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Dr. Jonathan K. Lazar LLM’18: “Legal knowledge is for everyone”

Instead of brushing aside the legal questions his work as an information science professor raised, Lazar grew interested in learning how to find the answers.

Law School named a finalist for Philadelphia VIP’s Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. Award for Corporations

The award is given annually by Philadelphia VIP, the City’s leading pro bono organization.
Toll Public Interest Center

Incoming 1Ls demonstrate commitment to public service at Pro Bono Day

This year, the majority of the incoming class of 2024 participated in Pro Bono Orientation Day, embodying Penn Law’s commitment to and enthusiasm for public interest service.

Meghan Downey L’21 argues for a totality of the circumstances approach for habeas petitions in forthcoming article

Downey’s article was developed during a federal habeas corpus course at the Law School and will appear in the Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law.
Dean Ruger

Dean Ruger joins coalition of law school deans vowing to aid in the ‘looming housing and evictions crisis’

The joint statement expresses the law deans’ commitment to “take immediate and meaningful action to combat this crisis.”

Lauren Davis L’21 advocates for safe and healthy housing in Philadelphia through Independence Fellowship

After college, Lauren worked as a paralegal at Community Legal Services in Philadelphia, which inspired her to attend law school.

Rekha Nair L’12 named Executive Director of the Phoenix Legal Action Network

For Rekha Nair L’12, standing alongside a person as they navigate the American immigration system offers something powerful: unity in a world of separation.

JD fellows to fight for civil and criminal justice and broad, systemic change

The fellows’ work will be supported by several organizations including Equal Justice Works; Independence Foundation; Langer, Grogan, and Diver Foundation in Social Justice; Skadden Foundation; Toll Foundation; and the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.