2016 PISLAP CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
Friday June 3, 2016
3:30 – 4:30 pm Registration
4:30 – 6:00 pm Opening Program (Welcome and Introductions)
6:00 – 7:00 pm Dinner
7:00 – 9:00 pm “JUST ACT!” Pop-Up Theater
Saturday June 4, 2016
8:00 – 9 am Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 8:45 amGuided Meditation led by Kara Dansky
9:00 – 10 am Integrating Spirituality, Law and Politics (Plenary I)
This session will present the history of PISLAP and discuss our efforts to help transform our legal system so as to foster the creation of a society based on empathy, compassion, and mutual understanding: a beloved community. In addition to discussing our history and mission, the session will attempt to provide an aspirational framework for the diversity of workshops and lightning talks that will follow. At the Sunday morning session, we will then reflect on how well we have been able to integrate spirituality, law, and politics over the course of the conference.
10:00 – 11:30 am Workshops: Part I
AT LAW SCHOOL:
1. Restorative Justice for Building Community and Addressing Conflict: An Introduction to Circles and Conferencing
Kendra Brooks, Koury Cook, Mika Dashman, Jonathan Scharrer
Restorative justice is a set of principles and practices tracing its roots to traditional societies. It emphasizes healing, accountability for harmful acts, self-determination, and interconnection. In this experiential workshop you will learn the basic structure of two restorative models—conferencing and circles—and how these practices can replace adversarial, punitive systems and with inclusive, collaborative approaches to crime and conflict.
2. The Courtroom as an Arena of Moral Opportunity
Judge Maria Arias, Judge Richardson-Mendelson
This workshop will explore the following questions:
Is it possible to bring a moral, ethical dimension to the Courtroom arena?
Within the context of the courtroom process is it possible to explicitly explore our common humanity and capacity for social healing?
Are there examples in the courtroom where this has occurred? What are the necessary conditions that can create this environment?
How do we cultivate a certain attention and practice that facilitate this?
3. From the Cushion to the Very Heart of the Struggle for Social Transformation: Mindful Self-Care Practices for Social Justice Advocates
Victor Goode, Jeanne Anselmo, Alizabeth Newman, Jonathan Harris
Since 2000, CUNY School of Law's Contemplative Lawyers have uniquely woven the personal transformation found in contemplative practice with the social transformation of social justice. Those involved have discovered within themselves that the meditative perspective lies at the very core of being fully engaged in the pursuit of social justice through the law. This practiceshop shares essential Contemplative Lawyering offerings (practices) by members of the CUNY Contemplative Community including: Mindful awareness, Self Compassion, Trauma Stewardship, Therapeutic Presence, Deep Listening and Cultivating Beloved Community.
4. Movement Lawyering 101: Strategies for Advancing Social Justice and Making a Lasting Impact
Rachel Lopez, Olegbenga Oke-Samuel, Azadeh Shahshahani, Artika Tyner
This workshop will examine the relationship between law and organizing, the skills needed to serve a movement lawyer, and opportunities for law students and new attorneys to engage in current social movements of the day. It will also examine how we as radical legal activists can take care of ourselves and each other, and how our faith and spirituality affects our lawyering. This program will provide participants with a background on movement lawyering in the US and globally as well as theoretical distinctions with the more professionalized "public interest law." It will also examine successful models in which lawyers have engaged with peoples and movements, and how lawyers can support alternative modes of organizing that build power distinct from litigation strategies, and discuss structural and personal challenges in this work.
5. Integrating Spirituality, Law & Social Change Across the Curriculum: Experiential Reflection on Power, Oppression and Transformation
Michele Leering, Marjorie Silver, Shari Motro, Angie Gius
Join us to explore new ways to integrate spirituality, law, and politics into legal education:
Engage in reflective activities ranging from free writing to Theatre of the Oppressed.
Visually map the myriad reflective practices for connecting justice, power, and law.
Discuss how legal education can challenge existing legal paradigms, moving us toward relational and healing approaches to conflict and justice.
Be refreshed, and leave ready to act on your own plan for reflective change-making.
AT DORNSIFE CENTER:
6. Transformative Lawyering, Community Partnerships and the Power of Re-Entry Court
Maya Sosnov, Katie Beran, Fred Crawford, Cyndi Zuidema, Robert Warner, Kristin Parker, Nicholas Hubner
The Supervision to Aid Reentry (“STAR”) program in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has partnered with area law schools and community organizations to better support returning citizens upon release from incarceration. This workshop will examine the Federal Reentry Court as a national model for the Reentry Court movement in the era of mass incarceration and discuss the transformative role it plays for returning citizens, legal interns, attorneys, and judges alike.
7. Towards a Modern "Village": Seeking Justice for Vulnerable Youth through Collaboration and Partnership
Jesse Krohn, Claire Grandison, Jamie Gullen, Ashley Sawyer, Joanna Visser Adjoian
This workshop will highlight and examine holistic, Philadelphia-based approaches to addressing issues including the over-criminalization of youth of color, the lack of legally required special education supports in classrooms, and the income insecurity many young people face as they try to enter the workforce, with the goal of highlighting collaborative approaches that provide real opportunities for young people to thrive.
11:30 - 11:45 Break
11:45 – 12:45Plenary II- Initial Reflections and Sharing from Morning Workshops
12:45 – 2:00 pm Lunch
2:00 – 3:00 pm Lightning Talks (LAW BUILDING) (Choose Session A or Session B)
Film and Discussion TBA (DORNSIFE CENTER)
Lightning Talks-Session A: Moderator-Peter Gabel
LT1. White People & Anti-racism: How to be Effective Allies
This talk will include a discussion of racism and white privilege, including why white people need to take the lead in anti-racism efforts, and specific suggestions for doing so.
LT2. Community Engaged Art Making: Improving the Health of Philadelphia’s Most Vulnerable Populations
Laure Biron, Ellissa Collier
Attendees will come away with an understanding of how different fields, art, criminal justice and behavioral health, can come together to advance public health and restorative justice.
LT3. Hero vs. Partner— An Exploration of How to Make Change through
Partnering with Community Members-
This talk proposes an inclusive methodology to change the current state of our society by exploring how our own cultural influences inform both our interactions with those whom we serve and our solutions to the problems.
Lightning Talks-Session B: Moderator-Nanette Schorr
LT4. People’s Tribunals
Rodrigo Bacus, Azadeh Shahshahani
This talk will focus on the International People's Tribunal in the Philippines to give a background on how values of mutual respect, empathy, and compassion are promoted through the investigation and validation of a people's struggles through a people's tribunal.
LT5. A Humanistic Dialogue Approach to Interviewing: Developing Narrative and Shared Understanding
This session will explore the humanistic dialogue approach to interviewing a client that focuses on building rapport and engaging in deep listening, which can often create shared understanding between parties who have caused and experienced harm.
LT6. Restorative Justice: Imperatives in Criminal Justice Administration in Nigeria
This talk will examine restorative justice as justice mechanism innovation which could guarantee non-custodial treatment for crime offenders and forestall recidivism as well as prison congestion which characterize the Nigerian criminal justice system.
3:00 – 3:15 pmBreak
3:15 – 4:45 pm Workshops: Part II
4:45 – 5:00 pmBreak
5:00 – 6:30 pmCocktail Hour & Dinner
6:30 – 8:00 pmMLK Performance and Dialogue
Sunday June 5, 2016
***ALL SUNDAY ACTIVITIES WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE DORNSIFE CENTER
8:00 – 9:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 8:45 am Guided Meditation led by Kara Dansky
9:00 – 9:30 am Platform Plank Drafting/Discussion (Optional)
9:30 – 11:15 am Reflections on Our Efforts and Next Steps (Plenary III)
This final plenary will consider how imaginatively and effectively we have addressed the integration of spirituality, law, and politics over the course of the conference. We will get reports back from all the workshops connecting the discussions that took place with our larger themes, and we will discuss as a group our hopes for building PISLAP and extending our influence in the coming year.
11:15 – noon Closing Program & Goodbyes
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