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Hon. Thomas I. Vanaskie '78, U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals Judge and adjunct professor at the Law School, will earn one of the highest honors in collegiate athletics when he is inducted into the Capital One Academic All-America Hall of Fame next month in Orlando, Fla. The ceremony will take place on Wednesday, June 12, at the Marriot World Center during the College Sports Information Directors of America Annual Convention.
The New York Daily Record gave Robin C. Marable '02 one of its first "Unsung Hero" awards. Marable is an attorney with Legal Assistance of Western New York. The award is given to individuals who help those in need, often going unrecognized. In an article about her contribution, Marable says she especially is happy to be helping not only individuals but a community and she cites Professor Victor Romero as one of her mentors
The Law School celebrated 198 J.D. and 43 LL.M. graduates at its 134th commencement on Saturday.
Although Penn State Law students Sarah Whittington ’15 and Stephen Worthington ’15 came to Penn State Law from vastly different geographical regions – Whittington from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Worthington from Cedar City, Utah – they quickly discovered that they share a lot in common. Both studied history in college, Worthington at Utah State University and Whittington at Connecticut College. Both agree that education reform in the United States is necessary. And both came to Penn State Law planning to get involved with the student organization Law and Education Alliance at Penn State (LEAP).
The Honorable D. Brooks Smith, a 1976 graduate of The Dickinson School of Law, will be the featured speaker at this spring’s commencement ceremonies for the Penn State University Dickinson School of Law. Smith is a member of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, having been nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the United States Senate on July 31, 2002.
Another income-based federal student loan repayment option became available December 21, 2012. The Pay As You Earn (PAYE) option affords student loan borrowers the opportunity to have the monthly payment on their federal loans calculated as a percentage of available income rather than being dependent upon the amount borrowed. This will make a significant difference to borrowers with lower incomes and large federal student loan debt.
Support from the Degenstein Foundation and money raised by the Public Interest Law Fund will enable nine Penn State Law students to work in nonprofit or government organizations this summer. Placements span as far west as Los Angeles in the United States and as far east as Macedonia abroad.
If Tom VanKirk ’70, could point to only one management practice that has led to the successes he has experienced in his career, it would have to be strategic planning. “Buchanan (Ingersoll & Rooney) was one of the first law firms to develop a strategic plan back in 1985,” VanKirk remembers. At the time, he was chief operating officer and the firm was trying to determine the geographic region in which it was to become a leader.
Penn State Law student Sean Jorgensen was awarded a ten-week summer fellowship from the Peggy Browning Fund. Jorgensen will be working at AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees) AFL-CIO, in Washington, DC which has 1.6 million working and retired members.

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