When third-year law student Lindsay Berkstresser recently received a scholarship check from Michael J. McDonald ’79, she also received a piece of advice, “Love the profession, and it will love you back.” This was the same advice that McDonald, who has been referred to as one of the most esteemed personal injury lawyers in Pennsylvania, received from his father Joseph T. McDonald when he decided to go to law school.
Penn State Law students were among thousands of volunteers who raised a record-breaking $13,343,517.33 for pediatric cancer research. The year-long fundraising event culminated in a 46-hour dance marathon. This year, law school raised $12,729.39.
The United Nations estimates that by 2050 the planet’s human population will be 9.6 billion—stretching the resource of an already resource-stretched world. “The 9 Billion People Question: The Challenge of Global Resource Scarcity,” at Penn State on February 7 will examine the impact of global resource scarcity on the world’s legal, agricultural, and security environments.
The Women’s Law Caucus of the Penn State University Dickinson School of Law will honor Dusty Elias Kirk ’79 as the nineteenth recipient of the Hon. Sylvia H. Rambo Award during a ceremony on February 27, 2014, at Lewis Katz Hall in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Kirk, a partner in the law firm of Reed Smith, will receive the Rambo Award in recognition of her exemplary contributions to the legal profession and to society as a whole.
Judge Patricia H. Jenkins will fill a vacancy on the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, the state Senate confirmed by vote earlier this week.
Professor Emeritus Louis F. Del Duca, a man who has impacted the lives of many Penn State Dickinson School of Law alumni throughout his 57 years of teaching, will be recognized by the Penn State Alumni Association with its prestigious Honorary Alumni Award and inducted as an honorary alumnus during Traditional Reunion Weekend at University Park in June 2014.
Later this month, Penn State University Dickinson School of Law graduate Mary Laurie '13 will wrap up a post-graduate fellowship at Human Rights Watch in Washington, D.C. Laurie credits connections and programs at Penn State Law as factors in helping her succeed in the position.
Joseph Sestak, former congressman and a former U.S. Navy three-star admiral, the Gen. Omar N. Bradley Chair in Strategic Leadership at Penn State University’s Dickinson School of Law, will present “Leadership to Restore the American Dream,” November 4 at 6 p.m.