Upcoming Events


March 21, 2020

POSTPONED Finding and Using Your Voice for Justice: A panel discussion
Noon to 1 p.m. in Althouse Hall, Room 106 at Dickinson College

Penn State Dickinson Law will deliver a panel presentation titled “Finding and Using Your Voice For Justice” at Dickinson College’s Second Annual Women of Color Summit. The panel, featuring Dean and Donald J. Farage Professor of Law Danielle Conway, Bre Bennett ’21, and Maame Boateng ’22, will explore the experiences of black women (African and African-American) in pursuing a career in the American legal profession, which is dominated by white and male voices. Where the legal profession produces presidents, governors, lawmakers, judges, prosecutors, general counsels, chief executive officers, government professionals, and leaders of non-profit organizations, the least diverse profession needs to address—with intentionality—the structural challenges inherent in our system of justice and respond decisively with new mechanisms to give meaning to equity, fairness, and justice in a nation governed by the rule of law. Lunch is provided. Dickinson Law students, faculty, and staff interested in attending this event should register by emailing StudentSuccess@dickinsonlaw.psu.edu.


March 27, 2020

POSTPONED Community Conversation with Professor Medha D. Makhlouf
12:20 to 1:15 p.m. — Room 124

Professor Medha D. Makhlouf will host Community Conversation on March 27 from 12:20 to 1:15 p.m. in room 124. Professor Makhlouf is the founding director of the Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic, which aims to reduce health disparities and improve health in vulnerable communities through collaboration with medical providers and public health practitioners. Currently, the Clinic focuses on representing immigrants with legal needs relating to access to health-supporting public benefits. Professor Makhlouf was recently named to the Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity, a one-year, non-residential fellowship program that aims to create a global network of committed leaders working across societies and nations to promote health equity. Her fellowship project involves an innovative collaboration with the International Healthcare Professionals Program, a community-based program to provide comprehensive support to international medical graduates who have settled in central Pennsylvania on their journey to becoming licensed physicians and nurses. Come learn more about her personal and professional experiences. Women’s Law Caucus is a co-sponsor. Lunch will be provided.

Reserve your seat by emailing StudentSuccess@dickinsonlaw.psu.edu.


March 27, 2020

POSTPONED Annual Hon. Sylvia H. Rambo Award Ceremony and Reception
6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Lewis Katz Hall, Carlisle, PA

Each year, the Women's Law Caucus (WLC) honors a female in the legal profession who has had a distinguished career and who, by example, has made the professional success of other women more likely. Please join us to honor this year’s award recipient, Noreen Tama ’86 (senior counsel, Exxon Mobil Corporation). We will also recognize the inaugural co-recipients of WLC's new Recent Alumna Award, Alexia Tomlinson, Esq. '18 and Erin Varley, Esq. '18. Please register by March 20.


APRIL 2, 2020

POSTPONED A World on Fire: Intersectionality or Identity Politics in the Workplace
5:30 to 7:00 p.m. — Apfelbaum Family Courtroom and Auditorium

The Second Annual Intersectionality Panel features speakers from each of the co-sponsoring student organizations: Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, Black Law Students Association, Latinx Law Student Association, OutLaw, and Women’s Law Caucus. Join us for an engaging conversation about our intersectional identities and their roles in the workplace and legal profession. A dessert reception in Ridge Commons will follow the panel. No RSVP needed.


MAY 15, 2020

POSTPONED Dickinson Law Class of 2020 Commencement
2:00 p.m. — Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, Dickinson College

Commencement for Dickinson Law’s class of 2020 will be held on Friday, May 15 at 2:00 p.m. in Dickinson College's Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, located at 360 West Louther Street. Additional information will be provided on our commencement webpage.

Recent Events

MARCH 5, 2020

Public Interest Law Fund Auction — live and silent auctions, food, cocktails and more
7:00 to 10:00 p.m. — Comfort Suites Downtown Carlisle

Dickinson Law's Public Interest Law Fund (PILF) raises funds to support the Degenstein Foundation Fellowship Program for Public Interest Law and the Cherie M. Millage Summer Fellowship Program for Dickinson Law students. PILF fellowships are awarded to students who have a commitment to public interest, have demonstrated the highest standards of service, and have conducted themselves with integrity both inside and beyond the classroom.

Alumni and friends are invited to attend. Tickets are available for $12. Click here to purchase tickets. To make an auction donation, email Auction Chairs Jenifer Bergman '20 or Caitlin Cooke '20. To make a monetary donation or to support PILF, contact Laura Weakland, annual giving and stewardship coordinator at Dickinson Law, at 717-240-5235 or law597@psu.edu. All gifts are tax-deductible.


FEBRUARY 27, 2020

Community Conversation with Professor Sarah Williams
12:20 to 1:15 p.m. — Room 124

Professor Sarah Williams will host Community Conversation on February 27 from 12:20 to 1:15 p.m. in room 124. Professor Williams is a securities regulation expert who protected the investing public while at the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, FINRA, and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. She has dedicated her legal practice career and now her academic research to ensuring our markets remain fair, transparent, and efficient. As an African-American woman in a field that has been dominated by white males, Professor Williams has faced adversities being the only person of color in senior management positions and reconciling perceptions that her achievements were the result of her minority status. Come learn more about her personal and professional experiences!

Reserve your seat by emailing StudentSuccess@dickinsonlaw.psu.edu so we can plan for food.


FEBRUARY 26, 2020

Transgender Name Change Assistance Pop-up Clinic
7:00 p.m. — Room 120

Penn State Dickinson Law students will hold the second Transgender Name Change Assistance Pop-up Clinic for members of Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Perry and York counties at Lewis Katz Hall, Dickinson Law, Carlisle on Wednesday, February 26 beginning at 7:00 p.m. Designed to work with the transgender community, the Clinic will provide attendees guidance on the legal name-change process. Dickinson Law students and local attorneys will volunteer their services in the Clinic.


FEBRUARY 24, 2020

Hacking the U.S. Election: a free symposium
8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. — Capitol Visitor Center, Washington, D.C.
This event has reached capacity; registration is now closed.

Free and fair elections are essential to a thriving democracy. But as we approach the pivotal 2020 election, we see the integrity of U.S. elections facing multi-pronged threats. What are the main threats, and what can be done? Join us as we work to find real solutions to stop the hacking of U.S. elections. This event has reached capacity; registration is now closed. Learn more.


FEBRUARY 20, 2020

February Third Thursday Event
4:00 to 5:30 p.m. — Ridge Commons

Join the Dickinson Law community in Ridge Commons for Third Thursday sponsored by the Black Law Students Association. This month’s event will feature a paint and sip activity—artistic skills are not required!


FEBRUARY 20, 2020

Black History Month Keynote: Kenya Mann Faulkner, Esq., Director of the Office of Ethics and Compliance, Penn State

Dickinson Law’s Black Law Students Association (BLSA) is proud to welcome Kenya Mann Faulkner Esq., Director of the Office of Ethics and Compliance at Penn State, as this year’s keynote in honor of Black History Month. Inspired by Dr. Stephanie Danette Preston's call to action at the Forum on Black Affairs Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Banquet at Penn State in January 2020, BLSA has planned Black History Month activities around the theme “Monument vs. Movement.” Faulkner will lead a discussion about actively contributing to a “movement” and taking collective action towards moving the needle on justice vs. being a “monument” and simply part of the scenery on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 12:15-1:30 p.m. at Dickinson Law in room 116. Learn more.


FEBRUARY 14, 16, 19 AND 20, 2020

Dickinson Law Sponsors Showing of "Just Mercy"

Penn State Dickinson Law will serve as the presenting sponsor of the film “Just Mercy” at the Carlisle Theatre downtown. The film tells the true story of Walter McMillian, who, with the help of young defense attorney Bryan Stevenson, appeals his murder conviction. The film is based on the memoir of the same name, written by Stevenson. Showings will be February 14, 16, 19, and 20 at 7:30 p.m. and February 16 at 2:00 p.m. Learn more.


FEBRUARY 6, 2020

Phi Alpha Delta Judges' Night

The Burr Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta is excited to host the Seventeenth Annual Judge's Night on Tuesday February 18, 2020. The event will include a reception and formal dinner. Judges from throughout the Commonwealth will be in attendance.

Phi Alpha Delta is a professional law fraternity dedicated to advancing integrity, compassion and courage through service to the student, the school, the profession and the community.  In an effort to further these goals, the Burr Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta hosts Judges’ Night. This event provides an opportunity for law students and judges to network and socialize in a professional setting.


FEBRUARY 6, 2020

Dickinson Law to co-sponsor author Ibram X. Kendi lecture in Carlisle

Bestselling author and scholar of history and international relations Ibram X. Kendi will discuss ways to understand, explain and solve the seemingly intractable problems of racial inequality and injustice during a lecture at Dickinson College. His talk, “How to Be an Antiracist,” will take place Thursday, February 6, at 7 p.m. in the Anita Tuvin Schlechter (ATS) Auditorium, 360 W. Louther St., Carlisle. Dickinson Law is sponsoring the event with the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues. It is free to attend and open to the public. A book sale and signing will follow. Learn more.