Professor Mark Stavsky to present "Civil Disabilities: Secret 'Punishment' for Ex-Offenders" at Food For Thought Luncheon Lecture

Friday, November 1, 2002

Professor Mark Stavsky, scholar-in-residence at the Hebrew Union College-University of Cincinnati Center for the Study of Ethics and Contemporary Moral Problems, will present "Civil Disabilities: Secret 'Punishment' for Ex-Offenders" at the next Food for Thought Luncheon Lecture. This eye-opening lecture will explore and critique our system of civil disabilities and will consider alternatives to make the system more just. The lecture will take place at noon on Wednesday, November 20, 2002 at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion's Mayerson Hall Auditorium, 3101 Clifton Avenue.

Persons convicted of felonies suffer penalties for their criminal conduct that can far outlast any formal punishment they receive when sentenced. These penalties vary from state to state, but often include the loss of a job, the right to vote, and even one's children. Such disabilities are so extensive that defense attorneys, prosecutors, and judges are themselves unaware of what amounts to hidden "punishment."

Professor Stavsky is currently serving as 2002-2003 scholar-in-residence for the HUC-UC Center for the Study of Ethics and Contemporary Moral Problems. He is co-teaching a course in Criminality and Civil Disability at UC College of Law and HUC-JIR with Dr. Jonathan Cohen, the director of the HUC-UC Center for the Study of Ethics and Contemporary Moral Problems. Stavksy is a professor at Northern Kentucky University's Chase College of Law where he teaches criminal procedure, evidence, trial advocacy, white-collar crime, comparative law, and prisoner's rights in addition to serving as Faculty Supervisor to the Kentucky Innocence Project.

Stavsky is a 1973 graduate of Northwestern University. He earned the degree of juris doctor magna cum laude from DePaul University College of Law in 1976 and received a master of laws degree (in criminal justice) in 1982 from New York University School of Law where he was a Marshall Fellow in Civil Liberties. Professor Stavsky has lectured around the world, including Japan, England, and Thailand. His most recent publication (with A. Todd) is titled One Down, One to Go: The Supreme Court and the PLRA's Exhaustion Requirement (2002).

In its thirteenth season, Food For Thought features scholars and HUC-JIR faculty who discuss their fields of expertise and recent research with the public. The Department of Outreach Education invites the community to this lecture with Professor Mark Stavsky. A hot buffet lunch will be available for $8; reservations are necessary. There is a $2 fee to attend the lecture only. To learn more about Food For Thought, the Department of Outreach Education of HUC-JIR, or to make a reservation contact Marcia Cruse, (513) 221-1875 ext. 353.


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