Public Service and Public Interest Law

Public Interest at the Law School

Room F
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Hannah Lazar,

Students at the Law School will engage in a panel on different facets of public interest life, including pro bono volunteer work, clinic experiences, networking, and job opportunities. This is an informal student panel open to the public. Domino's Pizza will be provided.

Julie Fernandes, ’94: Building a Career from One Interesting Job to the Next

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Not long after she graduated from the College at the University of Chicago in 1987, Julie Fernandes, ’94, met an influential mentor, the Chicago civil rights leader Al Raby, who gave her some life-shaping advice: “He told me, ‘If a job seems interesting to you, take it. If you like it, keep it.

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Jason S. Patil, '98, Accepts Senior-Level Appointment at SEC

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The Securities and Exchange Commission announced this week three new high-level appointments.

Jason S. Patil began work at the agency on Monday as an administrative law judge; Rhea Kemble Dignam has been named senior counsel to the director of the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations; and Liban Jama has been named director of the Atlanta Regional Office.

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Mark Aronchick, ’74: Master Litigator, Public Interest Advocate, and Proud Family Man

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This year the Philadelphia law firm cofounded and chaired by Mark Aronchick, ’74—Hangley, Aronchick, Segal, Pudlin & Schiller—further consolidated its reputation for excellence, being named 2014 Pennsylvania Firm of the Year by Benchmark Litigation, recognized as a “Pennsylvania Powerhouse” by Law360, and honored for excellence by Chambers USA.

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Gideon’s Promise Announces 2014 Law School Partnership Program Recipients

Hunt Archbold
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 24, 2014

Gideon’s Promise announced its Law School Partnership Program (LSPP) 2014 class – a group of 15 recent law school graduates poised to join a growing movement of public defenders committed to transforming criminal justice.

Hon. Len Edwards '66 Discusses the Civil Rights Struggles of the Summer of 1964

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Fifty years ago this month I joined several hundred volunteers and traveled to Mississippi to help register people to vote. The project has come to be known as the Summer of 1964 and became national news.

The experience was at once dangerous and inspiring — a time when my ideals of a fair society met a culture determined to preserve racial segregation.

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Students Honored for Public Service

Law School Office of Communications
May 19, 2014

Congratulations to the following graduating students that have completed the Pro Bono Service Initiative by dedicating 50 or more hours to public service: