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Penn Law Society Alumni Awards 2019

October 03, 2019

On October 3rd , the Penn Law Alumni Society acknowledged the achievements of seven alumni at the annual Penn Law Society Alumni Awards.

On October 3rd , the Penn Law Alumni Society acknowledged the achievements of seven alumni at the annual Penn Law Society Alumni Awards.

Honorees include an accomplished legal practitioner with a history of significant community involvement; a dedicated educator and teacher; a world-recognized justice reformer, a Pennsylvania Superior Court Justice; a dedicated alumna and employment lawyer; and two young alumni already making significant contributions to the legal world.

The 2019 Penn Law Alumni Society Award Honorees:

  • James Wilson Award Honoring a lifetime of service to the profession, Stephen Cozen C’61, L’64
  • Young Distinguished Service Award Honoring service to the Law School by a graduate of the last decade, Dimitri Islam L’09
  • Louis H. Pollak Public Service Award Honoring justice through service to others, sujatha baliga L’99
  • Howard Lesnick Pro Bono Award Honoring a sustained commitment to pro bono and/or public service throughout a private-sector career, The Honorable Alice Beck Dubow L’84
  • Alumni Award of Merit Honoring professional achievement and service to the Law School, Terri Solomon L’79
  • Young Alumni Award Co-Recipients Honoring a career of advancing justice through service to others, Alison Hollenbeck L’14 and Conor Lamb L’09
  • The James Wilson Award, honoring a lifetime of service to the profession, was awarded to Stephen Cozen C’61, L’64

James Wilson Award Honoring a lifetime of service to the profession, Stephen Cozen C’61, L’64

Stephen Cozen is the founder and Chairman of Cozen O’ Connor, a leading law firm based in Philadelphia. Cozen helped build the firm from a staff of four in 1970 to a firm that employs hundreds of attorneys, professionals, and law students on their staff.

During his career, Cozen has argued in both trial and appellate courts at the state and national level, including the U.S. Supreme Court. Cozen is also actively involved in numerous non-profits in Philadelphia.

Young Distinguished Service Award Honoring service to the Law School by a graduate of the last decade, Dimitri Islam L’09

After working as a teacher and as a legal professional, Dimitri Islam L’09 returned to Penn Law as a staff member. Islam has spent the last six years working for Penn Law in the Student Affairs Office.

As Associate Director for Student Development Islam helps to facilitate the planning and execution of student programs and initiatives. He works closely with students to support their journeys at Penn Law, including engaging in frequent one-on-one counseling sessions.

Louis H. Pollak Public Service Award Honoring justice through service to others, sujatha baliga L’99

After graduating Penn Law, sujatha baliga L’99 went on to work for many years in the public defender’s office; spending several years as an appellate public defender in New Mexico and at the Office of the Appellate Defender in New York City, and as a victim advocate.

In 2008 baliga became a Soros Justice Fellow, working with the Oakland juvenile justice system to adopt restorative justice practices. baliga continued to work on restorative justice through her role as Director of the Restorative Justice Project with Impact Justice. In 2019 she received a “Genius Grant” from the MacArthur Foundation in recognition of her work in justice reform.

Howard Lesnick Pro Bono Award Honoring a sustained commitment to pro bono and/or public service throughout a private-sector career, The Hon. Alice Beck Dubow L’84

Beginning her legal career in the private sector, The Hon. Alice Beck Dubow L’84 transitioned into public service work in 1992, working as an Assistant City Solicitor and Divisional Deputy City Solicitor for the City of Philadelphia. In 2007 she was elected as Judge to the Court of Common Pleas and in 2016 she was appointed as a Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Dubow is involved with many non-profits, including acting on the Board of Trustees for several foundations.

Alumni Award of Merit Honoring professional achievement and service to the Law School, Terri Solomon L’79

Terri Solomon L’79 is Senior Partner at Littler Mendelson, a firm specializing in employment and labor law, where she has been an attorney for over 20 years.

Solomon receives this award not only in recognition of her professional achievements, but also as recognition of her continued dedication to the Law School. She is a manager of the Penn Law Alumni Board, a chair in the Post-Acceptance committee, a member of the Student Life Committee. In addition, she is a member of Penn Law’s Dean’s Council for Women, has chaired four class reunions, and acts as a mentor to many Penn Law students.

Young Alumni Award Co-Recipients Honoring a career of advancing justice through service to others, Alison Hollinz L’14 and U.S. Representative Conor Lamb L’09

Upon graduating from Penn Law in 2014, Alison Hollinz has advocated for immigrants and non-citizens. She has represented immigrants being detained at the border in bond hearings and passed on her experience by training other attorneys on how to represent immigrants in bond cases. Hollinz currently works for Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, a non-profit organization that advocates for low-income immigrants in Washington state.

After completing his JD in 2009, Conor Lamb completed active service duty in 2013 as a Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps. He then began working as a federal prosecutor as an Assistant U.S Attorney. In 2018 Lamb won a special election to the U.S. Congress as the representative for Pennsylvania’s 18th district.

In November 2018, Lamb became the Congressman representing Pennsylvania’s newly redistricted 17th district, Lamb also serves on multiples committees including the Veterans’ Affairs Committee.