Penn Prof Faces Backlash for Saying “Not All Cultures Are Created Equal”

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A professor at the University of Pennsylvania is being harshly criticized for calling for the “re-embrace of bourgeois norms” in an op-ed published Thursday on Philly.com.

In the piece, Penn Law School professor Amy Wax and co-author Larry Alexander, a University of San Diego law professor, attempt to tie what they call the “breakdown of the country’s bourgeois culture” to an overgeneralized list of societal ills, such as “Too few Americans are qualified for the jobs available,” “Opioid abuse is widespread,” and “Homicidal violence plagues inner cities.”  Read more »

Charles Koch Foundation Gives $2.2M to Penn Law School

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The foundation founded by Charles Koch, known for his financial dedication to libertarian and conservative causes, is donating $2.2 million to Penn Law. The money will be directed toward researching ways to increase fairness into the criminal justice system.

If you know Charles Koch — he and his brother David are best known together as The Koch Brothers, Scourge of Liberals — you might be a little surprised at his donation to what might be considered a liberal issue. But the Koch brothers actually allied themselves with the Obama administration on the issue of prison reform in the president’s second term. (The alliance fell apart, basically, when environmentalists said some of the changes proposed by the Kochs would make it harder to prosecute white-collar crime and corporate polluters.)

The Charles Koch Foundation’s money will go to the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice. The foundation previously gave $3.25 million to Villanova’s Charles Widger School of Law in October. Read more »

Penn’s New Combined Medical-Law Degree Perfect for Overachievers

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R: Courtesy Hazmat2 via Wikimedia Commons

The University of Pennsylvania is creating a program that will allow students to pursue both law and medicine — at the same time.

Through the joint degree program, students can attain a juris doctorate degree from Penn’s law school and a doctorate of medicine from the Perelmen School of Medicine.

Because is studying at just one top-rated school really good enough? Why not just do both?  Read more »

How Penn Law Became One of the Nation’s Most Gay-Friendly Schools

Dee Spagnuolo L'03 (left) and partner Sasha Ballen have their hands full with three active children. Beau, 3 (on top); Elio, 6; and Marina, 6. Sagnuolo, a former Penn Law class president, and Ballen are fighting the State of Pennsylvania's effort to revoke their marriage license. Photo by Carly Teitelbaum.

Dee Spagnuolo L’03 (left) and partner Sasha Ballen have their hands full with three active children. Beau, 3 (on top); Elio, 6; and Marina, 6. Sagnuolo, a former Penn Law class president, and Ballen are fighting the State of Pennsylvania’s effort to revoke their marriage license. Photo by Carly Teitelbaum.

THE STORY HAS become something of a legend, told around the table every year at an annual chili supper for Penn Law’s gay and lesbian population that’s hosted by Dean of Students Gary Clinton and his partner, attorney Don Millinger L’79. It begins like many a hand-me-down tale: On a sleety, snowy February night in 1994, Clinton says he, Millinger and guests were ladling chili and passing around drinks when they noticed a fellow student peering through the front window. Sensing his hesitation to come in, Clinton threw on a jacket so he could go out to ask the straggler why he was waiting out in the cold.

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