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Penn 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.”
On Wednesday, May 5, Morrison & Foerster is hosting the 43rd Annual Uniform Commercial Code Institute with Penn State Law. Moderated by Del Duca, this year’s institute titled “The Securitization Market and Proposed Reforms: A Look into the Future of Housing Finance” will give participants an overview of the current state of the market and a review of securitization reforms, perspectives on mortgage modification efforts, and alternative mortgage financing approaches.
Penn 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.
The 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.”
Penn 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.
On Friday, August 7, President Obama nominated Judge Thomas Vanaskie ’78 to the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The post is one step below the U.S. Supreme Court and covers all of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.
Kit Kinports, Polisher Family Distinguished Faculty Scholar and Professor of Law, served as a clerk on the Supreme Court for a year during Justice Stevens’ tenure. She recently shared some thoughts on his legacy and what to expect moving forward.
Four 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.”
On Friday, March 26, 2010, Penn State Law Review will hold a symposium titled “Reflections on Iqbal—Discerning Its Rule, Grappling With Its Implications,” comprised of three panels of academics and two members of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, addressing various aspects of the decision. In addition, Judge Lee H. Rosenthal, U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division, and chair of the Judicial Conference Committee on the Rules of Practice and Procedure that advises the Supreme Court on its rules, will be the keynote speaker.
More than 100 judges, lawyers, academics and law students—and no doubt a few civil procedure buffs—were gathered for a symposium sponsored by the Penn State Law Review that focused on the recent Supreme Court Case Ashcroft v. Iqbal and its possibly far-reaching consequences for the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP).

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