The former Enron Corp. vice president credited with drawing attention to accounting problems before the company's collapse will present "Ethics after Enron" from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, in the Cafe Per Se of the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. The event is free to the public.
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A team of two students from the Penn State Dickinson School of Law are in Chicago this week to compete in the Thomas Tang National Moot Court Competition scheduled for Oct. 20-23. The competition, administered by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) Law Foundation and the NAPABA Judicial council, aims to develop legal approaches relevant to the Asian Pacific community. Teams are evaluated on the basis of legal writing and oral advocacy skills and compete for $10,000 in scholarship prizes sponsored by Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc.
Interested students toured Penn State's Dickinson School of Law facility and met with faculty, students and administrators last weekend during the law school's first ever-open house in University Park. The law school will admit first-year students for its inaugural class in University Park in fall 2006 as part of Penn State's $100 million investment in new law school facilities in Carlisle and University Park, with expected completion in 2008. In University Park, the Beam Building on Park Avenue will serve as transitional space until that time.
The Penn State Dickinson School of Law General Alumni Association honored a former professor of law and four law school alumni during its 2005 Alumni Weekend festivities held Oct. 7-9 in Carlisle. Among them, the association bestowed honorary alumni honors to Peter C. Alexander, an active member of the Penn State Dickinson faculty for 11 years before leaving in 2003 to become dean at the Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale, Ill. Alexander teaches in the areas of bankruptcy law, evidence and trial practice.
Penn State will distribute $1.2 million in student-parent child-care subsidies during the next four years. The subsidies generate from a new grant the University received from the U.S. Department of Education. Penn State was awarded the maximum amount possible under the federal Child Care Access Means Parents in School program. The University will receive $300,000 per year for four years. The new funding represents an $80,000 increase over an existing grant that expired Sept. 30. Child-care subsidies will be distributed to student parents at all Penn State locations. As required by the Department of Education, priority will be given to student parents who receive federal Pell Grants. Students who do not receive Pell Grants can apply for future subsidy distributions.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, organizations both large and small have been working feverishly to aid victims of the devastating storm, and Penn State Dickinson School of Law is no exception. Like many law schools across the country, Penn State Dickinson reached out to law students who were displaced by Katrina. With the support and assistance of the Admissions Office, an Argentine exchange student from Tulane is able to finish his studies by spending the fall semester at the law school, and a first-year student from Loyola plans to study at Penn State Dickinson for the entire 2005-2006 academic year. The law school has provided the students with on-campus housing for the duration of their stay. A number of law school groups also have found ways to support the relief efforts.
Victor Romero, professor of law, is the first recipient of the Penn State Dickinson School of Law's Maureen B. Cavanaugh Research Professor Award Endowment. The award was established to honor Maureen B. Cavanaugh, who died last April, and recognizes "exceptional scholarly accomplishment, creativity and promise of a faculty member of Penn State University's Dickinson School of Law." The endowment for the award was created by Cavanaugh's husband, Chris Plum, and several of her friends, colleagues and admirers to honor her "gifted scholarship, teaching and outstanding service to her students, to the legal profession and to The Pennsylvania State University."
Alumni and Reunion Weekend 2005 will be held Oct. 7 to 9 in Carlisle. The weekend registration fee includes Friday evening's welcome reception, Saturday breakfast, scholarship luncheon, keg in the Curtilage featuring family activities, Saturday evening's cocktail reception and awards ceremony, Sunday brunch and all CLE programs including an ethics session on "Ethical Issues in Use of Law Practice Technology."
Penn State Dickinson School of Law has established the Penn State University Institute of Arbitration Law and Practice. The purpose of the institute is to advance the study and scholarship of arbitration law and practice in domestic and international contexts. Thomas E. Carbonneau, the Elsie de Renzo and Samuel P. Orlando distinguished professor of law, is the faculty director of the Institute, and Jeanette Jaeggi is the executive director. The institute publishes The World Arbitration and Mediation Report, The Journal of American Arbitration and The Smit-Carbonneau Guides to International Commercial Arbitration.
The Penn State Dickinson School of Law continues to move forward with its highly anticipated $100 million building project with the announcement that Polshek Partnership of New York, architects for projects such as the William J. Clinton Presidential Center, will take the lead in designing and constructing the new and completely integrated law school facilities in Carlisle and University Park.
Geoffrey Scott, professor of law, Penn State Dickinson School of Law, has authored "Football Rising to the Challenge: The Transition from College to Pro," published by Jones and Bartlett Publishers.
This book is designed to assist collegiate players with career potential as they pursue a career in professional football by helping them to meet and overcome certain challenges. It includes information on legal issues; financial career concerns; agent issues; mental and emotional preparation; dealing with the media; balancing personal goals with team interests; endorsement deals and much more.
The Penn State Dickinson School of Law, ranked as one of the top-ten alternative dispute resolution programs in the nation, will present the two-day symposium "Neutrality and Impartiality in Alternative Justice" on Sept. 9 and 10. The symposium will feature leading legal scholars and practitioners from the United States and Canada who will discuss the role that neutrality and impartiality plays in dispute resolution proceedings within the alternative justice system.
William E. Butler, formerly of the University of London, has joined the faculty of Penn State Dickinson School of Law as the John Edward Fowler distinguished professor of law. An authority on the legal systems of Russia and former Soviet nations, he is the author, co-author, editor or translator of more than 120 books on Soviet, Russian, Ukrainian and other Commonwealth of Independent States legal systems.
Tiyanjana Maluwa, the H. Laddie and Linda P. Montague professor of law at Penn State Dickinson School of Law, has been invited to join the inaugural international jury established to select the winner of the Stockholm International Prize in Criminology. The jury is composed of leading scholars from Australia, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Sweden, the United States, the United Kingdom and Venezuela. The role of the jury is, among other things, to provide expert advice on, and proposals for, the nomination and prize-awarding processes, including the rules of procedure of the jury and criteria for the selection process.
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