Thursday, August 19, 2010

PUBLIC ISSUES FORUM Benjamin Hooks Public Library Sunday August 22 · 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Benjamin Hooks Public Library
Sunday August 22 · 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Alternative Justice Within Our System That Just May Work Better
Exploring Restorative Justice, Collaborative Law, Holistic Law, Mediation, VORP, and Long Term Lockup. Panel includes: Jean Handley, Veronica Coleman-Davis, Linda Seely, and Maureen Holland.

Panel Speakers:

Jean Handley - Founder and director of Turning Point Partners, a non profit that educates, trains and models Restorative Justice and Restorative Practices in government and educational systems and community and faith based organizations and neighborhoods. She has been a restorative practitioner for ten years, working both nationally and internationally to create healing, restoration and peaceful processes in areas of conflict and need.

Veronica F. Coleman-Davis - President/CEO of the National Institute for Law & Equity (NILE) NILE is a public policy institute that focuses on the criminal and juvenile justice system and how it impacts us as
a society. Her experience in the criminal and juvenile justice systems spans over 30 years and she has served as an Assistant Public Defender, private practice as a criminal defense lawyer, Assistant District Attorney, Juvenile Court Referee Judge and U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee.

Linda Warren Seely - Currently working in Memphis as Director of Pro Bono Projects at Memphis Area Legal Services since 2004 and serves as Secretary for the Memphis Bar Association and will become President of the Memphis Bar in December of 2012. Awarded the Tennessee Bar Association President’s Award at the TBA Annual Conference in June of 2006 for work on Stand Up and Deliver initiative and in June of 2009 for work on the For All Initiative. Recognized by the Memphis Woman Magazine as one of 50 Women Who Make a Difference in August. Past President of the Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women (2005-2006).

Maureen T. Holland, Esq.- A practicing holistic attorney and has been for nearly a decade. She makes a concerted effort to have a "conscientious legal practice" whereby there is greater client-care, more legal counseling, an effort at better civility during the process, and an integration of information and problem-solving approaches from other disciplines.

There will be time for questions. The meeting is free and open to the public.

The Public Issues Forum is a Memphis voluntary association, which sponsors programs to inform and educate the public on current issues and seeks to reinforce the principles set forth in the Constitution of the United States. Public Issues Forum P.O. Box 241011 Memphis TN 38124-1011