How can County Bar and Legal Services Leaders Advance Meaningful Changes in their Communities toward more Inclusive, Just and Equitable Treatment of All People?

Join the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. (PLAN, Inc.) and the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) for a virtual panel discussion on Richard Rothstein’s book The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America. This 90-minute session will be offered for 1 Ethics CLE Credit on Thursday, March 4, 2021 from 11:30 AM-1:00 PM. Your attendance and participation as a leader in the legal profession is critical. There is no cost to attend.

This program is an important partnership between the legal aid network of PLAN, Inc., the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the pro bono office and county bar leaders from across Pennsylvania. We are grateful for the generous support of the Pennsylvania State University law schools – Penn State Law and Dickinson Law – who are again sponsoring this year’s program as they have graciously sponsored the PLAN reception prior to the start of CCBL over the past several years. That reception always provided a special opportunity for County Bar Leaders, executive directors, representatives of the legal services community and PBA leaders to connect, socialize and strategize with one another about the past, present and future of legal services and pro bono work in Pennsylvania.

While we are disappointed not to be able to gather in person, we’re excited about this year’s panel discussion, and we hope it will highlight the impact of the partnership that exists between county bar leaders and the legal aid community.

The panel will be moderated by Donald F. Smith, Jr., Esq., longtime legal aid advocate and former Executive Director of the Berks County Bar Association.

The first 100 registrants will receive a FREE copy of The Color of Law, the book that formed the basis for our panel conversation. Everyone is encouraged to read the book, but it is not required to benefit from this important program and discussion. Our esteemed panelists and moderator will lead a very relevant, timely and informative discussion meant to inspire leaders to identify and strategize how they can be an effective partner in their communities to advance meaningful changes toward more inclusive, just and equitable treatment of all people.

The Color of Law documents how American cities became so racially divided as federal, state, and local governments systematically imposed residential segregation. Our panel is comprised of an esteemed group of experts, who will provide historical context for these systems of oppression and discuss the racialization of housing policies and the role attorneys can play in redressing these systemic injustices.

Members of the panel will include:

Eleanor Brown, J.D., M.Phil.
Professor of Law and International Affairs, Penn State Law

Jill C. Engle, Esq.
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor of Clinical Law, Penn State Law

Rasheedah Phillips, Esq.
Managing Attorney for Housing Policy, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia

Megan Riesmeyer, Esq.
Professor of Clinical Law and Director of the Community Law Clinic, Penn State Dickinson Law

Click here to register for the panel discussion on Thursday, March 4, 2021.



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