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ASIAN STUDENT CONFERENCE PONDERS CIVIL LIBERTIES AFTER 9/11

Civil rights evaporated for many Japanese-Americans during World War II – a lesson not lost on Penn Law’s Asian students who gathered in February for a daylong discussion of how 9/11 has affected individual liberties.

The 2nd Annual Conference of Mid-Atlantic Pacific American Law Students, hosted by the Penn chapter, featured panels such as “Immigrant Rights After 9/11” and “National Security versus Individual Rights?”, moderated by Penn Professor of Law Howard Chang. Also addressed were legislative efforts to protect Americans from potential terrorist activities of international students and the indictment of Lynne Stewart, an attorney who represented a convicted terrorist.

Keynote speakers Ron Daniels and Angela Oh rounded out the program. Daniels is executive director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, a nonprofit legal and educational organization dedicated to protecting and advancing the rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Oh is a principal at Oh & Barerra in Los Angeles. She was appointed by President Clinton to the President’s Initiative on Race, and teaches Race and American Law at the University of California Irvine.

Here Comes the Clerk
HIGH NUMBER OF PENN LAW STUDENTS WORKING FOR JUDGES

Nearly 22 percent of Penn Law’s graduating class will begin clerkships this fall, placing the institution higher than ever among other elite schools. Last year the University of Chicago posted 24 percent of its students to clerkships, Harvard Law School, 21.9 percent; NYU School of Law, 16.2 percent; and Columbia Law School, 15 percent.

Penn students will clerk in the First, Second, Third, Fourth, Eighth and Federal Circuits, in District Courts throughout the East Coast and from California to Florida, and in premier state courts, including the Delaware Chancery Court and the Supreme Court of New Jersey. In all, 47 members of the class of 2003 will clerk this year.

“The high number of Penn Law students serving as clerks is a testament to the quality of the students and the education they receive here,” said Assistant Professor of Law Catherine Struve, who chairs Penn Law’s Clerkship Committee.

TEAM MAKES REGIONAL FINALS IN TRIAL COMPETITION
Kudos to a team of Penn Law students - Aisha Henry 3L, Tara Elliott 3L, and Dina Kulker 3L - who made it to the regional finals of the National Trial Competition in Philadelphia last February. To reach the finals, Henry and Elliott argued the prosecution side in Lone Star v. Richard Grouper, a kidnapping and felony murder case. Other team members were Sara Maurizi 3L, Rosanna Taormina 2L, and Mike Warner 3L.

 
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