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Letter from the Co-Chairs

 

Dear Penn Law Community,

We are excited to serve as the chairs of the PennLaw@Work Challenge during the program’s fifth year.  As representatives from firms that achieved 100% participation in last year’s challenge, we have had the privilege of experiencing firsthand the collegial spirit embodied by our fellow alumni.  The generosity of Penn Law Alumni made last year’s challenge an enormous success; we look forward to continuing the tradition this spring and to adding additional firms to the 100% participation list.

As you’ve likely heard, the Law School continues to be on the forefront of legal education.  In the past year alone, the school has announced the creation of the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice, a national research and policy hub created to catalyze long-term structural improvements to the US criminal justice system.  The School has hired Judge Anthony Scirica, one of the nation’s leading jurists and a senior judge on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, to teach courses in both civil procedure and complex litigation.  This fall also welcomed Penn Law’s inaugural class in the Wharton Certificate in Management program, which is specifically designed to equip law students with an essential set of management, leadership, and strategic decision-making skills, as well as financial and accounting literacy.  Additionally, the Law School has deepened its commitment to public service by revamping the already generous Toll Loan Repayment Assistance Program to ensure that graduates can pursue careers in public interest and public service regardless of debt load.  And the list goes on.

Through its financial support, the PennLaw@Work Challenge helps to make these new innovations possible, while still maintaining a small, close-knit student body.  In addition to money raised, the experience of cooperation and collective effort among colleagues forges stronger alumni connections with the Law School.  This camaraderie aids in recruitment and opens doors to professional relationships and mentoring opportunities with current students.

If your firm has not yet joined the PennLaw@Work Challenge, please contact Anne Koellhoffer, Assistant Director of the Fund for Penn Law, at 215.746.0341 or akoel@law.upenn.edu, and join us as we work to support Penn Law’s growth into the future.  We look forward to celebrating the results of the challenge this spring.

With warm regards,

 

Kipp Cohen L94
John Levy L90
David Pudlin L74
Cheryl Saban L85

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