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As preseason publicity ramped up in central Pennsylvania over the last month for athletic endeavors, Penn State Law students readied themselves for a competition of their own when they faced off against one another for positions on the Law School’s Moot Court Board.
Generations of law students have been challenged by the “Socratic method” of persistent questioning from their professors, but it was two law professors who were questioned by federal judges on Friday, November 20. Students took a break from the proverbial “hot seat” to hear the mooting of American Needle v. NFL, an antitrust case briefed before the United States Supreme Court and scheduled for argument in January.
One of the nation’s leading U.S. bankruptcy judges, the Honorable Samuel L. Bufford is joining the Penn State Law faculty.
Across the United States, the Air Force JAG Corps selects 50 law students to participate in its prestigious summer internship program with only 25 of them being paid internships. Penn State Law student Christine Arena ’11 was one of them.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. delivered a twelve hour lecture series as part of the Penn State University Dickinson School of Law Captials of Europe program in July. Entitled Current Issues in Constitutional Interpretation, Alito challeneged students to apply contemporary theories of constitutional interpretation to current constitutional issues.
Dr. Caroline Wagner, a scholar of science, technology, and knowledge transfer has joined the faculty of the School of International Affairs (SIA) but Penn State Law students can tap into her expertise as well. Knowledge, Technology and Globalization explores policy and governance issues related to the creation and diffusion of knowledge.
Adam Shapiro knew he wanted to work overseas; after all he has spent the past year teaching himself to speak, write, and read Mandarin. He initially set his sights on big firms. But Professor Catherine Rogers directed him to a different path. “She mentioned International Arbitration Institutions as a possibility and I explored a range of options around China.” After months of researching organizations and sending out resumes, he began corresponding with the Arbitration Association of the Republic of China.
Kelly Towns joined the Community Justice Project, a public interest law firm that was established in 1996, because of the Interest on Lawyers Trust Fund Accounts (IOLTA) fellowship she received to cover her summer employment. “It gave me the opportunity to work for a nonprofit but still get paid.”
How does a forensic examiner avoid exaggeration or understatement on the witness stand while doing "justice" to the value of evidence? Statistics expert David Kaye will present on this topic at a national symposium organized by the Department of Justice.

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