Addicted to the War on Drugs: Penn Law JLPA 2019 Symposium

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Addicted to the War on Drugs: Penn Law JLPA 2019 Symposium

February 20 @ 10:30 am - 6:30 pm

Join the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Law & Public Affairs for a collaborative discussion questioning the persistence of the drug war, barriers to change, and achievable solutions.

The name of the symposium reflects the persistence of militant drug enforcement after decades of increasing drug problems, mass incarceration, and international violence. Speakers will be asked to consider the most pressing issues of drug use, addiction, and prohibition at the intersection of criminal justice, health, addiction, social work, policy and politics.

Keynote Address
• Ethan Nadelmann – Founder, Drug Policy Alliance

Criminal Justice & Enforcement Panel
• Alex Vitale: Professor of Sociology, Brooklyn College
• Justine Olderman: Executive Director, Bronx Defenders
• Charles H. Ramsey: Chairman & Executive Director, PA Commission on Crime & Delinquency
• Larry Krasner, JD: District Attorney of Philadelphia

Health & Addiction Panel
• Charles O’Brien, MD, PhD: Vice Chair of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine UPenn
• Leo Beletsky, JD, MPH: Associate Professor of Law & Health Sciences, NEU / Founder & Director, Health in Justice Action Lab
• Helena B. Hansen, MD, PhD: Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry NYU School of Medicine
• Priya E. Mammen, MD, MPH: Clinical Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine & Director of Public Health Programs at Thomas Jefferson University

Second Address
• Kevin Sabet: Three-time White House Office of National Drug Policy Advisor / President, SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana)

Policy & Politics Panel
• Scott Burris, JD: Professor of Law at Temple Law School / Director, Center for Public Health Law Research
• Maj. Neill Franklin (Ret.): Executive Director, Law Enforcement Action Partnership
• Roseanne Scotti, JD: Drug Policy Alliance, New Jersey State Director
• Marie Gottschalk: Professor of Political Science, UPenn SAS / Author of “Caught: The Prison State and the Lockdown of American Politics”

Social Work & Community Panel
• Charles Edward Lewis Jr., PhD, MSW: President of the Cong. Research Institute for Social Work & Policy
• Chad Dion Lassiter, MSW: Executive Director of the PA Human Relations Commission
• Chris Moraff: Philadelphia Journalist / Narcotica Podcast
• Jennifer Prah Ruger, PhD: Amartya Sen Professor of Health Equity, Economics, and Policy, UPenn SP2 / Founder and Director of the Health Equity & Policy Lab

CLE Credits
This program has been approved for 4.0 total CLE credits (3.0 substantive, 1.0 ethics) for Pennsylvania lawyers. CLE credit may be available in other jurisdictions as well. Attendees seeking CLE credit should bring separate payment in the amount of $160.00 ($80.00 public interest/non-profit attorneys) cash or check made payable to The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania.

With support from;
Penn Law
The Perelman School of Medicine Psychiatry Department
GAPSA (the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly)
The Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice
Penn Law Council of Student Representatives
SASgov (School of Arts & Sciences Student Government)
School of Social Policy & Practice Student Government
Perelman School of Medicine Student Government

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Fitts Auditorium
3501 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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