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2023 Reunion Weekend Schedule

The information below is for the 2023 Reunion Weekend - we will update this page with info for the 2024 Reunion Weekend as soon as possible, but please note the weekend will follow a similar schedule. 

May 12, 2023 | 12:00 pm

LLM Alumni and Student Luncheon

Join Executive Director of Graduate Programs Elise Kraemer L’93 and other Reunion-Year LLM Alumni for a group lunch to kick off Reunion Weekend!

May 12, 2023 | 12:00 pm

Senior Partners Luncheon

Join Dean Ruger for the 16th Annual Senior Partners Society Luncheon. Meet fellow Penn Carey Law alumni from the classes of 1972 and before, share memories of your time at Penn Carey Law by participating in the Oral History project, and hear how your alma mater is making history.

May 12, 2023 | 2:30 pm

Alumni Penn Museum Tour

Join fellow Penn Carey Law alumni for a guided tour of the Penn Museum as part of Reunion Weekend. Space is limited.

May 12, 2023 | 4:00 pm

Tour of the Law School

Join one of our Penn Carey Law tour guides on a tour of the facilities.

May 12, 2023 | 5:00 pm

State of the Law School Address with Dean Ruger and Penn Carey Law Faculty Presentations

Join Dean Ruger for his State of the Law School Address. Following Dean Ruger’s Address, Penn Carey Law Faculty will present on their current academic research.

May 12, 2023 | 6:00 pm

Class Cocktail Receptions

Alumni will be assembled by class throughout the Courtyard. Stop by the photo booth next to the Goat and snap some photos with friends (and the Goat)!

May 12, 2023 | 8:30 pm

Affinity Welcome Mixer

Join the following Penn Carey Law affinity groups in celebrating and reconnecting over Reunion weekend: Latin American Association, Asian Alumni of Penn Carey Law, LAMBDA Alumni Association, and the Black Alumni Association. The Affinity Welcome Mixer is open to all reunion and non-reunion year attendees.

May 13, 2023 | 10:00 am

The Class of 1973 Presents: Life Outside the Law

Join fellow alumni from the Class of 1973 to learn more about how your classmates are spending their time “outside of the law.” We will hear from experts in publishing, philanthropy, travel, art and adult education, who will share updates and provide advice to others who are interested in embarking on such endeavors. After the panel portion of the event, attendees will have time to reconnect with classmates prior to the picnic.  Bob Blank – Adult Education Randy McFarlane - Travel Bruce Rich - Philanthropy Ira Shapiro – Writing and Publishing Connie Woodhead – Visual Art Moderated by Joel Hamme – Class of 1973 Reunion Committee Member

May 13, 2023 | 11:00 am

Judging How Judges Judge

Lawyers have great control over what is presented to courts – the applicable law, the relevant facts, and compelling arguments for their desired outcomes. But once the arguments are concluded, judges make decisions, and a range of factors outside of the purview of attorneys can ultimately impact the decision itself – from the judge’s life experience and perspective, to the litigants’ behavior, input from political and other institutions, biases, media, and academia. Some judges are influenced by commentators who argue for natural law, others are influenced by originalism, and others consider recent advances in our understanding of mental health and psychology. Join a roundtable of judges who will discuss the various factors that can affect complex decision-making, the philosophies behind certain decision-making paradigms, and how they balance these competing interests to arrive at the best decision possible. CLE credit available. Moderator: - Jose Ibietatorremendia W’90 L’93, In-house counsel Featuring: - Honorable Stella Tsai L’88, Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas - Honorable Wendy Beetlestone L’93, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania - Honorable Maria Santovenia L’88, Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court, Florida This program has been approved for 1.0 CLE substantive credit for Pennsylvania lawyers. CLE credit may be available in other jurisdictions as well. Penn Carey Law Alumni receive CLE credits free through The W.P. Carey Foundation’s generous commitment to Lifelong Learning. For non-Reunion year alumni, RSVP here.  

May 13, 2023 | 12:00 pm

Reunion Courtyard Picnic

Join fellow Penn Carey Law alumni and their families for a family friendly picnic in the courtyard. Children’s entertainment will be available and the School Store will be open - stop by to stock up on new Penn Carey Law apparel!

May 13, 2023 | 2:00 pm

Tour of the Law School

Join one of our Penn Carey Law tour guides on a tour of the facilities.

May 13, 2023 | 2:30 pm

Alumni Penn Museum Tour

Join fellow Penn Carey Law alumni for a guided tour of the Penn Museum as part of Reunion Weekend. Space is limited.

May 13, 2023 | 2:30 pm

50th Reunion Alumni Penn Museum Tour

Join fellow Penn Carey Law alumni from the class of 1973 for a special guided tour of the Penn Museum as part of Reunion Weekend. Space is limited.

May 13, 2023 | 6:30 pm

Cocktail Reception and Gala Dinner

Join us at the Philadelphia Museum of Art for a cocktail reception to celebrate all class reunions! Class dinners will begin at 7:30pm following a cocktail reception. Reunion attendees will be seated together by class year for the dinner portion of the night. Suggested attire for the evening business casual cocktail.

(schedule subject to change)