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Penn State University, The Dickinson School of Law has announced a $35 million fundraising goal as part of the University’s capital campaign, For the Future: A Campaign for Penn State Students. In the largest fundraising effort in its 175-year existence, the Law School has secured nearly $25 million as it enters the public phase of the campaign, set to conclude in 2014.
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Professor Ellen Dannin, who focuses part of her scholarship on public-private partnerships, recently laid out in the Patriot-News why states should not privatize highways.
After months of waiting, Judge Thomas I. Vanaskie '78 is on his way to a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, one step below the U.S. Supreme Court, which covers all of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. The Senate voted 77-20 to confirm Vanaskie as the court's newest judge.
Penn State Law applications were double the level of 2008 and up 32 percent over last year. “We’ve processed 5,323 applications this year compared to 4,048 in 2009,” said Jay Shively, assistant Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid. “In addition, we had a very impressive and diverse applicant pool making our admission decisions all the more challenging.”
On Wednesday, May 5, Morrison & Foerster is hosting the 43rd Annual Uniform Commercial Code Institute with Penn State Law. Moderated by Del Duca, this year’s institute titled “The Securitization Market and Proposed Reforms: A Look into the Future of Housing Finance” will give participants an overview of the current state of the market and a review of securitization reforms, perspectives on mortgage modification efforts, and alternative mortgage financing approaches.
Penn State University Dickinson School of Law recently appointed U.S. District Court judges Thomas M. Golden and Christopher C. Conner to its Board of Counselors.
The International Law Students Association (ILSA) honored Penn State Law with its top “Best All-Around Chapter” award from among 200 student chapters worldwide. Citing numerous events that the International Law Society (ILS) held this year, ILSA Programs Coordinator Jill Schmieder Hereau said, “The ILSA Student Officers selected Penn State because the students enthusiastically promoted the study and understanding of international law throughout the Penn State student body and local legal community.”
Penn State University President Graham B. Spanier and other University leaders will be in Carlisle to dedicate Lewis Katz Hall on Friday, April 16 at 3:30 p.m. The event will also mark the end of a year-long celebration honoring the 175th anniversary of the Dickinson School of Law, which held its first class on April 1, 1834.
On Friday, August 7, President Obama nominated Judge Thomas Vanaskie ’78 to the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The post is one step below the U.S. Supreme Court and covers all of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.

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