Dickinson Law News

O'Savio Moot Court Competition 2020 SECOND-YEAR DICKINSON LAW STUDENTS NAMED TOP APPELLATE ADVOCATES

November 5, 2020 — Rachel Wilcove and Michaela Zanis, second-year law students at Dickinson Law, were awarded the Christian R. Burne (class of 2017) Award for claiming the championship round of the Triston “Chase” O'Savio Moot Court Competition held on Friday, Oct. 30, inside the Apfelbaum Family Courtroom and Auditorium at Dickinson Law. Zanis also received the Francesca M. Kester (class of 2017) Most Valuable Oralist Award. Both awards were established by the 2018 Moot Court Board in recognition of the excellence in advocacy and leadership that Burne and Kester demonstrated during their time as law students at Dickinson Law.

Danielle M. Conway DICKINSON LAW DEAN AND DONALD J. FARAGE PROFESSOR OF LAW DANIELLE M. CONWAY HONORED BY AALS FOR CREATION OF ANTIRACIST CLEARINGHOUSE PROJECT

October 29, 2020 — Penn State Dickinson Law Dean and Donald J. Farage Professor of Law Danielle M. Conway has been honored with the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Inaugural Impact Award with four other law school deans for the creation of the Law Deans Antiracist Clearinghouse Project. Launched in June, the project is a webpage for law deans, faculty, and the public that contains resources and information related to addressing racism in law and legal education.  

J. Rodman “Rod” and Karen Steele STEELE FAMILY ESTABLISHES LEADERSHIP PROGRAM IN GENDER AND RACIAL EQUITY AT DICKINSON LAW

October 28, 2020 — J. Rodman “Rod” Steele, a 1966 graduate of Dickinson Law, believes the law gives society the opportunity to improve. He has seen many improvements and advances in women’s and civil rights during his more than five decades of legal practice, which spans the swearing-in of the first African American Supreme Court justice and the recent prosecutions of powerful men for sexual assault.

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.