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Annual Report
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Committed to Excellence

Creating lawyers and leaders

This year, the Law School attracted one of the largest, and academically strongest JD classes in years, along with exceptional classes in the LLM and Master in Law programs. The current student body has shown itself to be made up of global citizens committed to improving their local communities through their work, scholarship, and service. 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.

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Applicants:

over 6,400
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Inclusion & Diversity:

40%
identify as people of color, 49% are women

Enrolled students:

250

Cross-Disciplinary:

61 majors represented
15% with STEM backgrounds
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Penn Law students discuss the value of law journal experience

Penn Law strives to promote a robust exchange of ideas and deep respect for the value of difference.
Class of 2019 by the numbers
# of Master in Law candidates
65
# of LLM graduates
126
% of first generation professional students
35%

July 11, 2019

Louis J. Capozzi III L’19 selected for Supreme Court clerkship

Recent Penn Law graduate Louis J. Capozzi III L’19 has been selected as a clerk for Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch of the Supreme Court of the United States. Capozzi will clerk for Justice Gorsuch during the 2021 October Term.

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April 29, 2019

Penn Law launches MOOCs on intellectual property law and regulatory compliance

Penn Law launched eight new massive open online courses (MOOCs) on the Coursera platform that will bring legal education to learners far beyond the traditional pool of JD, LLM, and ML candidates.

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April 01, 2019

American Society of International Law awards Radhika Saxena LLM’19 the 2019-20 Arthur C. Helton Fellowship

The American Society of International Law (ASIL) has selected Penn Law student Radhika Saxena LLM’19 to receive the 2019-20 Arthur C. Helton Fellowship. Saxena is Penn Law’s 2018-19 Human Rights Scholar, and before enrolling at the Law School she worked as an attorney in India with a practice focused on women’s rights.

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April 25, 2019

American Constitution Society names two Penn Law students Next Generation Leaders

The national American Constitution Society (ACS) has selected the co-Presidents of the Penn Law ACS chapter, Allison Perlin L’20 and Jon Gould L’19, as Next Generation Leaders.

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Bright Futures Ahead

Careers and service

With the Class of 2019 boasting a 99% employment rate, Penn Law remains the national leader among top law schools in preparing students for successful and fulfilling careers in the law and related fields. As the Law School continues to enhance experiential learning and skills-based training, our students are even better equipped to make an impact on the national and global stage.

“I am a first-generation college student, and I have been blessed with opportunities my parents never had but worked hard and sacrificed a lot to give to me…My Penn education truly changed the trajectory of my life. I was raised in a largely blue-collar community in Philadelphia and did not know many professionals growing up. My time at Penn, both as an undergraduate and as a law student, was the first time I was surrounded by career-driven individuals with dreams and goals I never thought possible. It motivated me to push past the limitations and boundaries I placed on myself and to never stop looking for opportunities for personal growth.”

- Elizabeth Dailey C'13 L'19

June 10, 2019

Penn Law alumnus Eric Johnson L’05 elected mayor of Dallas, TX

After serving in the Texas House of Representatives for nine years, Eric Johnson L’05 has now been elected to a different office: Mayor of Dallas.

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May 28, 2019

Penn Law celebrates 30 years of public service

May 2019 marked the thirtieth anniversary of Penn Law’s Public Interest Program, which since its inception has made Penn Law a leader among United States law schools in fostering an ethos of public service.

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June 10, 2019

Through Catalyst Fellowship, Matt De Stasio L’18 works with clients sentenced to death

As a Catalyst Fellow in the Capital Habeas Unit of the Philadelphia Federal Community Defender, Matt De Stasio L’18 has been working at the heart of the criminal justice system serving clients who have been sentenced to death.

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November 05, 2018

ML student and Penn cardiologist pursues advances in treatment with help of legal education

Cardiologist Kiran Musunuru ML'19 is engaged in cutting-edge research on a groundbreaking treatment with the potential to protect people against cardiovascular disease, and Penn Law’s Master in Law (ML) program is helping to give him the legal and business acumen to bring it to the world’s population.

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Preparing for Public Leadership and Government Service at Penn Law

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Multifaceted Graduates

A distinct approach

At Penn Law, our students are encouraged to find opportunities that take them outside of the Law School; to 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. Our ten academic centers and institutes promote research to examine complex legal issues and problems, with faculty and fellows conducting research that yields new insights into the law and related fields.

February 18, 2019

ML degree helps Penn’s Assistant Privacy Officer Sarah Finnerty ML’18 safeguard community’s privacy

For Sarah Finnerty ML’18, Penn Law’s Master in Law (ML) program helped propel her along a new career path in the field of privacy. A former intelligence officer in the U.S. Air Force, Finnerty first joined the Penn community in 2016 when she took an administrative position in the Office of Audit Compliance and Privacy.

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March 25, 2019

Strategic crisis negotiation exercise offered by Penn Law and U.S. Army War College offered unique experiential learning opportunity

The University of Pennsylvania Law School, partnering with the U.S. Army War College’s Center for Strategic Leadership, hosted a unique, two-day international strategic crisis and negotiation exercise.

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July 08, 2019

Pursuing environmental protection through Catalyst Fellowship

After graduating from Penn Law with a joint Masters degree in Bioethics, Garrison Todd L’18, MBE’18 joined Advocates for the West as a Catalyst Fellow. Through his work there, he has engaged deeply with some of today’s most pressing issues in environmental law.

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July 29, 2019

Pathways to the Profession: Adam Garnick L’21

2L Adam Garnick details his summer internship experiences educating Honduran communities about immigration law and working for the Dilley Pro Bono Project (formerly CARA), which provides legal assistance to the thousands of women and children detained here.

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“Can you imagine developing policy insights into the peace process in a post-conflict society that ignores international humanitarian and criminal law? Can you imagine developing a legal analysis of the same without any insights into the social science of conflict resolution? Penn Law students don’t face these limitations. They can be immersed in both law and the social sciences in our seminars. Global Research Seminars, such as the one I taught on International Law and the Colombian Peace Process, have the added value of on-the-ground experience. Penn Law understands that effective lawyering requires an understanding of not only rules and process but also context and human behavior.”

- Beth Simmons, Andrea Mitchell University Professor in Law, Political Science and Business Ethics

# of joint-degree and certificate programs offered:

40

% of faculty members that hold graduate degrees in fields other than law:

70%

% of students who completed a joint-degree or certificate program::

71%
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% of the 2019 class that took at least one course at one of Penn’s 11 other graduate schools:

77%
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Fostering Innovative Research

Leading thinkers

Our faculty’s work goes far beyond academic journals. Their research on topics such as criminal justice reform, law and economics, intellectual property, and international relations informs policymakers on the most significant issues of our time. Penn Law is committed to fostering this trailblazing scholarship that influences the law and other fields in the wider world.

Arriving at Penn

Shaun Ossei-Owusu
About his scholarship:
Shaun Ossei-Owusu is an emerging interdisciplinary legal scholar with expertise in legal history, criminal law and procedure, civil rights, and the legal profession. His work sits at the intersection of law, history, and sociology, with a focus on how governments meet their legal obligations to provide services and benefits to poor people and racial minorities. He also works on stratification in the legal profession.
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Arriving at Penn

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Penn Law appoints Prof. Praveen Kosuri to lead clinical programs as Associate Dean for Clinical Education.

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Prof. Cary Coglianese was appointed to the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Committee to study the Offshore Oil and Gas Operations Inspection Program of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.

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The Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) has announced the appointment of Penn Law Prof. Claire Finkelstein as a 2019 Senior Fellow.

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New Harvard Law Review article by Prof. Maggie Blackhawk argues for centering Indian law in U.S. constitutional framework.

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Prof. Sarah Gordon receives Arrington-Prucha Prize from Western History Association for her article on the Mountain Meadows massacre.

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Prof. Lou Rulli receives Father Robert Drinan Award from the Association of American Law Schools.

Office Hours: Dororthy Roberts

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Globally Engaged

Preparing graduates for the international stage

Our global presence offers critical opportunities for students to study, work, and research around the world. With study abroad programs like our partnerships with the London School of Economics, Hong Kong University, and service initiatives that take students around the globe, along with coursework and research that addresses international issues, students experience firsthand the transnational nature of the modern legal practice.

June 24, 2019

Penn Law’s Global Institute for Human Rights presented policy briefs to the UNDP

On June 14, students from Penn Law’s Global Institute for Human Rights presented 16 policy briefs to the United Nations Development Programme, including one detailing the emerging use of artificial intelligence to combat mental illness among refugees in Lebanon.

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September 11, 2019

Penn Law hosts symposium on Courts, Law, and Politics in the United States and Asia

On April 5 and 6, the University of Pennsylvania Law School hosted a conference featuring commentary from prominent jurists and leading academics from the United States, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.

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May 06, 2019

Jan Smit LLM’19 pivots from private practice to international law

Already more than a decade into a legal career, Jan Smit LLM’19 is using his time at Penn Law to pivot from private practice into a career on the international stage.

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December 10, 2018

Global Women’s Leadership Project launches student-hosted podcast on feminism

Coinciding with Human Rights Day and the anniversary of the adoption of Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) by the UN General Assembly, the Penn Law Global Women’s Leadership Project (GLWP) has launched a student-hosted podcast, the “Feminism Podcast Series.” Episodes will feature Penn Law students offering their perspectives on what feminism means to them.

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“This fall, thirteen Penn Law students will have the opportunity to sit at the boardroom table of Lubna Olayan [former Chief Executive Officer of the Olayan Financing Company], considered one of the world’s most successful businesswomen, and present her with their research on leadership and the global economy. The concept of a seat at the table correlates with President Gutmann’s vision of Penn’s educational diplomacy and its transformative power in the world. Consistent with that vision, Penn Law students, faculty, and staff are engaged in a project of soft-power educational diplomacy that advances the role of legal education in designing and implementing global solutions to today’s most pressing challenges.”

- Rangita de Silva de Alwis, Associate Dean for International Programs

Penn Law students reflect on the Global Women’s Leadership Project's power

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Lifelong Colleagues

A vibrant, connected community

The Law School's committed alumni community is an integral part of our students' success. Our network generously dedicates their time and resources to enhance the Penn Law experience for the next generation of Law School graduates, facilitating all that makes the Law School an ideal launching pad for a successful legal career.

Reunion weekend attendance:

671

Highest Reunion Attendance:

114
alumni from the Class of 2009

Total Alumni Events:

70
both domestically and internationally with over 1865 attendees

Penn Law European Society held in Porto, Portugal:

74 attendees
from 17 countries
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2019-05-17

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Colleagues for life

GIving at a Glance
# of donors
3,954
# of gifts
4,079
total cash receipts
$12,539,876.99
Gifts of ≤ $1,000 resulted in
$821,844.84
Most Reunion $ Raised (From the Class of 1984)
$2,246,945.47

Imasogie Professorship in Law & Technology

Spotlight on Giving
Supporting law and technology:
Osagie Imasogie GL’85 and Losenge Imasogie have pledged $3,000,000 to create the “Imasogie Professorship in Law & Technology,” which will be open to cross-disciplinary scholars whose work bridges the interconnected fields of law and technology. Osagie Imasogie is Senior Managing Partner at PIPV Capital. A dedicated supporter of Penn Law and active member of the alumni community, he is also the Co-Chair of the Advocates for a New Era campaign. Recently, Imasogie delivered the Law and Entrepreneurship Lecture, hosted by the Penn Law Institute for Law and Economics, on the emergence of intellectual property as global currency.
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Imasogie Professorship in Law & Technology

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.

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