Penn State Law LL.M. students look forward each year to attending a Supreme Court argument and often are able to meet with one of the Justices for a private question and answer session. This year’s class was able to observe arguments on the hotly contested Wal-Mart class action lawsuit in which employees of the retail chain have alleged discrimination against their employer. They were also able to meet with Chief Justice John Roberts.
“Being able to see in person how one of the most important American institutions works and, even better, having the opportunity to meet the Chief Justice was sincerely one of the most enriching experiences of my life,” said Emily Lombardi who joined Penn State Law from private practice after attending Bocconi University in Milan. Lombardi was one of 18 students who traveled to Washington to get a first-hand look at how the court operates.
“We were very fortunate to be able to privately meet with the Chief Justice as he shared his vast knowledge and perspective of the workings of the court with LL.M. students. Many of the students have been practicing law abroad and will go home and be asked to do comparative analysis and communication with clients comparing their home country law with U.S. law,” said Professor Louis Del Duca who helped arrange the visit. For 41 years the Law School has offered an advanced law degree to lawyers from around the world.