Friday, August 01, 2014 2:18 PM

10 Job Opps/Fellowships (FL, NYC, DC, PA) + Alumnae Crawford L'05, Griesing L'81, Mathes L'71, Sparks L'04, Valihura L'88, and Xiong L'05, and More...

Friday, August 1, 2014

Alumnae Notes

Allison Dale Burroughs L'88
President Obama has nominated Burroughs, currently a partner at Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP in Boston, to serve on the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.  She previously served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney (in both the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and later in the District of Massachusetts) and began her career as a law clerk for fellow alumna Judge Norma Shapiro L'51 in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Carla Crawford L'05
Crawford, currently Associate General Counsel at Sotheby's, recently married and had her wedding covered by the New York Times, in a story that discusses how the "Ivy-educated, corporate lawyer from Manhattan" met her now-spouse in Panama while she was traveling with friends and he was working for the Peace Corps.

Fran Griesing L'81

The law firm founded by Griesing in 2010, Griesing Law, LLC, has been named a finalist in both the " Law Firm of the Year" and " Service Firm of the Year" awards categories for Philadelphia SmartCEO's Power Player Awards. Griesing and her firm will be profiled in the September/October issue of SmartCEO magazine prior to the awards presentation on September 11, 2014 at the National Museum of American Jewish History.

Michele Marshall Mathes L'71
Mathes, currently the Development Coordinator of the Pennsylvania Senior Medical Patrol Project and an Adjunct Faculty member lecturing in the areas of health law, ethics, and human rights at Drexel University and St. Joseph's University, co-authored the recently published Nurse's Law: Legal Questions and Answers for the Practicing Nurse, a guide that examines legal issues including scope of practice, informed consent, negligence, and confidentiality.

Laura Sparks L'04
Sparks was named Executive Director of the William Penn Foundation, Philadelphia's largest foundation, with a focus on improving the quality of life in the Greater Philadelphia region through efforts that include closing the achievement gap for low-income children, ensuring a sustainable environment, and advancing philanthropy.  She previously served as the chief philanthropy officer for the William Penn Foundation.

Karen Knox Valihura L'88
Valihura, a longtime partner in Skadden's Wilmington office, was recently confirmed and sworn in as a Delaware Supreme Court Justice, making her only the second woman ever to sit on the Delaware Supreme Court.  Her Class of 1988 Penn Law classmate and Chief Justice Leo Strine lauded Valihura and her confirmation, stating "Don't let her kind and soft-spoken demeanor fool you.  Karen's tough."   Another fellow soft-spoken-but-tough female jurist, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, also sent along a letter of congratulations that was read during Valihura's swearing in ceremony. 

ThaoMee Xiong L'05
ThaoMee recently received the 2014 Leaders in Public Policy Award in the Public Policy Achievement category. She and her fellow honorees were selected by a bi-partisan panel for the significant contributions they've made toward Minnesota's political, public policy, or civic environment during the state's current fiscal year and 2014 legislative session. Read more about Xiong and her instrumental work in helping Homes for All Alliance secure $100 million in new money for affordable housing here.


Job Opportunities
Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Executive Director (New York, NY)
For more details and information on how to apply, please click here.

Florida Public Policy Institute, Founding Executive Director (Florida - requiring substantial time in Tallahassee)
For more details and information on how to apply, please click here.

NYC Law Department's Office of the Corporation Counsel, Assistant Corporation Counsel, Office of the Counsel to the Mayor (New York, NY)

Two positions available. For more details and information on how to apply, please click here.

University of Pennsylvania Law School (Philadelphia, PA)
For more details about the following positions and information on how to apply, please click the links below:

USAID Democracy Fellows and Grants Program (Washington, DC)
Deadline: Tuesday, August 5, 2014. For more details on the following two fellowships and information on how to apply, please click the links below:

In the News

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Interview with Katie Couric (Yahoo! News 7/31/14) 
In a rare interview, the Supreme Court justice discusses life on the bench, her Hobby Lobby dissent, her thoughts about retirement, and more.  Click here for the full interview.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Digs That Whole Notorious R.B.G. Thing (Washington Post, 7.31.14)
Relatedly, RBG's thoughts on her new status as a pop culture figure can be found here.  The Tumblr website that launched the Notorious R.B.G. meme can be found here.  (The nickname is a play on the stage name of this late entertainer.)

What's Behind the Arrests of Mothers for Leaving Their Children Unattended? (U.S. News & World Report, 7.31.14)
"Escalating punishment of poor and low-income mothers is really blaming them for the risks their children face instead of tackling the institutional and systemic failures in terms of taking of children" says jointly-appointed Penn/Penn Law faculty member Dorothy Roberts, the George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology and the Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of  Civil Rights.  Read the full article here.

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