the drop-down menu on the right-hand side

 

 

2016 TOLL PUBLIC INTEREST CENTER STUDENT & ALUMNI DINNER | RSVP

5:30 – 9:00 PM | Location: Silverman Hall

Last year, we invited you to get dressed up. This year, let’s let our hair down. Ditch the bow tie and the black dress, and help us wrap up Public Interest Week 2016 with fun, friends, and probably french fries.

 

 

Saturday 2/27:

POSTGRADUATE FELLOWS LUNCH |RSVP

12:30 – 2:00 PM | Location: T345

Interested in learning how to design your dream public interest project and succeed on the fellowship market? We invite you to a lunchtime discussion with Penn Law alumni who launched their public interest careers through a fellowship. Come learn from these inspiring alumni about how to succeed in the application process and how to use a fellowship to launch your career. Open to all class levels. Lunch will be served to those who RSVP.

 

 

BLSA SADIE ALEXANDER CONFERENCE |FULL DETAILS

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

This year’s Sadie Conference will examine Fourteenth Amendment law from various angles - the history of this law, its application to various minorities, and recent Supreme Court cases in this space.