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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.
Kit Kinports, Polisher Family Distinguished Faculty Scholar and Professor of Law, served as a clerk on the Supreme Court for a year during Justice Stevens’ tenure. She recently shared some thoughts on his legacy and what to expect moving forward.
Four current LL.M. students and LL.M. program director, Professor Karen Bysiewicz, welcomed prospective students from a half dozen countries to a first-ever “virtual” open house on April 14. “For students to make a commitment to a school, sight unseen, is a lot to ask,” said Bysiewicz. “Our goal was a real-time discussion where the students could see and hear from us, so that it would make the students’ decision easier.”
On Friday, March 26, 2010, Penn State Law Review will hold a symposium titled “Reflections on Iqbal—Discerning Its Rule, Grappling With Its Implications,” comprised of three panels of academics and two members of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, addressing various aspects of the decision. In addition, Judge Lee H. Rosenthal, U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division, and chair of the Judicial Conference Committee on the Rules of Practice and Procedure that advises the Supreme Court on its rules, will be the keynote speaker.
More than 100 judges, lawyers, academics and law students—and no doubt a few civil procedure buffs—were gathered for a symposium sponsored by the Penn State Law Review that focused on the recent Supreme Court Case Ashcroft v. Iqbal and its possibly far-reaching consequences for the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP).
An interdisciplinary mock trial was held at Penn State Law with medical residents serving as jurors, witnesses, and experts on March 23.
UNCITRAL, the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, will host a colloquium on dispute resolution and global e-commerce, co-sponsored by Penn State Law and Pace University Law School on March 29 and 30 in Vienna, Austria.
Professor Charles Keckler's nomination by President Obama to serve on the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation was confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Keckler said he is "honored to be appointed. It's a way for me to continue to participate in public service while still continuing with my current work."
Elder law expert Professor Katherine Pearson will give a talk this week titled "Who Should Pay for Mom's Long-Term Care? From Elizabethan England to Millennial America: a Surprising New Life for Family Liability Laws."
While many law students spend spring break catching up on rest and relaxation before the end of the semester crunch, Penn State Law students Hannah Suhr ’11 and Eunice Yang ’12 spent their break as public service volunteers in the Public Interest Law Fund’s Alternative Spring Break program.

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