Mini-Law School offers non-lawyers an understanding of legal topics that impact their everyday lives. Each class is taught by Western New England School of Law faculty.
MINI-LAW SCHOOL AT THE JCC
CO-SPONSORED BY WESTERN NEW ENGLAND UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW
DATES AND SESSION TOPICS
Tuesday, 4/3/18, 6:30-8:00 p.m. – Professor Julie Steiner
Marijuana Law and Policy
This session will focus on how society has historically, and is currently, regulating marijuana. Professor Steiner will discuss why cannabis is federally illegal, and what that means for those who sell, transport, or consume it. She will address the current evolving approaches to marijuana regulation in Massachusetts, notwithstanding federal law, and major legalization issues like cannabis impaired driving, youth activities, health consequences, banking, drug free zones, and attorney ethics.
Tuesday, 4/10/18, 6:30-8:00 p.m. – Professor Jennifer Levi
Legal Protections for the Transgender Community: Military Ban Litigation
The last decade has brought dramatic changes in terms of legal protections for the transgender community at the local, state, and federal level. In August 2017, President Trump dramatically shifted military policy by announcing a categorical bar to service for transgender individuals. Professor Levi has been at the center of litigation challenging the transgender service ban. She will address the national climate for transgender advocacy through this example of lawsuits pursued in federal courts as a path for law reform.
Tuesday, 4/17/2018, 6:30-8:00 p.m. – Professor Jeanne Kaiser
Law Protecting Children and Families
The child protection system comes to public attention most often when there is high profile case of child abuse and the system has failed the child with tragic results. On a day-to day basis, however, the child protection system is filled with hardworking lawyers and social workers who struggle to make difficult choices every day. This session will explain the nuts and bolts of the child protection system. Professor Kaiser will also focus on the difficult questions of balancing the rights of parents to raise their children with the need to protect the safety and emotional wellbeing of those children.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS MARCH 27, 2018
To register call (413) 739-4715 or stop by the JCC
Sessions will be held at the Jewish Community Center, 1160 Dickinson Street, Springfield, MA
FEE FOR ALL THREE SESSIONS$35 general public, $30 JCC members
The Mini-Law School is directed by Pat Newcombe, associate dean for Library and Information Resources, and Beth D. Cohen, associate dean for Academic Affairs.