New WST Summer Course “Women in Law”

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New Summer Course!
Looking for a way to incorporate the SBAI into your summer? There is still room to enroll in this new WST summer course! The course may not be offered next summer, so we hope that you take advantage of this opportunity.

Course Number: WST 248
Course Title: Women in Law: As Defendants, Practitioners and Victims
Course Description: This course will explore the role of gender in criminal and civil law from the lens of defendants, practitioners and victims. The class will used mixed methods and include research, film and guest lectures. Court watching will be required as will writing exercises. Topics include, but are not limited to: domestic violence, criminal law, human trafficking, specialty courts, professional development, and being good consumers of media regarding women and law.
Credits: 4.0
Meeting time: Mondays and Wednesdays 9:00 am – 12:45 pm
Course Dates: Monday, May 19th – Friday, June 27th
Location: Lattimore 540

About The Professor

Dr. Cerulli is the Director of the Susan B. Anthony Center for Women’s Leadership and the Laboratory of Interpersonal Violence and Victimization (LIVV), Associate Professor of Psychiatry, at the University of Rochester.  The National Institute of Mental Health awarded Dr. Cerulli a five-year grant to conduct a randomized control trial in Family Court to assess whether enhanced mental health enables intimate partner violence (IPV) victims to better navigate safety. 

Professor Catherine Cerulli

Professor Catherine Cerulli, JD, PhD

She was also to the Co-Principal Investigator on a National Institute of Justice award to assess whether victim participation in prosecution impacts their subsequent safety.  She was formerly an Assistant District Attorney in Monroe County, New York, where she created a special misdemeanor domestic violence unit in 1995. She has been working on issues surrounding domestic violence and child abuse for almost three decades, in a variety of capacities.  Dr. Cerulli currently has funding from the Center for Disease Control to work with a national IPV hotline to help address the intersection of violence and mental health. She works internationally to ameliorate violence against women and currently is assisting with a project addressing the health and welfare of sex workers and trafficking victims in Laos. She is a founding and current Board Member for the Crisis Nursery of Greater Rochester, Inc., a grass roots organization providing emergency respite care for greater Rochester area families with young children.


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