Dickinson Law News

Tom '70 and Bonnie VanKirk TOM AND BONNIE VANKIRK AND HIGHMARK ENDOW EDUCATIONAL EQUITY SCHOLARSHIP AT DICKINSON LAW

September 29, 2020 — Tom L. VanKirk ‘70 and his wife, Bonnie, are endowing the VanKirk/Highmark Educational Equity Scholarship at Dickinson Law, with Highmark matching the couple’s $50,000 gift to honor VanKirk’s retirement. It marks Tom and Bonnie’s third major contribution to Dickinson Law, all of which have been matched 1:1 by the University. “We want to support getting more underrepresented students, in particular, involved in the educational process and in law,” VanKirk said.

Deans Conway and Osofsky A TRIBUTE TO JUSTICE RUTH BADER GINSBURG BY DANIELLE CONWAY, DEAN & DONALD J. FARAGE PROFESSOR OF LAW, DICKINSON LAW AND HARI OSOFSKY, DEAN OF PENN STATE LAW AND PENN STATE SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

September 24, 2020 — As the second woman and first Jewish woman to serve on the Supreme Court, Justice Ginsburg broke barriers and opened doors. Her effective advocacy created opportunities for women in the legal academy and profession. We are beneficiaries of her leadership—with women heading both of its independent law schools, Penn State advances her legacy.

Solar panels VIRTUAL CLE PROGRAM TO ADDRESS LOCAL LAW ISSUES AROUND SOLAR ENERGY PROJECTS

September 21, 2020 — A team of Penn State professors will collaborate to deliver a virtual CLE course, “Local Law for Solar Project Development in Pennsylvania,” hosted by Penn State Dickinson Law on Friday, September 25 at noon EST. The program is part of Penn State’s outreach across the Commonwealth to increase understanding of energy sector development options for local policymakers, communities and investors. The program is free to attend; advance registration is required.

Convocation 2020 DICKINSON LAW WELCOMES DIVERSE COHORT OF STUDENTS AMIDST PANDEMIC

September 16, 2020 — When Dean and Donald J. Farage Professor of Law Danielle M. Conway joined Penn State Dickinson Law last year, she laid out a set of vision priorities. One of them was to substantially “move the needle” on diversity for incoming classes to the Law School.

Flag CELEBRATING CONSTITUTION DAY 2020: PROGRAMS EXPLORING THE FUNDAMENTAL LAW OF THE U.S. GOVERNMENT OPEN TO DICKINSON LAW COMMUNITY

September 10, 2020 — In recognition of Constitution Day 2020, Dickinson Law is proud to participate in a variety of events on Thursday, September 17, as well as prior to and following this national day of commemorating the adoption of the U.S. Constitution.

2020 Orientation DICKINSON LAW FACULTY AND STAFF ESTABLISH EDUCATIONAL EQUITY SCHOLARSHIP WITH UNIVERSITY MATCH

August 26, 2020 — When Penn State Dickinson Law Associate Dean for Academic and Student Services Jeffrey A. Dodge heard about the generous gift made to the Dickinson Law Future Fund and Penn State Student Care and Advocacy Emergency Fund by Dickinson Law Dean and Donald J. Farage Professor of Law Danielle Conway, he was moved. Then he felt inspired to give back as well.

Dean Danielle M. Conway CONWAY APPOINTED TO ACCESSLEX INSTITUTE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

August 19, 2020 — Leading legal education nonprofit AccessLex Institute is pleased to announce that Danielle M. Conway, dean and Donald J. Farage Professor of Law at Penn State Dickinson Law in Carlisle, PA, has been appointed to the Company’s Board of Directors. Underpinned by its partnership with nearly 200 ABA-approved and state-affiliated nonprofit law schools and a $650 million charitable fund, AccessLex helps talented, purpose-driven students find their path from aspiring lawyer to fulfilled professional with innovative initiatives like MAX by AccessLex®, their first-of-its-kind personal finance program designed exclusively for law students and utilized at over 165 law schools across the country.

Dean Danielle M. Conway CONWAY MAKES GIFT TO PROVIDE FINANCIAL RELIEF TO STUDENTS

July 23, 2020 — Dickinson Law Dean and Donald J. Farage Professor of Law Danielle Conway knows the unsettling feeling of having bills you aren’t sure you can pay. And she has made a $125,000 gift to the Dickinson Law Future Fund and Penn State Student Care and Advocacy Emergency Fund to help students navigate those financial difficulties.

Lewis Katz Hall DICKINSON LAW LAUNCHES DOCTOR OF JURIDICAL SCIENCE PROGRAM

July 22, 2020 — Penn State Dickinson Law has expanded its law degree offerings by introducing its Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) degree. As Dickinson Law’s most advanced law degree, the S.J.D. is designed for both domestic and foreign lawyers seeking specialized knowledge in a particular area of law; a career in academic law or other scholarly, research, policy, or professional endeavors; or career advancement through the acquisition of an academic doctorate in law.

Juneteenth DICKINSON LAW HOSTS VIRTUAL JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION ON FREEDOM DAY

June 29, 2020 — More than 100 members of the Penn State Dickinson Law community came together on Zoom to mark the Juneteenth holiday on Friday, June 19, 2020. Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, commemorates June 19, 1865—a day that celebrates enslaved black people being freed. Organized by Dickinson Law Dean and Donald J. Farage Professor of Law Danielle M. Conway, the Dean’s Diversity & Inclusion Trusted Advisors, the Black Law Students Association, and the Dickinson Law Alumni Society, the virtual event celebrated community, culture, and conversation.