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  


 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.


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  

                        Perry Saidman 

             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-

Karla Cruel

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

                        Jonathan Scharrer


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  

Akintunde Adebayo


            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



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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