Lehmann & Lehmann Legal Communications Co-Hosts an Evening of "The Law Through Film" with Showing "Amazing Grace" Followed by Discussion About Today's Human Trafficking and Slavery in America

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After viewing "Amazing Grace," the 2006 film about how a politician in 18th century Britain crusaded to end slavery, author Ron Soodalter will moderate a discussion about today's slave trade. Viewing of the film and discussion afterwards on May 27, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ossining Public Library will focus on what is thought to be the third most profitable criminal enterprise of our time.

On May 27, 2010 at 6:30 p.m., this year's "The Law Through Film" series concludes at the Ossining Public Library with a free showing of "Amazing Grace." Afterwards, the audience will take part in conversation about how William Wilberforce, a British politician, campaigned to pass the Slave Trade Act of 1807. Discussion will also focus on today's slave trade. Ron Soodalter, author of "The Slave Next Door," will be on hand to answer questions about the third largest criminal enterprise in America today.

Lehmann & Lehmann Legal Communications curated the film series back in September together with Joseph A. Turco, Esq. of the Ossining Community Law Center. Attorney Turco moderated five film and discussion evenings. The series increases awareness about current legal issues by watching important, award-winning films about the law. The local Westchester audience of "regulars" enjoyed watching films like Sidney Lumet's "12 Angry Men," Spencer Tracy in "Judgment at Nuremberg" and Tom Hank's "Philadelphia." Afterwards the diverse audience discussed the importance of unanimity in jury trials (coinciding with finding corporate responsibility during the Bear Sterns' trial), reviewing whether or not modern day war criminals should be tried in military tribunals or federal courts, and examining work place discrimination in the military as the Pentagon reviews its "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.

Next Thursday evening on May 27, Turco and Soodalter will focus the discussion on legal solutions that may prevent and/or stop the "new" slave trade coming mostly out of Russia and the former Soviet Republics, Africa and Indonesia. William Wilberforce, the subject of "Amazing Grace," ingenuously used a technicality in 18th century international maritime law that eventually led to the abolition of slavery.

Westchester, New York and Fairfield County, Connecticut law firms outsource Lehmann & Lehmann Legal Communications as their public relations and legal services marketing consultants. Lehmann & Lehmann designs, implements and evaluates online and offline law practice client development strategies including Internet campaigns, seminars and client feedback surveys. The "Law Through Film Series" is a community service project.

"We are using great film as a medium to incite thought and even action on important and current legal issues. The Ossining Public Library invited us back for next year's second season. Look for our audience to grow along with the quality of our discussions," said Alexandra Lehmann, managing partner at Lehmann & Lehmann.


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