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As Public Interest Week Continues, Nan Aron Examines Justice for the Vulnerable

March 15, 2010

Tuesday, March 16:

The celebration continued on Tuesday with a luncheon to bring together public interest alumni and scholars with students who seek to follow in their footsteps. Many alumni stayed for the afternoon to share practical tips and offer inspiration to students eager to learn more about public interest lawyering. Nan Aron delivered the Honorary Fellow-in-Residence Lecture, examining efforts to make the justice system more responsive and effective for vulnerable people and groups. As the day concluded, students, faculty and guests gathered with Ms. Aron and Dean Fitts for a reception in the Great Hall.


Before introducing Honorary Fellow-in-Residence Nan Aron's lecture, Dean Fitts meets with Ms. Aron (right) and Tory Messina, associate director for pro bono & public interest programs at Penn Law.
Delivering the Honorary Fellow-in-Residence Lecture, Nan Aron, president of Alliance for Justice, examines efforts of public interest lawyers to make the justice system more effective for vulnerable groups and shares advice for students starting along the path to social justice careers.
Dean Fitts pauses for a smile with Nan Aron, Arlene Finkelstein (assistant dean & executive director of the Toll Public Interest Center) and Tory Messina.
Penn Law students, faculty and guests listen to Ms. Aron's lecture.


Monday, March 15:

The University of Pennsylvania Law School’s Toll Public Interest Center kicked off its week-long celebration of public interest and pro bono service with an open house and the arrival of Honorary Fellow-in-Residence Nan Aron today. Aron, a nationally recognized expert on public interest law, moderated a lunch discussion with Penn Law students and will continue to meet with and mentor students throughout the week. Aron will also speak at the Public Interest Alumni Lunch, present at the Annual Honorary Fellow Lecture and teach a seminar for students interested in starting their own legal nonprofit organizations.

The Toll Public Interest Center will host workshops, discussions and networking events throughout the week, and will close the celebration on Friday with the 29th Annual Sparer Symposium. The full schedule of Public Interest Week events is available here.


Honorary Fellow-in-Residence Nan Aron, second from left, meets with Penn Law students.


Check back each day for updated news and photos from Public Interest Week 2010.