Spring 2000

Fall 1999

A Message from the Dean

Cities at the Horizon
Communities at the Horizon
Eastward from Our Horizon: U.S., China & Russia
Beyond the Horizon: Innovation and Technology

ILE Lecture: Charles A. Heimbold, Jr. L'60
Profile: Richard E. Rosin L'68
Profile: Pamela Daley L'79
Profile: Professor Jason Johnston
Profile: Howard Chang
Profile: Robert A. Gorman
Oral Legal History Project

Snippets of History
Symposium
Faculty Notes
Alumni Briefs
In Memoriam

Penn Law


Career Planning and Placement Report

Judicial Clerkships are among   the most prestigious and strategically important assignments that graduating students can obtain. Penn Law School marshaled forces together in the Fall of 1999 with the dual goals of raising studentsí awareness of these opportunities and increasing the number of clerkships offered to graduates.

The Clerkship committee of Professors Barbara Bennett Woodhouse, Frank Goodman, and Assistant Dean Jo-Ann Verrier of Career Planning and Placement successfully piqued the interest of second-year students in the option of clerking. They then facilitated the efforts of two dozen of their faculty colleagues in writing recommendation letters for the students. Three years ago, Penn Law was the first school to implement the all-in-one presentation of Penn Law students in a cohesive package Ė studentsí materials are mailed directly with faculty letters of recommendation. This method has received high praise from judgesí chambers. This year, approximately eighty students from the Class of 2001 applied for clerkships in chambers in federal and state courts around the country.

To date, the Class of 2000 boasts forty class members who have received judicial clerkships. As a sample of these plum assignments, Sigal Mandelker will clerk for Justice Clarence Thomas on the U.S. Supreme Court after a year clerking for Judge Edith Jones, USCA 5th Circuit. BLSA president Damon Hewitt will clerk for Judge Eric Clay of USCA 6th Circuit, and Editor in Chief of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Daniel Garodnick, will clerk for Judge Colleen McMahon on the USDC, SDNY.

But clerkships arenít the only story in Career Planning & Professionalism. In January 2000, Penn Law alumni hosted law students for a day during Leadersí Week. Law School Overseers Fred Blume Lí66, John K. Castle, Saul A. Fox Lí78, Charles A. Heimbold, Jr. Lí60, James J. Sandman Lí76, and Glen A. Tobias Lí66 were among the hosts who gave students a quick immersion course in what awaits them after Penn Law.

The Career Planning & Professionalism team first reaches out to students upon their arrival at Penn Law. Through the three years of the J.D. program and the one year of the LL.M. program, students participate in orientations, information seminars, mock interviews, networking receptions, resume drafting workshops, and job fairs that prepare them with a knowledge and skill base to launch their legal careers after Penn. An expansive reference library and on-site advisors help focus studentsí energies and ambitions in their search process.

Alumni are gratefully welcomed to participate in these and other programs. One can volunteer to be part of the Law Alumni Network, or as a host for a day during Leadership Week, and as a panelist at career information seminars and more. Contact Jo-Ann Verrier to join the effort to mentor Penn Law students. (215-898-6746, or jverrier@law.upenn.edu)

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