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The University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School’s Center for Technology, Innovation & Competition (CTIC) has awarded the CTIC Summer Public Interest Fellowships to students Gerald Adams L’22 and Joshua Burd L’22.

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On Wednesday, July 8, 2020, the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School held the second event in its summer series, A Path for Change: Policing in America. The series is part of a yearlong colloquium, Achieving Racial Justice, as one of many initiatives Penn Law will be implementing in the coming months “to work internally and externally against anti-Black violence and racism and to promote meaningful change toward a more just reality.”
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If you are interested in being considered for the Toll Public Interest Fellows Program, please answer all of the questions via the application no later than 5:00 pm EST on Wednesday, July 22, 2020.

Jocelyn A. K. Walcott, a JD/MSEd candidate, has spent the summer as an intern at the United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR).
On Wednesday June 24, 2020, the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School held the first event in its summer series, A Path for Change: Policing in America. The series is part of a yearlong colloquium, Achieving Racial Justice. 
A historic number of University of Pennsylvania Carey Law school JD and LLM grads to launch public interest careers to serve communities in need.
Giwa-Ojuri was selected as a recipient of the EJW Fellowship from a pool of over 430 applicants.
Su Ming Yeh L’04, Matthew Feldman L’18, Jonathan Feinberg L’01 and Professor David Rudovsky
Demonstrating the powerful partnership that can occur between private and public sector lawyers, a class action lawsuit has been brought against the City of Philadelphia on behalf of all medically vulnerable incarcerated people in the Philadelphia county prisons. Representation for the plaintiffs include Law School alumni and faculty.
Sansom St. entrance to Golkin Hall.

The course, co-taught by Professor John Hollway, is held bi-weekly and features small, student-led discussions about various contemporary issues in policing

With the Independence Foundation fellowship, Valerie Snow L’20 will work at Philadelphia’s SeniorLAW Center, focusing on the legal rights of low-income seniors.

The Skadden Foundation recently announced that University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School 3L Mariel Mussack has secured one of its coveted fellowships.

Military veteran Andrew Timmick talks about his choice to serve in the armed forces and his transition to studying law.
Alumni Gregory B. David L’04, Clare Putnam Pozoz L’07, Jennifer Arbittier Williams C’92 L’95 and former Lecturer Alison Kehner discuss leadership in the EDPA.
On November 13, Sandie Okoro, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the World Bank, presen...
On November 13, Sandie Okoro, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the World Bank, presented the The Leon C. & June W. Holt Lecture in International Law at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School.
Nicole Isaac L'04 discusses public service at the 2019 annual Leo Model dinner.
At the annual Leo Model Foundation Government Service & Public Affairs Initiative dinner, Nicole Isaac L’04 shared her professional journey from law school, to government service in the Obama administration, to her current role as the head of North America policy at LinkedIn.
Connected: Reimagining Community in the Pursuit of Justice
Ariana Brill L'19
Each year, Equal Justice Works selects a class of public service leaders who have designed two-year projects in partnership with legal services organizations that help build sustainable solutions in the communities where they serve. Brill was one of 76 new lawyers selected from over 450 applicants.
This month marks the thirtieth anniversary of Penn Law’s Public Interest Program, which since its inception has made Penn Law a leader among United States law schools in fostering an ethos of public service.
Sarah Greenberger L’05, Todd A. Cox L’92, and Premal Dharia L’03 speak during a panel m...
The dinner, co-sponsored by the Leo Model Foundation for Government Service and Public Affairs, brought together more than 50 Penn Law students, alumni, and staff for a celebration of service.
Katrín Jakobsdóttir, Prime Minister of Iceland and Co-Chair of the 2018 Women Leaders Global Forum.
Rangita de Silva de Alwis, the University of Pennsylvania Law School’s Associate Dean for International Programs, will be a featured participant at a major international summit, the Women Leaders Global Forum in Reykjavik, Iceland.
The bill, which is currently working its way through City Council and may soon come up for a vote, would protect tenants by preventing landlords from terminating tenants’ leases without just cause.
Sherrilyn Ifill
Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, spoke at Penn Law on October 4th about the modern Supreme Court nomination process.
The panel presentation, part of Public Interest Week programming, explored how the policy emerged over time and connects to longstanding inequalities in the family immigration system.
The 11th Annual Public Interest Week brings together students, noted public interest lawyers, policymakers, and scholars for events addressing the theme of “Justice for All.”
Emily Lubin L'19 recounts her summer internship with the Alaska Public Defender Agency in Fa...
In this pathway, Emily Lubin L’19 recounts her summer internship with the Alaska Public Defender Agency in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Margaret Zhang L’15 works as a legal fellow at the Women’s Law Project advocating for pregnant and breastfeeding women in PA workplaces, schools, and prisons.
Students from Penn Law's Interdisciplinary Child Advocacy Clinic work at the Children’s Hospita...
Penn Law continues to build upon programs that create pathways to careers in public interest and government.
Penn Law’s important assets are people: those who are learning the law and those who educate and support them.
Members of Penn Law’s public interest community gathered together in an annual celebration of public service and exemplary achievements in pro bono.
Rodney Holcombe L’17 works as a legal fellow at the Drug Policy Alliance in Oakland, California.
Rodney Holcombe L’17 works as a legal fellow at the Drug Policy Alliance in Oakland, California.
Carl Snodgrass L'17 is the Debtors' Prisons Fellow at the ACLU's Racial Justice Program.
Carl Snodgrass L’17 has joined the ACLU’s Racial Justice Program as the Debtors’ Prisons Fellow with the support of a postgraduate fellowship from Penn Law.
Patrick A. Berry L'18 was presented with the Samuel T. Gomez Award at the annual dinner of the As...
Penn Law student Patrick A. Berry L’18 was named the recipient of the Samuel T. Gomez Award by the Philadelphia Bar Foundation and the Asian American Bar Association of Philadelphia.

Honorary Fellow-in-Residence Juan Cartagena and guest speaker Cecilia Wang discuss strategies for successful advocacy during TPIC’s 10th annual public interest week.

The EJF Auction is a part of Penn Law's Public Interest Week.
The EJF is a student-run organization that funds Penn Law students pursuing public interest work and serving communities whose legal needs may otherwise go unmet. All proceeds from the auction are given as grants to students.
Robert Toll L’66 and Jane Toll GSE’66 donate  million to expand Penn Law's public interest pr...
Gift from Robert Toll L’66 and Jane Toll GSE’66 further increases access for Penn Law students to pursue impactful public service careers
Penn Law’s Youth Advocacy Project supports minors prosecuted as adults.
Juan Cartagena is the President and General Counsel of LatinoJustice PRLDEF.
Penn Law’s 10th annual Public Interest Week runs until February 23, bringing noted bringing noted public interest lawyers, including this year’s Public Interest Week Honorary Fellow-in-Residence Juan Cartagena, to the Law School for a variety of panels and discussions.
The Environmental Law Project connects students to opportunities in environmental legal practice.

Penn Law students from the Environmental Law Project (ELP) argue that the proposed repeal is not supported by scientific evidence, and that the agency’s change in course is not supported by a valid justification.

George Donnelly L'15 will continue his work on tenant rights with the Public Interest Law Center ...
Penn Law alumnus George Donnelly L’15 has been awarded a Public Interest Law Fellowship from the Independence Foundation to continue his work with Philadelphia’s Public Interest Law Center representing tenants and developing strong legal protections for the housing rights of low-income Pennsylvanians.
Albert Pak L'18 and Jayme Wiebold L'18 will pursue public interest careers as Skadden Fellows.
Two Penn Law students, Albert Pak L’18 and Jayme Wiebold L’18, have been awarded Skadden Fellowships to pursue work in the public interest. These highly competitive postgraduate fellowships fund two years of work providing legal services to the poor, the elderly, the homeless, the disabled, and those deprived of their civil or human rights.
Shira Perlmutter L ’83 visited Penn Law this fall semester as part of the Leo Model Foundation fellows program.
Nancy Nord’s visit to Penn law with The Leo Model Foundation as the Fall 2017 Distinguished Policy Fellow.
Emily Sutcliffe (sixth from left) trained human rights attorneys and activists in Malaysia as par...
As part of the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative, in partnership with the Malaysian Centre for Constitutionalism and Human Rights, Penn Law’s Emily Sutcliffe traveled to Malaysia to conduct a week-long training for human rights attorneys and activists.
Helen Eisner L'12 began doing investigative work in Penn Law's Legislative Clinic.
Helen Eisner L’12 explains the investigative work done by the Office of Congressional Ethics.
Most recently, David Washington L'15 was a law clerk to the Honorable Carmen Consuelo Cerezo of t...
David Washington L’15 has been named the Penn Law Civil Rights Fellow, a new, two-year, post-graduate fellowship created by Penn Law and the Southern Poverty Law Center for graduating public interest students and recent alumni.
Devin Troy L'18 spent seven weeks at Morgan Lewis and three weeks at the nonprofit Women Against ...
In this dispatch, Devin Troy L’18 describes her experience as part of the Morgan Lewis Community Experience program.
Isabel Abreu L'16 is using her postgraduate fellowship to bring immigration assistance to victims...
With the support of a postgraduate fellowship from Penn Law, Isabel Abreu L’16 is working in the legal services department of HIAS Pennsylvania, where she provides immigration assistance to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault who live in counties outside of Philadelphia.
Penn Law graduates frequently start their public interest careers as the recipients of fellowships.
Seven Penn Law graduates and alumni were awarded fellowships to launch their public interest careers.
After seeing unfair practices in the mortgage industry during an internship while a Penn Law stud...
With the support of an Equal Justice Works Fellowship, Penn Law graduate Frank White L’16 is fighting these predatory lending in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia.
Sheerine Alemzadeh L'11 was a Toll Public Interest Scholar and received a Skadden Fellowship afte...
Sheerine Alemzadeh L’11 has co-founded a new nonprofit in Chicago called Healing to Action, whose mission is to advance a worker-led movement to end gender violence.
Patricia Stottlemyer L'17 will join Human Rights First's Washington, D.C., office.
Patricia Stottlemyer L’17 has been awarded this year’s Chubb Rule of Law Fellowship to support her work in international law and human rights following her graduation from Penn Law this year.
Penn Law and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) have created a new, two-year, post-graduate fellowship for a new or recent graduate to work with the SPLC’s Special Litigation Practice Group.
Penn Law Dean Ted Ruger joined fellow law school deans in urging that funding be maintained for t...
Penn Law Dean Ted Ruger is one of 166 law school deans from around the country who have signed a letter addressed to the Chairs of the U.S. House and Senate Appropriations Committee, as well as the Chairs of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, & Related Agencies, urging them to maintain funding for the Legal Services Corporation.
Transnational Legal Clinic lecturer in law Ayodele Gansallo has been working hard to assist those affected by the recent Trump travel ban. Click the link to read more on Philly.com
Gonzalez-Pagan described the process of getting into government work at the entry level, especial...
On February 24, Penn Law, as a part of Public Interest Week, hosted a panel titled “Making an Impact as a Government Lawyer,” where Marsha Chien L’10 and Omar Gonzalez-Pagan L’10 answered law students’ questions about working in state government.
“It’s just trying to mimic all the struggles, time pressures, and the resource pressures that...
On February 22, as a part of Penn Law’s ninth annual Public Interest Week, the Law School hosted “A Life Unraveled: How Criminal Records Destabilize the Lives of Low-Income Individuals.” The program simulated the struggles facing individuals with criminal backgrounds such as custody issues, access to housing, and financial stability.
The panelists were also in consensus that voter suppression should be more of a concern than vote...

On February 20, as a part of Penn Law’s Ninth Annual Public Interest Week, the Law School held an panel discussion titled “Voting Rights in Philadelphia: The 2016 Election from a Community Perspective.”

As an Equal Justice Works Fellow, Rick Mula L'15 works with LGBT youth through the Southern Pover...
Rick Mula L’15, an Equal Justice Works Fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center, promotes equal rights for LGBT youth through his public interest work.
Ted Ruger, Dean and Bernard G. Segal Professor of Law.
Penn Law Dean Ted Ruger affirms that “as a world-leading research and teaching institution, we must engage actively with students, attorneys, and policymakers from around the globe in order to prepare our students to be lawyers and leaders in an increasingly connected society and economy.”
Each year, Penn Law students and alumni win prestigious public interest fellowships.
Four Penn Law students and alumni have been awarded sought-after post-graduate fellowships to begin their public interest legal careers.
Philadelphia City Solicitor Sozi Pedro Tulante (center) discusses his career in government with P...
This past summer, six Penn Law students — three 2Ls and three 3Ls — had the opportunity to work in various areas of the government as Model Summer Fellows.
Penn Law Senior Fellow David Rudovsky is one of the nation's leading civil rights attorneys.
In Kuren v. Luzern County, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently ruled that public defender clients have the right to sue counties that do not provide adequate funding to their public defender offices. David Rudovsky explains the repercussions for public defender offices throughout Pennsylvania.
Penn Law offers Project-based Fellowships and Catalyst Fellowships to graduates and alumni seekin...
Six Penn Law graduates and alumni are hitting the ground running in their public interest careers with the help of postgraduate fellowships from Penn Law.
In 1989, Penn Law established the 70-hour pro bono requirement, which remains to this day the mos...
Pro bono service is one of the hallmarks of a Penn Law legal education. In this video feature, three students discuss their individual pro bono experiences and how those experiences influenced their thinking about the law.
National fellowships provide recipients with an entry into careers in public interest law.
Five Penn Law graduates and alumni were awarded prestigious national fellowships to pursue a diverse array of public interest projects.
Catalyst Fellowships allow graduates to take unpaid positions at government organizations and non...
Three Penn Law graduates, Elizabeth Frawley L’15, Daniel Lambright L’15, and Katharine Schulman L’15, began their careers in the public sector this year with the support of Penn Law’s Catalyst Fellowships.
The litigation team honored by CLS included Jamie Gullen L'12 (far left), Professor Seth Kreimer ...
Community Legal Services honored the litigation team in Peake v. Commonwealth, which included Penn Law professor Seth Kreimer, as well as Penn Law alumni Sharon M. Dietrich L’85 and Jamie Gullen L’12.
Each episode of TPIC's Perspectives on Public Interest podcast looks at the work done to address ...
The Toll Public Interest Center at Penn Law has launched Perspectives on Public Interest, a new podcast examining the causes and impacts of inequity, and avenues of positive change.
Rob Zielinski L’15 works as a staff attorney for the child representative program at Chicago Vo...
With the support of a postgraduate fellowship from Penn Law, Rob Zielinski L’15 is working as a staff attorney for the child representative program at Chicago Volunteer Legal Services.
Jack Regenbogen L’15 used his postgraduate fellowship to start the Second Chance Project throug...
Jack Regenbogen L’15 has launched the Second Chance Project, an initiative working toward passing a private sector “ban the box” law in Colorado.
The discussion included Denny Shupe L’89, member of the executive committee of Schnader Attorne...
Penn Law hosted a discussion on problems facing veterans as part of the Law School’s Eighth Annual Public Interest Week.
Crump is a partner at Parks & Crump, LLC in Tallahassee, Florida; president of the National B...
Public Interest Week Honorary Fellow Benjamin Crump gave a presentation titled “We Can’t Breathe: The Struggle to Resuscitate Due Process in Civil Rights § 1983 Police Brutality Cases.”
Azmy mainly cited the case Hassan v. City of New York to describe the extent and unlawfulness of ...
At an event titled “Challenging Muslim Profiling in Post 9/11 Era,” Baher Azmy, Legal Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights and a constitutional law professor at Seton Hall University, addressed the unconstitutionality of religious profiling that has been “embraced” in the post-9/11 era.
Paredes served as SEC commissioner from August 2008 to 2013 and is currently a Distinguished Poli...
On February 22, the start of Public Interest Week, former SEC commissioner Troy Paredes spoke about the SECs new crowdfunding rules, which could change the way that small businesses grow.
Benjamin Crump, partner at Parks & Crump, LLC in Tallahassee, Florida, president of the Natio...
Benjamin Crump, counsel for Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and Tamir Rice, is this year’s Honorary Fellow in Residence at Public Interest Week.
As a TPIC post-graduate fellow, Ben Wiener L'14 represents clients in post-conviction proceedings...
As the University of Pennsylvania Law Review Public Interest Fellow, Ben Wiener L’14 is providing public defense for indigent clients who have pleaded guilty through the Center for Appellate Litigation in New York City.
Penn Law professor Jacques deLisle stands with Wan-an Chiang LLM'04, L'06, one of Taiwan's newly ...
Wan-an Chiang LLM’04, L’06 and Chiao-hui Su LLM’07 were elected to the parliament in Taiwan, and they will be among the youngest members of Taiwan’s legislature.
Penn Law student organizers of the 2015 Sparer Symposium.
Sparer Symposium keynote speaker Brenda Wright discussed the ever-increasing roll of money in politics and how this money creates political inequality.
(From left) Ben Wiener L'14, Jack Regenbogen L'15, and Rob Zielinski L'15 were awarded 2015–201...
Three recent Penn Law graduates have been awarded 2015–2016 postgraduate fellowships from Penn Law and are currently working with public interest organizations across the country to serve underrepresented communities.
“There are about 2500 juveniles in the U.S. currently servicing life sentences without parole,â...
At “Don’t Throw Away the Key: Perspectives on Juvenile Life Without Parole Sentences,” panelists told stories from their own backgrounds and explained their advocacy for the complete abolishment of juvenile sentencing without parole.
Miriam Archibong L’16 has had two White House internships and is now working with other Penn La...
Miriam Archibong L’16 discusses how her Penn Law education has influenced her long-standing work in government and public policy.
In 2006, Penn Law's public interest program was renamed the Toll Public Interest Center, in recog...
Robert Toll L’66 and Jane Toll GSE’66 have given a $2.5 million gift, which will further support the Toll Public Interest Center (TPIC) and public interest programming at the Law School.
As Equal Justice Works Fellows, Valerie Baron L'12 and Rick Mula L'15 will work on projects speci...
Valerie Baron L’12 and Rick Mula L’15 were awarded Equal Justice Works Fellowships to fund their work on innovative projects for communities in need of legal assistance.
On February 26, the Toll Public Interest Center hosted a dinner and lecture by the Honorary Fello...
Reed Brody, the Honorary Fellow-in-Residence for this year’s Public Interest Week, discussed working high profile cases against dictators such as Augusto Pinochet, Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier, and Hissène Habré.
Whitney Viets L’15 is a Toll Public Interest Scholar and has worked on issues of refugee and as...
Whitney Viets L’15 has been awarded the 2014–15 ACE Rule of Law Fellowship, given annually to a Penn Law student or recent graduate pursuing an international public-interest law career.
The Skadden and Karpatkin Fellowships are prestigious public interest fellowships.
Two Penn Law students and one recent graduate were recently awarded prestigious Skadden Fellowships, and a Penn Law student was also selected for the highly coveted Marvin M. Karpatkin Fellowship from the American Civil Liberties Union in New York.
Howard has noted that it is personally fulfilling for a lawyer “to stand with those in trouble.”
The Public Service Program is, today, one of the Law School’s glories, and Howard Lesnick was the inspiration and force behind its creation.
The 34th Annual Edward V. Sparer Symposium was titled “Law 2.0: Progress and Challenges for Jus...
On November 14, Mark O’Brien spoke on the value of technology to at-risk communities. O’ Brien was keynote speaker for the University of Pennsylvania Law School’s 34th Annual Edward V. Sparer Symposium, titled “Law 2.0: Progress and Challenges for Justice in the Digital Age.”
Over the next several months, Penn Law will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Ac...

Penn Law and the University of Pennsylvania will be hosting a series of events highlighting the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The Model Government and Public Affairs Initiative will support students pursuing careers in gove...
A new gift from the Leo Model Foundation to the University of Pennsylvania Law School will create the Model Government and Public Affairs Initiative, a series of new programs designed to prepare students for fulfilling work in government and public policy.
The fair was divided into different categories of internship opportunities, such as “in-house,â...
On October 14, Penn Law’s Office of Career Planning and Professionalism hosted its annual 1L Summer Experience Fair. Second-year students who worked in various sectors in the legal field last summer talked with the 1Ls about their experiences and the summer job search process.
Five Penn Law graduates, supported by funding from Catalyst Grants, will be working in government...
Penn Law’s first class of Catalyst Grant recipients have begun their work in the public sector, working on everything from prosecuting criminals to determining the legal status of shipwrecks. The Catalyst Grant program provides a year of support for Penn Law graduates who serve in government or conduct human rights work.
Over the past 25 years, more than 6,000 student participants have worked in virtually every area ...
Marking a major milestone in legal education and emblematic of the service ethic at the core of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, this academic year Penn Law will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of its public interest program, featuring a year-long series of lectures, workshops, conferences focusing on the power and impacts of public service lawyering.
“I’m an advocate at heart, but I believe in the mission of the agency,” says Sohn.

Can Gigi Sohn L’86 keep both the internet and lines of communication with industry open?

Joanna Visser Adjoian L’10, Associate Director for the Toll Public Interest Center at the Unive...

Joanna Visser Adjoian L’10, Associate Director for Penn Law’s Toll Public Interest Center, has co-founded a new nonprofit, the Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project (YSRP), which aims to improve outcomes for minors entangled in the adult criminal justice system.

Paul H. Robinson,  the Colin S. Diver Professor of Law and Director of the Criminal Law Research ...
The Maldives has enacted a comprehensive penal code drafted by Prof. Paul Robinson and his students; it is the first in the world to incorporate the major tenets and principles of Islamic law.
The Rule of Law Policy and Practice Class was created to expose law students to the field of rule...
Penn Law’s Rule of Law Policy and Practice class traveled to Washington, DC for a day of meetings with key stakeholders in Rule of Law and International Human Rights arenas.
Dean Fitts was recognized for his vision and support of public service programs during his 14-yea...
University of Pennsylvania Law School Dean Michael A. Fitts has been honored with the Law School’s 2014 Beacon Award, which recognizes faculty members’ contributions to pro bono and public interest service.
Third-year University of Pennsylvania Law School student Lucia Hall Seyfarth L’14 has been awar...
Third-year University of Pennsylvania Law School student Lucia Hall Seyfarth L’14 has been awarded the 2014-15 ACE Rule of Law Fellowship, given annually to a Penn Law student or recent graduate pursuing an international public-interest law career.