Dickinson School Of Law Alumni Chapter Dinner
The Northeast Pennsylvania Chapter of the alumni association of Penn State Dickinson Law held its 44th annual dinner at The Woodlands Inn and Resort, Plains Twp., May 22. It also celebrated the 185th anniversary of the founding of Dickinson Law, one of the oldest law schools in the country, and the oldest in Pennsylvania. Attorney Jeffrey Yelen, Class of 1997, was re-elected president of the chapter at the dinner. The chapter presented its Outstanding Alumni Award to Dean Gary S. Gildin. He is a 1976 graduate of Stanford Law School. After three years in private practice, he joined the faculty of Dickinson Law in 1979, and has continued to serve the law school since. Throughout his career at the law school, he has maintained his connection to the practice of law, engaging in pro-bono litigation on behalf of persons alleging infringement on their constitutional rights. He is the Honorable G. Thomas and Anne G. Miller Chair in Advocacy and the director of the Miller Center for Public Interest Law and Advocacy. In 2013, Gildin was appointed interim dean, and in 2016, he was appointed dean of Dickinson Law. During his term as dean, he has headed the law school’s push to develop an innovative curriculum. He will be stepping down this year from his position as dean, but will remain on the Dickinson Law faculty. First row, from left, are Zygmunt Bialkowski, Hon. Joseph Saporito Jr., Hon. Michael Eakin, Sandor Yelen, Dean Gary Gildin, Jeffrey Yelen, Shandra Kisailus, Dean Laura Williams, and Kelly Rimmer. Second row: Hon. Gregory Chelak, Hon. Matthew Brann, Michael McDonald, Hon. Peter Olszewski, David Schwager, Hon. Charles Dominick, Bekah Saidman-Krauss, Hon. Carmen Minora, Michael Yelen, and Arthur Piccone.