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Prof. Edward B. Rock named senior advisor

Penn Law to establish ACE Rule of Law Fellowship with Human Rights First

Penn Law signs MOU with National Law School of India University, Bangalore

CTIC: Catalyzing research where law, technology, and public policy intersect

Reunion 2013

Reunion 2012

LAS Annual Awards Ceremony and Reception

Inaugural Alumni Club of the Year Award

Alumni Events

Law School volunteer needs – and you

Penn Law percentages

Penn Law recognizes excellence in teaching

Penn Law launches new website

Cynthia Dahl

Sarah Barringer Gordon

Kara Finck

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Class of 2015

Meet the Class of 2015

Of the 244 members of the University of Pennsylvania Law School Class of 2015 only one can run a marathon in less than three hours, but the unique interests and abilities of each student comprise an incoming class as multitalented as it is diverse, in every conceivable way.

First-year JD students arrived on campus for orientation in August, adding to the depth of the Law School’s existing diversity. They traveled from 37 states and the District of Columbia, and came from countries around the world, including Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, India, South Korea, and Singapore. More »

Penn Law Capital Campaign Raises $180 Million, Surpassing $175 Million Goal

Donor support enables historic expansion of world-class faculty, programs, financial support while maintaining small class size

In a time of significant change for the legal academy and the profession, the University of Pennsylvania Law School has completed a record-breaking capital campaign, raising $180 million. The successful fundraising effort has enabled Penn Law proactively to transform its academic program and the way in which it prepares students for success in a rapidly evolving legal landscape.

“Bold Ambitions: The Campaign for Penn Law,” which surpassed its fundraising goal of $175 million, has served to transform the Law School’s physical and intellectual environment, increasing student financial aid by more than 100 percent, expanding the faculty by more than 40 percent, increasing to 35 the number of joint degree and certificate programs the Law School offers, and adding 50,000 square feet to an entirely rebuilt Penn Law campus. More »


Professor Edward Rock Prof. Edward B. Rock named senior advisor

Prof. Edward B. Rock has been named senior advisor to the president and provost and director of open course initiatives at Penn. In this new position, Rock will oversee the implementation of Penn’s partnership with Coursera, the online platform for open-access, non-credit classes. He will work closely with the president, provost, deans, department chairs and other University leaders to build administrative frameworks and advance the integration of online learning initiatives into curricular and instructional support programs on campus.

ACE Rule of Law Fellowship Penn Law to establish ACE Rule of Law Fellowship with Human Rights First

In an effort to create new pathways for students to build careers in international rule of law and human rights, the Law School is establishing the ACE Rule of Law Fellowship with the generous support of both the ACE Charitable Foundation and ACE Limited General Counsel Robert Cusumano, a 1980 Penn Law graduate. Human Rights First, a preeminent legal advocacy organization, will partner with Penn Law to enable graduates to work at Human Rights First on cutting-edge projects in rule of law and global human rights. 

The creation of the ACE Rule of Law Fellowship will provide five Penn Law graduates over the next five years opportunities to advocate for human rights, compliance with international norms and standards of good governance and human rights, and improved operation of legal systems around the globe.  Graduating law students and recent alumni will be eligible for the fellowship, whose applications will be reviewed by an International Advisory Board convened by Penn Law.   One Fellow will be chosen each year, and Fellows will immerse themselves in one or more of Human Rights First’s programmatic areas, such as Egypt and the Arab Spring; internet freedom and privacy; national security and human rights; and crimes against humanity.

India MOU Penn Law signs MOU with National Law School of India University in Bangalore

In July, Dean Michael A. Fitts traveled to India to sign a memorandum of understanding with National Law School of India University in Bangalore and to further Penn Law School’s engagement with leading legal academics and practitioners in this important country. The MOU provides for an exchange of students between Penn Law and NLS, India’s most prestigious law school, and establishes a foundation for collaborative research and other institutional initiatives. The exchange will commence in Fall 2013.

Fitts led a delegation that included six Penn Law faculty members and Associate Dean for International Programs Amy Gadsden. The faculty members participated in a high-level roundtable on patent and copyright law issues that brought together leading figures in this area from academia, government and the private sector.

CTIC CTIC: Catalyzing research where law, technology, and public policy intersect

Penn Law’s Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition (CTIC), which marks its fifth anniversary this year, has established itself as a leading academic center at the intersection of technology and public policy. CTIC was founded to “promote pathbreaking research into emerging issues of technology and innovation policy,” said Christopher S. Yoo, John H. Chestnut Professor of Law and the Center’s founding director.

Over the past five years, the Center has organized annual conferences, including one earlier this year on cloud computing, sponsored numerous workshop series, and hosted visiting scholars. CTIC faculty members have taught an innovative Global Research Seminar, which brought together students from Penn Law and the Techische Universität Dresden for a comparative study of U.S. and European telecommunications law. And just this month the Center sponsored a roundtable discussion at the National Law School of India University in Bangalore about emerging issues in copyright and patent law.

In the coming academic year, CTIC will continue to expand its scope. The Center will welcome its first research fellow and will integrate its work with the Law School’s new Detkin Intellectual Property and Technology Clinic. A CTIC conference in October, co-sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, will bring together scholars from around the country to consider the evolving Internet, revisiting the issue of cloud computing and such other developments as the shift to wireless technology. Another conference later in the year will explore the integration of law and computer science, and in the spring a series of one-day workshops will examine emerging patent issues. Reflecting on the planned activity, Yoo said: “2013 is going to be a banner year for us.”


Penn Law Reunion Looking ahead: Reunion 2013

For those of you in class years ending in 3’s and 8’s (2003, 2008, and so forth), this year’s Reunion 2013 is set for Friday, May 10th and Saturday, May 11th. 

This year’s Reunion will once again feature CLEs led by our Penn Law faculty and alumni, class cocktail parties throughout the law school, tours of the new Golkin Hall, a family picnic, and opportunities to visit local museums (including the brand new Barnes Foundation).  It will once again conclude with our Gala Cocktail Reception & Dinner at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. 

Please mark your calendars, and we hope you can join us!

Reunion 2012 Looking back: Reunion 2012

Reunion is both a time for recalling memories and for marking new beginnings. Almost 700 Penn Law alumni and their guests returned to the Law School for Reunion Weekend on May 11 and 12, 2012 to see classmates and other Law School friends.  Those who hadn’t visited campus in a while were amazed at the changes, most dramatically, Golkin Hall, the state-of-the-art building which completes Penn Law’s magnificent and physically integrated campus, and embodies its distinctive vision for an interdisciplinary legal education.

The most compelling reason to attend Reunion, however, is the chance to visit with old friends. Whether at the stimulating panel discussions, Friday night class cocktail parties, the courtyard picnic or the elegant Reunion Gala at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the weekend provided numerous opportunities for alumni to compare careers, introduce their families, and recount stories long forgotten.

Click here for photo galleries from Reunion 2012.

Nicolas Bratza and Cathy Carr
Sir Nicolas Bratza & Cathy Carr

Robert Friedman and Safra Catz
Robert Friedman & Robert

Ethan Fogel and Justine Andronici
Ethan Fogel & Justine Andronici
Law Alumni Society’s Annual Awards Ceremony and Reception

The LAW ALUMNI SOCIETY will be presenting
Penn Law’s Annual ALUMNI AWARDS CEREMONY & RECEPTION on Wednesday, October 24th

Please join us as we honor the following distinguished Penn Law alumni and former members of the Penn Law faculty:

Sir Nicolas Bratza (former Penn Law faculty/current head of the Penn Law European Society)
James Wilson Award (honoring service to the legal profession)

Cathy Carr L’79
Louis H. Pollak Award (honoring a career of advancing justice through the service of others)

Robert Friedman L’67
Distinguished Service Award (honoring service to Penn Law)

Robert Marchman L’83
Alumni Award of Merit (honoring professional achievement and service to Penn Law)

Ethan Fogel L’83
 Howard Lesnick Pro Bono Award (honoring an alumnus/a who has embodied the spirit of the Public Service Program through a sustained commitment to pro bono and/or public service throughout a private sector career)

Justine Andronici L’02
Young Alumni Award (honoring the professional achievement of an alumnus/a who has graduated within the past 10 years)

Read about our honorees here

Boston Alumni Club Inaugural Alumni Club of the Year Award

Recognized for its structure, enthusiasm and the outreach it offers its alumni, the Penn Law Boston Alumni Club received the inaugural Penn Law Alumni Club of the Year 2012 Award. The new award “honors an alumni club that has provided outstanding outreach to its alumni through a range of offerings, growth in leadership, new initiatives, and proactive organization and mobilization of local alumni in its region.” Started four years ago, the club has held four faculty speaker receptions; hosted Summer Celebrations for alumni, summer interns and entering 1Ls; held a private tour and reception at Fenway Park; and raised funds for Public Interest summer fellowships. For a listing of other alumni clubs, click here.

Alumni Events

Alumni Events
Alumni events

Large groups of Penn Law graduates often gather for alumni events around the world – and often at very diverse locations.  Can you guess which one of these is a recent Behind-the-Scenes Reception and Tour at MetLife Stadium and which shows LLM alumni on their way to their gala dinner at this summer’s PLES (Penn Law European Society) Prague 2012 weekend?

Be sure you’re included in these (and smaller alumni events) by keeping us up to date on where you live and your current e-mail (  And check out upcoming events – hopefully we’ll see you soon in New Jersey or Europe – or points in between.

  Law School volunteer needs – and you

You might be surprised at the range of volunteer needs at the Law School – helping with your reunion, participating in a Career Planning & Professionalism panel, mentoring a LL.M. student, serving as a supervising attorney/resource for students involved in pro bono projects. And there’s more.  Read about what the Law School needs and you can provide, and then sign up here.

Penn Law Percentages
L to R: Charles Clayman L'69,
Samantha Kantor L'10, Amanda
Marzullo L'08, Thomas Rotko L'94
Penn Law percentages

At Clayman & Rosenberg LLP, a 12-attorney NYC law firm, a third of the lawyers are Penn Law grads…a significantly high percentage we think. And they’re from three generations, bringing a wide range of expertise, education and years in the profession.

How does a “dynasty” like this get started? Usually with one person making a decision or taking a step.  In this case, Thomas Rotko L’94 was leaving the Manhattan District Attorney’s office and looking for a firm where he could practice white-collar criminal defense. Through a Penn Law posting, he found Clayman & Rosenberg, and realized the founder and chair Charles Clayman L’69 was not only an alumnus too but knew people Tom knew as well…he got in touch, interviewed, joined the firm in 2001 and became a partner in 2005; Chuck had started the firm in 1978.

Keeping that Penn Law connection going, the firm posted job opportunities with the Law School in 2011, this time hiring the next generation of Penn Law attorneys: Samantha Kantor L’10 and then Amanda Marzullo L’08, G’08 a year later. A high (and valued) Penn Law percentage indeed.


Theodore Ruger, Tess Wilkinson-Ryan, Peter Grossi and David Rudovsky
L to R, top to bottom: Theodore Ruger, Tess Wilkinson-Ryan, David Rudovsky, Peter Gross
Penn Law recognizes excellence in teaching

The Law School named four recipients of teaching awards for the 2011-12 academic year. They are Theodore Ruger (Robert A. Gorman Award for Excellence in Teaching), Tess Wilkinson-Ryan (A. Leo Levin Award for Excellence in an Introductory Course), Peter Grossi (Adjunct Teaching Award) and David Rudovsky (Harvey Levin Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence).

Cynthia Dahl Penn Law launches new website

Penn Law has launched its new website,, designed with an eye for easy, at-a-glance navigation and which showcases the Law School’s vibrant intellectual community, as well as the many rich professional and social opportunities available to law students and alumni. Importantly, the new site embeds a host of social networking functionality that allows Penn Law community members to share ideas and content with Penn and global audiences.

Cynthia Dahl Cynthia Dahl appointed Director of the New Detkin Intellectual Property and Technology Clinic

Cynthia Dahl, an accomplished intellectual property lawyer and leader with experience as both corporate counsel and law firm litigator, is the inaugural Director of the Law School’s new Detkin Intellectual Property and Technology Clinic. Dahl, who began practicing intellectual property law in New York after graduating from Stanford Law School, joined the Penn Law faculty as a Practice Associate Professor and head of the clinic.

Sarah Gordon Sarah Barringer Gordon appointed as a Distinguished Lecturer by the Organization of American Historians

Sarah Barringer Gordon, Arlin M. Adams Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Professor of History, has been appointed a Distinguished Lecturer by the Organization of American Historians (OAH). Gordon, who specializes in American religious and legal history, is one of 25 scholars joining the OAH program.

Kara Finck Kara Finck named director of Penn Law's Child Advocacy Clinic

Kara Finck, most recently Managing Attorney for the public interest organization The Bronx Defenders, is the new Director of the Law School’s Child Advocacy Clinic. Finck, who entered public service after graduating from Columbia University School of Law in 2001, joined the  faculty as a Practice Associate Professor and will lead the interdisciplinary Clinic.


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