Thursday, September 15, 2011

Black Women's Task Force Announcement Conference 2011

Luncheon Speaker:

Dr. Jannah Scott was appointed by President Obama in March 2009 and
currently serves as the deputy director, Center for Faith-based &
Neighborhood Partnerships at the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
In that role, Jannah provides access to programs, policies and engagement
opportunities for faith-based and community groups on a broad array
of...homeland security issues. Her primary focus areas are interfaith
dialogue and cooperation; disaster preparedness, response and recovery; citizenship
and immigration: religious accommodation and the department's faith-based
information-sharing initiative.

Prior to her presidential appointment, Jannah served as policy adviser,
faith and community initiatives for former Governor--now Homeland Security

Jannah received advanced academic degrees from UC Berkeley in Planning,
Policy and Regulation. She is an ordained minister, having received license
and ordination with the First Institutional Baptist Church of Phoenix,
Arizona and JGM Enternational Prayer life Institute. She was awarded an
honorary doctorate in Theology from the Desert Rose Christian College, an
ORU-affiliated theological school.

Jannah's passions are family and developing relationships across the global
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Breakthrough 2011 Conference: Resilience and Renewal


Morning Speaker:

Penny Willrich joined the Phoenix School of Law as a full time faculty
member in 2005. Professor Willrich received promotion to full professor with
tenure in March 2011 and was appointed as the Associate Dean of Academic
Affairs on June 1, 2011.

She considers herself to have come full circle in the pursuit of the law as
a profession. Prior to teaching at PSL, Professor Willrich served as the
first African American woman trial court judge in the history of the State
of Arizona from 1999 to 2005. She served in the Juvenile, Criminal, and
Family Division. However, she continues to serve the Court as a Judge Pro

Professor Willrich holds active licenses to practice law in Texas and
Arizona. She is a member of the District Courts for the Northern District of
Texas and Phoenix District. She is also admitted to the 5th and 9th Circuit
Courts of Appeals. Professor Willrich provides pro bono counsel and advice
to the residents of the Salvation Army Domestic Violence Shelter.

She serves on the Boards of Directors for Community Legal Services, the
Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Arizona African Drum and Dance,
the Arizona Black Women Lawyers Association, the Arizona Black Lawyers
Association, the Arizona Advocacy Network, the Mesa Community College
Justice Department Advisory Board, and is the founder of the Arizona Youth
Innocence Project, Inc. Professor Willrich was appointed to two Arizona
Supreme Court Commissions – The Commission on Diversity in the Courts and
The Centennial Commission. She was recently appointed by the Supreme Court
to be a Disciplinary Hearing Officer on the new State of Arizona
Disciplinary Panel as well as a Settlement Officer of the Disciplinary

Professor Willrich has received many educational, community, and
professional awards for her service to the Community. On February 22nd, 2011
the Black Law Students Association of PSL named its chapter after Professor
Willrich and Judge Cecil Patterson, and it is now known as the
Patterson-Willrich Black Law Student’s Association of Phoenix School of Law.