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Media Contact: Jan Wenzel, 874-2116

URI to host Law Day 2003: Equal Access for All

250 high school students to gather at
URI Feinstein Prov. Campus

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- May 7, 2003 -- About 250 Rhode Island high school students will celebrate Law Day 2003 at the University of Rhode Island’s Feinstein Providence Campus on Thursday, May 8, from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The day is co-sponsored by URI’s Urban Field Center and the Rhode Island Bar Association. The campus is located at 80 Washington Street, Providence.

This year, the Law Day will focus on "Equal Access for All. " After introductions at 8:45 a.m. by District Court Chief Judge Albert DeRobbio and other notables, the students will debate the fairness in drug crime sentencing after viewing a video interview of Dan Rather with a drug offender with a life sentence. A panel will be led by Professor David Zlotnick, a criminal law expert at Roger Williams University Law School, and include Steve Brown of the American Civil Liberties Union, Judge Edwin Torres (Associate Justice, 1st Circuit Federal District Court), Judge Edward C. Clifton (Associate Justice, R.I. Superior Court), Assistant U.S. Attorney Jerry Sullivan, a DEA agent, and a former inmate will then respond to the case as well, focusing on the legal and social issues raised.

Following the keynote panel, each student will attend two workshops, one from 10 to 10:45 a.m. and one from 11 to 11:45 a.m. After the second workshops, the wrap-up and lunch will be held in the Paff Auditorium, located on the first floor of the campus. The workshops are:

1. Student Rights – Stay Out of My Locker! (Attys. David Bazar, Tom Mirza)
2. Race and Diversity – Do They Affect the Legal System? (Prof. David Zlotnick and panelists)
3. Civil Rights, Leadership and You (Rob Jones, National Conference for Community and Justice)
4. Mediation Techniques (David Joseph, National Conference for Community and Justice)
5. Violence or Nonviolence – Gangs Are Not What They Seem (Teny Gross, Institute for Nonviolence, Providence)
6. How Can You Represent that Criminal? (Atty. Tom Briody, Providence)
7. Drug Court in Rhode Island – Jail Time or Treatment?
8. Dating and Domestic Violence (AAG Steve Ryan, Chief, Domestic Violence Unit)
9. Juvenile Offender or Adult Criminal? (AAG Jack McMahon)
10. Do First Offenders Deserve a Second Chance? (AAG John McCebe)
11. Equal Access/Treatment for Minorities (AAG’s Frank Navarro and Mike Fontaine)
12. Media and the Courts – Rights to Privacy (Andrea Krupp, JD, and Dyana Koelsch, Rhode Island Courts)
13. Is "Judging Amy" Real? What Happens to Juveniles in Family Court? (AAG Sue Urso)

For More Information: Monica Rosner Brettler, 277-5241

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