Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson, Esq.

Clinical Title: The Effect of Incarceration on the Family and the Identity of an Individual labeled as a “Criminal”

Presenter: Kathleen Kaib, MSS, MLSP, LCSW
Date: Saturday, December 9, 2017
Time: 2 pm – 5 pm | 3 CEs
(Please arrive at 1:30 pm for light snacks, sign-in, and socialization.)
Location: Wyncote, PA
(Exact location will be emailed after you register.)

Book Description:
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption is a memoir by Bryan Stevenson who grew up impoverished in Delaware. The author’s grandparents had been slaves in Virginia. His grandfather was murdered in a Philadelphia housing project when Stevenson was a teenager. Against all odds, Stevenson attended Harvard Law School and after he graduated he represented indigent clients in Georgia and then in Alabama where he co-founded the Equal Justice Initiative“Just Mercy” focuses on his work with indigent defendants. Stevenson’s book illuminates the systemic racism within the criminal justice system and gives the reader insight into a flawed death penalty system and criminal justice system in general. Stevenson writes that “this book is about getting closer to mass incarceration and extreme punishment in America. It is about how easily we condemn people in this country and the injustice we create when we allow fear, anger, and distance to shape the way we treat the most vulnerable among us.” These most vulnerable people in our society are incarcerated, and are not provided with services, education, or mental health treatment.

Clinical Objectives: By reading this book and participating in the discussion, participants will:

  1. Explore how systemic racism manifests in the criminal justice particularly in capital cases.
  2. Examine how impoverished communities are over represented in the criminal justice system and how this impacts their families and communities.
  3. Explore how solitary confinement affects the defendant, and discuss how executions traumatize the accused, the victim and the larger society.
  4. Examine how a death sentence or long-term incarceration impacts defendants and their families.
  5. Explore how domestic violence, child abuse, drug and alcohol addiction, mental health problems, intellectual disabilities, and other issues of deprivation affect the defendant and how that is useful information for the judge and jury to hear.

About the Presenter:
Kathleen Kaib, MSS, MLSP, LCSW works at the Community Federal Defender Office, Capital Habeas Unit  in Philadelphia. She has been working with people on death row for 15 years as an investigator and mitigation specialist.

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No refund will be issued if less than 48 hours notice is given for this program.

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Continuing Education Credits:
FOR PENNSYLVANIA SOCIAL WORKERS, MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS, AND PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS: This program is approved for credits for professional workshops sponsored by the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work, a state affiliate of the Clinical Social Work Association listed in Section 47.36 of Title 49, Chapter 47 of the PA Code, State Board of Social Work Examiners. This program is also approved for credits for professional workshops for marriage & family therapists (Section 48.36) and professional counselors (Section 49.36).
FOR NEW JERSEY SOCIAL WORKERS:  This program is approved for credits.  Attendance at programs or courses given at state and national social work association conferences, where the criteria for membership is an academic degree in social work, are a valid source of continuing education credit (N.J.A.C. 13:44G-6.4(c)4).

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  • December 9, 2017
    2:00 pm - 5:00 pm