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Public Interest Week

The 6th Annual Public Interest Week

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This year’s theme, The Power of Public Interest, will allow us to showcase the impact of powerful advocacy as we:

  • Host the Director of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund’s Criminal Justice Practice, Christina Swarns L’93, as our Honorary Fellow in Residence from 2/24 to 2/25.  All are invited to the Honorary Fellow’s Presentation and Dinner on 2/25, “Every Goodbye Ain’t Gone”: Understanding and Addressing the Past and Present Role of Race in the Administration of the Death Penalty. Reception, 5:30 p.m. and Dinner, 6:30 p.m. in the Levy Conference Center. RSVP Required.
  • Explore one of the most challenging issues of our time  in our annual Sparer Symposium on Friday 2/21. The symposium, Gender and Social Inequality: Why Women’s Rights Still Matter, will feature a keynote presentation by Marcia Greenberger L’70, the co-President of the National Women’s Law Center. More information and RSVP here.
  • Celebrate the achievements of our students and alumni at our Annual Public Interest Student & Alumni Dinner, following the Sparer Symposium on Friday 2/21/14. RSVP Here.

Schedule for the Week:

Monday 2/17

SAGE and CASAC Present: “Protection of Native American Women in the 2013 Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act
4:30-6:30 PM, reception to follow | Room S245A.
 RSVP Here

  • Keynote:Diane Millich, Executive Director of Our Sister’s Keeper
  • Bethany Berger, Thomas F. Gallivan, Jr. Professor of Real Property Law, University of Connecticut School of Law
  • Leo Killsback, Assistant Professor of American Indian Studies, Arizona State University
  • Ezra Rosser, Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law

Tuesday 2/18:

Animal Law Project and Environmental Law Project Present: “Factory Farming Impacts Panel: How CAFO’s Affect Our Food and Environment
12 – 1:30 PM, lunch served | Room G214.
RSVP Here

  •   Moderator: Professor Penny Conly Ellison L’89,  University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • Andrew Duchovnay, Senior Assistant Regional Counsel, U.S. EPA Region III
  • Arthur Read, General Counsel, Friends of Farmworkers
  • Rachel Atcheson, Philadelphia Director, The Humane League
  • Maria Payan, Consultant, Socially Responsible Agriculture Project

Reproductive Rights Law Project Presents: “Paths to Access: Reproductive Healthcare and Choice
4 – 6 PM, light reception | Room S240B.
RSVP Here

  • Dr. Meg Baylson, Assistant Professor of Clinical Family Medicine and Community Health, Penn Medicine
  • Carol Petraitis, Clara Bell Duvall Reproductive Freedom Project Director, ACLU of Pennsylvania
  • Gwenn Emmons, Community Resources Manager, Planned Parenthood Southeastern Pennsylvania

Wednesday 2/19

Civil Rights Law Project Presents: “Getting it Right: Restructuring Campus Policies on Sexual Violence”
12-1:30 PM, lunch served | Room S240A
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  • Henry Clay Turner, Partner, McSurely & Turner PLLC
  • Amal Bass, Staff Attorney, Women’s Law Project

IRAP presents: “Syria’s Refugees: Barriers to Finding Safety
6:30 – 8:30 PM, light reception | Room S245A
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  • Omar Al-Ghazzi, Doctoral Student, University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication.
  • Fernando Chang-Muy, Thomas O’Boyle Lecturer in Law, University of Pennsylvania School of Law
  • Trudy Rubin, Foreign Affairs Columnist, The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Salam Al Kuntar, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania

Thursday 2/20

Women’s Legal Assistance Project Presents: “Prison: A Woman’s Perspective
12 – 1:30 PM, lunch served | Room G214
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  • Susan J. Pearlstein L’98, Supervising Attorney, Family Law Unit Philadelphia Legal Assistance Center, Inc.
  • Jamie Gullen L’12, Staff Attorney, Community Legal Services
  • Kristin Gavin, Director & Founder, Gearing Up
  • Mira Baylson L’08, Assistant Defender, Defender Association of Philadelphia
  • Georgia Lerner, Executive Director of the Women’s Prison Association

C-REP Presents: “Gideon’s Army: Combatting the Indigent Defense Crisis
5:30 – 8:30 PM, reception | Fitts Auditorium
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  • Ellen Greenlee, Chief Defender, Defender Association of Philadelphia
  • John Hollway, Executive Director, Quattrone Center, University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • David Rudovsky, Senior Fellow, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Founding Partner, Kairys, Rudovsky, Messing & Feinberg, LL
  • Larry Duttweiler, Senior Assistant Public Defender at Northeastern Judicial Circuit

Friday 2/21

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Explore one of the most challenging issues of our time  in our annual Sparer Symposium on Friday 2/21. The symposium, Gender and Social Inequality: Why Women’s Rights Still Matter, will feature a keynote presentation by Marcia Greenberger L’70, the co-President of the National Women’s Law Center.

More information and RSVP here.

Monday 2/24 and Tuesday 2/25

Honorary Fellow-In-Residence

TPIC is proud to host the Director of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund’s Criminal Justice Practice, Christina Swarns L’93, as our Honorary Fellow in Residence from 2/24 to 2/25.

Tuesday 2/25

All are invited to the Honorary Fellow’s Presentation and Dinner, “Every Goodbye Ain’t Gone”: Understanding and Addressing the Past and Present Role of Race in the Administration of the Death Penalty. Reception, 5:30 p.m. and Dinner, 6:30 p.m. in the Levy Conference Center. RSVP Required.

Please look for details on these events via email, announcements, and TPIC Tumblr. Feel free to contact all-tpic@law.upenn.edu with any questions.

 

Penn Law’s annual Public Interest Week takes place each spring and presents a full week of events showcasing public interest practitioners, alumni, and the Honorary Fellow-in-Residence.

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