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Frederic Reamer, National Social Work Scholar, to Lecture
Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 7:30pm to Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 9:00pm

Dr. Frederic Reamer, a nationally renowned scholar in the areas of mental health, criminal justice and social work ethics, will deliver the inaugural Charles Shireman Memorial Lecture, "Reflections on the Real Consequences of Justice," Thursday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Frederic Reamer

The lecture is presented by Portland State University's Graduate School of Social Work and the School's alumni association, in tribute to the contributions to social work education and criminal justice by Prof. Charles Shireman (1915-2006), who taught for 15 years at the Graduate School of Social Work. Frederic Reamer was a student of Charles Shireman's during his doctoral studies at the University of Chicago.

In a recent essay for the National Public Radio series "This I Believe," Reamer said, "I believe that justice can't be shaped by simplistic formulas. Rather, justice happens when real human beings sort through a jumble of laws, rules, conflicting stories and plain old instinct" ( Reamer will expand on this theme and consider the role of the social work profession and the contributions of Charles Shireman in the development of the justice system.

Since 1983, Frederic Reamer has served as professor in the graduate program of the School of Social Work at Rhode Island College. He has also taught at the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration, and the University of Missouri-Columbia, School of Social Work. For the past 15 years Reamer has served on the Rhode Island Parole Board. Author of numerous articles and books on criminal justice and social work ethics, his most recent works include Criminal Lessons: Case Studies and Commentary on Crime and Justice (2003), Heinous Crime: Cases, Causes, and Consequences (2005), and Ethical Standards in Social Work: A Review of the NASW Code of Ethics (2nd ed.; 2006).

The PSU lecture is a free event, open to the public, and will be held in Hoffmann Hall (1833 SW 11th Avenue) in Portland. Please contact Crystal Froembling, 503-725-8961 or to RSVP by Monday, February 26, to reserve a seat. Free parking for the lecture is available in PSU parking structures after 7 pm. A reception immediately follows the lecture.

While in Portland, Frederic Reamer will also present an all-day workshop on March 2, "Boundary Issues and Dual Relationships in Social Work: Ethical and Risk Management Challenges," sponsored by the Oregon Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. For more information on the workshop, which will be made available across Oregon via Web cast, please visit

For more information on the lecture, donating to the scholarship fund, or about the Graduate School of Social Work, please call Beckie Lee at 503-725-8020.

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