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Transforming Penn Law: Celebrating Legal Education

April 3, 2012, Volume 58, No. 28

GolkinOn Wednesday, April 4, as part of the celebration of the dedication of Golkin Hall, Penn Law will convene a panel of faculty members specializing in distinct areas of the law for a discussion about the cutting-edge legal debates that will shape the 21st century. Tomorrow’s luncheon panel on the Future Impact: Law and Legal Scholarship will be held in the Levy Conference Center; reservations required: sferrazz@law.upenn.edu  There will also be a panel of Penn Law alumni tomorrow afternoon; reservations: sferrazz@law.upenn.edu

On Thursday, April 5, the Penn Law community will convene at Irvine to formally dedicate Golkin Hall. The Law School is honored to host The Hon. Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, Penn President Amy Gutmann, the former Poet Laureate of the Library of Congress, Dr. Daniel Hoffman, Judges of the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the Law School Board of Overseers, faculty, alumni, students and staff. Seating is limited and tickets are required.

The entire Penn community is invited to the open house which begins at 5 p.m. in Golkin Hall, the Haaga Lounge and the tented courtyard. Grab a Passport to Golkin Hall and follow the itinerary for views of the breathtaking new Fitts Auditorium, the light filled Moot Courtroom, high tech seminar rooms, and stunning rooftop gardens. Enjoy live entertainment, food and drinks and a glimpse of the future of Penn Law.

The April 4 lunchtime faculty panel:
These faculty members, and moderator Ron Daniels, President of The Johns Hopkins University and former Provost of the University of Pennsylvania, will examine six critical areas where the law is fast-changing and shaping our lives and our world as it does. They will also discuss how changes in higher education and legal education will unfold over the coming decades and how the classical law school education may change as a result.

Professor Steve Burbank
      on the future of American judiciary
Professor Bill Burke White
      on the future of international law
Professor Jacques deLisle
      on the future of China
Professor Jill Fisch
      on the future of the American corporation
Professor Sally Gordon
      on the future of religion, politics and the law
Professor Ed Rock
      on the future of the financial system

4 p.m.—Reception in the Davis Student Union prior to the Distinguished Alumni Panel

4:30 p.m.—Distinguished Penn Law Alumni Panel in the Michael A. Fitts Auditorium;
Future Impact: Leadership and a Legal Education. It is often said that a legal education does more than train you to be a lawyer; it transforms the way you think. Six Penn Law alumni, with moderator Paul Haaga, will reflect on their legal education and how “thinking like a lawyer” has served them in their professional lives. The panelists will offer their thoughts on how their time at Penn Law prepared them for leadership in diverse fields—often, fields they could not have imagined as law students—and shaped their approaches to the issues and challenges that they have addressed in their varied and interesting careers. Students will leave with new insight regarding the unique role that lawyers play in an organization, not only as counselors, but also as leaders, and will be inspired to think boldly about their own careers.

Perry Golkin (W’74, WG’74, L’78), member, Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts and Co.

Pamela Johnson (L’83), Founder, PSJ Advisors, and former Senior Vice President, Fannie Mae (2002-2006)

Osagie Imasogie (GL’85), Senior Managing Partner, Phoenix IP Ventures

Steven Cozen (C’61, L’64), Founding Partner, Cozen O’Connor

The Honorable Gene E.K. Pratter (L’75), US District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania and former General Counsel to the firm of Duane Morris LLP

Daniel R. Garodnick (L’00), council member of District 4, NYC Council and former associate of Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP

Moderated by: Paul G. Haaga (L’74, WG’74), Chairman of the Board, Capital Research and Management Company

Almanac - April 3, 2012, Volume 58, No. 28