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They came before the law school was really a law school and they blazed a remarkable trail. This edition of The Docket is dedicated to the Class of 2009, telling just a few stories about this extraordinary bunch of dreamers and doers, five years into their careers.
More than any member of the Class of 2009, Mike Lee has grabbed the media spotlight, gaining notice for his devastatingly effective advocacy in The Wall Street Journal and Al Jazeera, as well as local outlets like The Philadelphia Inquirer.
In 2006, a single goal drove Adria DeLaune, ’09, to ignore the doubts in her mind and leave the Mississippi River Delta, where all her friends, family and memories resided, to attend law school in Philadelphia.
In just five years, Josh Voss has managed to get his fingerprints on several extremely high-profile legal battles: Pennsylvania Sen. Jake Corman versus the NCAA, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia versus Obamacare’s contraceptive coverage mandate and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission versus the Office of Attorney General in a pay-to-play scheme, to name a few.
From May through November of 2014, Kandahar Air Field in Afghanistan served as Capt. Carlos Ramirez-Vazquez’s home office, where he served as chief of military justice – the lead prosecutor – for the U.S. Army’s 1st Cavalry Division.
As 1Ls, Shayna Cornell and David Gannone were in the same section, taking the same classes and absorbing the same foundation in torts, contracts and legal writing. A keen interest in criminal law had brought each of them to law school, and they eventually discovered a shared passion for the subject – and for each other.
If he were to go to law school all over again, Perry Liss, ’09, would do some things differently. Happily, there’s no need for a do-over; not only has Liss established a successful practice in Center City, he has made it to the SuperLawyers list of Rising Stars. Twice.
Find out what your fellow alums are up to now.