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A Blizzard of Bids at Equal Justice Foundation Auction
A February blizzard that left unprepared weather forecasters speechless did not hamper the festivities of the annual Equal Justice Foundation Auction at the Law School. More than anything, the snow helped transform Silverman Hall into a storm shelter and its inhabitants into revelers. This year the Silent Auction items were also listed on the Internet at www.webcharity.com so bidders could shop and bid on select items in advance, during and after the auction. In total, $41,000 was raised for students to pursue jobs in public interest law during the summers between law school. Next year’s event is scheduled to take place at the Law School on Thursday, February 21, 2002.
The occasion honored 80 Penn Law students who have gone above and beyond the mandatory 70 hours of public service to the community. The Fifth Annual Public Service/Public Interest Awards Ceremony in April honored students who worked two summers in public interest jobs; performed over 80 hours of public service; coordinated a special public service event; or acted as a manager or served as a board member of a student service project, such as Christmas in April, during which students rehabilitated a house in West Philadelphia. The Henry Meacham Public Service Award, awarded by fellow students, was presented to Chandra Bhatnagar 2L. Bhatnagar spent two summers performing public service at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in New York, and for the Bonded Labor Liberation Front in New Delhi, India. He is president of the United Law Students of Color Council.
The Fourth Annual Symposium of the Journal of Constitutional Law examined “Equal Protection After the Rational Basis Era: Is it Time to Reassess the Current Standards of Review?” The symposium, co-sponsored by the Penn Center on Professionalism and the National Constitution Center, explored the standards of review employed in Equal Protection cases. Taking into account recent modifications to a once clear-cut structure for judicial review, the Symposium examined the goals and principles behind constitutional standards of review and discussed the continuing viability and desirability of the existing framework. This academic year the Con Law Symposium, “Native American Law and the Constitution,” will take place on February 1-2, 2002.
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