In the opening credits of FX’s hit “Louie,” comedian Louis CK can be seen ambling down the steps of the Macdougal Street club, en route to perform a set. With more than a million viewers, each episode of “Louie” gives the Comedy Cellar a level of exposure that most clubs can only dream about. And that’s a rather impressive achievement for a venue that was a relative latecomer to New York’s venerable comedy scene.
Prof. Lous Rulli recently offered commentary on the civil forfeiture controversy in Philadelphia.
Three Philadelphians sued the City last week after their personal property – houses, cars and cash — was seized by the District Attorney’s Office as part of criminal investigations. In each of these cases, the plaintiffs were innocent of a crime yet their property has not been returned. The practice, known as civil forfeiture, is used nationwide but is considered by critics to be particularly pervasive in Philadelphia. While law enforcement officials rely on it as a valuable tool in the effort to fight crime, particularly drug-related crimes, some civil rights advocates say the practice often violates the right to due process. Joining us to talk about the laws surrounding civil forfeiture and its effectiveness in prosecuting crime are BETH GROSSMAN of the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, and University of Pennsylvania professor LOU RULLI.
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Recent graduates and those farther removed from Penn Law now have many opportunities to connect due to the flourishing of alumni clubs over the last several years.
The first clubs, in New York and South Florida, were established in 2007. Soon after, the clubs went international, with first one forming in Japan. Today there are 27 clubs – 16 in the U.S. and 11 in the rest of the world. View the entire list.
The clubs are a hub for networking, social events, and educational programs. Back in May, professor David Abrams spoke to Boston alumni about the role of attorneys in the outcome of cases and pondered whether judges vary in their treatment of race. Development and Alumni Relations also sponsored a number of happy hours over the summer in Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Washington, D.C, Chicago, Miami and San Francisco.
If you’re interested in getting more involved with the alumni club in your area, please contact Rachel McQuaid L’11, associate director of Alumni Relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications for ACE Rule of Law Fellowship at Human Rights First are now being accepted.
Penn Law is committed to supporting students and alumni who seek international and public interest careers. The Law School, in partnership with Human Rights First, created the fellowship, which is generously supported by the ACE Charitable Foundation and Penn Law alumnus, Robert Cusumano L’80. It offers a recent Penn Law graduate an opportunity to spend one year in the New York or Washington, D.C., offices of Human Rights First beginning in September 2015. Penn Law students may apply for this fellowship in their last year of law school, and alumni within three years of their law school graduation. The recipient will be announced by Jan. 1, 2015.
Please submit applications electronically via Symplicity Job Posting/Keyword 13242 by Sept. 30. More information.
Adrian Cronauer L’89, inspiration for the film “Good Morning, Vietnam,” remembers Robin Williams.
Gooooooooood morning, Vietnam!
Adrian Cronauer perfected those three words on the air while hosting a radio program called “Dawn Buster” in Saigon from 1965 to 1966. Comedic actor Robin Williams, who died Monday, made those words famous when he portrayed Cronauer in the 1987 critically acclaimed film “Good Morning, Vietnam.”
All work and no play for Penn’s JD/MBAs this summer? No way! When they weren’t in class, our rising 2Ls were down the shore, in the Poconos, playing softball, having cocktails, and BBQ’ing. Now in their 2nd week of Wharton Pre-Term, they are ready to start the next phase of their studies here alongside their fellow MBA classmates…
For their “Best of Philly” issue, Philadelphia Magazine selected a Penn Law alum and an incoming 1L for their list of “The Best Philadelphians” under 40.
Best Renaissance Man: Ben Stango, 25
It’s hard not to like Ben Stango, the bubbly, articulate Merion native, Yale grad, do-gooder and Democratic committeeman who’s dedicated to seeing Philly live up to its potential. After consulting with the likes of David L. Cohen, Paul Levy and Rich Negrin — those he hopes to emulate — the United Way campaign program manager heads to Penn this fall for a joint penn-jd-mba. He’ll be mayor — if not president — someday.Best Politico: Jennifer Kates, 34
A onetime white-collar lawyer turned fierce advocate, the senior aide to Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez is a force within City Hall, fighting for change and hurdling bureaucracies like a civic superhero. Kates played a major role in crafting the city’s rewrite of the tax delinquency law and in setting up the new land bank, where she has been named a member of the inaugural board. Her mantra: “Persistent effort in the face of seeming hopelessness.”
Natasha Arnpriester L’16 is currently at an emergency debate at the 21st special session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on the situation in the Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem. Both Israel and the Palestinians have accused each other of war crimes during the recent conflict. Both said that their actions during Israel’s assault on Gaza were within the rules of international law. It is a heated exchange, Arnpriester shared.
"Very strong words have been exchanged between the Palestinian and Israeli delegations," said Arnpriester of the experience attending the debate.
Arnpriester is spending the summer summer in Geneva, Switzerland working at the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.