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September 2018

New Member Training

September 20, 2018 @ 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm
WCC 3018

If you’re a new student interesting in joining PLAP or a returning student new to PLAP, join us at one of our two new member trainings this fall! Our mission is to empower people incarcerated in Massachusetts prisons; to train law students in client-based advocacy and instill in them a commitment to public interest and social justice; and to participate in conversations about incarceration and engage in efforts to promote the rights of incarcerated people. Wednesday, 9/19, 5:00 to 7:30…

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Returning Member Training

September 21, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
WCC 3016

All returning members are expected to attend one returning member training. One-hour trainings will review Time Matters, 1L training changes, and other information relevant to PLAP. Prior to training, please download VDI Clinics on your laptop, so that you will be able to follow along with Time Matters training. Instructions for downloading VDI clinics can be found here and here. If you have trouble downloading, go to IT, and they should be able to quickly help you. Please email Kaitlyn & Regina (plapdirectors@gmail.com) if you have questions or concerns about returning member training.

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Parole Hearing Information Session

September 25, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Hauser 102
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PLAPpy Hour

September 27, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for our first PLAPpy Hour of the fall semester at the HLS Pub. This is a great opportunity to get to know your fellow PLAPpers over free snacks and drinks. See you there!

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October 2018

Screening of The Great Fear

October 1, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
WCC 2004

Join ACS, HLS ACLU, the Harvard Women’s Law Association, the Criminal Justice Policy Program, the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice, and PLAP for a screening of the documentary The Great Fear on October 1. As the #MeToo movement empowers those targeted by sexual harassment and assault to share their stories, one often-overlooked element of this national conversation is how we treat people who are accused of sex-related crimes in the criminal justice system. Rebecca Richman Cohen, producer of Untouchable,…

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Cross-Examination Training

October 2, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
WCC 1019

Cross-examination training is mandatory for new PLAPpers if you want to be able to take a case this semester, so it is important that you attend. The next cross-examination training will not be until next semester, so please join us if you can!

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PLAP Speaker Series: Moving Beyond Carceral Feminism in Handling Crimes of Domestic Violence and Sex Offenses 

October 19, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Hauser 102

Our first speaker panel of the year will be on Friday, October 19 at noon in Hauser 102. The panel will feature Professor Aya Gruber, who specializes in the intersection of feminism and criminal law, and is critical of carceral feminism. Carceral feminism refers to feminist embrace of the criminal justice system to solve/curtail gender-based violence. The panel will also feature Beth Schwartzapfel and Emily Kassie, who wrote an enlightening piece, Banished, for the Marshall Project, on the homelessness problem in Miami-Dade County among…

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February 2019

The Biggest Book Ban in the Country

February 21, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
WCC 1019

American prisons censor books for millions of prisoners. James Tager, Deputy Director of Free Expression Research and Policy at the literary and human rights organization PEN America, will discuss the status of the law and policy that currently underlie these bans and consider opportunities for reform. Co-sponsored by Defenders, ACLU, and the HLS Library.

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A Paradigm Shift in Corrections in Maine: Creating a Culture of Wellness in a Maximum Security Prison

February 25, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
WCC 2004

PLAP presents Brad Brockmann, civil rights attorney and Assistant Professor at Brown University School of Public Health, in conversation with Dr. Dan Bannish, a psychologist for the intensive mental health unit of the Maine State Prison. Mr. Brockmann and Dr. Bannish will present a new wellness paradigm for correctional facilities, highlighting misguided beliefs at the heart of corrections that need to be reconsidered.

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Massachusetts Department of Correction Panel

February 28, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
WCC 2012

Have you ever wondered about the other side of the disciplinary process? Come hear DOC employees share their view of the disciplinary process. Come to learn and ask questions with the goal of improving your advocacy in disciplinary hearings. Lunch will be served!

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