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Reunion 2017 CLE Discussions

CLE panels featuring Penn Law alumni will run from 3:00pm through 4:00pm on Friday, May 12, 2017 and from 10:00am through 12:00pm on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at the Law School. CLE discussions are open to all interested attendees and members of the Penn Law community, whether you are celebrating a reunion year or otherwise.

Friday, May 12, 2017

3:00 - 4:00pm

CLE Discussion 1
Marijuana Decriminalization: The Legal Landscape and What’s to Come

Join us for a discussion on the current state of marijuana legalization, both medical and recreational. Panelists include a Supreme Court Justice of Colorado, a criminal defense and cannabusiness attorney, the CEO of an operating company that produces in Canada and distributes worldwide, and an advocate for drug policy reform.

Dr. G. Malik Burnett MD, MBA, MPH, Resident Physician, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (Baltimore, MD)

Justice Richard Gabriel L’87, Justice, Colorado Supreme Court (Denver, CO)

Michael Gorenstein L’11, CEO, Cronos Group (Toronto, Canada)

Aaron Romano L’98, Aaron J. Romano, PC (Bloomfield, CT)


Saturday, May 13, 2017

10:00 - 11:00am

CLE Discussion 2
Beyond Big Law: Using Your Legal Skills Outside the Law Firm Setting

Come listen to a panel of your fellow Penn Law alums discuss why they decided to pursue a career path outside of BigLaw, how they successfully did so, and how they use the skills they developed in law school and from their BigLaw and other professional experiences in their current professional roles.

Jannie Lau L’02, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, InterDigital, Inc. (Wilmington, DE)

Paul Presburger L’87, Chief Executive Officer of Pantelion Films and PantaYa; Co-founder of Globalgate Entertainment (Los Angeles, CA)

Maria Kalogredis Weede L’02, Associate General Counsel, Wawa Inc., (Media, PA)

Moderator: Samantha Corson G’95 L’95, Director of Operations, Penn Law (Philadelphia, PA)


11:00am - 12:00pm

CLE Discussion 3
2016: What Just Happened and Why? Featuring Michael Smerconish L’87

CNN/SiriusXM/Sunday Philadelphia Inquirer’s Michael Smerconish had a front row seat to every step of the presidential race. He was a CNN analyst for every primary and caucus election, both party conventions, all four debates, and both election night and inauguration day. Using his unique blend of analysis and humor, he’s eager to put the political rise of Donald Trump in modern historical context.    

Michael Smerconish is the host of a daily radio program heard on SiriusXM’s POTUS channel. He is also the host of CNN’s Smerconish, which airs Saturdays at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. He is a newspaper columnist for the Sunday Philadelphia Inquirer and his columns are routinely reprinted in newspapers all across the country. He has authored six books, the most recent of which, TALK, is a novel for which the television rights were optioned by Warner Brothers.  He is a 1984 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Lehigh University and a 1987 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Smerconish is of counsel to the Philadelphia law firm of Kline & Specter and resides in the Philadelphia suburbs where he and his wife have raised four children. 


Each program has been approved for 1.0 substantive CLE credits for Pennsylvania lawyers. CLE credit may be available in other jurisdictions as well. Attendees seeking CLE credit should bring separate payment in the amount of $40.00 ($20.00 public interest/non-profit attorneys) cash or check made payable to The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania.