Public Interest Week is the crown jewel of the Law School’s many justice-minded events.
Started in 2008, Public Interest Week brings together the Law School community, as well as members of the broader local, national, and international service-minded community, for a week full of programs centered on a timely theme. Throughout the week there are both student and Law School panel discussions along with evening presentations with leading attorneys, academics, activists, and community members working to advance their causes at the highest levels.
The week’s keynote event is a lecture given by the Honorary Fellow-in-Residence. Each year, the Law School hosts a new Honorary Fellow who joins us for several days during Public Interest Week. The Honorary Fellow meets with students, presents their work to our faculty, engages with the administration, and leads a discussion for the broader Penn Carey Law community.
Recent Honorary Fellows have included:
- Ben Jealous (President, People for the American Way, former President and CEO, NAACP)
- Sherrilyn Ifill (President and Executive Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense Fund)
- Benjamin Crump (Attorney for the families of George Floyd and Trayvon Martin)
- Reed Brody (Former Counsel, Human Rights Watch)
- Marcia Greenberger (Founder and Co-President, National Women’s Law Center)
In non-pandemic times, Public Interest Week ends with a huge celebration – the Annual Public Interest Student & Alumni Dinner. This dinner provides a wonderful opportunity for current public interest-minded students to network with public sector alumni, faculty, and community partners while enjoying good food and music.