News Archive: 2011 Law student gets traction as entrepreneurThanks to starting his own business, Penn State Law student Kai Kaapro ’12 is experienced in negotiation, regulatory law, and business management. Kaapro launched Trolley Pub in Tucson, Arizona this year with business partner Andrew Cole. The duo raised $100,000 in venture funds, and he obtained insurance and applied for a business license all before finishing his final exams in the spring. A Message from the Public Interest Law FundThe student leaders of the Public Interest Law Fund (PILF) are pleased to invite alumni to participate in our annual PILF fundraising auctions. This spring we will hold live auctions in Carlisle on March 29, 2012, and in University Park (date to be announced), as well as a weeklong online auction. Penn State Law honors the late John C. Keeney with namesakeOn Tuesday, dozens of legendary attorneys and jurists joined Penn State University Dickinson School of Law to name the school’s Semester in Washington, D.C. program for John C. “Jack” Keeney ’49. Four of his five children and their spouses were on hand to accept the honor for Keeney who died last month. Latest technology draws attention of top China law schoolDean Wan Meng and Associate Dean Russell Leu of Beijing Foreign Studies University School of Law visited Penn State Law recently, exploring ways to increase opportunities for LL.M. students in Beijing. Penn State among top universities for international engagement Heroes have a way to a will Penn State Law recognized for public service preparationPenn State Law was named one of the best law schools for preparing students for public service by National Jurist Magazine in December 2011. It is the only law school to make three of the five categories identified by the magazine under the public service heading: government, prosecutor/public defender, and state judicial clerks. Clinic efforts instrumental in passage of new law clarifying USERRAThe efforts of students in Penn State Law’s Appellate Civil Right Clinic proved instrumental in the passage of a new law clarifying the USERRA. Penn State Law works to bring international arbitration skills to Palestinian lawyers and businessesPenn State Law is one of several organizations sponsoring an intensive ”Teach-In” on International Arbitration in Ramallah on December 7 and 8. International and Palestinian arbitration scholars and experts will conduct sessions on topics ranging from the benefits of international arbitration for the local economy to how to negotiate and draft an international arbitration clause. Penn State Law saddened by death of "Jack" Keeney '49The Law School is saddened to announce the death of John C. “Jack” Keeney ’49, who passed away on Saturday, November 19, 2011, at his home in Kensington, Maryland. With the passing of Mr. Keeney, the Law School has lost one of its oldest alumni and most revered public servants in U.S. history. SBA holds forum to help explain legal issues involved in Sandusky allegationsAs details of the Sandusky allegations at Penn State continue to flood national media outlets, the Student Bar Association (SBA) at Penn State Law hosted a panel discussion and forum to attempt to clarify some of the legal issues involved in the case. Clinical Professor Lucy Johnston-Walsh ’97, director of the Children’s Advocacy Clinic, and the Honorable Kim Gibson ’75, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and adjunct faculty member, led the discussion. Legal legend to be honored with naming of The John C. Keeney Semester in D.C. ProgramPenn State Law will honor the late John C. “Jack” Keeney '49 by naming the Law School's Semester in Washington Program after him at a luncheon to be held on Tuesday, December 13 at The Ritz-Carlton, 1150 22nd Street, NW, Washington, D.C. Former colleagues, fellow alumni, and members of the D.C. legal community are welcome to attend. Funds raised will support the John C. Keeney Semester in Washington D.C. Program.
Penn State Law will remember the late John C. “Jack” Keeney '49 by naming the Law School's Semester in Washington Program after him at a luncheon to be held on Tuesday, December 13 at The Ritz-Carlton, 1150 22nd Street, NW, Washington, D.C. Former colleagues, fellow alumni, and members of the D.C. legal community are welcome to attend. Funds raised will support the John C. Keeney Semester in Washington D.C. Program.
Penn State Law will remember the late John C. “Jack” Keeney '49 by naming the Law School's Semester in Washington Program after him at a luncheon to be held on Tuesday, December 13 at The Ritz-Carlton, 1150 22nd Street, NW, Washington, D.C. Former colleagues, fellow alumni, and members of the D.C. legal community are welcome to attend. Funds raised will support the John C. Keeney Semester in Washington D.C. Program. Patriot-News remembers Nancy Lamont Branches of government need to work together to maintain effective judiciaryU.S. District Court Judge John E. Jones ’80 called on Penn State Law students to better understand the issues surrounding adequate funding for courts during “Justice Unfunded—Justice Undone?” a panel discussion held at Lewis Katz Hall on November 10. “We’re fortunate that some of the things that have happened elsewhere in the nation have not happened in Pennsylvania yet .... Law students ... are leaders of tomorrow and you need to understand that this is not going to get easier,” he said. "How Do You Do It? Reflections of a Military Veteran and Spouse 10 years after 9/11" by Sara Carlson '12During the last ten years, the lives of my family, like so many others affected by the military, have changed in ways that are hard for many non-military people to comprehend. Forum to explore the consequences of an unfunded judiciary to be held at Penn State LawIn an effort to raise public awareness of the importance of a strong, independent judiciary, the Judicial Independence Commission has partnered with Penn State Law, the Clarke Forum for Public Policy at Dickinson College, and the Pennsylvania Bar Association to host a forum to explore the need for adequate funding to maintain the judiciary. “Justice Unfunded – Justice Undone: Assuring Sustainable Funding for Courts,” will be held on Thursday, November 10, in the auditorium of Lewis Katz Hall, Carlisle, Pa. Penn State medical and legal professions join forces for a dayPenn State medical and legal Professions join forces for mock trial. Law School mourns the death of Assistant Dean for Administration Nancy J. LaMontThe Law School is saddened to announce the death Nancy J. LaMont ’78, the Law School’s Assistant Dean for Administration and a former member of the Law School’s Board of Trustees. Surrounded by family and friends, Dean LaMont died on Saturday, October 29 at the age of 57. Judge Mary D. France '82 handles Harrisburg bankruptcy case Lewis Katz Building awarded LEED Green Building CertificationThe Lewis Katz Building has been awarded LEED certification established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute. LEED measures the design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings. Ben Ellis '12 beats odds to win trials while an internWhen Ben Ellis ’12 tried his first felony case as a certified legal intern for the Cumberland County’s Public Defender (PD) Office, he had only eight days to prepare. Because the case, was considered difficult and his client could face up to seven years of jail time if convicted, Ellis spent virtually every waking moment on the case. Against insurmountable odds, the client was acquitted. New Early Decision Program established for Class of 2015Future lawyers who are sure that Penn State Law is their first choice can now apply in December and receive a decision shortly after the New Year. Allegheny National Forest brings natural resources law to life for studentsStudents traveled to the Allegheny National Forest to see real-life application of the lessons learned in Professor Colburn's National Resources Law class. Business is booming in the Rural Economic Development ClinicOperating like a small private law firm under the direction of Professors Ross Pifer and Jeff Erickson, clinic students work with various individuals and organizations – typically from the agricultural, food, and energy sectors – providing legal research, document preparation, and advice on legal issues like landowner liability and rights and responsibilities under contracts. Ten Years Later: An Anthology of 9/11 Reflections releasedAn anthology of 9/11 reflections released today by the Penn State Law Center for Immigrants’ Rights and the Penn State School of International Affairs concentrates on the impact of the attacks on the lives of immigrants and immigration policy, providing both a report card and ideas for the future. The publication entitled The 9/11 Effect and its Legacy on U.S. Immigration Laws: Essays, Remarks, and Photographs is available for complimentary download at www.law.psu.edu/9_11_effect. Pediatricians-in-training will visit October 31 for mock trialPediatric medical residents from Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital will visit the Law School to participate in “Treating Medical Errors: A Colloquium.” Penn State Law students will try elements of a civil medical malpractice case, with nurses and nursing students serving as jurors and residents serving as expert witnesses. New clinic offers international humanitarian experience Professor Leverett skeptical of alleged Iranian assassination plot in Ian Masters radio interview "Iranian 'Plots' and American Hubris" by Professor Flynt Leverett on CNN.com ACLU lawyer to speak on controversial Supreme Court case Ashcroft v. al-KiddLee Gelernt, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) lawyer who litigated the controversial Ashcroft v. al-Kidd case in the U.S. Supreme Court, will speak in the Apfelbaum Family Courtroom in Lewis Katz Building in University Park, Pa., on October 28 at 1 p.m. The event will be simulcast to Room 104, Lewis Katz Hall, Carlisle, Pa. Making Good Policy in Bad Economic Times set for Oct. 21The Center for Children and the Law will host a panel discussion on October 21 titled "Impacting the Public Policy Process: Making Good Policy in Bad Economic Times." Panelists include Pennsylvania Senator Patricia Vance, Pennsylvania State Representative Stephen Bloom '87, and lobbyist Jay A. Layman '75. Professor Welsh to keynote ADR Symposium at Fordham Law SchoolOn November 4, Penn State Law Professor Nancy Welsh will deliver the keynote address at the 6th Annual Dispute Resolution Symposium on Friday, November 4. The event, entitled “Judicial Review of ADR Processes: What makes sense?” will be held in the McNally Amphitheatre at Fordham Law School in New York. Lecture series on science, technology, and the law to be held at Penn State LawPatrick McDaniel, a professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at the Pennsylvania State University and co-director of the Systems and Internet Infrastructure Security Laboratory, will present “Mobile Smartphone Application Security and Privacy,” the first lecture in a series on science, technology, and the law, sponsored by Penn State Law. Students to participate in White House "Champions of Change" eventPenn State Law students will participate in "Champions of Change: Winning the Future Across America," an online event organized by the White House that will feature Attorney General Eric Holder and others on October 13. The event is designed to encourage law students to augment their pro bono efforts. Fighting for immigrants' rights: A passion for Stacie HunhoffStacie Hunhoff ’12 is realizing her dream of helping immigrants obtain desperately needed legal help. Immigration law is notoriously complex and deadline-driven, but the need for legal help far exceeds what many immigrants can afford. Hunhoff helps address that divide as an intern at the Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center, a nonprofit organization that provides legal and education resources to detained populations in Pennsylvania. Professor Terry on combating money laundering through voluntary compliance Professor Wadhia blogs about the Third Circuit's reflection on unlawful presence, Chevron deference, and prosecutorial discretion P.J. Crowley discusses tweets and their contribution to history Law School honors Governor Tom Ridge at dedication ceremony of Ridge CommonsOn September 17, during Alumni and Reunion Weekend, Penn State University Dickinson School of Law dedicated the new Ridge Commons in honor of Governor Tom Ridge. P.J. Crowley BBC op-ed "The end of a new beginning?" Penn State Law launches new clinic focused on international developmentThe new International Sustainable Development Law Clinic gives Penn State Law students the chance to join University colleagues from a wide range of disciplines who are working to develop, design, and implement humanitarian projects and social ventures in the developing world. P.J. Crowley discusses tweets and their contribution to history Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. to be Distinguished Jurist at Penn State Law ProgramSamuel A. Alito Jr., Associate Justice of the United States, will be the Distinguished Guest Jurist on the Penn State Law 2012 Summer Program in Florence, Rome, and Siena. The program will run from June 24 through July 21, and Justice Alito will teach a one-credit course, Current Issues in Constitutional Interpretation, during the last two weeks of the program. Online registration is now available. Vice Admiral James Houck, Judge Advocate General, U.S. Navy to speak on PiracyVice Admiral James Houck will join two other distinguished speakers to discuss the law, politics, and history of piracy at “Perilous Seas: Piracy in the 21st Century” on Sept. 26. The public is welcome. Author Wendell Potter discusses health care reformWendell Potter’s book begins with a confession.
“About fifty thousand people die in America every year because they have no health insurance. I am partly responsible for the deaths making up that shameful statistic,” he writes. Family Law practitioners invited to Collaborative Law TrainingPenn State Law will offer training for attorneys in the collaborative approach, which can be applied to a broad range of family law matters, including child custody, co-parenting agreements, and marriage dissolution. Julie Myers Wood, former head of ICE, to speak on 9/11 EffectJulie Myers Wood, former head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, will visit Penn State Law at 9 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 16 to serve on a panel of national experts for "The 9/11 Effect and Its Legacy on U.S. Immigration Laws." Pennsylvania Superior Court to hold special session at Law SchoolThe Pennsylvania Superior Court will hold a special session of appellate argument court at Penn State University Dickinson School of Law beginning at 9:30 a.m. on September 20 in the new courtroom of Lewis Katz Hall, 333 West South Street, Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Stromberg leverages Russian skills to secure internship in St. PetersburgChristopher Stromberg ’13 was searching for an overseas international internship where he was hoping to use the Russian language skills he had developed while living in Russia during his undergraduate years. With the help of the Center for International Legal Studies in Vienna he was able to spend his summer working in the International Commercial Arbitration and Litigation group of Egorov, Puginsky, Afanasiev and Partners (EPAP). Penn State Law Clinical Fellow wins award in national writing competitionRecent Penn State Law graduate Joshua Wilkins ’11 has won one of the top prizes in the national writing competition hosted by the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). Tribal law expert Professor Matthew Fletcher will speak at Penn State LawAmerican Indian law and policy expert Professor Matthew Fletcher will visit Penn State Law on September 19 to present "American Indian Education: Counternarratives in Racism, Struggle, and the Law." He is the chief editor of the leading law blog on American Indian law and policy, Turtle Talk. Reid Weingarten '75 tackles tough defense cases Contracts key to Hollywood legal internship for Robert Vega '12Calling from the NBCUniversal lot where many popular television shows and films are produced, Robert Vega ’12 said that his legal internship in the Television Production, Legal Affairs Group of NBCUniversal (NBCU) has been nothing short of “phenomenal!” Kate Lawrence appointed to National Advisory Committee of Equal Justice WorksKate Cramer Lawrence, director of public interesting programming at Penn State Law, has been appointed to a two-year position on the National Advisory Committee of Equal Justice Works, a prominent public interest law organization based in Washington, D.C. Penn State Law welcomes new Shughart ScholarsScholars David H. Blankfein-Tabachnick, Erica Goldberg, and Jacob Randall Kreutzer have joined Penn State Law as Dale F. Shughart Scholars. Each year Penn State Law welcomes as visiting assistant professors a small group of scholars of exceptional accomplishment and promise as Dale F. Shughart Scholars. New book by Professor Cindy Simmons earns praise from Harvard Law Review LL.M. students bring broad range of legal experiences to Penn StateFor forty-two years, LL.M students from around the world have come to the Law School to advance their careers by studying with our distinguished faculty. This year’s LL.M. class has students from Asia, Europe, and South America with a broad range of legal and life experiences. Jonathan Lozano '12 doubles up with J.D. and graduate education degreeWith the competitive job market today, Penn State Law student Jonathan Lozano ’12 was looking for a way to increase his attractiveness to prospective employers. So he is pursuing a joint J.D./Master’s of Education in College Student Affairs. 'Deadly Spin' author to visit Penn State LawHealth insurance industry critic Wendell Potter will speak at Penn State Law on September 20. Potter rose to national prominence in 2009 when he testified before the Senate Commerce, Science and Technology Committee about deceptive insurance industry practices designed to boost profits—practices that also resulted in millions of people being uninsured. The public is welcome. Interning at the DEA: A real legal work experience for Kristina Dahmann '13Interning at the Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in Arlington, Virginia, this summer has been a great confidence booster for rising second-year Penn State Law student Kristina Dahmann ’13, who has been continually pushing herself to new heights working side-by-side with attorneys in the Office of Chief Counsel. This is your pilot speaking: Q&A with Shelley Ewalt '07Pilot Shelley Ewalt used a law degree to take a career in aviation career to new heights. Now an aviation attorney at Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellot, Ewalt shares her thoughts on the airline industry. Jake Mattinson '12 lands at McDermott Will Emery and loves itAnyone interested in practicing big law would have McDermott Will & Emery on their list. The firm has been in business since 1934 and has grown from its headquarters in Chicago to having offices around the world employing more than 1,000 lawyers and is considered one of the nation’s top firms. But for Jake Mattinson ’12, a summer associate in McDermott’s Employee Benefits Practice Group in Chicago, it has a small-firm feel. Istanbul media drawn to Penn State LawPenn State Law in Istanbul this summer is capturing the attention of the Istanbul legal media. Third Circuit Judge Brooks Smith both lectured and gave interviews on the American Legal System last month. Last week the Law School’s Intensive Introduction to American Law Summer Program in Istanbul for Lawyers and Executives captured media attention as well. Law School to host 2011 Pennsylvania Defender Trial Skills ProgramFrom August 3 to August 6, a select group of public defenders from across Pennsylvania will have the opportunity to hone their trial advocacy and persuasion skills in Penn State Law’s new state-of-the-art, digital courtroom in Lewis Katz Hall, Carlisle, PA. Environmental law overlaps human rights law in Rachel Rivers' internshipAt her summer internship with the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW), Rachel Rivers is using her legal education to protect the environment while advancing human rights. U.S. Supreme Court to hear case filed by Penn State Law Civil Rights Appellate ClinicThe U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case presented by the Penn State Law Civil Rights Appellate Clinic. Penn State Law ICTY interns help bring closure to people of the Former YugoslaviaSarah Hart ’12 was an elementary school student in Emmaus, Pennsylvania, when she received a thin red Scholastic magazine detailing the violence, chaos, and terror as Yugoslavia gradually broke apart. Penn State undergraduates spend week immersed in lawForty Penn State students from University Park and four Penn State branch campuses spent their first week of summer vacation immersed in the Socratic method, law books, and professional possibilities at Penn State Law. Students urge Supreme Court to hear military harassment caseCan a civilian employer harass a service member based upon military status? The answer to this question can affect the 500,000 Reservists and National Guard members who have deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan since late 2001. Today the Penn State Law Civil Rights Appellate Clinic as part of an expert legal team from across the country filed a Petition for Certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court in Carder v. Continental Airlines, 2009 WL 4342477 (S.D. Texas, Nov. 30, 2009). Transfer application fee waived for 2011Penn State Law has waived the transfer application fee for 2011. Professor Dermot Groome leads Mladic prosecutionDermot Groome, visiting professor of law at Penn State Law, will lead the prosecution in the trial of Bosnian Serb general Ratko Mladic at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia at The Hague. Golden-Winged Warbler one step closer to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service protection thanks to Anna Sewell '10 Professor Anna Laakmann on medical malpractice and reusing biopsy needles Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Linda Greenhouse addresses Class of 2011Supreme Court journalist Linda Greenhouse addressed the Class of 2011 and hundreds of their friends and family members at commencement on May 21. The ceremony recognized 196 J.D. and LL.M. degree recipients and awarded an honorary doctor of laws to Ms. Greenhouse. Interdisciplinary team helps foster children plan futureOlder adolescents in foster care are among society’s most vulnerable populations and have recently become a focus of attention across Pennsylvania. As part of an initiative of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s Office of Children & Youth and Families in the Court, a working group convened at the Penn State Law Children’s Advocacy Clinic has advocated for an improved local judicial procedure and providing training for social workers, attorneys, and foster youth. Communities across the state have led working groups to improve the process for youth transitioning to independence from foster care. H. Jesse Arnelle re-elected to Penn State Board of TrusteesUniversity alumni recently re-elected incumbent H. Jesse Arnelle ’62 to serve another three-year term on the Penn State University’s Board of Trustees beginning July 1, 2011. Public interest law summer fellows namedPenn State Law is pleased to announce that fifteen Penn State Law students have been selected as the 2011 Cherie M. Millage Public Interest Law Fund (PILF) Fellows. Established by students in 1990, PILF’s summer fellowship program enables Law students to work in non-paying areas of public interest law during the summer after their first or second year at Penn State Law. Chief Justice shares insights with LL.M. studentsPenn State Law LL.M. students look forward each year to attending a Supreme Court argument and often are able to meet with one of the Justices for a private question and answer session. This year’s class was able observe arguments on the hotly contested Wal-Mart class action lawsuit in which employees of the retail chain have alleged discrimination against their employer. They were also able to meet with Chief Justice John Roberts. Service is key to Class of 2011If you want to describe how the Class of 2011 has served others, you would need a bevy of verbs. Karen Gunnison '82 is chief of staff to Pennsylvania First Lady Susan CorbettThrough the power of relationship building and networking, Karen Gunnison '82 was asked personally by Pennsylvania's new First Lady, Susan Corbett, to become her chief of staff. SIA Professor Dennis Jett discusses Peru runoff election on PBS Newshour Professor Ross Pifer on Marcellus Shale lawsuits SIA, Center for Global Studies to host collaboration with UgandaIn cooperation with the World Bank and the Global Knowledge Initiative, the School of International Affairs will present the first ever “From Lab to the Field: Putting Penn State's Innovations to Work to Solve Real World Challenges” on April 22. The public is welcome. Sexting panel attracts community attentionArea news crews converged at the Lewis Katz Building last evening to cover the panel discussion “Words, Camera, Legal Action: Teen Sexting and its Consequences,” hosted by the William Penn Chapter of the international law fraternity Phi Alpha Delta (PAD). Maj. Gen. John D. Altenburg Jr. (Ret.) on 9/11 terrorist trials in military court Professor Robert Frieden discusses Pandora subpoena on Marketplace by American Public Media Penn State Law program in Istanbul offers immersion in U.S. law for lawyers and business executivesA four-week Intensive Introduction to American Law promises to provide legal and business practitioners from around the world with an overview of American law as it operates in the global business environment. The curriculum, focused on commercial practice, will be taught by Penn State Law faculty members known globally for their expertise in their respective areas including—antitrust, arbitration, international choice of law, and international business transactions. In step with Joe DevineGood lawyers are precise. They multitask. They focus on the big picture while thinking on their feet. Joe Devine ’11 got a head start on building those skills before 110,000 fans as a member of the iconic Penn State Blue Band. Alumni take on law and science of intelligent designDuring the six-week trial of Kitzmiller v. Dover School District, the fate of scientific education in America hung in the balance in the courtroom of Judge John Jones III ’80. It was the first case testing whether intelligent design could legally be taught as part of a science class in public school.
Today Judge Jones visited Penn State Law to reflect on the case and intelligent design with fellow alumnus Frank Ravitch ’91, a scholar of law, religion, and philosophy. Intelligent design on the docket at Penn State LawPenn State Law will host a forum on intelligent design featuring U.S. District Court Judge John E. Jones III '80 and Frank Ravitch '91, Professor of Law and Walter H. Stowers Chair in Law and Religion at Michigan State University College of Law. During the open forum, Judge Jones and Professor Ravitch will discuss their judicial and scholarly work regarding the constitutionality of teaching intelligent design in public schools. Award-winning director to screen civil rights documentaryFilm director Abby Ginzberg will visit Penn State Law to screen Cruz Reynoso: Sowing the Seeds of Justice on April 14. The film documents the life of lawyer, judge, and law professor Cruz Reynoso, who has dedicated his career to pursuit of justice for all. Muskie Fellow Abdukhalilov plans to bring new dispute resolution skills home to KyrgyzstanBetween the time Sardorbek Abdukhalilov found out he was accepted as a Muskie Fellow to study for an LL.M. at Penn State Law and the time he began the program, two seminal events happened that would profoundly affect his life. Supreme Court advocate makes First Amendment case at Penn State LawAttorney Sean E. Summers visited Penn State Law to speak about his pro bono work in Snyder v. Phelps, a case he recently argued before the Supreme Court. Shevlin '11 thrives on Law and International AffairsWhen Lisa Pex Shevlin ’11 graduates this spring, she will have both a juris doctor and a master's degree in international affairs; she has been able to accomplish this in three years due to an impressive feat of time management. The power of positive peer pressureAs a contracts manager for Time Dollar Youth Court in Washington, D.C., Gornall serves as an advocate for disadvantaged youths. The Youth Court’s mission is to provide alternative sentencing to first-time juvenile offenders by serving as a unique pre-petition diversion program. Penn State Law students gear up for semester in Washington, DCOne of the best ways to gain experience and make connections within government is to intern with a federal agency. While you don't have to live in Washington, D.C to find an internship with the federal government, it is the best place to be if you are committed to pursuing a government career, which is what seven Penn State Law students are doing this semester. Symposium to examine the arbitrator's powersAs the reach of arbitration continues to expand so does the debate over what is potentially at stake. What happens when one party resists arbitration? Which entity should decide the validity of the agreement: the court system or the arbitrator alone? Answers to these and other questions will be explored during the symposium “The Arbitrator as Judge … and Judge of Jurisdiction,” on February 16, from 12 to 4 p.m. at the Penn State University Dickinson School of Law. Reach a verdict on law schoolSpurred in part by a sluggish job market, more than 60,000 people took the Law School Admissions Test last year and are now weighing the pros and cons of a law degree. Scholars from Penn State Law will offer insights on four of the most asked-about fields in a series of panel discussions at the Law School. The events will also be available via live webcast. ABA Journal profiles teaching fellow Josh Blackman's Fantasy SCOTUS game Preview of World on Trial releasedPenn State Public Broadcasting released a preview of the pilot episode World on Trial, an educational television and interactive web series, that brings together the best legal talent in the world to argue both sides of sharply contested human rights issues Pulitzer Prize winner Linda Greenhouse will deliver commencement addressNew York Times reporter and author Linda Greenhouse will receive an honorary doctorate of law from Penn State during Law School commencement on May 21, 2011. Penn State University President Graham B. Spanier will deliver the honor. 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.Penn State News