News Archive: 2013 International Clinic supports award-winning programHumanitarian Engineering Social Entrepreneurship (HESE) is the Northeast regional winner of the 2013 Outreach Scholarship W.K. Kellogg Foundation Engagement Award and is now a national finalist for the C. Peter Magrath University Community Engagement Award. The award comes from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. HESE has spent years developing and testing low-cost greenhouses and creating a self-sustaining business model for farmers in East Africa. In the past year, Penn State Law’s International Sustainable Development Projects (ISDP) Clinic collaborated with HESE to address legal barriers to implementing humanitarian projects. Op-ed by Professor Flynt Leverett "Rouhani won the Iranian Election. Get over it." The Hon. Correale F. Stevens '72 nominated to Pennsylvania Supreme CourtGovernor Tom Corbett has nominated Judge Correale Stevens, currently president judge of the Pennsylvania Superior Court, to serve on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Two-thirds approval of the Pennsylvania Senate will be required for his confirmation. Professor Johnston-Walsh discusses focus of upcoming child abuse conference Library and IS Dean Steve Hinckley confirms a law degree is versatile Professor Fox visits with alumni and others in TaiwanPenn State Law Alumni and exchange students gathered on June 2, for a dinner with Professor William F. Fox who was visitng several universities in Taipei. Professor Kaye: SCOTUS ruling paves way for changes to PA law Global Arbitration Review cites Prof. Rogers on need for unified regulatory framework in international arbitration Adm. Jim Houck named interim dean of the Law School and SIA Professor Kaye discusses implications of DNA evidence ruling by SCOTUSAfter attending the oral arguments in Maryland v. King, a case that came before the U.S. Supreme Court dealing with DNA evidence, Penn State Law Professor and preeminent expert on DNA and statistical evidence David Kaye predicted that the lower court ruling would be overturned. Professor Kaye talks briefly about the outcome of the case, why he would have focused on different issues than the majority, and what issues unresolved by this ruling will likely to come before the Supreme Court. Professor Colburn's research featured in Centre Daily Times Watch: UC Berkeley's "Conversations with History" with Professor Flynt Leverett on Middle East policy BBC gets Professor Kaye's viewpoint on landmark DNA evidence case National security, civil rights experts to put U.S. drone program on trialEpisode two of World on Trial, an international human rights television and web program produced by Penn State Law will feature Judge James E. Baker of the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces as presiding judge and Jameel Jaffer of the ACLU and former F-14 pilot Michael Lewis as lead attorneys. The series presents both sides of sharply contested international human rights issues in the context of courtroom trials before live multinational juries. Judicial observation internships provide valuable learning for foreign lawyersFrom pre-trial motions to sentence hearings, nine Penn State Law LL.M. students from around the world are experiencing the American legal system firsthand as interns in Penn State Law’s LL.M. Judicial Observation Internship program. Professor Ross on how to rid cricket of corruption in Times of India Professor Brand doubts courts will compel IRS chief to testify Pediatric psychiatry residents bring medical perspective to Clinic studentsDr. Ademola Bello visited the Children’s Advocacy Clinic (CAC) recently to share his perspective on medicine and treatment option for clinic clients, all of whom are children in the dependency system or children who are the subject of custody litigation. His visit is part of a recent CAC expansion to include pediatric psychiatry fellows as part of the Clinic, comprised of graduate-level social work students and law students. Penn State scientist wins award from Environmental Law Institute Hon. Vanaskie '78 inducted into Capital One Academic All-America Hall of FameHon. Thomas I. Vanaskie '78, U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals Judge and adjunct professor at the Law School, will earn one of the highest honors in collegiate athletics when he is inducted into the Capital One Academic All-America Hall of Fame next month in Orlando, Fla. The ceremony will take place on Wednesday, June 12, at the Marriot World Center during the College Sports Information Directors of America Annual Convention. Robin Marable '02 wins Unsung Hero awardThe New York Daily Record gave Robin C. Marable '02 one of its first "Unsung Hero" awards. Marable is an attorney with Legal Assistance of Western New York. The award is given to individuals who help those in need, often going unrecognized. In an article about her contribution, Marable says she especially is happy to be helping not only individuals but a community and she cites Professor Victor Romero as one of her mentors Former congressman Joseph Sestak named General Omar N. Bradley Chair in Strategic LeadershipJoseph Sestak, former congressman and retired U.S. Navy three-star admiral, has been named the 2013-14 General Omar N. Bradley Chair in Strategic Leadership. While in residence, he will conduct classes at Penn State University Dickinson School of Law and School of International Affairs, Dickinson College, and the U.S. Army War College. Associate Dean Carla Pratt named to 50 Under 50 top law professors of color Commencement speakers urged grads to value relationships and integrityThe Law School celebrated 198 J.D. and 43 LL.M. graduates at its 134th commencement on Saturday. Professor Cole discusses Harrisburg security fraud charges on PCN TV Secretary of Defense appoints Admiral Houck to Sexual Assault Response PanelSecretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has appointed Admiral (ret.) James W. Houck, distinguished scholar in residence at Penn State Law and School of International Affairs, to a Congressionally-mandated panel charged with conducting an independent review of Department of Defense systems used to investigate, prosecute, and adjudicate allegations of sexual assault in the military. Professor Flynt Leverett op-ed on latest nuclear talks "Why the failure in Almaty is a big deal" Professor Asay advises companies to keep tabs on open source software use Passion for education reform drives Whittington and WorthingtonAlthough Penn State Law students Sarah Whittington ’15 and Stephen Worthington ’15 came to Penn State Law from vastly different geographical regions – Whittington from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Worthington from Cedar City, Utah – they quickly discovered that they share a lot in common. Both studied history in college, Worthington at Utah State University and Whittington at Connecticut College. Both agree that education reform in the United States is necessary. And both came to Penn State Law planning to get involved with the student organization Law and Education Alliance at Penn State (LEAP). Change in two-campus Law School operation will increase student options Conversations from WPSU features Professor Flynt Leverett on IranProfessor Flynt Leverett appeared on WPSU's Conversations from Penn State television program Thursday, May 2. Canadian Gazette features Professor Laurel Terry on evolving global legal practice (PDF; page 6) The Hon. Ronald D. Castille to deliver commencement address in CarlisleThe Honorable Ronald D. Castille, Chief Justice of Pennsylvania, will be the featured speaker at the Law School's commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 11, at 10:30 a.m. in Carlisle, PA. Professor Ross: MLB Rule 4 limits baseball for today's Jackie Robinsons Teamwork is key to Civil Rights Appellate Clinic in filing amici curiae brief with Supreme CourtThe National Employment Lawyers Association asked the Penn State Law Civil Rights Appellate Clinic to draft an amici curiae brief in University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center vs. Nassar, set for argument on April 24 before the Supreme Court; what surprised even clinic students was the number of other organizations that signed onto the brief: eighteen. New federal student loan repayment option availableAnother income-based federal student loan repayment option became available December 21, 2012. The Pay As You Earn (PAYE) option affords student loan borrowers the opportunity to have the monthly payment on their federal loans calculated as a percentage of available income rather than being dependent upon the amount borrowed. This will make a significant difference to borrowers with lower incomes and large federal student loan debt. Highmark Chief Legal Officer Tom VanKirk '70: A Career Well-PlannedIf Tom Van Kirk ’70, could point to only one management practice that has led to the successes he has experienced in his career, it would have to be strategic planning. “Buchanan (Ingersoll & Rooney) was one of the first law firms to develop a strategic plan back in 1985,” Van Kirk remembers. At the time, he was chief operating officer and the firm was trying to determine the geographic region in which it was to become a leader. 2013 Public Interest Law Fellows namedSupport from the Degenstein Foundation and money raised by the Public Interest Law Fund will enable nine Penn State Law students to work in nonprofit or government organizations this summer. Placements span as far west as Los Angeles in the United States and as far east as Macedonia abroad. Sean Jorgensen '14 earns prestigious labor law fellowshipPenn State Law student Sean Jorgensen was awarded a ten-week summer fellowship from the Peggy Browning Fund. Jorgensen will be working at AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees) AFL-CIO, in Washington, DC which has 1.6 million working and retired members. Professor Larry Backer's remarks to Penn State University Council of Commonwealth Student Governments upon receiving Friend of the Commonwealth Award In USA Today Professor Gartner sees big data forensics as a key to uncovering Boston marathon crime Workshop brings awareness on immigrant women's rights Professor Dannin challenges privatization on WPSU panel Admissions Dean Amanda DiPolvere on scholarships and life at Penn State LawPenn State Law Admissions dean Amanda DiPolvere explains how applicants can stand out, the latest in scholarship aid, and her take on joint degrees at Penn State. Family Law Clinic tragedy inspires domestic violence advocatesErin Bloxham ’12 was wrapping up her responsibilities as a fellow with Penn State Law’s Family Law Clinic before moving on to her new role as Centre County Assistant District Attorney. One of her cases was a divorce, referred to the clinic by the Civil Legal Representation Project of the Centre County Women's Resource Center. Client Traci Raymond Miscavish had been attacked by her husband who had spent time in jail. Bloxham, second-year law student Kira Lecznar assigned to the case, and the clinic’s director Jill Engle were impressed with Miscavish’s courage.
On March 28, the unthinkable happened. Traci Raymond Miscavish’s husband Mark Miscavish shot and killed her and himself at Traci's place of employment leaving her family, the community, and the members of the Family Law Clinic devastated. Last weekend the students attended a candlelight vigil in Miscavish’s memory during which Engle spoke saying that her goal and of those attending is to carry the light of domestic violence victims forward. Penn State Law celebrates Public Interest Law WeekThe need and opportunity for the legal community to provide public interest law service spans all times and places in the course of a legal career. Each spring, Penn State Law celebrates its commitment to public interest law with a week of activities designed to introduce and facilitate student interest in public interest law. Public Interest Law Week is being held April 8 to April 14 this year at Penn State Law. Op-ed by Nathaniel Foote '14 encourages different approach to regulate oil and gas drilling Former NFL players face "huge hurdle" in concussion litigation explains Professor Ross Professor Dennis Jett discusses U.S. relationship with Japan on "Marketplace" Andrew Scott '14 featured in ABA student spotlight WPSU, Penn State Law to host screening of The Central Park Five on April 8WPSU and the Law School will host an advance community screening of “The Central Park Five,” a powerful new PBS film from award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns, on Monday, April 8. Judge Samuel Bufford elected to the American Law InstituteJudge Samuel L. Bufford, Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Penn State Law, has been elected to the American Law Institute (ALI), the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law. Professor Leverett describes Obama's calls for peace as hollow Why we give: '97 classmates join efforts to endow scholarshipFifteen years later, the 1997 classmates entered another pact: to create a scholarship benefiting Dickinson School of Law students of superior academic achievement. Maren Miller-Bam and Professor Robert Rains team up on DOMA briefIf the Supreme Court invalidates the Defense of Marriage Act, third-year law student Maren Miller-Bam hopes that her work played some small part in it. She assisted Penn State Law professor Robert Rains, a family and federal benefits expert, in an amicus brief on behalf NOSSCR, the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives. Seminar brings legal and forensics experts together to win casesForensic science can be a powerful weapon to a litigator and to law enforcement. A day-long seminar at Penn State Law on April 5 will provide an opportunity to learn from experts about forensic tools that can help win cases. Forensic Science Legal Tools is designed for prosecutors, criminal defense attorneys, and civil litigators as well as members of the science and law enforcement communities who may be expert witnesses. Students who are interested in careers in law, law enforcement, and/or forensics are encouraged to attend. The seminar is free to the public but there is a fee to register for continuing education credits. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Workshop set for Mar. 21The Center for Immigrants’ Rights on behalf of the Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center will present a workshop to help young immigrants learn about legal status. Participants can earn how young people without legal status can avoid deportation and potentially receive work authorization and learn the eligibility requirements, application process, and potential risks of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The Hon. D. Brooks Smith '76 to deliver commencement addressThe Honorable D. Brooks Smith, a 1976 graduate of The Dickinson School of Law, will be the featured speaker at this spring’s commencement ceremonies for the Penn State University Dickinson School of Law. Smith is a member of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, having been nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the United States Senate on July 31, 2002. Federal Courts choose 4 students for post-graduation clerkshipsFour members of the Class of 2013 have been selected for post-graduation federal clerkships. Meet Sarah Hyser, 1st Lt. Mark A. McCormick-Goodhart and Christopher Polchin, all members of the Penn State Law Review. (A fourth student, not profiled here, has a deferred start date.) Community workshop to address violence against immigrant womenThe Center for Immigrants' Rights at Penn State Law and the Centre County Women's Resource Center Civil Legal Representation Project are teaming up to host “Shining the Light on Violence Against Immigrant Women” at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 11 at Schlow Centre Regional Library. The public is welcome to this event, which will be a dialogue on the impact of domestic violence and sexual assault in the immigrant community. Hurricane Sandy victims get legal help from students over spring breakFive Penn State Law students headed for the coast over spring break—and they took their legal skills with them to assist victims of Hurricane Sandy. First-year students Nailah Williams, Keana Williams, and Stephen Worthington joined second-year students Doyinsola Aribo and Dunell Ridore for a week of volunteer work with New Jersey Legal Services, where they did legal research, community outreach, and whatever else was needed. Family Law Clinic students develop training program to help military familiesStudents in the Family Law Clinic typically spend their days counseling clients, preparing filings, and making court appearances. Third year students Alison Glunt, Teleicia Rose, and Bart Wischnowski and clinic fellow Erin Bloxham did those things but also worked on a project designed to help military families. Students compete in second annual LL.M. Moot CompetitionAgain this year, Penn State Law fielded a team of students in the Second LL.M. International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court Competition held on March 8 and 9 in Washington, D.C. Hosted by American University Washington College of Law, the competition is specifically created for LL.M. students and focuses on the study of international arbitration for resolving international business and investment disputes. National Academy of Legal Sciences of Ukraine unanimously elects Professor William Butler to membershipWilliam E. Butler, the John Fowler Distinguished Professor of Law and International Affairs at Penn State, has been elected to the National Academy of Legal Sciences of Ukraine. Professor Dannin receives lifetime achievement award from top labor relations associationThe Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) announced Professor Ellen Dannin, Fannie Weiss Distinguished Faculty Scholar, will receive its Lifetime Achievement Award. The Lifetime Achievement Award, which is the most prestigious award given by the LERA, signifies the admiration and appreciation of the members of the association for a lifetime of work and achievement. Professor Gartner sees sequester-related defense cuts as way to re-think mission Penn State energy law professors featured on Dubai TV Alumni can double the impact of their gifts with $1 million matching fund Professor Flynt Leverett discusses U.S.-Iranian nuclear diplomacy on PBS NewsHour A message from Dean of Admissions Amanda DiPolvereFee waivers are available for alumni referrals. Thurgood Marshall biographer wraps up Black History month celebrationThurgood Marshall biographer and University of Maryland law professor Larry Gibson visited Penn State Law on Feb. 28. Penn State Law professors and students file briefs in four cases before the Supreme CourtThe U.S. Supreme Court has received briefs from Professors David Kaye, Eileen Kane, and Bob Rains as well as the Civil Rights Appellate Clinic in four different cases before the justices this term. Dubai Judicial Institute hosts Penn State Energy Law SeminarAs part of the Penn State Law partnership established last summer with the Dubai Judicial Institute (DJI), Professors William F. Fox and Ross Pifer will present “Energy Law Innovation and Best Practices” March 4 through 7. Prof. Leverett forecasts the collapse of U.S. sanctions against Iran Professor Katherine Pearson and several alumni to serve on Pennsylvania Supreme Court Elder Law Task ForceProfessor Katherine Pearson has been named to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Elder Law Task Force, which will convene for the first time in April. The task force will address concerns about guardianship, elder abuse and neglect, and access to justice. Professor Pearson is the only professor of law on the 36-member task force. Professor Laurel Terry gives prestigious Gertler Family LectureProfessor Laurel Terry, the Harvey A. Feldman Distinguished Faculty Scholar and Professor of Law at Penn State Law, was selected to give the fifth Gertler Family Lectureship in Law Honoring the Robert McKercher Family at the University of Saskatchewan College of Law. She spoke on January 15 about global trends in lawyer regulation and the applicability of those trends to the practice of law in Canada. Professor David Kaye's amicus brief in upcoming DNA evidence case featured in SCOTUS Blog Professor Terry shares her top international legal profession stories for 2012 Larry Gibson, author of Thurgood Marshall biography to wrap up Black History MonthAs part of Penn State Law’s celebration of Black History Month, Larry S. Gibson, professor of law at the University of Maryland, will present a talk Feb. 27 based on his book "Young Thurgood: The Making of a Supreme Court Justice." Each audience member will receive a free copy of his book (while supplies last) which is the only biography of Justice Marshall to be endorsed by the Marshall family. Future Penn State lawyers invited to Explore LawThe weeklong program is offered again this year and is open to Penn State undergraduates from all campuses. This year’s application deadline is April 1. Watch: Professor Flynt Leverett on the latest U.S. overtures to Iran School law conference set for March 14Penn State is hosting the Pennsylvania School Study Council’s (PSSC) School Law Day, a school law conference featuring experts from both the public and private sector. The conference will be held on March 14, 2013, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Penn State’s Dickinson School of Law’s Lewis Katz Building at University Park. LL.M. program creates lifelong bondSixteen years ago, Marion Welp, Mercedes Guzman, and Jacqueline Busterna had little in common, except one goal – earning a master of laws degree in comparative law. One year together in Carlisle forged a friendship of a lifetime. Professors Jett and Fedderke tell Washington Post what an embassy post might cost donors Penn State Law to launch Indigent Criminal Justice ClinicPenn State Law students will have the opportunity to practice criminal law in a new clinic set to begin operation in the fall. The Indigent Criminal Justice Clinic (ICJC) will give third-year students the experience of working with criminal defendants accused of misdemeanor offenses in the Centre County Court of Common Pleas. Register for "Treating Medical Errors" on Feb. 20The Penn State community is invited to register for “Treating Medical Errors” on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at Penn State Law. This interdisciplinary event features pediatric medical residents from Penn State’s Milton S. Hershey Children’s Hospital and students from the Law School. Watch: Randall Robinson discusses his career and new book on C-SPAN NYT features Penn State research on economic cost of "purchasing" ambassadorships The Atlantic names Professor Flynt Leverett's blog on Iran one of its Five Best Fridays Columns Civil rights documentary screening set for February 11Penn State Law is hosting a screening of The Memphis 13: The Story of the Civil Rights Movement’s Smallest Pioneers. The public is welcome to this event, which begins at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 11. Professor Shoba Wadhia on why the time is right for immigration reform Seminar aims at developing storytelling skills to win over judges and juriesSeminar aims at developing storytelling skills to win over judges and juries. Professor Asay considers legal risks of open source software Professor Clark Asay discusses the effect of EU privacy regulations on the U.S. Dean McConnaughay named dean of Peking University's School of Transnational LawPhilip J. McConnaughay, dean of Penn State Law and founding dean of Penn State's School of International Affairs, has taken a position as dean of Peking University’s School of Transnational Law in Shenzhen, China. His new appointment is effective Aug. 1. Symposium to consider potential outcomes of U.S.-Iran relationshipThought leaders Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett, authors of the new book Going to Tehran, will headline a symposium, “The U.S.-Iranian Relationship and the Future of International Order,” aimed at assessing the nature of current U.S.-Iranian relations and exploring how the two state’s strategic choices will affect the international order in the future. Ramona E. Romero to receive Rambo AwardThe Women’s Law Caucus of Penn State University’s Dickinson School of Law will recognize Ramona E. Romero, Esq. as the nineteenth recipient of the Judge Sylvia H. Rambo Award during a ceremony on February 28, 2013, at Lewis Katz Hall, Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Romero, general counsel of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), will receive the Rambo Award in recognition of her exemplary contributions to the legal profession and to society as a whole. Penn State Law students offer free tax help in Carlisle areaPenn 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. Tax assistance is offered to qualified residents of Carlisle and surrounding communities through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program sponsored by the IRS. Event to examine role of courts in reviewing arbitral awards, mediated settlements Professor Larry Backer named to Penn State Presidential Selection Council Carnegie Council for Ethics and International Affairs features discussion of Professor Leverett's new book Personal Statements: future lawyers share their storiesBy GPA and LSAT scores, the Class of 2015 is one of the most highly qualified to study at Penn State Law. Students Susanna Bagdasarova, Talal Al-Ufasian and Megan Wells agreed to share their personal stories that helped them stand out from the crowd. Look for more in the next issue of Lexicon, the Penn State Law alumni magazine. In MLK tribute speech, Professor Thompson shares his views on King's legacy Politico features Professor Leverett's Going to Tehran as a noteworthy, new book Dennis Marion steps into new role as acting Deputy Secretary of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Alumnus and Federal Judge John Jones approves $20 million Rite Aid settlement Professor Houck: WSJ got it wrong in attacking Law of the Sea Tribunal International peace organization awards grant to study international mediation behaviorsSwedish-based organization the Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA) has provided a $25,000 grant to Professor Scott Gartner of the School of International Affairs (SIA) and Penn State Law to conduct experiments in international mediation Professor Farmer: Gov. Corbett's suit against NCAA seeks injunctive relief Professor Leverett featured on The Daily Beast's "The Dish" Professor Beth Farmer reviews Gov. Corbett's antitrust case against NCAA Professor Preston Green on constitutional rights for charter school students "Going to Tehran" by Professor Flynt Leverett makes Foreign Policy suggested reading list for 2013 Civil Rights Appellate Clinic files amicus brief with Third Circuit Court of AppealsMost cases handled by the Civil Rights Appellate Clinic are student-identified ones in which they think the clinic could play an important role. Not so in a case on appeal before the U.S. Third Circuit in which the clinic was appointed as amicus in a suit under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Immigration clinic students work toward improved treatment of detaineesPenn State Law students Rachel Keung ’13 and Daniel DeCurtis ’12 traveled the distance to the Clinton County Correctional facility from their office at the Law School’s Center for Immigrants’ Rights in less than an hour. But representing their client, the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Commission on Immigration, required entering the complex world of immigrant detention which has been “quite a journey,” according to Keung who said she had never been in a prison before. Professor Ross Pifer advises landowners on their rights regarding gas drilling Professor Ross Pifer on Marcellus Shale lawsuitsPenn State News