Donor Profiles

Building DENISE FOSTER CRONIN (CLASS OF 1997) MEETS A NEED WITH PRACTICE GREATNESS PROFESSIONAL ATTIRE FUND AT DICKINSON LAW

April 26, 2022 — After graduating from Penn State Dickinson Law, Denise Foster Cronin (class of 1997) worked for a state agency. Her modest salary left little room in her budget for a professional wardrobe. “I had limited professional attire. In building out my early professional wardrobe, a good price usually prevailed over whether the clothes were the best-tailored fit or latest style trend,” said Cronin. Full story

sign BRYAN SKARLATOS (CLASS OF 1985) AND WIFE ELENA KARABATOS, ESQ. HONOR HIS FATHER WITH ANGELO SKARLATOS SCHOLARSHIP

March 16, 2022 — Bryan Skarlatos (class of 1985) knows what a difference generosity can make in someone’s life. A generous act allowed his father, Angelo Skarlatos, to attend college. Full story

Class of 1979 CLASS OF 1979 PLEDGES SUPPORT TO PENN STATE DICKINSON LAW WITH A NEW SCHOLARSHIP

February 22, 2022 — It has been more than four decades since James J. Gillotti graduated from Dickinson Law in 1979, and he continues to consider his classmates among his closest friends. They formed strong bonds during their time in Carlisle, from study sessions running late into the night to unwinding with “Kegs in the Curtilage” each Friday. Today, the Class of 1979 maintains an active group email chain, held Zoom sessions to stay in touch at the height of the pandemic, and gathers frequently outside of the regular five-year class reunions. Full story

Steven and Leslie Coren CORENS COMMIT AN ADDITIONAL $1 MILLION TO PENN STATE DICKINSON LAW

December 15, 2021 — Steven M. Coren, a 1980 graduate of Penn State Dickinson Law, had not visited campus in more than three decades when he attended a 2016 Dickinson Law alumni event in Philadelphia where then-Dean Gary Gildin spoke. “Dean Gildin mesmerized attendees with Dickinson Law’s accomplishments and plans,” said Coren. Full story

Sign GENEROUS ANONYMOUS GIFT ESTABLISHES THE MACON BOLLING ALLEN CIVIL RIGHTS AND TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE PROGRAM AT PENN STATE DICKINSON LAW

August 30, 2021 — In 1844, Macon Bolling Allen became the first African American person licensed to practice law in the U.S. After passing the bar in Maine, Allen struggled to find clients in the predominantly white state. He later moved to Boston and became the nation’s first Black judicial office holder. Full story

Practice Greatness, Practice Giving SHELLEY AND TED ADLER ENDOW SCHOLARSHIP AT DICKINSON LAW

May 2021 — Ted Adler, a 1972 graduate of Dickinson Law and a 1969 graduate of Penn State and his wife, Shelley, may know better than most the value of a law school education these days. Their son attended law school, and they saw firsthand what is involved in paying for books, lodging, and tuition. Full story

Dickinson Law ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP AT DICKINSON LAW HONORS LATE FRIEND

March 2021 — Benjamin Folkman met Stephen Busterna on their first day as undergraduates at Dickinson College. Both members of the class of 1982, they studied abroad together in Italy during their junior years and decided to attend Penn State Dickinson Law together, where they joined the same study group and took another trip to Italy. Full story

Dusty Elias Kirk ’79 KIRK'S ESTATE COMMITMENT EXPANDS SCHOLARSHIP SUPPORT AT DICKINSON LAW

January 26, 2021 — Dusty Elias Kirk, a 1979 graduate of Dickinson Law, was the first person in her family to go to law school as well as the first in her family to attend college. She is a successful real estate attorney and partner at Reed Smith in Pittsburgh; a member of the Executive Council of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Women in the Profession Committee; and a member of the Dickinson Law Leadership Council Advisory Board and avid alumni volunteer for Penn State Dickinson Law, among her many positions. Full story

Tracy Steele ’95 and Kevin Steele ’92 KEVIN STEELE ’92 AND TRACY STEELE ’95 ESTABLISH EDUCATIONAL EQUITY SCHOLARSHIP AT DICKINSON LAW

December 8, 2020 — Tracy Steele (class of 1995) and her husband, Kevin Steele (class of 1992), have both overseen the hiring of attorneys during their careers. Tracy formerly served as a hiring partner for a large international law firm, and Kevin is the district attorney for Montgomery County in Pennsylvania.

J. Rodman “Rod” and Karen Steele STEELE FAMILY ESTABLISHES LEADERSHIP PROGRAM IN GENDER AND RACIAL EQUITY AT DICKINSON LAW

October 28, 2020 — J. Rodman “Rod” Steele, a 1966 graduate of Dickinson Law, believes the law gives society the opportunity to improve. He has seen many improvements and advances in women’s and civil rights during his more than five decades of legal practice, which spans the swearing-in of the first African American Supreme Court justice and the recent prosecutions of powerful men for sexual assault.