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Meet This Year's LLMs

New Legal Writing Dean

Copyright Trolls

Matt Cartwright

Fighting Crime with Cell Phones

Reunion 2013

PLES Alumni Coming Home

Campaign Close

Apulia – Undiscovered Italy

Regional Programs

Career Changes

Public Interest Week 2013

Pro Bono

Skadden Fellow

Market Ready Professionals

Dental School Partners on Newest Joint Degree

The Psychology of Contracts

Catherine Carr L'79 & Marisa Gold L'13 Honored

Segal Lecture

Detkin Clinic

Lecture Hall Named for Harold L'51 & Geraldine Cramer

2L Students Take Top Honors in IP LawMeet


Dean Michael Fitts on the value of Penn Law's cross-disciplinary model

Penn Law’s distinctive emphasis on cross-disciplinary education embraces a University-wide ideal of “integrating knowledge,” and its academic programs are fully integrated with other elite professional and graduate schools on campus, providing students an unparalleled opportunity to prepare for careers that engage virtually every major issue facing our society.

In a video feature, Penn Law’s Dean Michael A. Fitts discusses how the Law School’s cross-disciplinary approach prepares graduates to be leaders, advisors, and problem-solvers across fields and sectors in a complex, multi-dimensional society. More »

Bold Ambitions Campaign Raises $180 Million

Our $175 million Bold Ambition was surpassed! In a time of significant change for legal academies and the profession, the University of Pennsylvania Law School completed a record-breaking capital campaign, raising $180 million.

“Bold Ambitions: The Campaign for Penn Law” has had a tremendous impact on the Law School’s physical and intellectual environment. “The campaign has ushered in an era of momentous change at Penn Law driven by the need to innovate in an increasingly complex legal environment and to best train the next generation of lawyers,” said Michael A. Fitts, Dean of the Law School. “With these resources, the Law School is able to provide the finest cross-disciplinary, global legal education available anywhere in the country, now and for years to come.”

The impetus for the campaign, which was publicly announced in 2006, dates back to the beginning of Fitts’ tenure as Dean in 2000 and his vision for a revamped legal education. Fitts believed that new generations of lawyers would require not only classical training in legal reasoning but skill in substantive emerging areas of the 21st century as well. More »


LLM Class Meet This Year’s LLM Class

More than 100 internationally trained lawyers, judges, NGO leaders, government officials and other legal professionals comprise the largest LLM class in Penn Law’s history. More »

EleanorBarrett New Legal Writing Dean

Eleanor Roy Barrett L’05 has been appointed Associate Dean for Legal Writing and Communications, a new position created to enhance and expand the Law School’s legal writing and skills program. More »

Shyam Balganesh The Trouble with Copyright Trolls

Prof. Shyam Balganesh has analyzed what’s wrong with copyright trolling and offers a prescription to curb its abuses. More »

Matt Cartwright L’86 Takes His Seat in Congress

Matthew A. “Matt” Cartwright L’86 was sworn in in January as a member of the 113th U.S. Congress, representing Pennsylvania’s 17th congressional district. More »

Jonathan Klick Fighting Crime with Cell Phones

New research by Prof. Jonathan Klick links mobile phone use to a historic drop in the crime rate. More »


Penn Law Reunion Penn Law Reunion

For those of you in class years ending in 3’s and 8’s (2003, 2008, and so forth), please save the date for this year’s Reunion 2013, which is set for Friday, May 10th & 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, student-led tours of the new Golkin Hall, a family-friendly picnic in the Courtyard, and opportunities to visit local museums (including the brand new Barnes Foundation). 

Reunion weekend will conclude with our Gala Cocktail Reception & Dinner at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Please mark your calendars and we hope you can join us!

To view photos from this past year’s festivities at Reunion 2012, please click here.
For a schedule of Reunion 2013 events, please click here.

EleanorBarrett PLES Alumni Coming Home

The Penn Law European Society’s (PLES) annual summer weekend is in Philly this May, “bringing home” Penn Law LLM alumni from Europe for a long weekend of celebrations, tours, and programs.  Since 1994 PLES alumni have met in a European city each June for events organized by LLM graduates in that city. But this year, they’ll gather where it all started, joining Alumni Weekend participants for some activities, while also enjoying “PLES only” events at the Law School and throughout the city.  For more information and to see the schedule, go here

Campaign Closing Campaign Close

The Law School community celebrated the extraordinary success of the Bold Ambitions Campaign on January 31 at the Law School. In a "Jeopardy" format, Amy Gutmann, President, University of Pennsylvania; Michael A. Fitts, Dean, Penn Law School; and Paul S. Levy L'72, Chair, Bold Ambitions Campaign, showcased the impact of the campaign on the school's students, faculty, programs and campus. Centered on the message of "Crystalizing Legal Education," guests later enjoyed dinner, ice sculptures, and streaming video of the campaign's objectives.

Enjoy photos here.

Apulia Apulia – Undiscovered Italy
With Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law Anita Allen

September 17-25, 2013
Join Penn Alumni Travel and your fellow Penn Law alumni on a trip of a lifetime. Anita Allen, the Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy, will be your faculty host as you explore one of the world's most enchanting locations – southern Italy's Apulia region. Click here for a special welcome message from Professor Allen.

Book by April 2, 2013, and save $250 per person. Click here for more information or to view the trip itinerary. To make a reservation, call 1-800-323-7373.

Regional Programs

Regional Programs
Educational (and Enjoyable) Regional Programs

Several Penn Law alumni clubs are featuring professors and/or alumni through regional alumni programs this winter. In January, Deputy Dean and Professor Bill Burke-White spoke to NYC alumni on "Global Governance: Addressing Collective Challenges from the Economic Crisis to Climate Change." Five Washington D.C. alumni working in the public interest sector spoke to Penn Law graduates at a panel, "Exploring Opportunities in Government & Public Service (and Transitioning from the Private to the Public Sector)," this month. And later this month in Miami, Professor Burke-White joined Gustavo Lopez L'98 to discuss "Challenges in Global Business Today" at Discovery Communications, where Gus is VP and Regional Counsel. Professor Douglas Frenkel L'72 will discuss mediation with two judges in New Jersey for a CLE panel offering to NJ alumni in March. For more information on regional alumni programs, go here.

  Career Changes (of the radical variety)?

Did you start out in a NYC law firm but are now a chef in Tucson? Were you in DC, but decided to sail around the world after a couple of years working for the government?  Or after a career as an in-house counsel did you go to vet school and are now practicing as a small-animal veterinarian?  If you have made radical changes in your career path, please contact Nancy Rasmussen at to possibly be included in a future article about attorneys turned chefs, sailors, vets and everything in between. 

Public Interest Week Public Interest Week 2013 –Annual Student and Alumni Dinner

Public Interest Week 2013 took place from Monday, March 11 to Friday, March 15 at the Law School. This year’s theme, The Power of Public Interest, included a variety of student group presentations and featured Elisa Massimino, President and Chief Executive Officer of Human Rights First, as Honorary Fellow in Residence. The week culminated with the Annual Edward V. Sparer Symposium on Friday. This year’s symposium, Repairing the Broken Door: Strategies For Immigration Advocacy And Reform, thoughtfully focused on a broad range of timely perspectives on immigration. The Annual Public Interest Student and Alumni Dinner, one of the highlights of Public Interest Week, took place on Friday evening, after the Sparer Symposium. All alumni working in or interested in the public sector were encouraged to attend. Visit TPIC's Tumblr page for regular program updates and highlights.


Pro Bono Pro Bono

Penn Law’s Pro Bono Program has experienced tremendous expansion in the last few years. Building off of the school’s strong commitment to service, the Toll Public Interest Center (TPIC) now oversees 25 internal pro bono projects and over 100 ad hoc and student-initiated pro bono placements in nonprofit, government, and legal services organizations locally, nationally, and internationally. TPIC is able to provide such a diverse array of pro bono opportunities as a direct result of student commitment. More »

Skadden Fellow Evan Smith Skadden Fellow Will Advocate for Coal Miners

Evan Smith L’12 has been awarded a prestigious Skadden Fellowship and will work with the Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center in Whitesburg, KY. More »

Professionals Market Ready Professionals

The Law School’s Center on Professionalism ensures that grads enter the marketplace with executive ability, in addition to their doctrinal knowledge and command of technical legal skills. More »

Dental school partners with law school Dental School Partners on Newest Joint Degree

Building on its cross-disciplinary programs, Penn Law has expanded its dual-degree options to include a joint DMD/JD degree with Penn Dental Medicine. More »

Tess Wilkinson-Ryan The Psychology of Contracts

Prof. Tess Wilkinson-Ryan L’05 uses behavioral research to understand how people interpret the law, how they conceive of their rights and obligations, and how social and moral norms interact with legal rules. More »

Cathy Carr Catherine Carr L’79 and Marisa Gold L’13 Honored for Public Service

Catherine C. Carr L’79, Executive Director of Community Legal Services of Philadelphia and a lecturer at the Law School has been honored for distinguished service by the Public Interest Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association, which also presented Marisa Gold L’13 with a Law Student Award. More »

Segal Lecture Segal Lecture: The Joy of Lawyering

Stephen D. Susman, Founding Partner of Susman Godfrey LLP, delivered the 25th annual Irving R. Segal Lecture in Trial Advocacy on “The Joy of Lawyering: Partnership Agreements, Fee Agreements with Clients, and Pretrial Agreements with Opposing Counsel.” More »

Detkin Detkin Clinic Sets New Standards in IP Education [VIDEO]

The Detkin Intellectual Property and Technology Legal Clinic sets a new standard for legal education involving the commercialization of innovation. Cynthia Dahl, the Clinic’s inaugural director, discusses what makes it unique. More »

Silverman Renovated Lecture Hall Named for Harold Cramer L’51 and Geraldine Cramer

A newly renovated lecture hall and adjoining seminar room have been named in honor of Harold Cramer L’51 and his wife, Geraldine, who have established a multimillion-dollar bequest intention to support the renovation of Silverman Hall and future projects. More »

IP Law Meet 2L Students Take Top Honors in IP LawMeet

Lauren Saltiel and Christina Wong, both 2L students, are National Champions of the Intellectual Property LawMeet, a transactional IP “moot court.” More »


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