The New York Law Journal announces the 2014 honorees for Lawyers Who Lead by Example in three categories: Lifetime Achievement, Public Service and Pro Bono.
Congratulations to Jennifer Kroman L’94 and Walfrido Martinez L’91 on this honor! Kroman is the director of pro bono practice at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Martinez is managing partner at Hunton & Williams.
“This new certificate will add to the knowledge students gain at the Law School and allow them to broaden their understanding of important legal issues by examining Latin America through a social scientific lens,” noted Professor Emilio A. Parrado, Director of Penn’s Latin American and Latino Studies Program and Chair of the Sociology department.
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.
Hi I'm in incoming freshman in the College at Penn, and I'm looking into law school in the future. What things do you guys look at regarding admissions such as curriculum and extracurricular activities? I'm thinking of double majoring in Health& societies and International Relations as I would like to go into health policy, what are your opinions on that? Also, is it better to take a gap year or head straight into law school?
Hi! The Admissions Committee considers the applicant’s entire academic history, including breadth and rigor of curriculum, grade trends, and advanced coursework if applicable. The Committee also evaluates the applicant’s writing ability based on the personal statements and letters of recommendation. Additionally, we consider work experience, personal background and experiences, service, leadership, overcoming challenges or disadvantages, and any other factors that make an applicant unique and that will somehow positively contribute to the life of the Law School and/or the legal community. The Admissions Committee does not employ the use of matrices or indexes when evaluating applicant files and has no statistical cut-offs for review; each file is read from cover to cover in a very holistic approach to the application evaluation.
There is no pre-law educational requirement or even a specific recommended course of study for admission to Penn Law. Incoming students hold degrees in a variety of academic disciplines, from Political Science to Philosophy to German to Industrial Engineering; there is no one path to legal education. There is no preferred option between applying straight from undergrad or working for a year. Applicants have been admitted with very little or no work experience in the past. As detailed above, work experience is just one of the many factors that can be taken into consideration in the evaluation process!
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on Monday that privately held companies can be exempt because of religious reasons from a federal mandate requiring employers to pay for employees’ contraception. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties objected on religious grounds to the Affordable Care Act’s provision that requires businesses to provide insurance coverage of their female employees’ birth control. Today we dissect the decision and its implications and look at other related rulings. Marty sits down to talk about law, religious liberty, and reproductive rights with TOBIAS BARRINGTON WOLFF, Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School,SARAH BARRINGER GORDON, Professor of Constitutional Law and Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and DAVID S. COHEN, Associate Professor of Law at Drexel University Law School.
The Senate voted 93-0 to confirm Dechert partner Cheryl Krause for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Penn Law Lecturer in Law Cheryl Krause was confirmed unanimously by the Senate on Monday evening and will be sworn in today. Krause was instrumental in establishing Penn Law’s Federal Appellate Litigation Externship.
“[The Hobby Lobby decision] almost suggests that this religious claim is getting preferential treatment compared to the other hypothetical future claims that they’re talking about — and that, of course, is something the Supreme Court is not supposed to do under the free exercise laws. So it presents two sort of equally unpleasant possibilities. One is that they are going to be extremely deferential to free exercise plans in the future, which almost seems to suggest that people can get a pass from federal law just by invoking religion. Or it suggests that they’re treating this claim better, which is troubling because it’s a politically conservative Christian claim, and the Supreme Court should certainly not be more sympathetic to certain religions than others.”—Prof. Roosevelt discusses whether Christians get preferential treatment from the Supreme Court on salon.
Is it possible to buy a mini statue of the Goat anywhere?
Unfortunately, there are no mini Goats available for sale at the moment. However, the Penn Law Alumni store and the Penn Law school store have items featuring the Goat for sale from time to time, so keep an eye out. Additionally, each year there are a number of creative, one-of-a-kind Goat related items up for auction at the Penn Law EJF auction. Finally, members of the Penn Law community are always encouraged to participate in the Flat Goat program!
Why Sara Bodnar wrote on nursing home abuse: ”More than 1.4 million individuals are living in nursing homes, and with the anticipated increase of adults age 65 and older in the U.S., this number will only rapidly grow. I hope that by writing about this topic, I’ll encourage awareness and discourse surrounding not only the issue of nursing home abuse, but also solutions.”
Sara Bodnar’s professional background: ”Since earning my M.P.H. from Yale University in 2010, I’ve spent several years working in health policy as a Regulatory Analyst for the New York City Department of Health. While working in health policy, I’ve developed a strong interest in health law, and will be pursuing a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.”
What do you believe sets Penn Law apart from other law schools?
Thanks for asking! Our students truly own their education experiences, actively contributing to a collegial environment where they learn to solve problems while developing critical professional skills: by taking risks in the classroom, students learn to challenge their thinking. By working effectively with colleagues on- and off-campus, they learn about management, leadership and networking. And by investing in the full life of Penn Law, they discover their strengths and hone their talents.
Who won the Frank H. Gelman memorial prize at graduation this year (2014)?
Hi! Yes, Lynette Downs, Alexander Smorczewski, and Neil Tyler were all nominated to share this award jointly! The Frank H. Gelman Prize is awarded annually to the student who has demonstrated special promise in the subjects of real property and real estate transactions.