Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Thursday event: Court information provided to clergy

Los Angeles Superior Court

Los Angeles County

Contact: Public Information Office 213-974-5227

Public Information Officer: Allan Parachini

 6th Court-Clergy Conference Set

For Fuller Theological Seminary

The Los Angeles Superior Court in collaboration with Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena will present a conference on the theme Justice and Restoration on Thursday, March 4, 2010.  The day-long conference begins at 8:30 a.m. in Payton Hall, 135 N. Oakland Ave., Pasadena, with a welcome and introduction from LASC Presiding Judge Charles W. “Tim” McCoy Jr.   Sofia Herrera, associate director of Fuller’s Office of Urban Initiatives, will also deliver introductory remarks.  More than 100 clergy are expected, along with faculty and students from Fuller.

“Our purpose is to provide accurate information about the courts -- particularly criminal, juvenile and family proceedings – so that clergy members will be prepared to discuss justice issues with members of their congregation,” said McCoy.  

This year’s conference theme, Justice and Restoration, will stimulate discussions about the options that are available to the courts and the community once an offense is adjudicated in court.

Judicial officers, clergy members, Fuller faculty, law enforcement officers and community leaders will participate in the presentations.

Dr. Richard J. Mouw, Fuller’s president, will offer a theological perspective on the Justice and Restoration theme.

“We are delighted to host this very important court-clergy conference,” said Mouw.  “Faith communities will have opportunities to broaden their understanding of the court system and learn ways to more effectively participate in the rehabilitation of offenders.”   

Father Gregory Boyle, the founder of Homeboy Industries, will speak about the importance of jobs in restoring offenders to the community.

The conference schedule is as follows:

9 a.m.                   The Courts and the Criminal Justice System

10:30 a.m.            Criminal and Juvenile Court Proceedings

1 p.m.                  Justice and Restoration by Fuller President

                                Dr.  Richard Mouw

1:45 p.m.               Drug Courts

3:15 p.m.              Family Courts


Each panel will discuss practical and realistic situations that are important to clergy and their congregation.  Following the panel presentations, there will be opportunities for attendees to ask questions and participate in dialogue.

            Additional information is available from the community relations office of LASC by calling 213-974-5178, or Fred Messick, Fuller Seminary, at 626-584-5367 or .


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