SPRINGFIELD – The University of Illinois at Springfield will present "Justice for All," an interactive forum on civil liberties, legal inequities, and access to legal advice and information, beginning at 6 p.m. Monday, January 29, in conference room C/D, located on the lower level of the Public Affairs Center on the UIS campus. The program is free and open to the public.
Pat Robertson, UIS director of student volunteer services and civic engagement, noted, "The program is designed to encourage interaction, discussion, and debate. Much of the success of this format depends on audience participation."
Robertson added that general issues to be covered include access to the legal system and sound advice and representation, the inequities in the social justice system, what role race plays in the disposition of justice within the legal system, and the erosion of civil liberties for security."It depends on where the conversation leads," she said.
Speakers will include Jason Pierceson, UIS assistant professor of Political Studies/Legal Studies; Thomas Dorsey, president of the Springfield Black Chamber of Commerce; and Don Craven, a Springfield attorney whose practice concentrates on media and First Amendment issues and libel and privacy defense and a member of the Lincoln Land Legal Assistance Foundation.
Invited speakers also include Julian Borjas, representing the campus chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, and a representative of the Attorney General's Bureau of Civil Rights. UIS Vice Chancellor for Student and Administrative Services L. Christopher Miller will moderate.
The program is presented by the UIS Office of Student Volunteers and Civic Engagement in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. A reception will immediately follow.
For more information, contact Robertson or Bukola Bello, UIS coordinator of community and volunteer services, at 206-7716.