The Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Wilkes University will host Kadida Kenner of Why Courts Matter PA for a lecture on Oct. 23. The lecture will take place at 3 p.m. in the Henry Student Center Ballroom and is free and open to the public. Why Courts Matter PA is a non-partisan, non-profit (c)(3) organization and coalition of more than 40 organizational partners who work together to educate the public about the importance of filling federal court vacancies with fair, independent, qualified judges of diverse personal and professional backgrounds.
The lecture will cover the judicial nomination and confirmation process as well as current happenings on federal benches in Pennsylvania. Kenner will discuss lessons learned from recent fights related to federal courts and record obstruction as well as strategies and calls to action that make a difference online and on the ground. The federal courts, from the district courts on up to the Supreme Court, often play an even larger role on what kind of country we live in than elected representatives or the executive branch.
Kenner is a West Chester, Pa., native and Temple University graduate. She was a writer, producer and director for college sports television programming in Charlotte, N.C. Energized by the 2016 elections, she decided to take a hiatus from TV production, and return to campaign work as a field and digital organizer for the North Carolina Democratic Party’s coordinated campaign. Following the elections, Kenner moved back to Pennsylvania and currently lives in Harrisburg while working as the director of campaigns for the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center (PBPC).