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Your degree carries national and international recognition. As a graduate of Penn State's Dickinson School of Law, you'll become part of a loyal alumni network of distinguished lawyers, statespersons, business leaders, innovators, and advocates.
Pedro A. Cortes '99
Secretary of State
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Dickinson School of Law does an excellent job of preparing its students to be effective attorneys and counselors. The skills taught at Dickinson — analytical reasoning, communication, and problem-solving — are also applicable to other professional fields. Personally, my Dickinson education has been invaluable in my role as a senior-level government administrator.
Pedro A. Cortés exemplifies the versatility of a degree from Penn State’s Dickinson Law. Cortés is currently the Pennsylvania Secretary of State. He previously served in the same role from 2003 to 2010. At that time, Cortés was the first confirmed Latino Cabinet member and longest serving Secretary of State in Pennsylvania history. He was also the first Pennsylvanian selected President of the National Association of Secretaries of State in the Association’s 104-year history.
Cortés began his Commonwealth government career in 1993 as a caseworker with the Department of Public Welfare. Subsequently, he worked as a recruiter and attorney with the State Civil Service Commission, and was the Executive Director of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs for two Pennsylvania governors. Prior to his most recent appointment as Secretary of the State, Cortés was a partner with the law firm of Haggerty, Goldberg, Schleifer and Kupersmith.
Maren Miller Bam '13
Gustad Law Group
The opportunity to learn in an environment surrounded by passionate and intelligent faculty who shared a commitment to community service was wonderful. And helping to draft an amicus brief to the Supreme Court of the United States played an important role in my development as an attorney.
Angela N. Velez '11
Director and Associate General Counsel
Legg Mason Global Asset Management
My law school clinic taught me how to efficiently maintain a caseload. This experience has been invaluable to my legal career, elevating my level of organization and honing my time management skills.
Bhavana Boggs '91
Vice President and General Counsel
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company
Dickinson Law provided me with an excellent legal education taught by a talented, supportive, and engaged faculty. My education prepared me well for law firm practice as well as working in-house for a global company.
Gov. Tom Ridge '72
CEO, Ridge Global, LLC
First Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Former Governor of Pennsylvania
What's unique about the Dickinson Law experience is the way they blend traditional learning with practical experience. Students have the benefit not only of accomplished professors but also practicing attorneys. It's a proven model for a world-class, 21st century legal education.
The Hon. John E. Jones III '80
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
Excellent trial advocacy begins with appropriate courtroom decorum. Penn State’s Dickinson Law graduates consistently hit the mark in that regard. They are exceedingly well trained, and it shows.
Christina Bonne-Anee '10
Administrative Law Judge
Office of Temporary & Disability Assistance
New York, NY
At Penn State's Dickinson Law, I learned the importance of professional integrity, diligence, and hard work from a faculty the was fulled vested in my professional development. When I graduated, I was armed with the skills necessary to succeed in the legal profession.
Merri Jo Gillette '82
Morgan, Lewis & Bokius, LLP
The single most valuable experience that translated into later career success was the opportunity to compete as a member of Dickinson Law's National Appellate Moot Court team. Faculty members, local practitioners, adn judges dedicated countless hours to help us hone our advocacy skills and prepare for the competition.
Noland Cheung '93
Head of Intellectual Property Practice
Cohen & Grigsby, P.C.
As an engineer, I was trained to analyze and solve problems from a technical perspective. At Dickinson Law, I learned effective communication and negotiation skills and how to analyze issues from different perspectives. These tools have been instrumental in my practice of law and as a board member at the Carnegie Science Center.