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Carey Law School

Annual Report


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Inclusion and Diversity:

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73 majors represented
20% with STEM backgrounds
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Impact on Student Life

Providing students with access and opportunity

The generous support from our alumni donors who fund scholarships, fellowships, and other programs provides crucial opportunities for our students to become future lawyers and leaders.

Heroic COVID-19 Efforts Made Possible by W. P. Carey Foundation Gift

On March 11, 2020, the University of Pennsylvania, like many other institutions and organizations throughout the nation, issued a statement concerning the public health challenges caused by COVID-19, which effectively brought the country to a sudden halt. For Penn Law, the abrupt disruption to the spring semester meant a rapid depopulation of campus, followed by a fast, coordinated pivot towards a total virtual learning environment.

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Penn Law

In July, Dean Theodore Ruger issued a statement to students, faculty and staff announcing some of the immediate actions Penn Law took to work internally and externally against racism and to promote meaningful change toward a more just reality. Since then, the Law School and its Office of Inclusion & Engagement (I&E) have continued the work to create a more inclusive community in the key areas of student support, capacity building, and racial justice programming.

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Prioritizing Student Wellness

Recognizing how important mental and physical well-being of lawyers is to providing clients of legal professionals with the best services possible, the Law School has continued to engage in conversations surrounding wellness issues, while expanding the school’s wellness offerings, even making wellness a part of its core curriculum.

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Quattrone Center’s Inaugural Summer Internship Provides Students Opportunities to Advance Criminal Justice

Interns worked on three projects over the summer: a sentinel event review with the Tuscon Police Department; a comparison of the efficacy of public defender office models; and a data analysis of prosecutorial misconduct in Pennsylvania.

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Peter Neal L’22 Co-creates CARES Act Online Calculator to Determine Coronavirus Stimulus Bill Eligibility

Peter Neal L’22 and his quarantine partner Naomi Biden C’16 have waded through the 335-page CARES Act and devised an online quiz that calculates eligibility for federal relief under the coronavirus stimulus bill’s provisions.

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Introducing the Clinton/Parker Wellness Suite
Law School students now have a space designed for improving their mental well-being.

The suite consists of two new spaces, a small workshop space to host wellness programs, and a comfortable living room space designed for relaxation. The living room features a large-screen multi-player video game console, comfy chairs and sofas, and a kitchenette.

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Spotlight on Scholarships

Ensuring legal education for all

Toll Fellow Valerie Snow L’20 Awarded Prestigious Independence Foundation Public Interest Law Fellowship

Valerie Snow L’20 will spend two years at Philadelphia’s SeniorLAW Center advocating for the rights of low-income seniors, especially regarding guardianship, thanks to a prestigious Independence Foundation Public Interest Law Fellowship.

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The Center on Professionalism launches First Generation Fellows Program

Thanks to a generous donation from David Silk L’88, Penn Law’s First Generation Professionals (FGP) Fellowship aims to break down real and perceived barriers to ease students’ paths into law school and the legal profession.

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Milad Emamian L’21 Awarded CTIC Interdisciplinary Scholarship

The Center for Technology, Innovation & Competition (CTIC) has awarded this year’s CTIC Interdisciplinary Scholarship to Penn Law student Milad Emamian L’21, who is pursuing a joint PhD in Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Science.

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The Zhao and Zeng Scholarship Fund

Announcing Scholarship Fund Honoring Professor deLisle
Supporting the Chinese law student community:
The University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School has received a generous donation to honor Stephen A. Cozen Professor of Law Jacques deLisle for his dedication to teaching Chinese law and for his extensive work with the Chinese law student community. The gift is an endowed scholarship fund, known as the Zhao and Zeng Scholarship Fund, that will be awarded to JD, LLM, and SJD students from China.
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The Zhao and Zeng Scholarship Fund

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Beyond Our Courtyard

Advancing change for the better

Penn Law students prove themselves to be global citizens driven to make a positive impact in the world around them. Because of the generosity of our community, students are able to learn the necessary skills that make them uniquely suited to herald change for the better.

Dramatically expanding public interest careers

Robert and Jane Toll Foundation Makes $50 Million Gift
Investing in Public Interest:
The Toll Foundation’s $50 million gift is the largest gift in history devoted entirely to the training and support of public interest lawyers, and among the ten largest gifts ever to a law school in the United States. This transformative gift comes at an unprecedented time in history, when lawyers working for a more just and fair system are desperately needed.
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Dramatically expanding public interest careers

$50 Million Gift for Public Interest Lawyering

The Robert and Jane Toll Foundation has made a $50 million gift to the Law School to dramatically expand the Toll Public Interest Scholars and Fellows Program, doubling the number of public interest graduates in the coming decade through a combination of full and partial tuition scholarships.

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Lelabari Giwa-Ojuri L’20 Awarded Prestigious 2020 Equal Justice Works Fellowship

Giwa-Ojuri's work centered on the commitment to ending the cycle of intergenerational poverty and child welfare.

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Service in action: Featuring exceptional faculty, alumni & community partners advocacy in response to Covid-19

Demonstrating the powerful partnership that can occur between private and public sector lawyers, a class action lawsuit has been brought against the City of Philadelphia on behalf of all medically vulnerable incarcerated people in the Philadelphia county prisons.

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Ending the “Remain in Mexico” program

The Law School’s Transnational Legal Clinic, together with the University of Texas School of Law Immigration Clinic, filed a petition against Migration Protection Protocols.

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Safra Catz and Gal Tirosh will provide $1,000,000 for the Catz-Tirosh Endowed Fund to support collaboration between Penn Law and Hebrew University School of Law.
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Bridging Disciplines

Preparing students for dynamic careers

At Penn Law, students are encouraged to find opportunities that take them outside of the Law School and forge their own paths by choosing from one of the 40 different joint-degree and certificate programs in fields including, business technology, bioethics, and social work.

New Joint Graduate Certificate in Africana Studies

The University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School is partnering with the University’s Department of Africana Studies to offer law students the possibility of earning a Graduate Certificate in Africana Studies.

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Master in Law Program Attracts Wharton MBA Students to Pursue Combined Degree

Launched in 2014, the Master in Law program offers graduate students and accomplished professionals the opportunity to immerse themselves in learning the law and legal processes that shape their fields.

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Penn Law announces new ‘Future of the Profession Initiative,’ launched through Law 2030 Conference

In the Fall of 2019, the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School launched the Future of the Profession Initiative (FPI) to advance its mission of educating the next generation of lawyers and catalyzing change throughout the profession.

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Propelling Legal Academia

Advancing world-class reseach

Penn Law is committed to fostering pioneering scholarship that influences the law and connected fields in the wider world. With the support of the W.P. Carey Foundation’s generous gift, the Law School has been able to rapidly expand faculty, advancing its reputation of producing cutting-edge legal scholarship.

Professor Allison Hoffman Details Failures of Market-Based Health Care Policies

In a new article, Professor Allison Hoffman elucidates a fundamental problem afflicting health care in the United States: policymakers’ stubborn reliance on market-based theories and increased consumer choice to resolve the high spending and relatively poor health outcomes that have become endemic to the system.

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Professor Ossei-Owusu Reveals Role of Race in the Development of the 6th Amendment Right to Counsel

A new article by Professor Shaun Ossei-Owusu reveals the critical role of race in the development of a staple of the American criminal justice system: the constitutional guarantee of an attorney for defendants too poor to afford one.

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Article by Professor Sarin Uncovers Impact of Consumer Finance Reforms Since the Great Recession

Professor Natasha Sarin deploys original empirical research to examine the impact of key consumer finance reforms implemented in the wake of the Great Recession.

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Corporate Practice Commentator Names Articles by Professors Fisch and Pollman Among the Best of the Year – Again

Corporate Practice Commentator recently named the Top 10 Corporate and Securities Articles of 2019, and three articles by two University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School professors made the list.

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Arriving at Biddle Law Library

Amanda Runyon
Introducing the new Assoc. Dean and Director of Biddle Law Library:
Amanda Runyon joins the Law School with a wealth of strategic and operational experience in law librarianship. Runyon comes to Penn after serving as the Head of Public Services at the University of Michigan Law School. Prior to that role, she was a Reference Librarian both at Michigan and at Tarlton Law Library at the University of Texas. Runyon holds her Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Washington, her JD from the Ohio State Moritz College of Law, and her BBA from Eastern Michigan University. You can follow Runyon on her Twitter feed (@arunyon).
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Arriving at Biddle Law Library

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Thank You

It is impossible to capture all of the amazing work of our community in one annual report, and the pride we feel in sharing all these incredible stories cannot be measured. Your loyal alumni support makes so much of what we do a reality, and we are so grateful for your commitment to the Law School.

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