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.
Early in her college career, Briana Knox, now a Penn State senior, wanted to confirm law school was the right choice. On the advice of her advisor, she took part in the Explore Law program at Penn State after her sophomore year and gained valuable insight into the legal profession. Penn State Law has offered this tuition-free program for the past four years, and students are invited to apply for this year's program, set for May 18 to 23.
Recognizing the role of the legal profession in the civil rights movement, the law school will host a series of events celebrating Black History Month under the banner Civil Rights Then and Now: The Evolving Struggle for Equity.
Professor Laurel Terry, the Harvey A. Feldman Distinguished Faculty Scholar, spoke at the Midyear Meeting of the Conference of Chief Justices held in Sea Island, Georgia. The theme of this year’s Education Program is “Regulation of the Practice of Law.” Professor Terry will participate in a panel entitled “Regulating the Practice of Law in the Global Arena.”
The Indigent Criminal Justice Clinic has represented thirty-five clients since its establishment last year.