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Career Spotlights

Three LL.M. exchange students take Penn State Law education home to Norway
LL.M. students Sindre Bogen, Ole Kristian Holtsmark, and Rolf Nyhus will return to Norway with jobs after receiving their degrees in May.
The Indigent Criminal Justice Clinic has represented thirty-five clients since its establishment last year.
The Indigent Criminal Justice Clinic has represented thirty-five clients since its establishment last year.
Students who serve
When U.S. News and World Report released its most recent Best Colleges for Veterans rankings, it did not surprise law students that Penn State ranked number one among national universities.
Crystal Sheridan '09 is not one to back down from a challenge. The Penn State University Dickinson School of Law graduate and former Presidential Management Fellow speaks Swahili, travels to conflict-stricken countries, and administers a $19.2 million foreign assistance budget for the State Department
Bhavana Boggs is vice president and assistant general counsel of Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company LLC.
Bhavana Boggs is vice president and general counsel of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company L.L.C., a subsidiary of Marriott International.
Judge D. Brooks Smith is celebrating 25 years on the federal bench.
Twenty-five years ago, Judge D. Brooks Smith was nominated to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania by President Ronald Reagan. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on October 14, 1988. Now, Judge Smith sits on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and brings his passion for the rule of law to judges around the world and law students at Penn State.
Five students reap advantages of oil and gas boom
The energy business in Pennsylvania is expanding rapidly. According to a report by the Department of Energy, natural gas reserves in Pennsylvania more than doubled in 2010 and increased 90% in 2011. Meet five Penn State Law students who are taking advantage of classes in oil and gas law, shale gas development policy, and energy law to prepare for careers in the field.
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.
Dr. Mark S. Polin ’10 has devoted his career to helping women. As an OBGYN in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, he delivered about 2,000 babies and focused his practice on treating infertility and performing advanced laparoscopic surgery.

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