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National Crime Victim Law Institute

Join the conversation: National Crime Victims’ Rights Week panel discussion

Date: 8:30am - 12:00pm PDT April 26, 2013 Location: Portland State University, Urban Building room 212, 506 SW Mill St., Portland, OR 97201

Portland State University, Urban Building room 212, 506 SW Mill St., Portland, OR 97201

In honor of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week 2013, NCVLI will host a facilitated panel presentation and discussion titled “Our Online Lives: The Intersection of Law, Privacy, and Health.”  The conversation will explore how our online lives drive a convergence of the public and private spheres, and what this means for individuals and communities when victimization is involved. A panel of experts will frame and guide the discussion, touching on topics of law, privacy, technology, trauma, media framing, and public discourse.

Recent high profile cases involving the intersection of victim privacy and the Internet will serve as cornerstones for the discussion, including the Penn State child sexual abuse case, the Steubenville, Ohio teenage rape case, and an Oregon case involving a rape survivor who had to fight to keep her Google searches private. Given the uncharted territory of technology’s role in criminal investigation and prosecution; the slow realization of the breadth, scope, and availability of our online lives to public scrutiny; and the recognition that the new public sphere may itself be an online venue, the need for information and discussion is increasingly pressing. Share your voice, and join the conversation with NCVLI on April 26!

This event is intended for lawyers, victim and social service providers, community members, students, and other professionals. Individually and as a community we contribute to the experience of victims, whether as family, neighbor, counselor, doctor, fellow student, media consumer, or attorney.

This event is FREE, and attendance at this event may qualify participants for 2.5 hours of general CLE credits in Oregon, pending approval from the Oregon State Bar.

8:30-9:00 Registration and check-in
9:00-9:15 Welcome, introductions, and overview of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week
9:15-10:00 First panel (presentations and questions): Privacy, law, and mental health - Meg Garvin & Chris Wilson
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-11:00 Second panel (presentations and questions): Privacy, media, and public discourse - Cynthia Coleman & Janine Robben
11:00-11:20 Small group discussions: ideas and commitments for integrating this information, and continuing the conversation.
11:20-11:40 Facilitated discussion, Q&A
11:40-12:00 Closing remarks
12:00-1:00 Event space open to participants for further discussion, networking, engagement.
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Meg Garvin, M.A., JD is the executive director of the National Crime Victim Law Institute and a clinical professor of law at Lewis & Clark Law School. Ms. Garvin is recognized as a leading expert on victims’ rights. She has testified before Congress and the Oregon Legislature on the current state of victim law. She also has a strong background in communication studies, having received her Masters of Arts in rhetorical theory and will contribute her knowledge on both law and communication studies to the panel.

Dr. Chris Wilson, Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist with a private practice in Portland, Oregon. He is an expert in domestic violence, having worked with victims and perpetrators inside and outside prison settings. He is also a national trainer on trauma and its impacts. Dr. Wilson will contribute his knowledge of trauma and its impact on victims and perpetrators.

Janine Robben, JD is an adjunct professor at the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University, Vancouver, teaching First Amendment/media law. Ms. Robben is also a part-time attorney with three decades of litigation experience, primarily spent protecting the interests of crime victims. Prior to her work at WSU, Ms. Robben served as the Executive Director for the Oregon Crime Victims Law Center, and wrote as an investigative journalist for the Portland Tribune. Ms. Robben holds a BA in Communications, from Washington State University, and a JD from the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College. She brings extensive knowledge of crime victims’ rights and journalism practice to our expert panel.

Cynthia Lou Coleman, PhD is a faculty member and researcher at Portland State University, where she teaches communication theory and research methods. Dr. Coleman’s areas of inquiry focus on the social construction of science in mainstream discourse and the effects of framing on biopolitical policies that impact American Indian communities. Dr. Coleman received her M.P.S. in Communication from Cornell University, and her PhD in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Dr. Coleman will contribute her knowledge of news framing and its impact on public discourse.