Gun Violence in Philadelphia: What, Why, and How Can We Help?

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We are working to develop new legal approaches to take on gun violence.
Join Take Action Philly–a convening of attorneys coming together across the city to find solutions to emergent and pressing problems–for a panel discussion of surging gun violence in Philadelphia.

Expert panelists will discuss the crisis of gun violence in Philadelphia, causes of the current surge in shootings, ongoing litigation in support of Philadelphia’s efforts to take on gun violence, and ways that lawyers can get involved in efforts to help.

When: Friday, October 29, 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Free online via Zoom; registration required.


Moderated by Adam Garber, executive director, CeaseFirePA


Dr. Ruth Abaya, attending physician in the emergency department at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), a practice-based scholar at CHOP’s Center for Violence Prevention, and assistant professor of clinical pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Fellow of CHOP’s Violence Prevention Initiative, and the program manager for the Injury Prevention Program at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.

Erica Atwood, senior director, Office of Policy and Strategic Initiatives for Criminal Justice & Public Safety, City of Philadelphia.

Alex Bowerman, senior associate, Hogan Lovells. Pro-bono co-counsel in our case taking on state laws preempting local regulation of firearms in Pennsylvania.

Dr. John A. Rich, professor of health management and policy at the Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health, and co-director of the Drexel Center for Nonviolence and Justice.

ABOUT TAKE ACTION PHILLY: Take Action Philly was formed in 2017 by the Philadelphia Bar Association, the City of Philadelphia and several non-profit legal aid organizations including the Public Interest Law Center to unite lawyers, government, community organizations and residents to identify ways for lawyers and the general public to become involved and engaged in response to federal and state policy decisions.