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CLE Discussions

CLE panels featuring Penn Law alumni and faculty will run from 1:45pm through 5:15pm on Friday, May 15, 2015 and from 11:00am through 12:00pm on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at the Law School. 

Registration for all CLE panels will be handled separately from registration for all other reunion activities. Alums can register and pay in advance using our online system or bring in cash/check on the day of the event.

More detailed information on panel topics and speakers will follow closer to the date.**
A preview of the topics and speakers to be featured is below:

Friday, May 15, 2015


CLE Panel Discussion 1
TPIC 25 Presents
Education Today: Reform, Revolution, or Reinvention?

The role of public schools in teaching our children values and skills has changed drastically in recent years, and the realities facing the next generation reflect this.  What will our kids—what will ALL kids—need to know, be and do in order to achieve success? 

In a conversation with some of our Penn Law classmates who are leading the change to reform education, teach in the classroom, and raise successful, well-educated children of their own, we will explore the topic and consider what we can do to equip our children for healthy, productive lives.

Tracy Anbinder Baron L’95, President, Board of Education for Dobbs Ferry Union Free School District (Dobbs Ferry, NY)

Damon Hewitt L’00 (invited), Director, NAACP Legal Defense Fund’s Education Practice (Washington, DC); currently on leave, and now serving at the Open Society Institute

Farah Jimenez C’90, L’96, Member, School District of Philadelphia’s School Reform Commission (Philadelphia, PA)

Elisabeth Morse L’05 (invited), Deputy Assistant Superintendent for Policy, Planning, and Charter Support (Washington, DC)

Moderator: Laval Miller-Wilson L’95, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Health Law Project (Philadelphia, PA)

Penn Law, Room TBD

This panel has been approved for 1.0 substantive law credit hour of CLE credit for Pennsylvania lawyers. 



CLE Panel Discussion 2
Ethics Issues Implicated by Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

Our trio of alumni panelists, coming from the bench and beyond, explore potential issues implicated by the proposed amendments to the FRCP, including  a discussion of the tension between zealous advocacy for clients and requirements for increased cooperation of adverse parties in discovery, as well as other potential ethics issues.

Gregg Kanter C’84, L’90, Attorney, Law Office of Gregg H. Kanter (Philadelphia, PA)

Wendy Schwartz C’86, L’90, Partner,  Binder & Schwartz LLP (New York, NY)

The Hon. Gene Pratter L’75, Judge, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; Member of the Civil Rules Advisory Committee (Philadelphia, PA)

Penn Law, Room TBD

This panel has been approved for 1.0 ethics credit hour of CLE credit for Pennsylvania lawyers. 



CLE Panel Discussion 3
Kilgore Society Presents Penn Law Women in Politics: Serving the Public and Supporting Communities, States, and the Nation

Although women number more than half of the US population and women voters generally outnumber male voters in major elections, women continue to be underrepresented in politics at most levels, comprising less than 25% of elected roles in the US Senate, the House of Representatives, and State Legislatures, as well as in State Governor’s Offices and in the Offices of the Mayor in the US’s 100 major cities. 

Our panel of Penn Law alumnae will discuss how their legal backgrounds have impacted their paths to their current and former roles as elected officials and political and legislative policy advisers, and they will also talk about some of the unique challenges, advantages, perspectives, and positive changes they’ve been able to bring to the table as Penn Law women in politics at the local, state, and national levels.

Nell McCarthy L’05, Former Deputy Director of Cabinet Affairs and Member of the White House Domestic Policy Council; Currently Deputy Special Master of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (Washington, DC)

Lita Cohen CW’62, L’65, Former member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and former Lower Merion Township Commissioner (Philadelphia, PA)

Mary Marvin L’79, Mayor of Bronxville (New York, NY)

Penn Law, Room TBD

This panel has been approved for 1.0 substantive law credit hour of CLE credit for Pennsylvania lawyers. 


Saturday, May 16, 2015

11:00am - 12:00pm

CLE Panel Discussion 4
Beyond Big Law: Using Your Skills in Alternative Careers

Come listen to a panel of your fellow Penn Law alums discuss why they decided to pursue a non-traditional career path, how they successfully did so, and how they use the skills they developed in law school and from their practice experience in their alternative careers.

Christie Garton L’06, Founder and CEO of U Chic LLC and author of Marketing to Millenials and several U Chic college guides for women

Gwen Mesco L’10, Associate, Brand Management, The Walt Disney Company

Anthony Noble L’05, Managing Principal of Princeton Real Estate Partners

Matt Ritter L’05, TV Producer, Writer, Director of Recruiting, Lateral Link

Moderator: Leigh Abramson L’06, Freelance Writer and Above the Law Contributor

Penn Law, Room TBD

This panel has been approved for 1.0 substantive law credit hour of CLE credit for Pennsylvania lawyers. 


Attendees seeking CLE credit should bring separate payment in amount of $30.00 per panel cash or check made payable to The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania. 

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