Course Description


Instructor: Judge Phyllis Beck & Lynn Marks

Day of Week: Tuesday

Dates: Jan 30 – Mar 12 (6 sessions)

No Class: Mar 5

Time: 10:00 AM 11:30 AM

Location: Online via Zoom


Explore current policy issues, sometimes from opposing perspectives. Expert speakers include political and community leaders, reporters, professors, and advocates for justice. The schedule will be flexible to address current news cycles.


Pre-Requisite: Open-mindedness and Willingness to challenge one’s assumptions.


Maximum Online: 490



Instructor Bios:

Judge Phyllis W. Beck was a practicing lawyer, was vice dean of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and was elected to serve on the Superior Court of Pennsylvania where she was the first woman to serve. She was an appellate judge for 25 years. After she retired from the court, she was general counsel to the Barnes Foundation. She is presently chair of the Independence Foundation.


Lynn A. Marks, JD. She is a public interest lawyer specializing in leading nonprofit organizations. She has been executive director of Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts, Women Organized Against Rape, and Women’s Medical Fund, and has chaired the boards of directors of Living Beyond Breast Cancer; PA Interbranch Commission for Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Fairness; Women’s Law Project; and National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women


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