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Public Interest Week

The 10th Annual Public Interest Week, February 19-23, 2018

The capstone of Public Interest Week will be Alumni Day on Friday, 2/23, which will include an alumni summit, and will end with our annual public interest student and alumni bash.
Details are below.

Schedule of Events

Please look for additional details via email, announcements, and Twitter. 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 2/19:

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

Start your morning off with coffee and donuts from TPIC. 

PI WEEK 10 STUDENT GROUP EVENT: ABOLITIONIST LAWYERING: THE ROLE OF ATTORNEYS IN DISMANTLING THE CARCERAL STATE
12:00 - 1:00 PM l Gittis 214
Student Group Sponsors: National Lawyers Guild and Pardon Project

This panel discussion will explore the role of attorneys in movements to abolish the prison-industrial complex. How can attorneys use both traditional and non-traditional lawyering tools to contribute to these movements? Can attorneys working within the criminal justice system effectively work toward its abolition? How do non-attorney activists view the role of attorneys in their work?

***This program has been approved for 1.0 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 $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

PI WEEK 10 STUDENT GROUP EVENT: A LIFE UNRAVELED: HOW CRIMINAL RECORDS DESTABILIZE THE LIVES OF LOW-INCOME INDIVIDUALS (SIMULATION)
5:30 - 7:00 PM l Levy Conference Center
Student Group Sponsors: The Criminal Record Expungement Project; The Democracy Law Project; Penn Housing Rights Projects; Custody and Support Assistance Clinic; Pardon Me Project; Penn Law Advocates for the Homelessness; and the Employment Advocacy Project.

Come to the second 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.

Please RSVP

Tuesday 2/20:

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

Start your morning off with coffee and donuts from TPIC. 

PI WEEK 10 STUDENT GROUP EVENT: MILITARY FAMILIES: HOW THEY DO IT, AND HOW YOU CAN HELP
12:00 - 1:00 PM l Gittis 213
Student Group Sponsor: Veterans Law Project

This event will explore the challenges that military families face and highlight steps the public can take to mitigate their unique burdens. Particular topics include discrimination against military spouses in the workforce; life at the home front and on-base; the VA system and living with wounded warriors; and how spouses serve, too.

***This program has been approved for 1.0 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 $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

PI WEEK 10 CTIC GROUP EVENT: CTIC CAREER SPEAKER LUNCH: JAMES WILEY, L ’13
12:00 - 1:00 PM l Silverman 147

Take advantage of the opportunity to hear from an accomplished Penn Law graduate.
James Wiley L’13 is an Attorney Advisor, Cybersecurity and Communications Reliability, with the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB) at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).  In this role, Wiley has been helping to lead the investigation of the false emergency alert in Hawaii. Wiley joined the FCC in 2013 and has held several positions:  Legal Advisor, Incentive Auction Task Force (PSHSB), Honors Attorney, Policy Division (PSHSB), and Attorney Advisor. Wiley received his B.A. from Tufts University.

Lunch will be offered to those who RSVP

PI WEEK TO TPIC EVENT: WORMWOOD: A DISCUSSION WITH PROFESSOR DAVID RUDOVSKY
5:30 - 7:00 PM l Silverman 245A

Join us for a discussion with Professor David Rudovsky on the Netflix Original Series, Wormwood

Oscar-winning filmmaker Errol Morris examines the 1953 death of scientist and CIA employee Frank Olson in this docudrama. Olson fell from the window of his New York City hotel room and the death was originally ruled a suicide, but a 1975 report tied his death to a top-secret experiment. The series follows Olson’s son, Eric, on his decades-long quest to identify the mysterious circumstances surrounding his father’s death and figure out exactly what happened. As part of the search for information, Eric checks into the hotel room in which his father was staying on that fateful day and a forensics expert exhumes Frank’s body to find new clues.

***This program has been approved for 1.0 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 $40.00 ($10.00 public interest/non-profit attorneys) cash or check made payable to The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania. ***


Please RSVP

Wednesday 2/21:

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

Start your morning off with coffee and donuts from TPIC.  

PI WEEK 10 TPIC EVENT: TRUMP ADMINISTRATION: A YEAR IN REVIEW
12:00 - 1:00 PM l Gittis 214

Join us for lunch with Cecillia Wang, deputy legal director at the national ACLU, as she leads a discussion on the Trump Administration’s first year in office. 

***This program has been approved for 1.0 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 $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.


PI WEEK 10 STUDENT GROUP EVENT: WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? POSITIVE ACTION IN UNCERTAIN TIMES
5:30 - 6:30 PM l Levy Conference Room
Student Group Sponsor: Penn Law Immigrant Rights Project

Cecillia Wang, Deputy Legal Director, ACLU, and Penn Law Honorary-Fellow-in-Residence Juan Cartagena, President and General Counsel of LatinoJustice PRLDEF, will discuss strategies for successful advocacy.

 

 ***This program has been approved for 1.0 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 $40.00 ($10.00 public interest/non-profit attorneys) cash or check made payable to The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania. ***

Please RSVP for dinner. 


Thursday 2/22:

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

PI WEEK 10 STUDENT GROUP EVENT: 70 YEARS OF DISPOSSESSION: THE ISRAELI OCCUPATION AND THE WAY FORWARD
12:00 - 1:00 PM l Gittis 214
Student Group Sponsor: Penn Law Palestine Solidarity

As we approach 70 years since the founding of the State of Israel and the forced expulsion of 750,000 Palestinians, the prospects of achieving a just and lasting peace—at least through a political solution—appear dimmer than ever. Yet student activists on college campuses and a worldwide movement to peacefully pressure Israel to abide by international law are vigorously and unapologetically pushing conversations on Palestine to the forefront. What can the legal and human rights advocacy communities do to maintain this momentum? What new strategies or tactics should these movements consider? 

Come join Penn Law Palestine Solidarity (PLPS) for an engaging discussion about human rights in Israel/Palestine and the future of the Palestine solidarity movement with Omar Shakir, Israel and Palestine Director at Human Rights Watch, and Nadia Ben-Youssef, Director of the Adalah Justice Project. 

Lunch will be offered to those who RSVP 

PI WEEK 10 TPIC EVENT: ELEVATING THE VOICES OF LATINOS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE, POLICING AND DRUG POLICY REFORM
4:30 - 5:30 PM l T-253, Library’s Rare Book Room

Juan Cartagena is this year’s Public Interest Week Honorary Fellow. He will present on how LatinoJustice promotes fairness, restoration and safety by using litigation, advocacy, community engagement, policy analysis and narrative change to make the invisible, visible to all – the concomitant plight of Latinos under a broken and racialized criminal justice system in America.

A reception will follow the presentation, after which all are invited to the Equal Justice Foundation Auction 

 ***This program has been approved for 1.0 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 $40.00 ($10.00 public interest/non-profit attorneys) cash or check made payable to The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania. ***

Please RSVP

EQUAL JUSTICE FOUNDATION AUCTION
6:00 PM I Silent Auction I Great Hall
8:00 PM I Live Auction I Fitts Auditorium  

Support your classmates in raising funds for public interest work!

Friday 2/23:

PUBLIC INTEREST STUDENT AND ALUMNI DAY

CAREER ONE-ON-ONES with alumni and this year’s Honorary Fellow
1:30 - 3:00 PM I Locations in Gittis and Biddle

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

Vindhya Adapa, Assistant General Counsel, HIAS, Inc.

Juan Cartagena, President and General Counsel of LatinoJustice PRLDEF (Public Interest Week’s Honorary Fellow)

Ilana Eisenstein, Partner, DLA Piper, Former Assistant to the Solicitor General in US Department of Justice, Former Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Delaware

Hannah Fishman, Staff Attorney, New York Legal Assistance Group, Tenants’ Rights Unit

Eric Foley, Staff Attorney, The Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center

Rekha Nair, Assistant Federal Public Defender, District of Arizona

James Sandman, President, Legal Services Corporation

Rebecca Serbin, Staff Attorney, Disability Rights Advocates

Spencer Willig, Assistant District Attorney, New York County District Attorney’s Office

 

PI WEEK 10 TPIC EVENT: HOW TO THRIVE AS A PUBLIC INTEREST LAWYER
3:00 - 4:15 PM I Gittis 213

All students are invited to this annual Public Interest Week event. A panel of alumni will discuss the challenges and rewards of working in the public sector:

Vindhya Adapa, Assistant General Counsel, HIAS, Inc.

Hannah Fishman, Staff Attorney, New York Legal Assistance Group, Tenants’ Rights Unit

Kevin Krainz, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Rekha Nair, Assistant Federal Public Defender, District of Arizona

Asher Levinthal, Director of Family Defense and Recruitment & Hiring, Still She Rises

Ayana Lewis, Partnerships Coordinator, School District of Philadelphia

Abel Rodriguez, Director of Center on Immigration & Assistant Professor, Cabrini University

This event is open to Students, Alumni, Faculty, and Staff of the Penn Law community.  

RSVP HERE


PI WEEK 10 TPIC EVENT: ALUMNI SUMMIT
4:30 - 6:00 PM I Gittis 214

Leading Through Adversity: A Conversation for Students & Alumni

Whatever the issue, our alumni are in the trenches leading change. Join our panel of experienced advocates as they offer their perspectives and engage in a robust discussion about advocating for social justice in today’s political climate.

Panelists:

Penn Law Honorary Fellow-in-Residence Juan Cartagena, President of LatinoJustice

Sharon Dietrich, Litigation Director of Community Legal Services

Ezekiel Edwards, Director of the Criminal Law Reform Project of the ACLU  

Ilana Eisenstein, former Assistant to the Solicitor General and now Partner at DLA Piper

Mimi McKenzie, Litigation Director of the Public Interest Law Center

James Sandman, President of the Legal Services Corporation

ShaVon Savage, Principal of the Henry C. Lea Elementary School.


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

This event is open to Students, Alumni, Faculty, and Staff of the Penn Law community.  

RSVP HERE


PI WEEK 10 TPIC EVENT: 2018 TOLL PUBLIC INTEREST CENTER STUDENT & ALUMNI BASH

Help us close out Public Interest Week at TPIC’s Student & Alumni Bash! 

6:00 PM | Reception – The Goat
7:00 PM | Dinner – Levy Conference Center
8:30 PM | Dessert – The Great Hall

RSVP HERE
Business Casual… or whatever makes you happy. 
As in past years, alumni travel reimbursements will be available.
This event is open to Students, Alumni, Faculty, and Staff of the Penn Law community.