2018 Year in Review: Penn Law Student Life
In 2018, Penn Law students made the most of their law school experience. During this busy and successful year, they took on important public interest projects, made their voices heard on major issues in local and national government, gained hands-on practice experience through a variety of experiential learning programs, won cases, competitions, fellowships, and more. In the midst of it all, students also made time for fun and the arts. Here’s a look back at 10 of this year’s top stories on Penn Law students:
As part of the Federal Appellate Externship, four third-year Law School students had the opportunity to write an appellate brief in conjunction with supervising lawyers from Dechert LLP and make an argument in front of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. This fall, one of those students found out that he had won the appeal for his client.
On April 13, Penn Law students Jesse McGleughlin L’20, Ian Wahrenbrock L’19, and Andrew Wilson L’19 won the Williams Institute Moot Court Competition at UCLA School of Law, the only moot court in the country focusing on legal issues facing the LGBT community.
Penn Law students are mobilizing in a local fight for tenants’ rights, and spent a week in the fall semester collecting signatures for an open letter to the Philadelphia City Council in support of a bill aimed at protecting renters from unjust eviction and displacement.
Albert Pak L’18 and Jayme Wiebold L’18 were awarded Skadden Fellowships to pursue work in the public interest. These highly competitive postgraduate fellowships fund two years of work providing legal services to the poor, the elderly, the homeless, the disabled, and those deprived of their civil or human rights.
The Penn Law Veterans Club promotes the unique perspective of law students who have served in the military, along with providing support to students making the transition from military to civilian life and outreach to veterans applying for law school.
Penn Law students from the Environmental Law Project (ELP) submitted a filing with the Environmental Protection Agency in response to its proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan. In the filing, the students argued that the proposed repeal is not supported by scientific evidence, and that the agency’s change in course is not supported by a valid justification.
The service advisors were represented by Penn Law’s Supreme Court Clinic. Founded in 2009, the clinic allows students to assist on real Supreme Court cases, including recruiting, strategizing, researching, writing briefs, participating in moot court rehearsals, and attending oral arguments at the Court itself.
Students from Penn Law and the School of Social Policy & Practice work together to support youths who are prosecuted as adults. Working with the Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project, students help get cases transferred to the juvenile system, and continue to support the young person once they return to the community.
The Barnes is a Philadelphia institution that houses a collection of impressionist, post-impressionist, and early modern art. PLATA hosted the event with the support of a discretionary grant from Penn Law’s Student Affairs Office and Dean of Students Monica Monroe, which permitted 25 students to attend.
Students from Penn Law were selected to join their peers from 10 other leading US law schools in Washington, DC last weekend to explore the future of public and private international law at the sixth annual Salzburg Cutler Fellows Program.