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Social Justice Roundtable Discussion Series

The Studio@620 Social Justice Round Tables are co-sponsored by Eckerd College, Stetson University College of Law, and the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg.

Join us for this continuing discussion series covering all types of social issues.  Each evening will begin with a reception with hors d'oeuvres followed by a panel discussion. Admission is free but reservations are required as seating is limited.  Please call 727-895-6620 to reserve your place.

"Can This Health System Be Saved?: Law, Culture, Politics and Reform"

Wednesday, November 18

"President Obama is committed to working with Congress to pass comprehensive health reform this year in order to control rising health care costs, guarantee choice of doctor, and assure high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans." (From

Health reform. Is it possible? A variety of factors influence the debate on America's health care system. What is the connection to the American Tort law system? How does this compare to other nations' laws and health care systems? Does a bipartisan plan exist? What will this mean for our senior population, many of whom consider health care a primary concern? Our panelists will examine the current health care situation and explore some of the reform options from the legal, political and 'human' perspectives.

Panel Discussants

Tony Brunello, a Professor of Political Science at Eckerd College, has published widely in the fields of comparative politics and political philosophy.  

Elaine Gould, founder of Aging Awareness Initiatives, works in the field of gerontology to enhance awareness of the "older adult perspective."

Timothy Kaye teaches Advanced Tort Law and Jurisprudence at Stetson University College of Law. Professor Kaye explores the way in which the American system of Tort law influences health care reform, especially in a comparative context that examines European law and health care systems.


Ray Arsenault, the John Hope Franklin Professor of Southern History and Co-Director of the Florida Studies Program at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg


"The Innocence Project: Justice Delayed, But Not Denied"

Monday, December 14

The essence of social justice is the exoneration of wrongfully convicted people through DNA testing and other efforts to reform the criminal justice system to prevent future injustices. Roberta K. Flowers, a former Assistant United States Attorney, and Judith Scully, a former criminal defense and civil rights lawyer in Chicago, will discuss the Innocence Project and Florida's involvement, and bring to the Studio one of those wrongfully convicted people who will tell the story of “justice delayed, but not denied.”

Panel Discussants

 Roberta Kemp Flowers is the Wm. Reece Smith Jr. Distinguished Professor of Law at Stetson University College of Law, where she teaches evidence, criminal procedure, and professional responsibility. 

Judith Scully teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, trial advocacy, and advanced criminal trial practice, as well as seminars related to race and American law and international human rights, at Stetson University College of Law.

Alan Crotzer In 1981, a Circuit Court sentenced Alan Crotzer of St. Petersburg to 130 years in prison after three men burglarized a Tampa home and kidnapped and raped two of the five victims: a 38-year-old woman and a 12-year-old girl. Eyewitness misidentification and faulty evidence testing led to Crotzer's conviction. In 2003, further DNA testing exonerated him, and his conviction was overturned in 2006. Another man has since confessed to committing the crime with his brother and childhood friend. Source: The Innocence Project of Florida.

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