Confirmation hearings for the nomination of Elena Kagan to replace the soon-to-retire John Paul Stevens on the United States Supreme Court are scheduled to begin in the U.S. Senate today. Kit Kinports, Polisher Family Distinguished Faculty Scholar and professor of law at Penn State, said that while the politically charged times could factor into the hearings, Kagan's careful approach also could make the process smoother.
Dr. Tiyanjana Maluwa, School of International Affairs director and the Law School’s associate dean for international affairs attended the annual meeting of the International Jury of the 2010 Stockholm Prize in Criminology held in the Swedish capital on June 13, 2010.
From sun up to sun down, thirty-five Penn State undergrads experienced the intensity of what it’s like to be a law student. For one student who has dreamed of becoming a lawyer since the age of seven, the Explore Law program sponsored by Penn State Law was a reality check.
Professor Jamison Colburn worked as an enforcement litigator for the EPA prior to joining Penn State Law. Focusing his scholarship and teaching on environmental law and policy, he writes extensively about the protection of wildlife habitat and endangered species. He recently shared his thoughts on the BP Gulf oil spill.
The arrest and treatment of U.S. defense lawyer Peter Erlinder, a faculty member at William Mitchell College of Law, has prompted widespread international condemnation, including from American law school deans and a statement from the American Bar Association. In a letter dated June 7 to Rwandan Ambassador Kimonyo, Penn State Law Dean Philip J. McConnaughay joined 89 other U.S. law school deans urging the release of Erlinder.
Laurel Terry, the Harvey A. Feldman Distinguished Faculty Scholar and professor of Law, is working with the ABA’s Ethics 20/20 Commission to address ethics rules and regulatory changes that may be brought about because of the advances in technology and globalization that have occurred in the past few years.
The Northeast Pennsylvania Alumni Chapter of The Dickinson School of Law recognized the Honorable Jennifer Harlacher Sibum during its annual dinner at the Woodlands Inn and Resort in Wilkes-Barre on May 26.
Penn State University, The Dickinson School of Law celebrated its commencement on May 15 in Carlisle. The Law School recognized 183 J.D. graduates and awarded thirteen LL.M. degrees during the outdoor ceremony.
Stephanie Nolan Deviney ’97, attorney at the law firm of Fox Rothschild LLP in Exton, Pennsylvania, has been elected to the Penn State University Board of Trustees for a three-year term beginning July 1, 2010.
When Penn State Law students read the recent decision on Lewis v. City of Chicago, it all sounded familiar. The Court’s decision followed the logic laid out in an amicus brief filed on behalf of national civil rights groups. The Civil Rights Appellate Clinic worked with a team of counsel in drafting this brief which was filed in the United States Supreme Court and in helped prepare counsel for the oral argument in the case.