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      Delaware Law Takes Part in Student-Organized Social Justice Conference

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      Liberty and Justice

      Widener University Delaware Law School partnered with five other Philadelphia-area law schools to host an all-day conference called Liberty and Justice: Moving from Some to All.

      Widener University Delaware Law School partnered with five other Philadelphia-area law schools and the Philadelphia Bar Association to host the inaugural Philadelphia Social Justice Conference on Friday, Feb. 9.

      The program – also hosted by Temple University Beasley School of Law, Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, Rutgers Law School, and the University of Pennsylvania Law School – was held at the Thomas R. Kline Institute of Trial Advocacy in Philadelphia.

      The all-day conference, entitled Liberty and Justice: Moving from Some to All, brought together practicing attorneys, law students, judges, and law professors to discuss current issues including problems women face in a male-dominated field, working with clients who are not citizens, civil rights violations, trauma as a result of being involved in the criminal justice system, and starting a non-profit organization.

      The keynote speaker was Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, who gave an enlightening speech on breaking the cycle of life in the criminal justice system by helping juveniles instead of simply punishing them.

      The event was organized by seven students representing the six law schools and offered five continuing legal education credits to attorneys. It was a deeply collaborative effort aimed at bringing the schools together on this shared topic. The organizers' aim was to emphasize awareness of imperfections in our legal system that should be the focus of social change.

      Delaware Law Student Bar Association President Randi Guzsaly said that the five panel sessions were very engaging and the audience of 123 participated in the question-and-answer period with thoughtful and compelling questions and remarks.

      The conference was sold out in advance, and planning for the 2019 conference is already underway.


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