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Spring 2009

South Africa Constitutional Court Justice Jennifer Yvonne Mokgoro, LLM ’90

Penn Law in the World

From welcoming a new dean for international programs who served at the U.S. State Department to having a student motorcycling through the Middle East on a Fulbright Fellowship and sending students on international fellowships this summer, Penn Law’s engagement with the world continues to grow.  One of our 2009 graduates created a foreign policy web site; a Penn Law delegation testified before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights; South Africa Constitutional Court Justice Jennifer Yvonne Mokgoro, LLM ’90, was our commencement speaker; Professor Bill Burke-White accepted a position in the State Department; and the Penn Law European Society (PLES) holds its 2009 conference June 19-21 in Bologna, Italy.

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Campaign Corner

Bold Ambitions Donations Bold Ambitions, the Campaign for Penn Law, continues to move closer to meeting our goal to raise $175 million for scholarships, professorships, capital projects and the Annual Fund which supports scholarship and financial aid. In the current economy, annual gifts are a particular challenge, so during June we are specifically focused on donor participation. You can help meet our challenge to reach 1000 donors during June which will prompt an additional $125,000 in challenge gifts. You can track the progress of the June Challenge here.

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Gail LioneGail Lione’s (L'74) belief in “giving back when you have benefited from a positive experience” guides much of her life. As a Law School donor and a member of the Law Alumni Society Board of Managers, Gail generously follows this principle of giving back.

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September 21, 2009

Penn Law Professionalism Day
The second annual Professionalism Day for the 1L Class kicks off in the morning followed by an Alumni Networking Luncheon at 12:00. Sponsored by the Penn Law Center on Professionalism, first year law students meet with alumni from a variety of work environments and learn more about the practice of law.

September 23, 2009, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

The Law and Entrepreneurship Lecture on September 23 will feature distinguished alumnus John Peter Suarez (L’91), current Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Wal-Mart.

October 29, 2009, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

The Distinguished Jurist Lecture on October 29 will feature The Honorable Lewis A. Kaplan, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.



Members of the class of 1984 at the 2009 Reunion
Members of the Class of 1984 enjoy dinner in Biddle Law Library
A record-breaking 625 alumni returned to Penn Law School for Alumni Weekend, May 15th and 16th, to celebrate class reunions, attend CLE discussions, sightsee around Philadelphia, enjoy a picnic in the courtyard, and catch up with friends and classmates.

Alumni Clubs

NYC ALumni club leaders

Penn Law NYC Alumni Club leaders (l to r): Julius Towers L'03, Sara Shikhman L'06, Melissa Iachan L'06, Ben Schireson L'05

Bringing the total of Penn Law Alumni Clubs around the world to 18, four new groups were recently chartered by the Law Alumni Society Board of Managers: the Penn Law Indianapolis, Italy, and Wilmington Alumni Clubs and the Penn Law Lambda Alumni Association. For a complete listing of alumni clubs and upcoming groups, click here.

Career Connections

For our Alumni in Transition

The National Association for Law Placement and ALI-ABA joined together to produce a 75-minute presentation on Managing a Legal Career Transition in Tough Times. Marcia Pennington Shannon and Susan G. Manch of Shannon & Manch LLP donated their time and talent to the project to assist lawyers and 3Ls who are currently seeking employment. The presentation addresses the current state of the legal employment market, tips on conducting an effective job search, ways to gain experience while searching for a new position, and more.

To view or download, go here.

CP&P and the Job Market

The Penn Law office of Career Planning & Professionalism continues to be proactive in dealing with the challenges of the current legal job market. Throughout the year, the CP&P staff developed new and innovative programming, increased counseling efforts, created an Alumni Jobs Newsletter, and staff members went to New York and Washington, D.C. for information sessions and offered individual counseling appointments for alumni in those cities.

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Student News

Two 2009 graduates win Black Law Students’ Association national moot court competition.

Students honored by Philadelphia Bar Association for public interest work and international achievements, and by the Equal Justice Foundation.

Faculty News

Dean Michael A. Fitts tells Third Circuit Judicial Conference that law students need to learn "problem solving as opposed to issue-spotting."

Tom Baker writes in the New York Times that an annuity scheme popular in the late 19th Century could hold the key to providing health insurance for adults ages 19-29, who account for more than one-third of all uninsured adults.

Cary Coglianese testifies on the role of science in government regulation.

Kermit Roosevelt, a former law clerk to Justice David Souter and author of The Myth of Judicial Activism, talks with NPR about the “activist” label and the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court.

Alan Lerner studies the role of emotion in modern legal education.

Catherine Struve studies the tension between justice and efficiency.

Wendell Pritchett named chancellor of Rutgers-Camden.

School News

Support expanded for public interest careers.

New Supreme Court Clinic seeks cases.

Professors washed a student’s car, while wearing roller skates.

Spring barbecue featured food, fun and dodgeball.

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