Wednesday, July 31, 2013 3:58 PM

Kilgore News: Penn Law Women Making News in IL, NC, CO, and PA...

Awards and Achievements: Jennifer Rosato L'87, Jessica Smith L'92

DeKalb, IL

Jennifer Rosato, L'87, Dean and Professor of Law at Northern Illinois University College of Law, was recently honored with the 2013 Vanguard Award from the Hispanic Lawyers Association. The Vanguard Award recognizes lawyers, judges, and institutions who champion diversity, making the legal profession more accessible to and reflective of the community at large. Appointed in July of 2009, Dean Rosato became only the second Latina law school dean in the nation.

To read more about Rosato and the Vanguard Award, please see:

Chapel Hill, NC:

Jessica Smith C'87, L'92, faculty member at the University of North Carolina's School of Government, was recently named a W.R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor by the Chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The professorship is awarded based on scholarly achievement. To read more about Smith, please see:

Professional Ventures: Nicole Seawell L'96 and Cindy Mahlberg L'06

Denver, CO

Alumnae Nicole Seawell L'96 and Cindy Mahlberg L'06 have partnered up to form Women in the Mix, a venture dedicated to inspiring and empowering women to thrive in work and life. They believe that "work-life balance" is a misnomer but that an individual, thriving "work-life mix" is an attainable reality. They believe that the mix is constantly changing and the support, tools, and resources to manage that mix must evolve as well.

Cindy and Nicole are currently undertaking a project that gathers stories from women who are in the mix of work and life. Through the stories – with a particular focus on practical perspective, tips, and everyday life – they hope that our community will find ways to continue or start thriving in their own lives.

To learn more, visit their website here:

New Hires: Alumnae Returning to Penn Law: Jennifer Leonard L'04, Felicia Lin L'08

Philadelphia, PA

Felicia Lin L'08 recently joined the Legal Practice Skills faculty here at Penn Law. Previously, she was a public defender at the Legal Aid Society in the Bronx. While at Penn Law, Felicia was a Toll Public Interest Scholar, a finalist in the Edwin R. Keedy Cup, and she co-founded and directed the Penn Law Prisoners' Legal Education Clinic.

Jennifer Leonard, L'04, recently started in her new role as the Director of the Center on Professionalism at Penn Law. Before returning to the law school, Jennifer served as the Chief of Staff for the City of Philadelphia Law Department, a full-service law office that provides civil legal representation to the Mayor's Office, City Council and dozens of other City departments and agencies. Prior to that, Jennifer was an associate with Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads in Philadelphia, where her practice focused on complex commercial litigation. After she graduated from Penn Law, Jennifer served as a law clerk to Justice Russell M. Nigro of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Congratulations to all, and welcome back, Felicia and Jennifer!

*As always, please send job opportunities, updates regarding promotions, awards received, or other accomplishments of Penn Law women, and any other relevant news items to

Corey Ellen Fulton L'07

Director of Alumni Relations

University of Pennsylvania Law School

3400 Chestnut Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104


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