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Penn Law Washington Seminar Series panel: Are the branches of government broken?

November 11, 2011
Washington Seminar Series November 8, 2011
From left to right: Arlen Specter C’51, Michael A. Fitts, David Mark, the Hon. Gene E.K. Pratter.

On Tuesday, November 8 in Washington, D.C., Penn Law hosted a high-level panel attended by a standing room only audience in the National Press Club ballroom, which examined whether the branches of the federal government are able to effectively compromise to carry out the people’s business – or if instead we are headed into a state of permanent crisis, or gridlock, exacerbated by the 2012 election cycle.

Panelists included Michael A. Fitts, Dean of the Law School; Arlen Specter C’51, former U.S. Senator (D-PA) and Adjunct Professor of Law at Penn Law; and the Hon. Gene E.K. Pratter L’75, Judge for the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania. David Mark, senior editor at POLITICO, served as moderator.

Participants explored whether and how in the current climate of overheated partisan rhetoric the respective branches can work effectively and compromise to solve some of the major problems facing the nation.



Click here to view a video and slideshow of the previous Penn Law Washington Seminar series event, “Are Superpowers Above the Law? The U.S., China, and the Future of the International Legal Order”.