Course Description

Hot Topics in Justice and Law

Instructors: Judge Phyllis Beck & Lynn Marks
Dates: Tuesdays, Jan 31-Feb 28
Time: 10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Location: Online via Zoom  


Explore current policy issues, often from opposing perspectives. Expert speakers include political and community leaders, judges, reporters, authors, formerly incarcerated people, legal/political pundits, and advocates for justice. The schedule will be flexible to accommodate topics that are in current news cycles. Topics may include: the current political landscapes (nationally, PA and regionally); analyses of “hot” cases in the courts; criminal justice reform; abortion, ethics in government, and more. Ed Rendell has been a regular speaker. We want to challenge students to think about policy and legal issues from various points of view.
Pre-requisite: Willingness to learn and keep an open mind to various points of view
Maximum online registrants: 500


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