Dickinson Law News

Danielle M. Conway

DICKINSON LAW DEAN AND PROFESSOR OF LAW NAMED TO LAWYERS OF COLOR POWER LIST

February 27, 2020 — Danielle M. Conway, dean and Donald J. Farage Professor of Law, Penn State Dickinson Law, was named to Lawyers of Color's Power List by the Lawyers of Color Foundation—a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting diversity in the legal profession and advancing democracy and equality in marginalized communities. Read more

VITA Program

DICKINSON LAW STUDENTS OFFER FREE TAX PREPARATION SERVICES

February 19, 2020 — Dickinson Law students are offering free tax preparation services to people with low and fixed incomes, people who have disabilities or special needs, and senior citizens aged 60 or older at Dickinson Law, Lewis Katz Hall, Carlisle, Pa. Read more

Transgender Name Change Assistance Pop-Up Clinic

DICKINSON LAW STUDENTS HOST TRANSGENDER NAME CHANGE ASSISTANCE POP-UP CLINIC

February 13, 2020 — Penn State Dickinson Law students recently held the first Transgender Name Change Assistance Pop-up Clinic for members of Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Perry and York counties at Lewis Katz Hall, Dickinson Law, Carlisle. Designed to work with the transgender community, the Clinic provided attendees guidance on the legal name change process. Dickinson Law students and local attorneys volunteered their services in the Clinic. Read more

Medha Makhlouf

DICKINSON LAW PROFESSOR NAMED ATLANTIC FELLOW FOR HEALTH EQUITY

February 12, 2020 — Medha Makhlouf, assistant professor of law and founding director of the Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic at Dickinson Law, and assistant professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at Penn State College of Medicine has been 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. Read more

PILF Auction

ANNUAL PUBLIC INTEREST LAW FUND AUCTION TO BENEFIT FELLOWSHIPS FOR DICKINSON LAW STUDENTS

February 7, 2020 — Dickinson Law's Public Interest Law Fund (PILF) will host its annual auction on Thursday, March 5, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Comfort Suites Downtown Carlisle, 10 S. Hanover St., Carlisle. The annual auction—PILF’s primary fundraising event—raises funds to support the Degenstein Foundation Fellowship Program for Public Interest Law and the Cherie M. Millage Summer Fellowship Program to help fund public interest fellowships for Dickinson Law students. Read more

Public Service

DICKINSON LAW RECOGNIZED AS LEADER IN PUBLIC SERVICE, TRIAL ADVOCACY AND PUBLIC POLICY

February 3, 2020 — Dickinson Law earned top marks in the winter 2020 issue of preLaw magazine. The law school ranked sixth in the country for government employment and fifteenth in the country for all forms of clerkships. The Law School also earned an ‘A’ for trial advocacy and a ‘B+’ for public policy. Read more

Hacking the Election

SYMPOSIUM AT U.S. CAPITOL SEEKS SOLUTIONS TO ELECTION SECURITY

January 30, 2020 — A thriving democracy requires fair elections, but U.S. elections face real threats from multiple sources, including state election infrastructure attacks and social engineering on social media platforms. As the 2020 election approaches, lawmakers, election officials, Congressional staffers, researchers, members of the intelligence communities, academics, candidates and media will come together in the U.S. capital for the first-ever “Hacking the U.S. Election: How Can We Make U.S. Elections More Secure?” symposium to work to secure U.S. elections. Read more

Matt Lawrence

DICKINSON LAW PROFESSOR ADVISES U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES BUDGET COMMITTEE

January 28, 2020 — In fall 2019, Penn State Dickinson Law Assistant Professor of Law Matthew B. Lawrence introduced first-year Dickinson Law students to the legislative process through the Legal Argument and Factual Persuasion course. This spring, Lawrence will be supporting that process. While continuing to teach administrative law at Dickinson Law this semester, Lawrence will also be working part time with the U.S. Congress as a Special Legal Advisor to the Budget Committee (Majority) of the U.S. House of Representatives. Read more

Vietnamese delegation

VIETNAMESE DELEGATION VISITS DICKINSON LAW TO DISCUSS INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH AND LEGAL EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP

January 23, 2020 — Academic leaders from Hanoi Law University in Vietnam met with Penn State Dickinson Law administrators, faculty and staff on the Dickinson Law campus January 15-17, 2020, to discuss collaboration between the two law schools. Read more

Monash

SCHOLARS INVITED TO SUBMIT PAPERS ON PRIVACY, TECHNOLOGY AND VULNERABILITY

January 7, 2020 — An interdisciplinary team of researchers is inviting scholars to submit papers for a workshop to address the complex relationship between privacy, technology and vulnerability. Read more

Food Pantry and Clothing Closet

NEW FOOD PANTRY AND CLOTHING CLOSET COMBAT FOOD AND FINANCIAL INSECURITY AT DICKINSON LAW

November 21, 2019 — On college campuses across the country, food insecurity—the lack of reliable access to sufficient quantities of affordable, nutritious food—is a serious problem. In a study conducted earlier this year by the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice, almost half of the college students surveyed (48%) reported food insecurity occurred in the previous 30-day period. The challenge of food insecurity as well as basic needs insecurity among college students is also prevalent in the law student population. Read more

Dermot Groome discusses Atrocity Crimes

DICKINSON LAW COMMUNITY REFLECTS ON THE HUMAN AND LEGAL COSTS OF ATROCITY CRIMES

November 13, 2019 — Atrocity crimes and their legal implications have been in the news of late. Last year, then-U.S. national security adviser John Bolton set off a national debate when he criticized the function of the International Criminal Court, whose stated mission is to punish and deter atrocity crimes. Penn State Dickinson Law Professor Dermot Groome has seen the personal, moral and legal implications of atrocity crimes firsthand. Read more

Law Books

DICKINSON LAW TO HOST ONE-DAY LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING WORKSHOP

November 13, 2019 — Penn State Dickinson Law, in conjunction with the Legal Writing Institute, will host "Dismantling the Separate But Equal Paradigm: Integrating Legal Research and Writing into the Law School Curriculum" from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 6, in the Apfelbaum Family Courtroom and Auditorium, Lewis Katz Hall, Dickinson Law. This one-day workshop is designed for legal writing professors and law librarians. Registration is required by Monday, December 2 for this event. Read more

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend and Tom Brier

KATHLEEN KENNEDY TOWNSEND AND TOM BRIER TO SPEAK AT DICKINSON LAW

November 5, 2019 — First woman Lieutenant Governor of Maryland and Robert F. Kennedy’s oldest daughter Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Esq. and Tom Brier, Esq. will visit Penn State Dickinson Law on Tuesday, November 12. Their discussion on retirement security programs and economic stability will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the Apfelbaum Family Courtroom and Auditorium, Lewis Katz Hall, Dickinson Law. Read more

Anthony Ciarlante and Gawen Grunloh, second-year law students at Dickinson Law, claimed the championship round of the Second Annual O'Savio Moot Court Competition

CIARLANTE AND GRUNLOH WIN O’SAVIO MOOT COURT COMPETITION AT DICKINSON LAW

November 1, 2019 — Anthony Ciarlante and Gawen Grunloh, second-year law students at Dickinson Law, claimed the championship round of the Second Annual O'Savio Moot Court Competition held Friday, October 25, at the Old Cumberland County Courthouse in Carlisle. They defeated second-year law students Aaron Gallagher and Stephen Speer in the championship round, which was judged by United States Magistrate Judge of the Middle District of Pennsylvania Karoline Mehalchick, Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Victor P. Stabile ’82, and David Fitzsimons ’84, attorney with Martson Law and practitioner instructor at Dickinson Law. Read more

Best Value Law School

DICKINSON LAW RECEIVES HIGH RECOGNITION FROM preLaw MAGAZINE

October 16, 2019 — Dickinson Law was named a Best Value Law School in the fall 2019 issue of preLaw magazine—a ranking that recognizes law schools where graduates have excellent chances of passing the bar (Dickinson Law has the second-highest first attempt bar passage rate in Pennsylvania) and securing post-graduate employment without taking on significant debt. Read more

Trickett Hall

DICKINSON LAW TO HOST 52ND ANNUAL COUNCIL ON LEGAL EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY INC. PRE-LAW SUMMER INSTITUTE

National diversity seminar exposes pre-law students to rigors of first year of law school

October 11, 2019 — Penn State Dickinson Law was selected to host the Council on Legal Education Opportunity, Inc. (CLEO) 2020 Pre-Law Summer Institute from June 15 to July 12, 2020.  CLEO is the longest-serving national organization committed to diversity in the legal profession. Read more

Dickinson Law Review Symposium

DICKINSON LAW REVIEW SYMPOSIUM TO HIGHLIGHT EFFECTS OF FEDERALISM ON OPIOID POLICY

October 3, 2019 — Dickinson Law Review will present "Crisis of Authority: The Effects of Federalism on Opioid Policy," from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 8, in the Apfelbaum Family Courtroom and Auditorium, Lewis Katz Hall, Dickinson Law. The annual symposium will focus on the legal challenges faced when developing opioid use policy under the United States federalist system by highlighting areas of overlapping or fractured authority. Read more

Students in classroom

DICKINSON LAW NOW ACCEPTING GRADUATE RECORDS EXAMINATIONS

September 26, 2019 — Under the new leadership of Dean and Donald J. Farage Professor of Law Danielle M. Conway, Dickinson Law is now accepting Graduate Records Examinations (GRE). Historically, the Law School has only accepted the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT). Dickinson Law will continue to accept the LSAT and to support Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) initiatives to increase access to legal education. Accepting both tests provides a benefit to prospective law students. Read more

Class of 2022 Convocation

DICKINSON LAW CONVOCATION WELCOMES NEW DEAN AND STUDENTS

September 26, 2019 — Every convocation at Penn State’s Dickinson Law reflects the excitement and promise of a new year. The 2019 edition boasted something more. It also marked the installation of the new dean of the law school, Danielle M. Conway, who also serves as Donald J. Farage Professor of Law. Read more

Physicians Legal Conference

HEALTH LAW PROFESSORS PRESENT ON PANELS AT JOINT PENNSYLVANIA PHYSICIANS’ LEGAL ISSUES CONFERENCE

September 25, 2019 — A joint physician legal issues conference brought lawyers and physicians from across Pennsylvania to Dickinson Law to collaboratively explore health law issues. Hosted by the Pennsylvania Medical Society and Pennsylvania Bar Association Sept. 13-14, 2019, the Pennsylvania Physicians’ Legal Issues Conference featured keynotes by Rachel Levine, M.D., Secretary of Health for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at Penn State Health, and Pennsylvania State Representative Bryan Cutler, Esq. Read more

Harvey A. Feldman '69

DICKINSON LAW MOURNS THE LOSS OF LONGTIME FACULTY MEMBER AND ADMINISTRATOR HARVEY A. FELDMAN ‘69

September 9, 2019 — Harvey A. Feldman ’69, beloved professor and academic administrator at Dickinson Law, died Wednesday, September 4 at the age of 74.  Feldman joined the Dickinson Law faculty in 1970. During his tenure, he taught property, real estate transactions, remedies, professional responsibility, appellate practice, environmental law, land use controls, and state and local government law. He also founded and taught for several years the Gender and the Law seminar course. Read more

Anne Toomey McKenna

ANNE TOOMEY MCKENNA ONE OF THREE PENN STATE PROFESSORS TO CREATE NATIONWIDE CYBER LAW AND POLICY COURSE FOR NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY

August 26, 2019 — Carrying a smartphone, using a wearable device, opening an app, entering a search query, or checking the weather — things many people do throughout the day — potentially may open the user's data to collection and cybersecurity risks. The National Security Agency (NSA), recognizing an urgent need for nationwide education about cyber technology, policy and law, has worked with a trio of Penn State professors to develop a comprehensive, online, and nationally offered cyber law and policy course. Read more

Prof. Medha Makhlouf

JOINT APPOINTMENT AWARDED TO ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF LAW AND CLINIC FOUNDING DIRECTOR MEDHA D. MAKHLOUF

August 5, 2019 — Medha D. Makhlouf, assistant professor of law and founding director of Dickinson Law's Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic, received a joint appointment as assistant professor, Department of Public Health Sciences, Penn State College of Medicine—part of central Pennsylvania’s only academic medical center that also includes Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Penn State Children’s Hospital, and Penn State Medical Group. Read more

Children's Advocacy Clinic

CHILDREN'S ADVOCACY CLINIC CELEBRATES PASSAGE OF FOSTER CARE YOUTH COLLEGE TUITION WAIVER

July 31, 2019 — When Professor of Clinical Law Lucy Johnston-Walsh founded the Children’s Advocacy Clinic at Dickinson Law in 2006, her vision included taking on policy projects addressing systemic issues in the legal system that impact children. It took more than a decade, but one of the first things the Clinic advocated for—waiving college tuition for foster children at Pennsylvania colleges—has finally come to fruition. Read more

Professors Badissy and Williams

DICKINSON LAW WELCOMES NEW PROFESSORS TO ITS COMMUNITY

July 25, 2019 — Mohamed Rali Badissy and Sarah J. Williams have joined the full-time faculty at Penn State’s Dickinson Law as assistant professors of law. Badissy will teach Contracts, Corporate Finance, Energy Law and Policy, and International Law. Williams will teach Federal Securities Regulation, Financial Statement Fundamentals, Professional Responsibility, and Property. Read more

ALRT explores policy and law for substance use disorder treatment

FACULTY-STUDENT RESEARCH EXPLORES POLICY AND LAW FOR SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER TREATMENT

June 5, 2019 — People who suffer from substance use disorder need effective treatments, however, 90 percent of those who need treatment do not receive it. One Penn State professor and his team are looking into the legal and financial barriers to treatment and how the law can be used to break down or build pathways through those barriers. Read more

Students recognized for commitment to service

DICKINSON LAW STUDENTS RECOGNIZED FOR COMMITMENT TO SERVICE

May 16, 2019 — Second- and third-year Dickinson Law students were recognized for their service in public interest and pro bono programs throughout the 2018-19 academic year during a ceremony on Friday, May 10, at Lewis Katz Hall. Read more

Former Governor Tom Ridge delivers Commencement address

FORMER GOVERNOR THOMAS J. RIDGE DELIVERS DICKINSON LAW’S COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS DURING 185TH ANNIVERSARY OF LAW SCHOOL’S FOUNDING

May 11, 2019 — Law School celebrates Juris Doctor and Master of Laws graduates. Read more

Lucy Johnston-Walsh receives award

DICKINSON LAW PROFESSOR LUCY JOHNSTON-WALSH RECEIVES 2019 ACHIEVING WOMEN AWARD

April 26, 2019 — Clinical Professor of Law Lucy Johnston-Walsh received the 2019 Achieving Women Award in the Faculty category from Penn State on Friday, April 26, during a luncheon in the President’s Hall at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center, on the University Park campus. Read more

2019 Donning of the Kente Ceremony

ANNUAL CEREMONY CELEBRATES ACHIEVEMENTS OF GRADUATING STUDENTS

April 24, 2019 — For the third year, Dickinson Law students, family and friends gathered inside the Apfelbaum Family Courtroom and Auditorium to celebrate their heritage, unity and academic achievements, as well as those who supported them throughout their educational journey, during the annual Donning of the Kente ceremony. Read more

Robert Gavin receives LGBTQA Award

DICKINSON LAW STUDENT RECEIVES ANNUAL LGBTQA AWARD FROM PENN STATE

April 18, 2019 — Second-year law student Robert “Bob” Gavin was named the 2019 recipient of the Dr. Susan R. Rankin Award during a ceremony on Friday, April 12 at University Park. Read more

2019 Woolsack Ceremony

ANNUAL CEREMONY HONORS NEWEST MEMBERS OF WOOLSACK HONOR SOCIETY

April 9, 2019 — Ten third-year Dickinson Law students were inducted into the Woolsack Honor Society during a ceremony held on Wednesday, April 3, 2019. Read more

185th Birthday Celebration

DICKINSON LAW CELEBRATES 185TH ANNIVERSARY

April 1, 2019 — The law school was founded on April 1 that year by the Hon. John Reed, a jurist who penned the famed Pennsylvania Blackstone commentary outlining Pennsylvania’s laws. Read more

Mary Boyle and Rachel Tunney Win 1L Mock Trial Competition

MARI BOYLE AND RACHEL TUNNEY WIN 1L MOCK TRIAL COMPETITION

March 28, 2019 — First-year law students Mari Boyle and Rachel Tunney earned the win at Dickinson Law’s 1L mock trial competition on March 22, 2019 in the Apfelbaum Family Courtroom and Auditorium, Lewis Katz Hall, Dickinson Law. Read more

Lewis Katz Hall exterior

FORMER PA GOVERNOR AND FIRST HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY TOM RIDGE TO DELIVER DICKINSON LAW’S 2019 COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS

March 26, 2019 — Tom Ridge ’72, Pennsylvania’s 43rd governor and first U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, will address the class of 2019 during Dickinson Law’s commencement on May 11, 2019, at the Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium on the Dickinson College campus. Read more

Privacy Law Scholars

PRIVACY LAW SCHOLARS MUST ADDRESS POTENTIAL FOR NASTY SATELLITE DATA SURPRISES

March 25, 2019 — In a session at the Penn State Law Review annual symposium held today (March 22), the researchers and Dickinson Law professors said that immediate focus is needed on how vast quantities of data, collected from sensors embedded in smart devices combined with both government-owned and privately owned satellite mapping technologies, is aggregated, used, disseminated, and bought and sold. Government-owned satellite mapping technologies, including global positioning satellites provide free, worldwide access for use in GPS chip-embedded devices. Read more

2019 Rambo Award Ceremony

WOMEN’S LAW CAUCUS PRESENTS RAMBO AWARD TO THE HON. MARY HANNAH LEAVITT ’78

March 19, 2019 — President Judge of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania Mary Hannah Leavitt ’78 received the 25th Annual Honorable Sylvia H. Rambo Award at a ceremony hosted by Dickinson Law’s Women’s Law Caucus at Lewis Katz Hall on March 14, 2019. Read more

Professor Dermot Groome

INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FEATURING DICKINSON LAW PROFESSOR MAKES U.S. PREMIERE

March 12, 2019 — “The Trial of Ratko Mladic” will be broadcast nationally on Tuesday, March 19 at 9 p.m. EST on FRONTLINE—PBS’ flagship investigative journalism series that explores and illuminates the critical issues of our times from business and health to social issues, politics and war. Read more

Dickinson Law students hone skills at mock hearing

DICKINSON LAW STUDENTS HONE SKILLS AT MOCK HEARING

March 11, 2019 — Clinic students participate in mock hearing with child and adolescent psychiatric fellows. Read more

2019 Judges' Night Event

DICKINSON LAW HOSTS 16TH ANNUAL JUDGES’ NIGHT

February 22, 2019 — First-, second-, and third-year Dickinson Law students met members of the judiciary from across the state at the Law School’s 16th annual Judges’ Night, hosted by Phi Alpha Delta – Burr Chapter on Tuesday, February 19, at Lewis Katz Hall. Read more

Olivia Phillips at International Justice Program in Hague

INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE PROGRAM INTERNSHIP OFFERS DICKINSON LAW STUDENTS SIGNIFICANT EXPOSURE TO INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL LAW

February 5, 2019 — International Justice Program inernship offers Dickinson Law students significant exposure to international criminal law. Read more

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program

DICKINSON LAW STUDENTS OFFER FREE TAX PREPARATION SERVICES

January 29, 2019 — Dickinson Law Students offer free tax preparation services. Read more

Danielle M. Conway

DANIELLE M. CONWAY NAMED NEW DEAN OF DICKINSON LAW

January 22, 2019 — Danielle M. Conway, dean and professor of law at the University of Maine School of Law, has been named the new dean of Penn State’s Dickinson Law after a national search. Her appointment is effective on July 1, 2019. Read more