Each year, Penn Law’s Leo Model Foundation Government and Public Affairs Initiative Visitors Program invites leading policy and government experts to the Law School. Visitors are current or former government officials, policy makers, and lawyers, who enrich the intellectual life of the community by sharing their expertise and on-the-ground perspective on law and policy with students and faculty. Visitors teach seminars, deliver guest lectures, engage in career conversations with students, and are integrated into the law school community during their time on campus.
Distinguished Policy Fellows are current or former senior-level policy makers and government officials, such as former elected officials or top political appointees at the head of government agencies, and Policy Fellows are accomplished current or former policy makers, government officials, lawyers, and other high-level government staff. The Fellows are active participants in their own communities and here at Penn Law.
This year’s Visiting Policy Fellows are Sozi Pedro Tulante, Ilana Eisenstein L’04, and Joshua Wright.
Sozi Pedro Tulante, Policy Fellow
Tulante spent over two years as the City Solicitor for the City of Philadelphia. As Solicitor, he and his staff represented the City in all lawsuits, advised the Mayor, City Council, and all departments, agencies, and commissions of the City. He also managed the 215 lawyers of the Philadelphia Law Department. During his tenure, he started the Department’s affirmative litigation practice, which filed innovative lawsuits in state and federal courts, including against Attorney General Jeff Sessions to challenge his efforts to withhold critical federal funds from Philadelphia based on the claim that it is a “sanctuary city.”
Before joining the City, Tulante spent five years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the US Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia, where he represented the government in criminal investigations and prosecutions in narcotics and white-collar matters alongside the IRS, DEA, and FBI, and other federal law-enforcement agencies. Prior to entering government service, he was a partner at Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller in Philadelphia. He began his legal career as an associate at Goodwin Procter LLP in Boston and then clerked for the late Honorable Reginald C. Lindsay of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.
He has received multiple awards, including in 2018 from the Barristers Association of Philadelphia (the Honorable William F. Hall award), the Philadelphia Inquirer (as one of “25 Legal Influencers”), and the Legal Intelligencer (as one of three finalists for the “Attorney of the Year”).
Tulante is also currently a Lecturer-in-Law at Penn Law and a Fellow at Perry World House. He is teaching and serving as a resource for students interested in federal and local government work. He has also hosted a number of guest speakers in his class, including US Attorney Bill McSwain. Outside of Penn he is doing work advocating for refugees.
Ilana Eisenstein L’04, Policy Fellow
Eisenstein is currently a partner at DLA Piper after spending three years as Assistant to the Solicitor General in the US Department of Justice, where she briefed and argued extensively before the US Supreme Court. She also advised the Solicitor General regarding federal appellate litigation on civil, criminal, and administrative law matters.
Before joining the Office of the Solicitor General, Eisenstein served as an Assistant US. Attorney in the District of Delaware for eight years. While there, she was the lead attorney on more than 100 cases and tried 11 jury trials to verdict. She was involved in a wide array of cases, including a three-year pharmaceutical pricing investigation, securities and financial fraud investigations, and cases involving bank and tax fraud.
Earlier in her career, Eisenstein clerked for Judge Edward R. Becker of the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and she was awarded a one-year Bristow Fellowship with the US Office of the Solicitor General.
This year at Penn Law, Ilana sat on an alumni panel as part of Public Interest Week in October and was a guest lecturer in Appellate Law and Sentencing. She has also held career one-on-one meetings with students. Outside of Penn, she was recently in the news for her work on a local immigration case.
Joshua Wright, Distinguished Policy Fellow
On January 1, 2013, the U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed Professor Wright as a member of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), following his nomination by President Obama to that position. He served as a Commissioner until Fall 2015, when he rejoined Scalia Law School as a full-time member of the faculty.
Wright is a leading scholar in antitrust law, economics, intellectual property, and consumer protection, and has published more than 70 articles and book chapters, co-authored a leading antitrust casebook, and edited several book volumes focusing on these issues. He also served as Co-Editor of the Supreme Court Economic Review, a Senior Editor of the Antitrust Law Journal, and an Editor of the International Review of Law and Economics. Wright’s teaching and interests include Antitrust, Contracts, Law and Economics, the intersection of Intellectual Property and Antitrust, and Quantitative Methods.
He previously served the FTC in the Bureau of Competition as its inaugural Scholar-in-Residence from 2007 to 2008, where he focused on enforcement matters and competition policy. His return to the FTC as a Commissioner marked his fourth stint at the agency, after having served as an intern in both the Bureau of Economics and Bureau of Competition in 1997 and 1998, respectively.
Wright received his JD from UCLA in 2002, his PhD in economics from UCLA in 2003, and graduated with honors from the University of California, San Diego in 1998. He is a member of the California Bar.
On December 5, Wright will be at the Law School for a panel on “Hot Topics in Antitrust,” presented by Penn Law’s Center for Technology, Innovation & Competition and the Leo Model Foundation. Wright will also return to campus in the spring to engage further with students and faculty.