Public Service and Public Interest Law

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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Tomiko Brown-Nagin, "The Honor and Burden of Being First: Judge Constance Baker Motley at the Bar and on the Bench"

Professor Brown-Nagin's talk examines the legacy of The Honorable Constance Baker Motley—and break new ground in the study of civil rights, women's rights, and the legal profession. A protégée of Thurgood Marshall, Motley litigated in southern courtrooms during the 1940s and 1950s, when women lawyers scarcely appeared before the bar.

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:

Laws Prohibiting Sex-Selective Abortion in the United States: Ending Gender Discrimination or Perpetuating Xenophobia?

As part of the anti-abortion movement's legislative campaign, seven states have passed bans on sex-selective abortion and many more are pending, including in Congress. Advocates of the bans argue that they are needed to prevent widespread elimination of female fetuses by Asians in the United States.

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Asian Pacific American Law Students Association
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If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice
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South Asian Law Students Association

Deborah Leff '77 Named Head of DOJ Pardon Attorney's Office

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Mike Hilgers '04 Running for Nebraska Attorney General

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From the Lincoln Journal-Star:

In the most wide-open race for attorney general in recent memory, six people are vying to become Nebraska's next top law enforcement officer.

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Sarah Kang '15 Named April’s Pro Bono Volunteer of the Month

Rebecca Smith, '16
Pro Bono Board
April 14, 2014

Editor's note: The Pro Bono Board, a student group committed to expanding pro bono knowledge and opportunities to students, names a Pro Bono Volunteer of the Month. The April honoree is Sarah Kang,’15. Rebecca Smith, a member of the board, wrote this story on her work.

David Gossett '97 Named FCC's Acting Deputy General Counsel for Litigation

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From the FCC website:

The Office of General Counsel today named David M. Gossett as Acting Deputy General Counsel for Litigation. Mr. Gossett will have day-to-day responsibility for directing the FCC’s advocacy in the nation’s courts. 

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