Faculty Impact

Our faculty is engaged in a constant quest for knowledge and wisdom it can share with our students as well as with the legal profession, scholars, policy makers, and others, consistent with Penn State’s role as a world-class research university.

Katherine Pearson DICKINSON LAW PROFESSOR PEARSON DISCUSSES CHALLENGES TO CONSERVATORSHIPS FOR NEXT AVENUE NEWS ARTICLE 

July 2021 — Professor Katherine Pearson was recently interviewed for a news article titled “How to Fix Conservatorship in America.” Written by award-winning journalist and author Chris Farrell, the article was featured on Next Avenue, a PBS digital platform that targets America’s booming 50+ population. Full story

Artificial Intelligence PROFESSOR GERKE CO-AUTHORS AN ESSAY IN STAT NEWS

July 2021 — Professor Sara Gerke is co-author of a “First Opinion” essay entitled Explaining Medical AI Is Easier Said Than Done in STAT News, which is an award-winning source of news about health, medicine, and scientific discovery. Professor Gerke’s essay, which was written with Boris Babic with help from Glenn Cohen and Theodoros Evgeniou, builds on their article that recently was published in Science. Full story

Liability PROFESSOR SARA GERKE CO-AUTHORS A NEW PIECE IN THE HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW

July 2021 — Professor Sara Gerke co-authors a new piece in the Harvard Business Review on artificial intelligence (AI) and the need for a new approach to legal liability. Her co-authors include scholars from Harvard Law School and the University of Pennsylvania. Full story

Gary S. Gildin PROFESSOR GARY S. GILDIN SPOKE AT TEMPLE UNIVERSITY BEASLEY SCHOOL OF LAW’S ONLINE ADVOCACY TRAINING CONFERENCE ON RHETORIC, PERSUASION, AND IMPLICIT BIAS

July 2021 — Professor Gary S. Gildin recently spoke at the Training Conference on Rhetoric, Persuasion, and Implicit Bias hosted by Temple University’s Beasley School of Law. Professor Gildin addressed the imperative of teaching law students a model of persuasion that incorporates recent developments in neuroscience and cognitive psychology. Full story

Science PROFESSOR SARA GERKE CO-AUTHORS A NEW PIECE IN SCIENCE

July 2021 — Professor Sara Gerke co-authors a new piece in Science on the drawbacks of explainable artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms in health care. Her co-authors include scholars from Harvard Law School, INSEAD, and the University of Toronto. Full story

Fastcase 50 PROFESSOR EVANS NAMED FASTCASE 50 2021 AWARD RECIPIENT

July 2021 — Each year the Fastcase 50 award honors a diverse group of lawyers, legal technologists, policymakers, judges, law librarians, bar association executives, and people from all walks of life. In many cases, honorees are well known, but in many others, the award recognizes people who have made important, but unheralded contributions. This year, Professor Tonya M. Evans was named to this esteemed list for her work at the intersections of technology, innovation, law and economic justice. Full story

Raff Donelson PROFESSOR DONELSON INVITED TO SPEAK AT SYMPOSIUM ON MASS INCARCERATION

July 2021 — Professor Raff Donelson was recently invited to present at the University of Oklahoma College of Law’s Symposium entitled “Ending Mass Incarceration.” Full story

Speaking engagement PROFESSOR EVANS DELIVERS EXPERT TESTIMONY BEFORE THE PA HOUSE DEMOCRATIC POLICY COMMITTEE

July 2021 — Professor Tonya M. Evans testified in a virtual hearing on July 19 in the House Democratic Caucus Room, 4th Floor Main Capitol Building, Harrisburg, PA. The power and promise of cryptocurrencies, blockchain technology, and economic empowerment were explored in an effort to help legislators prepare Pennsylvanians for a digital future. Full story

Professor Terry PROFESSOR TERRY TRANSITIONS TO LIFE AS AN EMERITUS PROFESSOR

July 2021 — After 36 years at Penn State Dickinson Law, Professor Laurel S. Terry has retired.  Effective July 1, 2021, she is the H. Laddie Montague Jr. Chair in Law Emerita and Professor of Law Emerita. Full story

Tonya M. Evans PROFESSOR EVANS LEADS INFORMATION SESSION FOR BIPARTISAN SENATE INNOVATION CAUCUS

July 2021 — Professor Tonya M. Evans accepted an invitation from Caucus Co-Chairs Senator Lummis (R-WY) and Senator Sinema (D-AZ) to provide an overview of current blockchain and crypto asset use case benefits, drawbacks, and policy considerations to Senators and staff.