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Professor emeritus receives alumni award

Professor Emeritus Christine H. Kellett, the first woman to be hired to the Law School's faculty in 1976, was recently honored with The Dickinson School of Law General Alumni Association's (GAA) Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her lifetime of service and contributions to the community. The association's president, George Joseph '82, presented Kellett with the award during the 2009 Alumni and Reunion Weekend commemorating the school's 175th anniversary.

Over her nearly thirty-year career at the Law School, Professor Kellett taught a variety of courses; however, constitutional law, together with state and local government and the U.S. Supreme Court, were her primary focus. From 1996 until 1998, she served as associate dean for institutional planning and joint degree programs. Additionally, from 1997 until 2003, she served as the director of the Agricultural Law Resource and Reference Center, spearheading it to prominence throughout the state.

In 2002, Professor Kellett received GAA’s Career Achievement Award, and in the spring of 2004, she received the Sylvia H. Rambo Award from the Penn State Women’s Law Caucus.

Professor Kellett is a 1964 graduate of the University of New Mexico and a 1975 magna cum laude graduate of The Dickinson School of Law. Prior to becoming a full-time law school faculty member, she clerked for the Honorable John A. MacPhail and was a solo practitioner in Gettysburg. Kellett served on the Board of Legal Services, Inc. from 1978 until its merger with MidPenn Legal Services in 2001.

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