The Mercyhurst College chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, the national criminal justice honor society, is sponsoring a lecture by attorney Christine Jewell, an assistant public defender who serves as the Dependent Child Counsel for Erie County. Jewell will present “Communicating with Children in the Court System” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17, in Zurn 114.
Jewell has served as child counsel for the past 11 years, and as such, represents children from newborns to age 21 who have been neglected, abused, truant or who have significant behavioral, emotional or mental health difficulties.
A member of the Erie and Minnesota State Bar Associations, Jewell earned her juris doctorate degree from Hamline University School of Law (St. Paul, Minn.) in l982. She also earned certification in International Law from Oxford University in England and from the University of Thessaloniki in Greece.
Prior to entering the practice of law, she worked as a registered medical technologist for various hospitals for ten years after earning her bachelor’s degree in medical technology and a master of education degree from Gannon University.
After earning her law degree, she practiced privately in the area of family law and clerked for President Judge Jess Jiuliante and Judge George Levin.