Panagiotis Madamopoulos-Moraris, SJD Candidate
Democritus University of Thrace Law School, LL.B
What I Did Before Law School:
Before Penn, I worked as an in-house associate for an investment group. In addition, I have been active in the chapters of the most prominent Hellenic-American organizations and served as a liaison with legislators, the State Department, and educational institutions. I advanced the best interests of the U.S. on issues of importance to Greek Americans. Furthermore, I promoted the most important pillars of both Greek and American societies—freedom and democracy—namely through forums and conferences.
Why I Chose Penn Law:
I was looking for an LL.M that would allow me to focus on the interconnection between the spheres of law, public affairs, and business. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the school, I was fortunate enough to have access to and interact with faculty and students from Wharton, Annenberg and FELS. Moreover, Philly’s proximity to Washington, D.C. and New York enabled me to often visit these cities, which accommodate anyone who desires to work at the intersection of business and government.
My Best Experience at Penn Law:
It is difficult for me to choose one specific memory. The whole year was a life-altering experience! It’s fair to say that after Penn Law I am a different person in the sense that I have developed both academically and personally.
My Favorite Course
Negotiations with Professor Stuart Diamond. He explained the irrational world we operate in through his theories about decision-making. Essentially, he provided the tools necessary to “expand the pie” in every business or personal negotiation and thereby “get more” out of life. Naturally, lawyers love getting more, and coincidentally, Greeks love getting more as well. Oh, wait a minute – everybody loves getting more! You’ll love the course—If you’re lucky enough to get in. If not, try to negotiate for a seat in the class. If successful, you definitely possess talent for this coursework!
My Favorite Philadelphia Moment:
Spring Sundays chilling at Rittenhouse Square. If you don’t live it — you cannot feel it.
What I’m Most Proud Of:
Being a member of the Penn alumni family: an extraordinary group of people committed to improving the state of this world.
My Extracurricular Activities at Penn Law:
In an effort to support Penn Law students of Greek descent and share our vibrant and unique culture with our fellow Penn Law classmates, I established the Penn Law Hellenic League (‘HL’). The HL still exists as a student-run organization that fosters community among its members and participates in a variety of school-sponsored activities to allow its members to give back to the local community. HL also lent its support to student pro bono projects such as the Immigrant Rights Project and participates in a number of other pro bono activities. Moreover, the HL organizes various “firm tours” where members visit some of the world’s most prestigious firms, network with alumni during sponsored lunches, and strengthen our ties to the greater Greek American community. It is our goal to establish strong communal bonds that will serve our members over the course of their lives.
Last but not least, since day one, I was heavily involved with our class soccer and basketball team.
My Favorite Place or Activity on the University Campus:
I enjoyed jogging by the river towards the Art Museum while the sun was rising. This picturesque route should be a graduation prerequisite for every student on campus.