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Penn State family law expert travels to Ireland for symposium alongside Penn State football game

Director of the Penn State Family Law Clinic Jill Engle is traveling to Ireland to speak at a symposium that is part of the events taking place alongside the Penn State vs. Central Florida football game in Dublin’s Croke Park.

Engle will discuss the issues of teen domestic violence and empowering women and girls through engagement at the UNESCO Symposium on Youth Civic Engagement and Leadership Development through Sport and Recreation taking place on Friday in Dublin. The event kicks off the Croke Park Classic Weekend, which concludes with the football clash between Penn State and the University of Central Florida on Saturday.

“My talk will focus on the interplay of social justice for victimized young girls, and empowering them as community leaders,” Engle said. “Justice at its best does just that: change lives for the better, particularly for disadvantaged groups like female victims of violence.”

After the symposium and a Penn State tailgate, Engle will represent Penn State Law at a reception at the Science Gallery at Trinity College hosted by Schreyer Honors College and UNESCO. The reception provides attendees an opportunity to learn more about academics at Penn State. The Science Gallery promotes science to 15- to 25-year-olds and is ranked as one of the top 10 free cultural attractions in Ireland. Science Gallery mediators will be on hand to perform "blue and white" science experiments. 

“Representing Penn State Law as we discuss the nexus of academic research and community-building pursuits of sport and recreation is an honor,” Engle said. “Penn State is changing lives on a global level, and as a legal educator I could not be more excited to be involved.”

The symposium will result in significant policy initiatives and a major formal declaration on utilizing sports and recreation as mechanisms for youth development worldwide. This will be announced at halftime during the Croke Park Classic football game and presented to the UN, UNESCO, and UNICEF as a platform for them to build global programming and policy. 

According to the symposium organizers, with half of the world’s population aged 25 or younger, there is a pressing need for innovative strategies to engage youth. Additionally, for 85 percent of all youth living in less developed countries, active engagement of youth is essential to international security, stability, and regional capacity building.

Engle directs Penn State Law's Family Law Clinic, which represents clients in domestic violence and other family law cases.   Engle’s scholarship examines the rights of domestic violence victims, economic rights of divorced women, international domestic violence issues, and best practices in legal education.  


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