Early Bird Registration ends May 10 for the 2nd Annual PISLAP Conference
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Register now for the 2nd Annual Conference for Integrating Spirituality, Law and Politics — June 3-5, 2016

We are looking forward to a thought-provoking and uplifting gathering of  lawyers, community activists, academics and other professionals who are committed to social justice.

Due to space constraints, we must limit registration to 100 people.

As you register, please indicate your first and second choices among the following seven workshop topics: 

1. Restorative Justice for Building Community and Addressing Conflict: An Introduction to Circles and Conferencing 
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. 

Workshop Facilitators
Kendra Brooks, International Institute for Restorative Practices
Koury Cook, International Institute for Restorative Practices
Mika Dashman, Restorative Justice Initiative
Jonathan Scharrer, University of Wisconsin Law School

2. The Courtroom as an Arena of Moral Opportunity
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?

Workshop Facilitators
The Hon. Maria Arias, Kings County Family Court

The Hon. Edwina Richardson-Mendelson, New York County Supreme Court

3. From the Cushion to the Very Heart of the Struggle for Social Transformation: Mindful Self-Care Practices for Social Justice Advocates
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.

Workshop Facilitators
Victor Goode, CUNY School of Law
Jeanne Anselmo, CUNY Contemplative Urban Law Program
Alizabeth Newman, CUNY School of Law
Jonathan Harris, attorney
Leisette Rodriguez,

4. Movement Lawyering 101: Strategies for Advancing Social Justice and Making a Lasting Impact
What is the relationship between law and organizing? What skills are needed to serve a movement lawyer? What opportunities exist for law students and new attorneys to engage in current social movements of the day? How do we as radical legal activists take care of ourselves and each other to be able to sustain our work in support of the movement? How does our faith and spirituality affect our lawyering?
 This program will provide participants with a background on movement lawyering in the U,S, and globally as well as theoretical distinctions with the more professionalized "public interest law." The workshop will also examine successful models in which lawyers have engaged with peoples and movements, look into how lawyers can support alternative modes of organizing that build power distinct from litigation strategies, and discuss structural and personal challenges in this work.

Workshop Facilitators
Chaumtoli Huq, Law at the Margins
 Olegbenga Oke-Samuel, Akungba Law Clinic at Adekunle Ajasin University
Azadeh Shahshahani, Project South 
Artika Tyner, University of St. Thomas School of Law

5. Integrating Spirituality, Law & Social Change Across the Curriculum: Experiential Reflection on Power, Oppression and Transformation 
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.

Workshop Facilitators 
Michele Leering, Community Advocacy and Legal Centre
Marjorie Silver, Touro Law Center
Shari Motro, University of Richmond School of Law
Angela Gius, New York University School of Law

6. Transformative Lawyering, Community Partnerships and the Power of Re-Entry Court 
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.

Workshop Facilitators 
Maya Sosnov, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Katie Beran, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
 Fred Crawford, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

7. Towards a Modern "Village": Seeking Justice for Vulnerable Youth through Collaboration and Partnership 
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.

Workshop Facilitators 
Jesse Krohn, Drexel University Office of Equality and Diversity
Claire Grandison, Community Legal Services
Jamie Gullen, Community Legal Services
Ashley C. Sawyer, Education Law Center
Joanna Visser Adjoian, Youth Sentencing and Re-Entry Project
Conference Schedule

Friday, June 3
3:30- 4:30 pm Registration
4:30  to 6 pm Introductions and Opening Program
6 to 7 pm Dinner
7 - 9 pm "Just Act"

Saturday, June 4
8 - 9 am Contemplative Offerings and Continental Breakfast
9 - 10 am Integrating Spirituality, Law and Politics Plenary 
10 - 11:30 am Workshops Part One
11:30 - 11:45 am Break
11:45 am - 12:30 pm Plenary
12:30 - 2 pm Lunch and Activities
2 - 3 pm Lightning Talks
3 - 3:15 pm Break
3:15 - 4:45 pm Workshops Part Two
4:45 - 5 pm Break
5 - 6 pm Cocktail Hour
6 - 7:30 pm Dinner and Dornsife Center Performance and Dialog

Sunday, June 5
8:30 - 9:30 am Breakfast and Contemplative Offerings
9:30 - 9:45 am Break
9:45 - 11 am Reflections and Next Steps Plenary
11 am - 12 pm Closing Program
12 pm - 1:30 Lunch on your own
2 - 3:30 pm Debrief and wrap up with Community Members at neighborhood church

REGISTER for the conference HERE

Make a hotel reservation at a reduced rate by using THIS PORTAL

Questions? Contact Susan Brooks 
Our mailing address is:
3320 Market Street, Philadelphia PA 19104

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