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Charles E. Dorkey III

Charles E. Dorkey III L’73 has established the Torys Scholarship Fund to provide merit- or need-based financial support for two first-year students based on their academic record. Dorkey serves as managing partner and head of the litigation unit at the New York office of U.S.-Canadian business law firm Torys, which represents large and mid-sized industrial companies, service companies, and financial institutions in U.S. and cross-border transactions and litigation. “Torys is a great believer in supporting legal education,” says Dorkey, who hopes that students who benefit from the scholarship will take full advantage of their relationship with Torys by participating in the firm’s summer associate programs and learning about recruitment opportunities.

Since graduating, Dorkey has displayed an extraordinary commitment to supporting the future of the Law School. A former member of the school’s Board of Overseers, Dorkey is active in both the Law Alumni Society and Reunion. He also supported the school’s establishment of the Colin S. Diver Distinguished Chair in Leadership. ”So much of my success as a lawyer has depended on my education at Penn Law, and I wanted to give back,” he says.

A member of New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s Advisory Committee on the Judiciary, Dorkey has served as lead counsel in a number of significant cases involving major multinational companies in both the United States and abroad. He has also authored a number of articles on securities and corporate litigation which have appeared in leading legal journals. Among his many professional affiliations, Dorkey is a member of the Committee on Federal Courts of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, director of the Empire State Development Corporation, and director of the New York Parks and Conservation Association.

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