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Golkin Week panels highlight future of legal education, scholarship, and leadership in the profession

March 29, 2012

On Wednesday, April 4, the Law School will host two panels featuring Penn Law faculty and alumni, respectively, focusing on six critical areas of the law that will shape 21st century legal debates, and how legal education can prepare students for leadership in diverse fields. The panels are part of “Golkin Week ” April 2 – 5, which celebrates the formal opening of Golkin Hall.

From noon 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday the Law School community will convene in Levy Conference Center for the panel, “Future Impact: Law and Legal Scholarship,” which will feature Penn Law faculty members examining six critical areas where the law is rapidly changing and which will shape the legal debates of the 21st century. Participants will also discuss how changes in higher education and legal education will unfold over the coming decades and how a traditional law school education may change as a result.

The panel will be moderated by Ron Daniels, President of The Johns Hopkins University, and panelists include:

  • Prof. Stephen Burbank on the future of American judiciary;
  • Prof. William Burke-White on the future of international law;
  • Prof. Jacques deLisle on the future of China;
  • Prof. Jill Fisch on the future of the American corporation;
  • Prof. Sally Gordon on the future of religion, politics and the law; and
  • Prof. Edward Rock L’83 on the future of the financial system.

From 4:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. the Penn Law community will convene in the Michael A. Fitts Auditorium for the panel, “Future Impact: Leadership and a Legal Education,” which will feature six Penn Law alumni panelists who will offer their perspectives on how their time in law school prepared them for leadership in diverse fields – often, fields they could not have imagined as students – and shaped their approaches to the issues and challenges that they have addressed in their careers.

The panel will be moderated by Paul Haaga L’74, WG’74, Chairman of the Capital Research and Management Company, and panelists include:

  • Pamela Johnson L’83, Founder, PSJ Advisors, and former Sr. Vice President, Fannie Mae (2002-2006);
  • Osagie Imasogie GL’85, Senior Managing Partner, Phoenix IP Ventures;
  • Steven Cozen C’61, L’64, Founding Partner, Cozen O’Connor;
  • The Hon. Gene E.K. Pratter L’75, Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania and former General Counsel to the firm of Duane Morris LLP;
  • Perry Golkin W’74, WG’74, L’78, member, Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts and Co.; and
  • Daniel Garodnick L’00, council member of District 4, New York City Council, and former associate of Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP.

For more information about the panels and for the complete schedule of events April 2 - 5 please visit the Golkin Week website.