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JUSTICE, LAW & SOCIETY SPEAKER SERIES

Experts in the fields of law enforcement, intelligence, terrorism, forensic science and more are participating in a new speaker series sponsored by the Department of Justice, Law and Society.

Presentations are given at 11 a.m. on most Tuesdays in Eberly Hall, Room 110. 

The purpose of the series is to promote student awareness of the interrelated and specialized careers within the areas of justice studies, sociology, anthropology, women’s studies and leadership.

Many of the speakers are Cal U alumni, providing students with an outstanding opportunity to network and interact with successful graduates.

Admission is free, and the Cal U community and members of the public also may attend.

Upcoming event

Jon Wellner and Scott Recchia - April 23 

Watch the event live online

Portrait of Jon Wellner and Scott RecchiaJon Wellner hails from Chicago where he performed at such renowned theaters as Second City and the Steppenwolf Theater. 

After moving to Los Angeles, he was soon working on television with roles on BonesBecker, Gilmore Girls, Yes, Dear, Judging Amy, N.C.I.S., That’s So Raven, King of Queens, and more. 

In 2002, he played Gilligan in the movie of the week, Surviving Gilligan’s Island, which was the highest rated movie of the week that year. He can be seen in the films Evan Almighty as well as Ocean’s 13. 

In 2004, Jon was cast as toxicologist Henry Andrews on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. He has filmed over 80 episodes to date.

Jon is also the Co-President of Entertainment Research Consultants, a company that provides research to film and TV shows. ERC currently provides research for CSI, Bones, Rizzoli & Isles and Drop Dead Diva.  

Scott Recchia has done research for such television shows as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Bones, Rizzoli & Isles, and Drop Dead Diva.  He is also a writer and an actor who has appeared in over four commercials.  

Watch the event live online

Upcoming Speakers

Feb. 12 - Larry Bush

Portrait of Larry Bush.Lawrence W. Bush has been a federal contract investigator since 2005.  He has the credentials to conduct personnel security background investigations for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, National Security Agency, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  Additionally, Bush conducts fraud prevention inspections for the Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Services. 

Prior to his retirement in 2004, Bush worked as a parole agent for the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole for 33 years.  During his tenure with the PBPP, Bush became a Pennsylvania- and NRA-certified firearms instructor, defensive tactics instructor, and Smith & Wesson- and Glock-certified armorer.

He is an active member of the Fraternal Order of Police, and has served as the western region vice president of the Pennsylvania Criminal Investigators Lodge (No. 91) for the past 10 years. 

Bush has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in school psychology from Duquesne University.    

Feb. 19 - Richard D. Kuba

Retired trooper Richard D. Kuba joined the Pennsylvania State Police in 1969 after being honorably discharged from the U.S. Army, where he had served in the military police and assisted in the capture of Ernesto “Che” Guevara, a revolutionary leader.  He spent his 25-year career with the PSP working on the Pennsylvania Turnpike (Troop T). Kuba was a trained accident reconstruction expert and also served on the Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program.  During his years of service, he received numerous commendations, and he can attest that there is more to the Turnpike detail than issuing speeding tickets.  After retirement in 1994, he started Kujak Testing, which provides on-site workplace drug testing and Breathalyzer services.  His daughter, Dr. Cassandra Kuba, is a faculty member in the Department of Justice, Law and Society.

March 26 - Judge Jacqueline O. Shogan

Portrait of Judge Jacqueline Shogan.Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Jacqueline (Jackie) O. Shogan was born on June 5, 1953, and raised in the Pittsburgh area.

A graduate of Gateway High School in Monroeville, Shogan received a B.S. in Nursing, summa cum laude, from Temple University in 1975. She subsequently obtained an M.S. in Nursing from the University of Virginia.

Shogan practiced for more than 10 years as a staff nurse, clinical nurse specialist and clinical instructor at several major teaching hospitals. She also published in nursing and critical care journals and served on the faculty of Duquesne University.

Shogan has a long-standing interest in public policy and the legal system.

She returned to school to obtain a J.D., with high honors, from Duke University School of Law in North Carolina, graduating in 1990. While at Duke, Shogan was elected to the Order of the Coif and received the Bidlake Legal Research and Writing Award, the American Jurisprudence Award for Achievement in Federal Appellate Practice, and the Most Effective Advocate Award given by the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers.

Upon graduation from law school, she practiced in the areas of civil litigation, health law and administrative law. Because she hoped to eventually pursue a judicial career, she then spent four years as an attorney on the staff of Judge Maurice B. Cohill Jr., of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Shogan received extensive experience in criminal law during that time. She returned to private practice at the end of 2001 as a member of the complex civil litigation group at Thorp, Reed & Armstrong, LLP. Shogan also served as an arbitrator and mediator prior to being elected to the Superior Court in 2007.

In addition to her judicial duties, Shogan teaches appellate practice at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. She also has a certificate in writing from the National Judicial College. Shogan was honored as a 2007-2008 Woman of the Year by the Legal Intelligencer and Pennsylvania Law Weekly. She is also a recipient of the Celebrate & Share Women of Achievement Award.

Shogan has been involved in her community for many years. She is a past member and officer of the board of directors of Neighborhood Legal Services, which provides pro bono legal assistance in civil matters to the indigent in southwestern Pennsylvania.

She is also a past member and officer of the board of directors of Easter Seals Western Pennsylvania and of the board of trustees of St. Edmunds Academy in Pittsburgh.

Shogan is currently a member of the Allegheny and Westmoreland County Bar Associations, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, the Bar Association of the Third Federal Circuit, the Women’s Bar Association, and the National Association of Women Judges. She holds leadership positions in a number of these organizations. Shogan is also a fellow of the Pennsylvania and Allegheny County Bar Foundations.

Shogan was elected to the Superior Court in November 2007. Her chambers are in the Pittsburgh area.

April 2 - Brian P. Bittner, AEM

Portrait of Brian Bittner. As director of emergency management for Penn State University, Brian P. Bittner, AEM, is responsible for the emergency management needs of the school, including the main campus at University Park and Penn State’s 21 branch campuses. Bittner’s office manages the business continuity and emergency operations planning for the university and also provides guidance through incident action planning and general emergency preparedness.

Prior to joining the Office of Emergency Management, Bittner held positions with Penn State’s police department, eventually reaching the rank of patrol sergeant. He has been involved in emergency services for the past 20 years, volunteering and serving in leadership roles for his local fire department and hazardous materials response team.

Bittner did his undergraduate work at Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a major in criminology and a minor in political science. He lives in State College, Pa., with his wife, Cynthia, and their son, Nolan. 

April 23 - Jon Wellner and Scott Recchia

Portrait of Jon Wellner and Scott RecchiaJon Wellner hails from Chicago where he performed at such renowned theaters as Second City and the Steppenwolf Theater.

After moving to Los Angeles, he was soon working on television with roles on Bones. Becker, Gilmore Girls, Yes, Dear, Judging Amy, N.C.I.S., That’s So Raven, King of Queens, and more.

In 2002, he played Gilligan in the movie of the week, Surviving Gilligan’s Island, which was the highest rated movie of the week that year. He can be seen in the films Evan Almighty as well as Ocean’s 13.

In 2004, Jon was cast as toxicologist Henry Andrews on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. He has filmed over 80 episodes to date.

Jon is also the Co-President of Entertainment Research Consultants, a company that provides research to film and TV shows. ERC currently provides research for CSI, Bones, Rizzoli & Isles and Drop Dead Diva.  

Scott Recchia has done research for such television shows as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Bones, Rizzoli & Isles, and Drop Dead Diva.  He is also a writer and an actor who has appeared in over four commercials.