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.
Two Penn Law students and one recent graduate were recently awarded prestigious Skadden Fellowships, and a Penn Law student was also selected for the highly coveted Marvin M. Karpatkin Fellowship from the American Civil Liberties Union in New York.
On November 14, Mark O’Brien spoke on the value of technology to at-risk communities. O’ Brien was keynote speaker for the University of Pennsylvania Law School’s 34th Annual Edward V. Sparer Symposium, titled “Law 2.0: Progress and Challenges for Justice in the Digital Age.”
A new gift from the Leo Model Foundation to the University of Pennsylvania Law School will create the Model Government and Public Affairs Initiative, a series of new programs designed to prepare students for fulfilling work in government and public policy.
On October 14, Penn Law’s Office of Career Planning and Professionalism hosted its annual 1L Summer Experience Fair. Second-year students who worked in various sectors in the legal field last summer talked with the 1Ls about their experiences and the summer job search process.
Penn Law’s first class of Catalyst Grant recipients have begun their work in the public sector, working on everything from prosecuting criminals to determining the legal status of shipwrecks. The Catalyst Grant program provides a year of support for Penn Law graduates who serve in government or conduct human rights work.
Marking a major milestone in legal education and emblematic of the service ethic at the core of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, this academic year Penn Law will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of its public interest program, featuring a year-long series of lectures, workshops, conferences focusing on the power and impacts of public service lawyering.
University of Pennsylvania Law School Dean Michael A. Fitts has been honored with the Law School’s 2014 Beacon Award, which recognizes faculty members’ contributions to pro bono and public interest service.
Third-year University of Pennsylvania Law School student Lucia Hall Seyfarth L’14 has been awarded the 2014-15 ACE Rule of Law Fellowship, given annually to a Penn Law student or recent graduate pursuing an international public-interest law career.
On Friday, February 21, Penn Law hosted its 33rd annual Edward Sparer Symposium titled “Gender and Social Inequalities: Why Women’s Rights Still Matter.” Presenters discussed a range of topics, including domestic violence, sexism, women in immigration, and trafficking women.
On February 19th, the Civil Rights Law Project hosted a panel entitled “Getting it Right: Restructuring Campus Policies on Sexual Violence.” The panel was a part of Penn Law’s Public Interest Week, showcasing the power of public interest law to effect social change.
More than two dozen second- and third-year students participating in Penn Law’s Externship Program are working this semester in government agencies and nonprofit organizations from New York, to Philadelphia, to Washington, D.C.