Top 10 Penn State Law news stories of 2013
January 13, 2014
The Law School students, alumni, and faculty worked hard to make 2013 a year rich in scholarship, achievement, advocacy, and learning. Collected here are the ten most-read news stories on our website in 2013.
The Civil Rights Appellate Clinic filed an amici curiae brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights in Township of Mount Holly v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc. (No. 11-1507).
Third-year student Michael James Jr. is one of the only two law students recently named to the Lawyers of Color's Inaugural Hot List for the Eastern Region.
The Law School celebrated 198 juris doctorate and 43 master of law graduates at its 134th commencement on Saturday, May 11.
Rallo’s article, “The Veil of Acquiescence,” will be published in Volume 24, Issue 4 of The American Review of International Arbitration, a journal published by Columbia Law School, while Robins' article “The Peculiar Case of the ARA Libertad: Provisional Measures and Prejudice to the Arbitral Tribunal’s Final Result," will appear in the Harvard Negotiation Law Review.
Jallah gave birth to her first child just before her first final exams. She constantly questioned her decision to be in law school until her second year. “As I studied for exams and applied my past work and life experiences, I began to grasp concepts in ways I’d never done before. It was in that moment that I realized this was exactly where I was meant to be.”
Four members of the Class of 2013 received prestigious post-graduation federal clerkships. Sarah Hyser, Mark McCormick-Goodhart, and Christopher Polchin are three of the students that began their clerkships in 2013.
The Center for Immigrants’ Rights released “To File or Not to File,” a report highlighting the rate and circumstances surrounding Notice to Appear (NTA) filings at the immigration court. The report is available to the public online.
In 2014, a renewable grant of $20,000 is available to Pennsylvania residents applying to the Law School through the Commonwealth Scholars program. The grant is renewable for all three years of study, resulting in a $60,000 savings for Commonwealth Scholars.
The Class of 2013 passed the Pennsylvania bar exam at a rate of 93.83%, surpassing all other Pennsylvania law schools.
Penn State Law students are taking advantage of classes in oil and gas law, shale gas development policy, and energy law to prepare for careers in the rapidly expanding energy business in Pennsylvania.