Beginning on November 12, Penn Law will observe its second annual Veterans Week, a week of programming to engage and inform the Law School community about the experiences of veterans in the legal profession, and to honor veterans for their service. Within Penn Law’s student body, a number of students are veterans of the United States armed forces, including the Army, the Air Force, the Marine Corps, the Navy, and the Coast Guard, and of the militaries of other nations.
On Tuesday, November 13, the Penn Law Veterans Club will host a panel discussion and question and answer session, “I’m a Veteran AMA,” moderated by Penn Law Sharswood Fellow CDR (Ret.) Mark P. Nevitt W’97. Nevitt is the former Deputy Director of the Office of JAG Administrative Law Division and a former Naval Flight Officer.
To deliver the Veterans Week keynote address, Penn Law will welcome William McSwain, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (EDPA), on Wednesday, November 14. McSwain served as a U.S. Marine Corps infantry officer and scout/sniper platoon commander before embarking on a legal career. After graduating from law school, he spent several years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division of the EDPA U.S. Attorney’s office. McSwain later joined the Philadelphia office of the law firm of Drinker Biddle & Reath, where he was a partner specializing in white collar criminal matters and complex business litigation. He was sworn into his current position as U.S. Attorney in April 2018. His keynote address, “United We Stand: A Discussion with William M. McSwain,” will be held in the Fitts Auditorium and followed by a reception.
Finally, Thursday, November 15 is Penn Law’s annual Veterans Visit Day, when prospective applicants who have served in the armed forces can come to learn more about the Law School and meet with fellow veterans. The day will conclude with the Veterans Week Celebration BBQ, held in the Courtyard.
To learn more about veterans at the Law School and the work of the Penn Law Veterans Club, watch the video below.