Inclusion and Diversity:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.