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Reunion 2019 CLE Discussions

CLE discussions are open to all interested attendees and members of the Penn Law community, whether you are celebrating a reunion year or otherwise. All panels will take place at the Law School.

Reunion 2019 information is coming soon! Please see below for last year’s CLE topics.

Friday, May 11, 2018


Kilgore Society Lunchtime Presentation
Professor Marci A. Hamilton L’88, 
Fox Professor of Practice at University of Pennsylvania and Founder & Academic Director at CHILD USA

The sex abuse scandal centered around Dr. Larry Nassar, team doctor for USA Gymnastics (USAG) and Michigan State University (MSU), is the most complex in modern history as it involves many institutions, coaches, and adults—all of whom failed to protect hundreds of children from sex abuse by their team doctor. 156 women and girls testified against Nassar at his 2017-18 criminal trial, but 265 have come forward so far. There is every reason to believe there are more.

The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) did not stop Nassar. Neither did the gymnastics coaches, including the Karolyis, USAG National Team Coordinators, Olympic Coach John Geddert, USAG, MSU, state or federal law enforcement, mandated reporters, e.g., other doctors or nurses, or parents. An apparent combination of denial, wilful blindness, inadequate policies, insufficient or wrong information about child sex abuse, and a seemingly unwillingness to take responsibility/speak up enabled Nassar’s widespread abuse and passing the buck.

CHILD USA has composed an independent Blue Ribbon Commission to investigate all aspects of the systems that enabled the abuse. The Commission will gather materials from a wide range of sources and analyze them.  It will hold hearings, reach conclusions, and issue recommendations to prevent child sex abuse in the future. The Commission is composed of the leading experts in the field of child sex abuse from the medical, social science, legal, and public policy arenas. While the media has covered specific aspects and each institution has either hired outside counsel or consulted inside counsel, CHILD USA’s Commission will be independent.  The materials gathered will be archived and made available to the public and the Report will be published.

Please note that this presentation will occur during a ticketed lunchtime event. Please refer to the Event Pricing website for more information and to purchase a lunch ticket.

2:00pm - 3:00pm

Exploring Free Speech Debates on Campus

This panel will focus on free speech debates prevalent on today’s college campus. The discussion will examine First Amendment protections on college campuses, free speech and academic freedom in higher education, and the tension between academic free speech and campus civility.

Sigal Ben-Porath, Professor of Education, Political Science and Philosophy at University of Pennsylvania
Jeffrey Rosen, President and CEO, National Constitution Center
Moderator: Theodore Ruger, Dean and Bernard G. Segal Professor of Law, Penn Law


Saturday, May 12, 2018

10:00am - 11:00am

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 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.

Peter Darling L’93, CMO, Zero
Robert Marchman L’83, Executive VP, FINRA Department of Enforcement
Allan Rauch L’83 C’80, VP of Legal & General Counsel, Bed Bath & Beyond Inc.
Lynn Rauch L’88, General Counsel, The School District of Philadelphia
Moderator: Jen Leonard L’04, Director of the Center on Professionalism, Penn Law

11:00am - 12:00pm

Women on the Bench
A panel of esteemed Penn Law alumnae will speak about their experiences in the judiciary. Panelists will touch on topics such as their path to nomination, the importance of judicial diversity, and how they tackle adversity. Ethics credit available.

Honorable Wendy Beetlestone L’93, U.S. District Court, EDPA
Honorable Tanya Chutkan L’87, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
Honorable Stella Tsai L’88, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas
Moderator: Jo-Ann Verrier L’83 MSeD’10,
Vice Dean for Administrative Services, Penn Law


Each program has been approved for 1.0 substantive CLE credits for Pennsylvania lawyers (ethics where noted). 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.