Thursday October 6th, 2011
Join the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia for its fourth annual Symposium on Equality:
8:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. at the Arch Street Meeting House
4th and Arch Streets, Philadelphia, PA
An in-depth look at legal and advocacy tools for protecting minority and low-income communities disproportionately affected by negative environmental impacts, both by stemming further pollution and by crafting a positive vision of their environmental and economic revitalization.
Topics will include:
- What is environmental justice, and where do we stand?
- How can overburdened communities most effectively organize around environmental justice and public health issues?
- How can we foster cross-disciplinary collaborations, incorporating law, public health and medical sciences, and other technical sciences, to inform and energize environmental justice advocacy and litigation?
- How can cumulative impact screening tools best be designed and put to use in environmental litigation and the region's regulatory procedures?
- How can we get past the false choice between jobs and the environment and create healthy, sustainable, and prosperous communities in historically overburdened neighborhoods?
Featuring keynote speaker Vernice Miller-Travis,
Vice Chair, Maryland State Commission on Environmental Justice and Sustainable Communities; Co-founder of WE ACT for Environmental Justice; member of National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC)
Other community leaders and experts from the Philadelphia region and around the country will serve as panelists and speakers, sharing their expertise in order to give us the practical tools needed to drive positive environmental change in disadvantaged communities, including:
- Alan Greenberger, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development and Director of Commerce, City of Philadelphia
- Cecil Corbin-Mark, Deputy Director/Director of Policy Initiatives, WE ACT for Environmental Justice
- Dr. Arthur Frank, Professor and Chair, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, Drexel University
- Dr. Julie Becker, Founder and President, Women's Health and Environmental Network
- Eileen Gauna, Professor of Law, University of New Mexico
- Leslie Fields, National Environmental Justice Director, Sierra Club
- Melissa Kim, Director, North 5th Street Revitalization Project, Korean Community
- Dr. Louis M. Bell, Chief of the Division of General Pediatrics, Attending physician for Infectious Diseases, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
- And many more!
The Symposium is being chaired by Law Center Board Member Donald K. Joseph, Associate Professor of Law at Rutgers Camden, where he teaches poverty law, ethics and professionalism. Mr. Joseph has litigated in diverse matters and was listed in "Best Lawyers in America" for his environmental litigation.
6 CLE Credits (pending approval) will be offered for this portion of the event.
Continental Breakfast and Lunch will be served.
The Thaddeus Stevens Award Dinner
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at the Down Town Club
6th & Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia, PA
The Law Center is honored to announce that we will present our Thaddeus Stevens Award to environmental justice pioneer and emeritus Law Center attorney Jerry Balter!
The Thaddeus Stevens Award, given out each year to individuals who have made substantial contributions to equality and justice in the issue area examined in that year's Symposium, this year recognizes Jerry's tenacious lawyering on behalf of minority and impoverished communities throughout the Philadelphia region victimized by disproportionate environmental harm.
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Presenting Sponsor – $20,000+
Sustainer – $10,000
Benefactor – $5,000
Patron – $2,500
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Public Interest Law Center
The mission of the Public Interest Law Center is to use high impact legal strategies to improve the well-being and life prospects of the Philadelphia region’s most vulnerable populations by assuring that they have access to the resources and services that all of us need to lead our lives.
The Law Center opened its doors in 1969 as one of the eight original affiliates of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
In 1974 leaders of the Philadelphia Bar Association incorporated the Law Center as an independent nonprofit in order to ensure the continuation of its focus on systemic change by a dedicated staff of public interest attorneys.