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Kayte Spector-Bagdady

JD/MBE ‘09
Associate Director at the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues
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    Kayte Spector-Bagdady JD/MBE '09

Making the world a better place for women.
I am originally from Boston, MA and attended Melrose High School. I went to Middlebury College in Vermont where I was a dual major in American history and playwriting. The weekend after I graduated from Middlebury, I moved to NYC and worked as a M&A paralegal at Cravath.

After I graduated from Penn, I worked as an attorney on the food & drug team at Hunton & Williams. I also have a degree in bioethics from Penn, and several years ago I moved to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues where I am currently Associate Director. I am still not sure what I want to be when I grow up, but I am particularly committed to making the world a better place for women–including most of all my beautiful new daughter.

I graduated from Penn with degrees in law and bioethics. When I worked as a lawyer, I was able to use my degree in bioethics to inform my work for pharmaceutical clients. Now that my work focuses on bioethics, I value the writing style and perspective my law degree gave me. I participated in the Child Advocacy Clinic with the late Prof. Alan Lerner whose commitment, outlook, and energy was an inspiration.

Creating an externship at HUP provided excellent training.
I summered at Healthcare For All in Boston which trained me in the nuances of our healthcare system. I also created an externship with the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania’s Office of Legal Counsel where I received excellent training and focused on issues related to consent to reproduction.

I was also the Managing Director of Penn Law’s Reproductive Rights student project. The law students involved in that project and I all worked hard but it was the little moments–like a thankful glance from a woman escorted safely into a health clinic–that were the power behind that program.

Heather Frattone from the Office of Career Planning & Professionalism helped me through the interviewing process and securing an excellent firm job. Arlene Rivera Finkelstein from the Toll Public Interest Center was the one who empowered me and supported me through my reproductive work at Penn and my return to public interest.

Penn Law is there for its students. In particular, the Senior Staff of the law school were present for me through every ambition, inspiration, and bump in the road. I would never be where I am today without the patience and guidance of some very excellent women on the Senior Staff of Penn Law.

My hands down best experience at Penn Law was directing the Vagina Monologues to a (more than) sold out crowd 3L year. Students, faculty, and staff seriously rocked Levy Conference Center.

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