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Students in the Civil Rights Appellate Clinic are awaiting a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in the case Vance v. Ball State University, which could have a widespread impact on how employment discrimination cases are handled throughout the country. At issue in the case is whether the person who allegedly harassed Vance qualifies as a "supervisor" under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
Bar prep is a notoriously difficult time for a new law grad, a process that begins just after Memorial Day and ends, hopefully for good, in an air-conditioning hotel convention center sometime in July. Last summer the Penn State Law Class of 2012 sat for bar exams in 25 states. Ninety-one percent of them passed on the first attempt and have joined the ranks of those licensed to practice law. In addition to many happy students, their families, and employers, another person who is pleased about the higher-than-average Penn State Law bar pass rate is Keith Elkin, Dean of Students, who organizes an annual bar preparation program for Penn State Law graduates.
Who creates the “kill list”? Who approves the names on the list? How is the targeted killing executed? Who is responsible for ensuring that the strike complies with international humanitarian law obligations? National security scholar Gregory McNeal will present “Kill-lists and Accountability” at Penn State Law and the School of International Affairs. The public is welcome to this event, which will begin at 7 p.m.
Every year the Women's Law Caucus (WLC) of the Penn State University Dickinson School of Law honors a female in the legal profession who has had a distinguished career and who, by example, has made the professional success of other women more likely. The WLC will recognize the 2013 Honorable Sylvia H. Rambo Award recipient at a reception open to all alumni at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28 in Lewis Katz Hall, Carlisle, PA.
The Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners reported that Penn State Law graduates had a 95.83% pass rate for first-time test takers of the July 2012 Pennsylvania Bar Exam. The overall pass rate for first-time test takers in Pennsylvania was reported at 83.01%.
What should lawyers know about the practice of medicine? What should new physicians knows about the legal system? The Penn State community is invited to register now for “Treating Medical Errors” on Monday, October 29. This interdisciplinary event features pediatric medical residents from Penn State’s Milton S. Hershey Children’s Hospital and students from Penn State Law. Together, law students and medical residents work through a moot medical malpractice trial with pediatricians being both witnesses in the case and consultants to their legal teams.
A panel of experts including members of the legal and media communities will examine enforcement of new voter identification laws across the nation, the myths and realities of voter fraud, and the allegations that voter ID laws contribute to voter disenfranchisement at Penn State Law on Friday, October 19 from 9:30 a.m. until noon.
Lisa Hook '83, president and CEO of Neustar, will present “The enormous opportunities and challenges of the Internet age—and why lawyers are essential to ensuring the stability of the global digital economy” on Tuesday Oct. 16 at 2:30 p.m. Hook will be in University Park to accept a 2012 Penn State Alumni Fellow Award—the most prestigious award given by the Penn State Alumni Association—in recognition of outstanding work in her field.

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