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Bethany N. Schols

Bethany N. Schols

Executive Director, Anuncia Donecia Songsong Manglona Lab for Gender and Economic Equity
Assistant Professor of Clinical Law


J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law, with high honors
B.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Bethany Schols is the inaugural Executive Director of the Anuncia Donecia Songsong Manglona Lab for Gender and Economic Equity.

Prior to her employment at Penn State Law, Professor Schols was an accomplished litigator, practicing for over 20 years in Chicago, in trial and appellate complex commercial litigation, as well as federal employment discrimination and harassment matters. She was a partner at Dykema Gossett, and then in 2010, joined Hardt Stern & Kayne as a partner to lead their litigation team. Among other accomplishments, Professor Schols obtained a rare Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversal involving the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. She is active as a volunteer advocate for women’s rights and gender equity, and has, throughout her career, volunteered as a mock trial judge and moot court judge for various programs.