On February 24, Penn Law, as a part of Public Interest Week, hosted a panel titled “Making an Impact as a Government Lawyer,” where Marsha Chien L’10 and Omar Gonzalez-Pagan L’10 answered law students’ questions about working in state government.
On February 22, as a part of Penn Law’s ninth annual Public Interest Week, the Law School hosted “A Life Unraveled: How Criminal Records Destabilize the Lives of Low-Income Individuals.” The program simulated the struggles facing individuals with criminal backgrounds such as custody issues, access to housing, and financial stability.
On February 20, as a part of Penn Law’s Ninth Annual Public Interest Week, the Law School held an panel discussion titled “Voting Rights in Philadelphia: The 2016 Election from a Community Perspective.”
Penn Law Dean Ted Ruger affirms that “as a world-leading research and teaching institution, we must engage actively with students, attorneys, and policymakers from around the globe in order to prepare our students to be lawyers and leaders in an increasingly connected society and economy.”
In Kuren v. Luzern County, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently ruled that public defender clients have the right to sue counties that do not provide adequate funding to their public defender offices. David Rudovsky explains the repercussions for public defender offices throughout Pennsylvania.
Pro bono service is one of the hallmarks of a Penn Law legal education. In this video feature, three students discuss their individual pro bono experiences and how those experiences influenced their thinking about the law.
Three Penn Law graduates, Elizabeth Frawley L’15, Daniel Lambright L’15, and Katharine Schulman L’15, began their careers in the public sector this year with the support of Penn Law’s Catalyst Fellowships.
At an event titled “Challenging Muslim Profiling in Post 9/11 Era,” Baher Azmy, Legal Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights and a constitutional law professor at Seton Hall University, addressed the unconstitutionality of religious profiling that has been “embraced” in the post-9/11 era.
As the University of Pennsylvania Law Review Public Interest Fellow, Ben Wiener L’14 is providing public defense for indigent clients who have pleaded guilty through the Center for Appellate Litigation in New York City.
Three recent Penn Law graduates have been awarded 2015–2016 postgraduate fellowships from Penn Law and are currently working with public interest organizations across the country to serve underrepresented communities.
At “Don’t Throw Away the Key: Perspectives on Juvenile Life Without Parole Sentences,” panelists told stories from their own backgrounds and explained their advocacy for the complete abolishment of juvenile sentencing without parole.
Reed Brody, the Honorary Fellow-in-Residence for this year’s Public Interest Week, discussed working high profile cases against dictators such as Augusto Pinochet, Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier, and Hissène Habré.