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Championing Health Care Equity and Justice 

April 25, 2022

For Michelle Banker L’10, Director of Reproductive Rights and Health Litigation at the National Women’s Law Center, “reproductive healthcare is healthcare.”

Alumni, article archive, Civil Rights, Clinics, Health Law, inclusion, inclusionalumnivoices, Public Service, TPIC, Women's Rights 

David Perla C’91, L’94 drives diversity in litigation through finance 

March 2, 2022

As a Co-COO at Burford Capital, Perla believes that finance can – and will – play a vital role in diversifying leadership in the legal profession.

Alumni, article archive, Business, Careers, Cross Disciplinary, diversity, Featured, Future of the Profession Initiative, inclusion, inclusionalumnivoices, Law School, Social 

Olivia Bethea L’21 argues for intellectual property reparations for African American inventors in forthcoming essay 

September 29, 2021

Bethea’s “The Unmaking of ‘Black Bill Gates’: How the U.S. Patent System Failed African American Inventors” will be published in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review Online.

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Wendella P. Fox L’ 76 works to even the playing field for students at the DOE’s Office for Civil Rights 

September 22, 2021

Fox emphasizes empathy and respect in her investigation of civil rights complaints against educational institutions within the Philadelphia Office’s jurisdiction.

Alumni, article archive, Civil Rights, Featured, Government, inclusion, inclusionalumnivoices, Social 

Law School alums pave the way for fellow Asian Americans in the legal profession 

September 1, 2021

The Honorable Stella Tsai L’88, Tsiwen Law ’84, Tanya Xu L’16, and Adam Tsao L’17 are among the Law School alums helping to obliterate the so-called “Bamboo Ceiling.”

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Tsiwen Law L’84 and his lifelong dedication to securing Asian American civil rights 

August 26, 2021

Tsiwen Law L’84 has been an Asian American civil rights activist for decades, dating to the anti-Vietnam War movement in the late 1960s.

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Margaret Zhang L’15 advocates for pregnancy and lactation rights at the Women’s Law Project 

August 23, 2021

Zhang’s own experience of attempting to obtain lactation accommodations to take the bar exam helped inspire her career path.

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Dwayne Bensing GED’09, L’12: From Philadelphia public school teacher to civil rights advocate 

August 10, 2021

Dwayne Bensing GED’09, L’12 is a Staff Attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Delaware focusing on policy advocacy.

Alumni, article archive, Civil Rights Profiles, Civil Rights, Clinics, Featured, inclusion, inclusionalumnivoices, Local, Mediation, Public Service 

A Personal Journey Toward Racial Awareness is Reflected in Peru’s 

July 13, 2021

Growing up in Peru, Mariela Noles Cotito LLM’12 did not have a comprehensive awareness of her African ancestry. She identified most strongly with her Japanese grandmother and had little concept of herself as an Afro-Peruvian woman. Only when she was in law school, where she was one of just two Afro-Peruvian students in the department, did this change. “I discovered what it meant to be Black in Peru,” she says.

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Fellowship experience: Sabrina Merold L’20 

July 7, 2021

Sabrina Merold L’20 is a Penn Law Public Interest Fellow with the Federal Policy and Advocacy Team at the Center for Reproductive Rights.

Alumni, article archive, dispatches, Fellowships, inclusionalumnivoices, PI Fellowships 

Deuel Ross L’09 responds to SCOTUS decision to uphold Arizona voting restrictions, limiting cases under Voting Rights Act 

July 1, 2021

In Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee, the Supreme Court rejected a challenge alleging that two Arizona provisions disproportionately burdened minority voters. 

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Fellowship experience: Daniel Lewis L’20 

June 29, 2021

Daniel Lewis L’20 is the recipient of a University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School Catalyst Fellowship and is working at Bet Tzedek Legal Services in Los Angeles.

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