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Messages from the Deans

The University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School takes seriously the responsibility to leverage all voices, resources, and expertise to advance equity and justice in the world. As critical issues of racial and social injustice unfold in current events and impact our local, national, and global communities, the Law School affirms its steadfast commitment to fostering a culture of belonging and to forging lasting pathways to progress in the ongoing work of becoming an anti-racist institution.

Dean Sohpia Z. Lee with LLM students (2023)

Welcome from Dean Lee

“It will be by engaging all of us, together—our expert faculty, our brilliant students, our exceptional staff, our accomplished alumni—that we will shape the Law School’s future.” - Sophia Z. Lee, Dean and Bernard G. Segal Professor of Law


Juneteenth Celebrations

Arlene Rivera Finkelstein, Assoc. Dean for Equity & Justice and Chief Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) Officer, shares information about this year’s Juneteenth celebrations.

Trans Visibility 2022

Uplifting National Trans Day of Visibility at Penn Carey Law

As numerous proposed laws and policies threaten transgender rights around the country, it is especially important to provide affirmation, education, and advocacy.


Law School Initiatives on Access, Equity, & Inclusion

The continued collaboration with our Law School community and across the University provides new and exciting opportunities to continue the momentum to advance equity and justice broadly.

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A statement from Dean Ruger in response to recent comments made by Professor Wax

Dean Ruger responds to recent comments made by Professor Wax


A Message from Dean Ruger on Antisemitism

The Law School condemns antisemitic acts and the hate that motivates them.

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A message of support

With closing arguments today in the trial that seeks justice for the killing of George Floyd, we reach out to acknowledge the pain felt by so many and to remind you of the support offered both by the Law School and the University.

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A Message of Support from E&I

The Office of Equity and Inclusion expresses outrage and heartfelt sympathy in the wake of the tragedy that took place in Atlanta, Georgia.


A Message from Dean Ruger on Anti-Asian Racism and Violence

We join the University, Penn Law APALSA and SALSA, and many others in denouncing anti-Asian violence, and we steadfastly support those harmed by racism and violence. As a law school, we have a unique responsibility in shaping how the law can be used as a tool to create a meaningful, anti-racist future, and that action is needed now more than ever.

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Welcome Back from Dean Ruger

Dean Ted Ruger welcomes back students, faculty, and staff to the 2021 Spring semester at the Law School.

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Dean Ruger joins 156 other law school deans in rule of law statement

Today, 157 law school deans from schools across the country, published a statement addressing the 2020 election and the events that took place at the United States Capitol last week.

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Dean Ruger’s statement to the community responding to killing of Walter Wallace

Dean Ted Ruger addresses the Law School community regarding the killing of a local West Philadelphian, Walter Wallace.

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Update on the Law School’s commitment to anti-racism

Dean Ted Ruger announces initial steps and long-term commitment to anti-racism

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Fall 2020 Planning Current Students

Dean Ruger writes to the students to provide some information about the plan for the fall semester at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School.

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Continuing Opportunities for Community: A Message from Dean

Today, I write to share some concrete updates on the coming weeks even as our institutional efforts on many other fronts continue. There is much more we must do, including at the Law School, and we will report regularly on our progress.

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A message from the Dean

Dean Ted Ruger of the University of Pennsylvania Carey School of Law announces effort to help our community grieve together, learn together, and work together to pursue systemic reform.