News Archive: 2010 Ambassador Butler to lead global nuclear disarmament groupAmbassador Richard Butler AC, Penn State's Distinguished Scholar of International Peace and Security and a faculty member of the School of International Affairs, has been named chairman of the Middle Powers Initiative, effective January 1, 2011. Superior Court judge will swear fellow alum into Pennsylvania House of RepresentativesWhen Judge Correale F. Stevens '72 swears in the new Pennsylvania House of Representatives on January 4, he will admit fellow alum Tarah Toohil '08 to the ranks of state government. Penn State Law students help United Way, those in need Penn State undergrads invited to get a jump on law school Former Guantanamo Bay adversaries visit ethics classWhen Guantanamo detainee Mohammed Jawad was appointed new defense counsel nearly six years after his arrest, it was a game-changer. Jawad had been arrested in Afghanistan for allegedly throwing a grenade into an SUV containing U.S. soldiers and an Afghan interpreter in December 2002. Lt. Col. David Frakt of the United States Air Force Reserves JAG Corps was appointed to Jawad’s case and sought to challenge the Military Commissions and the government’s case from the ground up. Guantanamo Bay prosecutor Lt. Col. Darrel Vandeveld of the U.S. Army JAG Corps met him every step of the way.
Both attorneys addressed a legal ethics class at Penn State Law on Friday. Penn State Law students attend Supreme Court argument, meet with Justice SotomayorStudents from Penn State Law’s Civil Rights Appellate Clinic recently visited the U.S. Supreme Court to observe oral arguments in Staub v. Proctor Hospital, a case in which the Clinic had filed an amicus brief. While witnessing arguments in front of the U.S. Supreme Court is in itself extraordinary, Penn State Law students arrived a day early and had the opportunity meet privately with some of the most brilliant legal minds in the country – including Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. State College native Vice Admiral Houck "impressed" by Law SchoolNaval Judge Advocate General Vice Admiral James Houck won over students and faculty alike when he kicked off his recent presentation by saying that he has been to law schools all over the world and Penn State Law is among the best. “I’m impressed by the beautiful new facilities … and by the national and international character of the school,” he said. Washington Post features Teaching Fellow Josh Blackman's Fantasy SCOTUS game Pittsburgh area architects award Lewis Katz Building architectural design honorPenn State University Dickinson School of Law's Lewis Katz Building, designed by Ennead Architects of New York (formerly Polshek Partnership), has received an Honor Award from American Institute of Architects (AIA) Pittsburgh. Each year, AIA Pittsburgh hosts the Design Awards to recognize and honor architects and designers, and promote excellence, innovation and achievement in the craft of architecture. Judge Jones brings civil procedure to Law SchoolToday's special session of argument court in the Middle District of Pennsylvania happened before an audience of future lawyers. LGBT activist Dan Savage to speak at the Law SchoolWorld-renowned LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transsexual) advocate Dan Savage will deliver an interactive presentation on the importance of diversity and the impact of homophobic policy on the LGBT community at the Penn State University Dickinson School of Law on Wednesday, November 10, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. Pedro A. Cortés '99 accepts new position at Everyone CountsPedro Cortés ’99 resigned as Secretary of the Commonwealth on June 11, 2010, to become executive vice president of Everyone Counts, a company specializing in military and overseas voting technology. In his new role, Cortés’ primary responsibility is strategic business development, including the Latin American and Caribbean marketplace. Climate Survey ongoingNext Monday, October 18, 2010, Penn State Law will launch a climate assessment survey to further its goal of creating and sustaining a welcoming and inclusive environment for all community members. Alumni & Reunion Weekend still "a blast" after 22 yearsScores of Law School alumni from 1950 through 2010 converged on Carlisle this past weekend to catch up with friends — and especially celebrate reunions for those graduating in years ending in 0 and 5. Pediatricians-in-training will visit October 20 for moot trialPediatric medical residents from Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital will visit the Law School to participate in “Treating Medical Errors: A Colloquium.” The residents will serve as jurors and expert witnesses while Penn State Law students will try elements of a civil medical malpractice case. Aboye Jinkiri '11 spends summer immersed in military lawPenn State Law student Aboye Jinkiri ’11 spent the summer in Washington, D.C. as a Navy Judge Advocate General (JAG) intern in the General Litigation Division among people who may be her future colleagues. Fans worldwide "like" Penn State Law on FacebookThe Penn State Law official Facebook page www.facebook.com/PennStateLaw has drawn more than 1,000 students, alumni, friends and fans surpassing all of the other Big Ten law schools since its launch less than a year ago. Former 9/11 Commissioner to visit Penn State LawFrom Watergate to the 9/11 Commission, Richard Ben-Veniste has pursued truth, justice, and accountability from the U.S. government. The famed Washington, D.C. trial attorney will visit Penn State Law to speak on ethics and government on October 19. Penn State Law students compete for moot court membershipAs 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. Tamara Good '12 chooses a summer of serviceTamara Good was a Cherie Millage Summer Fellow in 2010 and used the grant to serve the Pennsylvania Immigrant Resource Center (PIRC), which provides counsel and educational resources to secure defense for immigrants in danger of deportation from the United States. She took on central tasks such as research on asylum, U visas, derivative citizenship, and citizenship access through service in the military. Professor Rebecca Tsosie to speak on the future of Indian educationProfessor Rebecca Tsosie of Arizona State University will speak at Penn State Law on "Tribal self-determination and the future of Indian education." Her talk is scheduled for October 13th, 2010. Joseph Cotilletta '11 hits the ground running as an intern with Queens County DA's OfficeJoseph Cotilletta hit the ground running as intern with Queens County DA's Office. Penn State expert says standardized tests not always best indicator of success Lewis Katz Building wins accolades for designPenn State Law's Lewis Katz Building, designed by Ennead Architects of New York (formerly Polshek Partnership), has received honors from the Society of American Registered Architects New York Council (SARA NY), the Society of American Registered Architects Pennsylvania Council (SARA PA) and the highest, Platinum rating from the College Designer Collabetition Awards for design excellence. Different paths lead students to Penn State Law LL.M. programFor 41 years, lawyers from around the world have been coming to the Law School to earn what was first called a Master’s of Comparative Law degree. This year’s LL.M. class has students from Asia, Europe and the Caribbean with a broad range of legal and life experiences. Christine Arena spends summer in Hawaii as an Air Force JAG internAcross 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. Justice Alito challenges students at Penn State Law summer programU.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. Interdisciplinary class addresses global knowledge systemsDr. 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. Law School announces new faculty appointmentsPenn State Law is pleased to welcome several new members to its faculty. Adam Muchmore, an emerging scholar of government regulation, joins our resident faculty. In addition, we are pleased to welcome our first cohort of Shughart Scholars, named in honor of the late Dale F. Shughart Jr. ’74. Summer Law Work 2010Finding meaningful work during the summer is important for law students to gain on-the-job experience as well as build connections with other associates and legal professionals. Penn State Law is featuring a series on what students are doing this summer. Kelly Towns '11 gets chance to "give back"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.” Adam Shapiro '11 breaks new ground with summer internship in TaiwanAdam 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. Bryan O'Keefe '11 nominated to ABA postPenn State law student Bryan M. O’Keefe '11 has been selected to serve as liaison for the 2010-2011 academic year from the American Bar Association Law Student Division to the ABA Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. Environmental Law Professor Jamison Colburn on the BP Gulf oil spillProfessor Jamison Colburn worked as an enforcement litigator for the EPA prior to joining Penn State Law. Focusing his scholarship and teaching on environmental law and policy, he writes extensively about the protection of wildlife habitat and endangered species. He recently shared his thoughts on the BP Gulf oil spill. Kevin R. Steele '92 re-elected to Alumni CouncilKevin R. Steele ’92 of Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, was elected to a second term on the Penn State University Alumni Council. The council is an all-volunteer governing body that guides and directs policy for the Penn State Alumni Association. Law and Education Institute in session this weekThis week at Penn State Law educators and attorneys are putting their heads together for "group work" during the third annual Law and Education Institute, running this week through June 26. Dean McConnaughay joins law school deans in demanding law professor's freedomThe arrest and treatment of U.S. defense lawyer Peter Erlinder, a faculty member at William Mitchell College of Law, has prompted widespread international condemnation, including from American law school deans and a statement from the American Bar Association. In a letter dated June 7 to Rwandan Ambassador Kimonyo, Penn State Law Dean Philip J. McConnaughay joined 89 other U.S. law school deans urging the release of Erlinder. Valerie Burch '04 takes on student privacy case that makes headlinesACLU attorney and Penn State Law alumnus Valerie Burch ’04 was quoted on CNN.com about her representation on behalf of a former high school student whose cell phone was taken and searched by a school principal during her senior year of high school. The Hon. Thomas J. Ridge challenges graduates to seek truthPenn State University, The Dickinson School of Law celebrated its commencement on May 15 in Carlisle. The Law School recognized 183 J.D. graduates and awarded thirteen LL.M. degrees during the outdoor ceremony. Stephanie Nolan Deviney '97 elected to PSU Board of TrusteesStephanie Nolan Deviney ’97, attorney at the law firm of Fox Rothschild LLP in Exton, Pennsylvania, has been elected to the Penn State University Board of Trustees for a three-year term beginning July 1, 2010. Law School launches $35 million campaign to benefit studentsPenn State University, The Dickinson School of Law has announced a $35 million fundraising goal as part of the University’s capital campaign, For the Future: A Campaign for Penn State Students. In the largest fundraising effort in its 175-year existence, the Law School has secured nearly $25 million as it enters the public phase of the campaign, set to conclude in 2014. Benefits of Penn State Law’s J.D./LL.M mentoring program form a two-way streetConnecting foreign LL.M. students with American J.D. students is one of the defining elements of the Penn State Law LL.M. program. The program expands the networks of LL.M. and J.D students, which, in many cases can lead to lifelong professional connection. U.S. News & World Report features article on "how to get in" Penn State LawFind out how to set your application apart from thousands of others by reading “How to Get In: Penn State Law” published by U.S. News & World Report. Applications to Penn State Law increase 32 percentPenn State Law applications were double the level of 2008 and up 32 percent over last year. “We’ve processed 5,323 applications this year compared to 4,048 in 2009,” said Jay Shively, assistant Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid. “In addition, we had a very impressive and diverse applicant pool making our admission decisions all the more challenging.” Penn State Law Review distributed in IraqWhile most U.S. law students take a survey of the Supremacy Clause, few students have dug into the concept as it pertains to a modern quasi-state tucked inside a government that is struggling to establish itself. Members of the Penn State Law Review had such an opportunity when they edited and published “The Kurdish Regional Constitution within the Framework of the Iraqi Federal Constitution: A Struggle for Sovereignty, Oil, Ethnic Identity, and the Prospects for a Reverse Supremacy Clause.” The Penn State Law Review issue containing that article was distributed in Kurdistan to members of the Kurdish government. Penn State Law’s International Law Society wins top awardThe International Law Students Association (ILSA) honored Penn State Law with its top “Best All-Around Chapter” award from among 200 student chapters worldwide. Citing numerous events that the International Law Society (ILS) held this year, ILSA Programs Coordinator Jill Schmieder Hereau said, “The ILSA Student Officers selected Penn State because the students enthusiastically promoted the study and understanding of international law throughout the Penn State student body and local legal community.” Law School names new members to its Board of CounselorsPenn State University Dickinson School of Law recently appointed U.S. District Court judges Thomas M. Golden and Christopher C. Conner to its Board of Counselors. Law School dedicates Carlisle facilitiesPenn State University President Graham B. Spanier and other University leaders will be in Carlisle to dedicate Lewis Katz Hall on Friday, April 16 at 3:30 p.m. The event will also mark the end of a year-long celebration honoring the 175th anniversary of the Dickinson School of Law, which held its first class on April 1, 1834. LL.M. applicants from around the world attend Penn State Law’s first virtual open houseFour current LL.M. students and LL.M. program director, Professor Karen Bysiewicz, welcomed prospective students from a half dozen countries to a first-ever “virtual” open house on April 14. “For students to make a commitment to a school, sight unseen, is a lot to ask,” said Bysiewicz. “Our goal was a real-time discussion where the students could see and hear from us, so that it would make the students’ decision easier.” Clinic students urge Supreme Court to allow civil rights claimants their day in courtOn Wednesday, March 31, 2010, Penn State Law’s Civil Rights Appellate Clinic, acting as counsel of record for six civil rights groups, filed an amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court in Rent-A-Center, West v. Antonio Jackson, Supreme Court Docket Number 09-497. Public interest auctions bring in record proceedsThe Public Interest Law Fund (PILF) has raised $19,022.47 through three auctions this year. Funds benefit summer public interest law fellows, also named today. Penn State Law celebrates thirty years of clinical educationNearly 40% of Penn State Law students, participate in a clinic or externship. Penn State Law’s clinical program features eight clinics, including the newly announced Rural Economic Development Clinic. Clinical legal education is a relatively recent phenomenon. Prior to 1970 when clinical legal education burst into legal education, only a handful of law schools had a clinic. Today, no law school is without a clinic including Penn State Law which began in the early 80’s with the Family Law, Disability and Arts, Sports, and Entertainment clinics. Law students try moot case with medical residentsAn interdisciplinary mock trial was held at Penn State Law with medical residents serving as jurors, witnesses, and experts on March 23. Senate confirms Professor Keckler's appointment to Legal Services BoardProfessor Charles Keckler's nomination by President Obama to serve on the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation was confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Keckler said he is "honored to be appointed. It's a way for me to continue to participate in public service while still continuing with my current work." Penn State undergrads invited to get a jump on law schoolThinking about going to law school? If you’re a Penn State undergrad heading into your junior or senior year, don’t delay. There are only two weeks left before the April 1 deadline to register for an incredible opportunity to discover what it’s like to be a law student. From learning how to brief a case and analyze a statute to making an argument in court, “Explore Law” will give you the tools you need to succeed as a law student. Penn State Law students go pro bono over spring breakWhile many law students spend spring break catching up on rest and relaxation before the end of the semester crunch, Penn State Law students Hannah Suhr ’11 and Eunice Yang ’12 spent their break as public service volunteers in the Public Interest Law Fund’s Alternative Spring Break program. Securities law expert Professor Langevoort next in Scholarly Dialogues series, March 24Penn State Law Review is pleased to announce a special guest as part of its Scholarly Dialogues series. Donald J. Langevoort, Thomas Aquinas Reynolds Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, will present his working paper, "Reading Stoneridge Carefully: A Duty-Based Approach to Reliance and Third Party Liability under Rule 10b-5." Civil rights icon Morris Dees to speak at Penn State LawPioneering civil rights attorney and founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Morris Dees will speak on “Equal Justice for All” at the Penn State University Dickinson School of Law on Tuesday, March 16 at 7 p.m. The talk is open to the public and will take place in the Greg Sutliff Auditorium of the Lewis Katz Building. Team finishes strong at national environmental mootValerie Potell ’11 and Christopher Jason ’11 represented Penn State and went toe-to-toe with opponents from New York, Michigan, Vermont, California, New Jersey, and Florida. They were thrilled to advance to the quarterfinals and ultimately finish the competition within the top one-third of 84 registered teams at the National Environmental Moot Court Competition. Public Interest Law Fund seeks donationsThe Public Interest Law Fund (PILF) seeks donations for its annual auctions. All proceeds from the fundraiser benefit fellowships for law students to work at nonprofit organizations or government agencies. CBS News interviews Professor McCausland on the battle in Marjah, AfghanistanCBS News interviews Professor McCausland on the U.S. military offensive in Marjah Application Deadline ExtendedThe application deadline for the J.D. program has been extended to April 1, 2010 School of International Affairs joins Association of Professional Schools of International AffairsThe Penn State School of International Affairs (SIA) has obtained affiliate membership status in the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA). “Our organization promotes excellence in professional, international affairs education worldwide, said Leigh Morris Sloane, executive director of APSIA. “We are pleased to see the establishment of a new school and welcome Penn State into the fold.” The Hon. Carol L. Van Horn to receive the Sylvia H. Rambo AwardThe Women’s Law Caucus of the Penn State University, Dickinson School of Law will recognize the Honorable Carol L. Van Horn as the sixteenth recipient of the Sylvia H. Rambo Award at a ceremony on February 25 in Lewis Katz Hall, Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Van Horn, the first woman elected to the Court of Common Pleas of the 39th Judicial District of Pennsylvania, will receive the Rambo Award in recognition of her exemplary contributions to the legal profession and to society as a whole. Penn State undergrads invited to "Explore Law" during summer programPenn State undergrads heading into their junior and senior years are invited to apply for a week-long "Explore Law" program at The Penn State University, Dickinson School of Law. The program is designed to give participants a feel for what it’s like to study law—from learning how to brief a case and analyze a statute to making an argument in court. Law School names new board membersPenn State University Dickinson School of Law recently appointed U.S. District Court Judge John E. Jones III and James L. Patton Jr., chairman of Delaware law firm Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, to its Board of Counselors. Interactive "Scholarly Dialogues" series continuesOn Monday, February 8, Penn State Law Review will host the next event in its Scholarly Dialogues series, which provides students with the opportunity to engage with professors concerning recent scholarship.
This dialogue will feature Zachary Kramer, assistant professor of law, as he presents his work, "Heterosexuality and Military Service." New facilities featured in Patriot News slideshow Penn State Law students offer free tax helpPenn State Law students are offering free tax preparation services to people with low and fixed incomes, people who have disabilities or special needs, and senior citizens aged 60 or older. Ambassador Richard Butler AC accepts invitation to Global Zero SummitPenn State School of International Affairs Professor Richard Butler has accepted an invitation to the Global Zero Summit, a gathering of world leaders who seek to establish a nuclear-free world. Penn State Law Review presents "Of Hope and Humility"On Thursday, January 28, Penn State Law Review will host "Of Hope and Humility: Christian Realism, Immigration Reform, and Executive Leadership," the next event in its Scholarly Dialogues series, which provides students with the opportunity to engage with professors concerning recent scholarship. Penn State professor tapped to advise China Center for Public LeadershipProfessor Denis Simon of the School of International Affairs has accepted a two-year appointment as a member of the Advisory Board of the China Center for Public Leadership at the School of Public Policy and Management in Tsinghua University. "Experience Penn State Law" series to showcase facultyFrom the latest on the admissibility of DNA evidence to conservation challenges presented by suburban sprawl, Penn State Law faculty scholars will share their scholarship and ideas on current legal trends. "Experience Penn State Law" is a speaker series designed to connect prospective law students to the faculty members whose scholarship and ideas are on the cutting edge of legal education. The public is welcome to attend the series, which kicks off on February 3 and will run every Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Penn State Law facilities and via live Webcast. LL.M. program launches enhanced optional fields of studyNew specialized fields of study announced by Penn State Law provide international graduate students with the opportunity to both gain general skills in navigating the American legal system and specialty international legal expertise. The three fields of study—Business Law; Arbitration, Mediation and Negotiation; and International and Transnational Law — tap into Penn State Law’s longstanding areas of global recognition and feature world renowned scholars.Penn State News