George Anastasia receiving award from Kathy Smith

George Anastasia receiving 2006 Law and Society Week Public Service Award from Kathy Smith.

Community College of Philadelphia



14th Annual Law and Society Week

February 25 – March 1, 2013

Co-sponsored by The Student Life Center

Please join us for our 14th Annual Law and Society Week, presented by the Fox Rothschild Center for Law and Society.  This week of legal events, designed for the College Family and local community, offers something for everyone, from lectures and presentations to students’ voices, art exhibits, legal resources and so much more!  This year’s events include a Reporters’ Panel Discussion, a presentation on the investigation and arrest of the Kensington Strangler, a discussion on the connection between “Sexting” and risky sexual behavior, and a look at the impact of Digital Evidence in criminal investigations.  

This week’s activities extend beyond the events at the Main Campus and Regional Centers, and include CCPTV's special complementary shows on Comcast channel 53 and FIOS channel 21. We hope you find this year’s special lineup of events to be exciting and informative, and look forward to seeing you in future years.  Several of our events are certified for continuing legal education credits for Pennsylvania.


We are thrilled that we have been able to attract distinguished speakers to this year’s Law and Society Week.  We thank all our organizers, participants and partners who have dedicated their time, energy, talents and resources to make our 14th Annual Law and Society Week a resounding success.   

   - Thomas J. Doyle, interim director, Fox Rothschild Center for Law and Society

Unless otherwise indicated, all events are free, open to the public and do not require reservations. A building guide is listed at the end of this schedule.


Law and Society Week is presented by the Fox Rothschild Center for Law and Society, and co-sponsored by The Student Life Center.


About the Fox Rothschild Center for Law and Society

The Fox Rothschild Center for Law and Society at Community College of Philadelphia provides a structure for the ongoing support of law-related disciplines in the context of their connections to broader societal issues. The Center encompasses several academic programs and fosters a variety of projects and events for both the College family and the broader community.

Center Programs

The following academic programs constitute the Fox Rothschild Center for Law and Society:

Paralegal Studies (A.A.S. degree) is approved by the American Bar Association and provides entry into this fast-growing legal career. For more information about Paralegal Studies, contact Jane Jacobs at or Linda Hibbs at

Justice (A.A.S. degree or certificate) provides a sound foundation for careers in the exciting field of criminal justice. For information about Justice, contact Thomas Quinn at

Computer Forensics (A.A.S. degree) addresses the increasing demand for trained computer forensics technicians. For more information about Computer Forensics, contact Pamela King at

Geographic Information Systems (A.A.S. degree or certificate) offers training in the emerging field of geospatial technology. For more information about GIS, contact Deirdre Garrity-Benjamin at

Fire Science (A.A.S. degree) offers training and the academic background needed for a career in fire science. For more information about Fire Science, contact Ted Bateman at


Schedule of Events

Law and Society Week events qualify for continuing legal education credits.

For more information regarding CLE credits, please scroll down to the bottom of webpage or contact Angelica Aguirre at


Monday, February 25, 2013


Homeland Security Mobile Command Post Tours

10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Front of the Mint Building

The tours are scheduled to begin every hour on the hour. The final tour will begin at 2 p.m.

Visit the nerve center of a mobile command post operated by the Homeland Security Unit of the Philadelphia Police Department. Come see the cutting-edge equipment of modern emergency management. The command unit will be parked directly in front of the Mint Building on Spring Garden Street.


Opening Reception

3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Library

Join us and kick off the 14th Annual Law and Society Week, presented by the Fox Rothschild Center for Law and Society, by meeting and mingling with presenters, exhibitors and fellow attendees. While celebrating, be sure to bring your mobile device and take a minute to check out the QR codes for the treasure hunt.


Tuesday, February 26, 2013


Reporters’ Panel Discussion

11:10 a.m. to 12:35 p.m., Room S2-19, Great Hall

Veteran news reporters discuss some of their more interesting and exciting experiences while covering late-breaking news in the Philadelphia region. Panelists include Michelle Durham, KYW News Radio; Rosemary Connors, NBC10 News; Stu Bykofsky, Philadelphia Daily News; and Walt Hunter, CBS 3 Eyewitness News.

Moderator: William Colarulo, Police Superintendent, Radnor Township Police Department and adjunct instructor, Justice


The Location and Dissection of a Crime: How GIS and Computer Forensics are used in Cutting-Edge Criminal Investigations

2:20 p.m. to 3:45 p.m., Room S2-19, Great Hall

Witness the dissection of a crime as we demonstrate how GIS and Computer Forensics are used to help solve criminal cases. The program will take you through a criminal investigation where a cell phone was recovered and, after discovering and using information found imbedded in the phone, investigators were able to “map the stages” of the crime. The map visual depicts the evidence collected and was highly instrumental in helping police investigators solve the crime.

Presenters: Deirdre Garrity-Benjamin, instructor, Geographic Information Systems and Pamela King, visiting lecturer, Computer Forensics

*CLE – 1.4 Substantive hours

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Paralegal Student Association Day


Kensington Strangler: Investigation and Arrest

9:10 a.m. to 10:10 a.m., Room S2-19, Great Hall

The criminal investigation process is one of the most challenging aspects of the law enforcement profession. Thorough and comprehensive investigations often yield successful criminal prosecutions, resulting in safer and healthier communities. Hear about the exhaustive investigation, arrest and successful prosecution of the Kensington Strangler, Antonio Rodriguez, first hand from the task force leaders!

Members of the Special Victims Unit of the Philadelphia Police Department will discuss the investigation that included assistance from the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit, hundreds of vehicle and pedestrian stops, DNA being taken from more than 60 individuals, and more than 80 individuals being taken into custody for questioning. The work by the task force ultimately led to the arrest and conviction of 21 year old, Antonio Rodriguez, who is currently serving three consecutive life sentences for the sexual assault and strangulation of three women in the Kensington section of the city between November 3 and December 15, 2010. 

Moderator: Thomas Quinn, assistant professor, Justice

*CLE – 1.00 Substantive hours


The Supreme Court of the United States: An Exploration

9 a.m. to 12 noon, NWRC Community Room 216

Why is the U.S. Supreme Court so important?  Is the Supreme Court always “right”?  How do the justices decide which cases to hear?  Dena Sukol, Esq., visiting lecturer of Paralegal Studies and Sociology, will explore the history of the U.S. Supreme Court, seminal cases, the role the Court has played in American politics and cases currently before the Court.

*CLE – 2.75 Substantive hours


Voices Against Violence

1:50 p.m. to 2:50 p.m., Mint Rotunda

Students use their rhetorical skills to speak out against violence.

Moderator: Mary Conway, Ph.D., associate professor, English

Co-sponsored by the Women's Studies/Gender Studies Curriculum


Thursday, February 28, 2013


Legal Implications of Nursing

9:35 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Room S2-19, Great Hall

Paul Bechtel, Esq., a nationally renowned expert on law and medicine and a veteran of more than 300 jury trials, will discuss nursing and issues of legal liability in medicine. Mr. Bechtel is a retired partner of Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin. 

Moderator: Jane Jacobs, Esquire, associate professor, Paralegal Studies

*CLE – 1.4 Substantive hours


Philadelphia CSI

9:35 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Room BG-10, Bonnell Large Auditorium

The Philadelphia Police Department’s Crime Scene Unit will explain its role in photographing and sketching crime scenes, as well as its method in the identification and processing of crime scene evidence. Actual and sometimes graphic crime scene photos will be shown.

Moderator: Mark Jones, assistant professor, Justice

*CLE – 1.4 Substantive hours


Sexting:  Risky Sexual Behavior?

11:10 a.m. to 12:35 p.m., Room S2-19, Great Hall

Sexting is the act of sending sexually explicit messages or photographs between mobile phones.  Recent research has found that: 1) Sexting may be a risky sexual behavior associated with other risky behaviors, such as having unprotected sex, and 2) People who engage in sexting may have lower self-esteem than those that do not.  Last year, Pennsylvania passed a law making underage sexting a second-degree misdemeanor.  Please join the discussion led by Dr. Frei and his students as they review the history and research on sexting and present the results from a recent city-wide survey on people’s sexting behaviors and their attitudes about sexting laws.

Presenter: Rick Frei, Ph.D., associate professor, Behavioral Sciences

Co-sponsored by the Psychology, Education and Human Services Department

*CLE – 1.4 Substantive hours


The Judges’ Panel

6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Room S2-19, Great Hall

Distinguished judges discuss their lives in the law, achieving balance and the challenges of a legal career.

Moderator: The Honorable Holly J. Ford, judge, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas

*CLE – 1.0 Substantive hours


Digital Evidence and Cybercrime

6 p.m. to 7 p.m., NERC Community Room 124

This lecture will examine well-known criminal cases where digital evidence played a significant role in the outcome of the investigation. Included in the discussion will be the infamous case of the “BTK” serial murderer who terrorized Wichita, Kansas, for 30 years until evidence on a computer disk led investigators to Dennis Rader, a former church council president and Cub Scout leader. We will also review the investigation and arrest of Scott William Tyree, who went online to find, kidnap, torture and rape a young female.

Presenter: Pamela King, visiting lecturer, Computer Forensics

*CLE – 1.0 Substantive hours


Friday, March 1, 2013


Closing Luncheon

12 noon to 2 p.m., Room C2-5

Invitation Only


Continuing Legal Education Credits

The Pennsylvania CLE Credit Request Form will be distributed at the end of each workshop for those individuals seeking CLE credit.  This year's Law and Society Week was approved by the PA CLE Board for 8.0 Substantive hours of continuing legal education.   Attendees do not have to register for any of the workshops, only the Opening Reception. Lawyers seeking credit in PA must pay a fee of $1.50 per credit hour directly to the PA CLE Board.  Please note that attendees need to submit their own forms to the PA CLE Board.



Building Guide


B = Bonnell Building, which is located on 17th Street on the east side of the street between Callowhill and Spring Garden streets. The building is set back from the sidewalk by a stairway.

C = Center for Business and Industry, which is located at 18th and Callowhill streets.


L = College Library, which is located near the 17th Street entrance to the Mint Building. Bear right after entering the Mint Building.


M = Mint Building, which is located on 17th Street on the southeast side of the street at the corner of Spring Garden Street.


S = Winnet Student Life Building, which is located on 17th Street on the west side of the street, between Spring Garden and Callowhill streets. The building is yellow brick with a rounded exterior. Events held in this building are on the second floor.


W = West Building, which is located on 17th Street on the west side of the street at the corner of Spring Garden Street. The entrance is on 17th Street, and the event held in this building is on the second floor.

The Large and Small Auditoriums are located on the ground floor of the Bonnell Building. The auditorium is to the right of teh Bonnell main entrance.

NWRC = Northwest Regional Center, which is located at 1300 West Godfrey Avenue at the corner of Broad Street and Godfrey Avenue. Signs at the Center will indicate the room.


NERC = Northeast Regional Center, which is located at 12901 Townsend Road. Signs at the Center will indicate the room.


WERC = West Regional Center, which is located at 4725 Chestnut Street. Signs at the Center will indicate the room.