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Annual Report
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Creating Lawyers & Leaders

Attracting the best & brightest

As the law grows and changes, Penn Law understands how to prepare graduates for their careers as lawyers. Our cross-disciplinary curriculum offers students the opportunity to broaden and deepen their legal education while cultivating the professional skills they use to succeed throughout their entire careers.

Applicants:

5,601
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Average age:

24
years old

Enrolled:

244 students
from 32 states, the District of Columbia, and across the globe

Students come to Penn Law from:

126
different colleges & universities
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Welcoming Monica Monroe: Penn Law's New Dean of Students

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We provide financial aid to more than 50% of J.D. students.
Class of 2017 by the Numbers
JD students who completed a joint-degree or certificate program
65%
# of LLM & SJD students from around the globe
115
Graduates of the new Master in Law program
11
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Graduates Prepared to Excel

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Penn Law @ Work
Careers & service

With the comprehensive career support offered through the Office of Career Planning & Professionalism, the Class of 2016 had a 98% employment rate, with graduates entering every field of law. Graduates are also instilled with the ethic of public service through the Toll Public Interest Center, which facilitates a wide array of pro bono and public service opportunities that focus on impactful service, personal enrichment, and professional skill development.

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Four firms reached 100% in participation in our workplace-based giving program, Penn Law @ Work. In the two-month fundraising challenge, volunteers from each firm encourage their Penn Law colleagues to show support for the Law School through gifts to the annual fund. Interested in getting your firm involved? Contact Nicole Ford at nicford@law.upenn.edu.
Penn Law @ Work

Four firms reached 100% in participation in our workplace-based giving program, Penn Law @ Work. In the two-month fundraising challenge, volunteers from each firm encourage their Penn Law colleagues to show support for the Law School through gifts to the annual fund. Interested in getting your firm involved? Contact Nicole Ford at nicford@law.upenn.edu.

Maureen Reilly

New Careers Director
On her role at Penn Law:
“I was drawn to CP&P because of their outstanding work preparing the Law School’s students for their careers. I look forward to continuing that excellence while we evolve and adapt to an ever-changing legal marketplace.”
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Maureen Reilly

# of student counseling appointments:

1,500

Worked with more than:

220 alumni
Class years 1961 through 2017

Prepared students for more than:

4,800+
on-campus interviews

# of judicial clerkships this cycle:

73
students & alumni
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Taking this class and visiting the U.S. Attorney’s Office in D.C. opened my eyes to how these issues are multi-stakeholder. You need input from the other side.

- Leandra Joseph L’18 on the Model Foundation Initiative seminar on conviction integrity

Penn Law's Toll Scholars discuss what makes the TPIC experience great

February 28, 2017

Alumni share career paths to state government during PI Week

As a part of Public Interest Week, Penn Law hosted a panel titled “Making an Impact as a Government Lawyer,” where Marsha Chien L’10 and Omar Gonzalez-Pagan L’10 answered law students’ questions about working in state government.

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September 18, 2017

Center on Professionalism readies students for their legal careers

Penn Law’s Center on Professionalism supports students as they prepare for careers as professionals in an evolving legal landscape. In this video feature, COP Director Jennifer Leonard L’04 discusses the center’s mission and programming.

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July 24, 2017

Fellowships propel Penn Law grads and alums into public interest careers

Five Penn Law graduates and alumni — George Donnelly L’15, Rodney Holcombe L’17, Carl Snodgrass L’17, Margaret Zhang L’15, and Mary Jones L’17 — have been awarded postgraduate fellowships from Penn Law to pursue public interest careers. In addition, Elizabeth Tang L’17 and Isabel Abreu L’16 were awarded Equal Justice Works Fellowships to launch their public interest careers.

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August 14, 2017

Coalition of Penn Law families funds postgraduate fellowship with Southern Poverty Law Center

David Washington L’15 has been named the Penn Law Civil Rights Fellow, a new, two-year, postgraduate fellowship created by Penn Law and the Southern Poverty Law Center for graduating public interest students and recent alumni to work with the SPLC’s Special Litigation Practice Group.

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Penn Law is #1 in the country for full-time bar passage and JD Advantage jobs.
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Innovating Legal Education

A distinct approach

The cross-disciplinary experience is fully integrated in to academic life at Penn Law. A legal curriculum that includes 40 different joint-degree and certificate programs in fields including business, engineering, bioethics, and social work, students receive first-rate legal training in law, as well as training in disciplines that complement and enhance their legal expertise.

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The Gittis Center for Clinical Legal Studies: Forty Years of Making History and Rewriting the Future

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March 20, 2017

Joint-degree programs with School of Social Policy & Practice give students new perspective

Penn Law prepares students to confront the pressing issues of our day, and through the joint-degree and certificate programs offered in conjunction with Penn's School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2), students have the advantage of engaging with social issues from a range of perspectives.

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April 17, 2017

Penn Law’s Mediation Clinic: Tackling international child abduction disputes

Two Penn Law students took a month to prepare for an international child abduction dispute in Omaha, Nebraska. The students traveled with Professor Douglas Frenkel L’72, the Mediation Clinic’s director, to Nebraska to lead an interdisciplinary team, which included a developmental psychologist/parenting coordinator, in the mediation.

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Research that Crosses Boundaries

Scholars with Impact

Our faculty engages in scholarship crosses disciplinary boundaries and goes far beyond the classroom and academic journals. Their research on topics such as regulation, the rule of law, technology policy, and international relations advances knowledge in their fields and informs policymakers on the most pressing issues around the world.

Herbert Hovenkamp

Penn Integrates Knowledge
On his teaching philosophy:
I think of myself as “soft Socratic,” which means I teach by asking questions but I mix that up with a bit of lecture, so I’ll talk for a few minutes and then ask a question to get students to talk, and work through the class that way.
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Herbert Hovenkamp

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Dorothy Roberts set out an alternative vision of criminal justice in an article published in the Northwestern Law Review titled “Democratizing Criminal Law as an Abolitionist Project.”

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In March, a new study co-authored by Stephen J. Morse showed that brain imaging data can be used, with high accuracy, to predict a participant’s mental state.

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In an essay published in June, Jean Galbraith explained how unratified human rights treaties have had an important effect on U.S. law.

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Serena Mayeri is examined the history of challenges to marriage’s primacy as a legal institution and a source of public and private benefits in an article for the California Law Review.

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In an article in the Columbia Law Review, Shyamkrishna Balganesh showed that copyright law has important causal dimension and argued for the development of a requirement called “copyrightable causation” as a prerequisite to copyright protection.

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The rise of private enforcement led to a counterrevolution aimed at curtailing it, and that counterrevolution is the focus of a new book by Stephen B. Burbank and his co-author.

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Health care law and policy expert Allison K. Hoffman joined the faculty as a Professor of Law.

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David A. Hoffman, an expert in contracts, law and psychology, and empirical legal studies, joined the faculty as a Professor of Law.

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Public law scholar Maggie McKinley, whose research examines legislative procedure and the representation and participation of minorities in the lawmaking process, joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor of Law.

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A Global Vision

Building bridges that deepen our engagement with pressing global issues

Through study abroad programs, global initiatives with partners such as the United Nations, and other innovative coursework and research, students experience firsthand today’s transnational legal practice. With a curriculum that integrates global perspectives, students are prepared for a legal career on the international stage.

Reimagining Traditional Approaches to Women Peace and Security

Darien Wynn L’19

International Spotlight
On his experience as an International Summer Human Rights Fellow:
One of the most valuable aspects of my experience has been witnessing a process for affecting social change. I have fortunately been involved in aspects of this process — research, fieldwork, and legal strategizing — and I plan to take what I’ve learned back home to impact public education in the future.
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Darien Wynn L’19

Margaret Ledak L’19

International Spotlight
On her international summer experience:
This experience has solidified for me that the Penn Law network is truly international. And luckily, this experience has been possible because I was able to receive funding through the Penn Law International Internship Program (PLIIP). It’s very clear that law does not stand alone, and it interacts with the politics, history, and culture of Ecuador, or wherever we practice law. I am confident that this summer has helped to prepare me for a future working in international law.
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Margaret Ledak L’19

Sabine Cardio L’19

International Spotlight
On her experience as a Penn Law International Summer Human Rights Fellow:
I feel that talking to those who are involved with IDLO — from the Board of Advisors to my colleagues — has been invaluable. Hearing about the different passion and journeys that have led them to IDLO has been informative and admirable and has helped me think more about my professional goals. Furthermore, watching them go on missions in different countries and work so diligently in the office has proven to me that even if the steps taken towards progress are small, they can still have a positive impact and that passion goes a long way.
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Sabine Cardio L’19

John Peng L’19

International Spotlight
On his experience as an International Summer Human Rights Fellow:
Through my work with CMIR, I have been excited to apply the knowledge and skills that I worked on during my first year at Penn Law. International Law supplied me with a valuable overview of international and regional human rights treaties, as well as creative legal paths toward achieving positive outcomes for my individual migrant workers. Legal Practice Skills, meanwhile, helped hone my ability to produce persuasive legal writing, productive client counseling, and effective oral advocacy.
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John Peng L’19

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In January 2017, a Global Research Seminar took Penn Law students to a newly opened Cuba.

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Faculty members Wendell Pritchett and Fernando Chang-Muy led the delegation of sixteen students as part of their year-long course examining human rights and economic development in Cuba.

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“By the time we got to Cuba, we were informed about so many different aspects of Cuban life and Cuban politics,” said Esther Clovis L’17. “It made meeting with the stakeholders much more productive because we had interesting questions to ask that we had been thinking about all semester.”

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Colleagues for Life

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Light Opera
A vibrant alumni community

Penn Law’s engaged alumni community stretches around the world through affinity and regional clubs that provide a Penn Law presence and connection. Our alumni stay connected to the Law School and offer their support to further strengthen the Penn Law experience for the next generation of Law School graduates.

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Students show off their musical talents through Light Opera Company

The Light Opera Company has been a fixture of student life at Penn Law for decades. In this video feature, students discuss their passion for performing and the group’s role in the Law School community.

05.11.17

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Penn Law Reunion Weekend
Making history with our biggest reunion ever

The weekend’s events featured a range of topics, including commentary on the 2016 presidential election by TV/radio host, columnist, and Penn Law alumnus Michael Smerconish L’87.

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Our alumni network is vast, strong, and proud.

Reunion Weekend Attendance:

1,076
highest in Penn Law history

Club & Affinity Group Events::

40+
both domestically & internationally

Highest Reunion Attendance:

110 alumni
Class of 2002

European Society Conference::

Held in Reykjavik, Iceland
attended by 69 attendees from 13 countries and 4 continents
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Giving at a Glance
Number of Donors
3,817
Total Cash Receipts
$13,124,294
Gifts of ≤ $1,000 resulted in
$751,514
Most Reunion $ Raised (Class of 2007)
$1,300,317
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David L. Cohen L’81 & Rhonda R. Cohen L’80

Spotlight on Giving
Penn Integrates Knowledge:
Penn Law alumni David L. Cohen L’81 and Rhonda R. Cohen L’80 have given a $5 million gift to the University of Pennsylvania to establish a Penn Integrates Knowledge (PIK) Professorship for an acclaimed scholar who conducts cross-disciplinary study in law and another field. The Penn Integrates Knowledge initiative brings renowned faculty whose work intersects with two or more academic disciplines to Penn, where they work to solve complex, real-world problems.
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David L. Cohen L’81 & Rhonda R. Cohen L’80

January 16, 2017

Murray Eckell L’59 reflects on his 40 consecutive years of giving

For the past 40 years, Eckell has donated to the law school. He views it as an expression of gratitude for the generosity of former Vice Dean Husted and the opportunities afforded to him by a Penn Law education.

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October 26, 2017

Gift from Gary Clinton and Don Millinger L'79 supports scholarship

Former Dean of Students Gary Clinton and his husband, Penn Law graduate and lawyer Don Millinger L’79, have designated a portion of their estate to support the Law School’s Clinton-Millinger Scholarship program.

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Thank You

It is impossible to capture all of the amazing work of our Penn Law 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 Penn Law.