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2012 Edward V. Sparer Symposium - Coming of Age Against All Odds: Legal Strategies for Defending Youth in Crisis

Friday March 16

  • By: University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • Time: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Time Zone: Eastern Time (US & Canada)
  • CLE Credit
  • Location:
    University of Pennsylvania Law School
    Golkin Hall Auditorium
    3501 Sansom Street,
    Philadelphia, PA
  • Contact:
    University of Pennsylvania Law School
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The University of Pennsylvania Law School will host the 2012 Edward V. Sparer Symposium on March 16, 2012. from 8:30a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at Golkin Hall Auditorium, 3501 Sansom Street, Philadelphia.

This year's topic is "Coming of Age Against All Odds: Legal Strategies for Defending Youth in Crisis" and will include topics such as, "Overcoming the Odds: Strategies for Facilitating the Transition from Adolescence to Adulthood" and "Educate or Incarcerate? Policies and Programs that Keep Youth in the Classroom and Out of Prison."

In 1984, Penn Law organized the Sparer Symposium to commemorate the life and work of the late Edward V. Sparer who was a Professor of Law and Social Policy at the Law School. Sparer's work combined a passionate concern about the poor with intellectual rigor and a profound conviction that the problems of poverty are solvable.

In 1983 he founded Mobilization for Youth Services, the first neighborhood legal services program and then the Columbia Center on Social Welfare and Policy and Law, the first national support center for legal services. Each year, the Symposium brings together legal academics and practitioners to provide insight into the dynamic relationship between scholarship and practice in the area of poverty law, merging theory and practice.

Attendees are requested to RSVP Here by March 5. On-site registration available if space permits.

The event is free and open to all.

Continental breakfast and lunch (with reception) will be served.

More information and online registration is available at

  • CLE Credit Comments: This program has been approved for 5.5 hours of CLE substantive credits and 1.5 hours of CLE ethics credits (7 credits total) for Pennsylvania attorneys. For attorneys from other states, credits may be received under their states’ reciprocity agreements. The fee for CLE credits for public interest and transitioning attorneys is a flat fee of $25; the fee for all other attorneys is $10 per credit.

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