Programs for Sep 1-30

September 6, Quarterback Luncheon – 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.
Alina Macneal is our Quarterback.

September 8, Thursday Luncheon Roundtable – 12:30 to 1:45 pm.
Speaker is Philip Wasielewski. His topic—The War in Ukraine and Its Possible Future Impacts on Russia.

Philip Wasielewski is a 2022 Templeton Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute.  He is a former Paramilitary Case Officer who had a 31-year career in the Directorate of Operations of the Central Intelligence Agency.  He was a member of the first CIA team into Afghanistan in 2001 and served a three-year assignment on the National Security Council staff as the Director for Intelligence and Covert Action programs.  His CIA career was paralleled by a concurrent 30-year Marine Corps career (7 years active duty and 23 reserve) as an infantry officer, including mobilizations for Afghanistan and Iraq. Mr. Wasielewski graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1983 with a BA in International Relations and European History. He holds an MA from Harvard’s Davis Center for Russian Studies and an MA in National Security Studies from the Army War College.

September 12, Monday Quarterback Luncheon – 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.
Ruth Morelli is our Quarterback.

September 15, Thursday Luncheon Roundtable – 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.
Speaker is Kermit Roosevelt III. His topic—The Nation That Never Was: Rereading Our Founding Documents.

Our current sociopolitical scene includes conflict over “the story of America,” and we see it everywhere: in personal relationships, in media, in school board meetings, in political campaigns, and in reactions to recent Supreme Court decisions. It’s an ideal time for Kermit Roosevelt to reconsider our founding stories in his newest book The Nation That Never Was: Reconstructing America’s Story, published in June by University of Chicago Press. At this Roundtable, he will outline the argument of the book, that our American values come less from the Declaration of Independence and the Revolution than from the Civil War, the Gettysburg Address, and the promise of Reconstruction. He will also connect this argument to current legal and political issues, including Supreme Court reform.

Kermit Roosevelt teaches constitutional law, conflict of laws, and creative writing at Penn’s Law School. He has published several books in these fields. The Myth of Judicial Activism (Yale University Press, 2008) sets out standards by which citizens can determine whether the Supreme Court is abusing its power to interpret the Constitution. He is also the author of two novels, In the Shadow of the Law and Allegiance. Roosevelt was selected by the American Law Institute as the Reporter for the Third Restatement of Conflict of Laws, and he served on the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court. Before joining the Penn faculty, he clerked for Supreme Court Justice David Souter and practiced appellate litigation in Chicago.

September 19, Monday Quarterback Luncheon – 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.
Tom Tropp is our Quarterback.

September 23, Friday Club Dinner, starting with cocktails at 5:30 p.m.
Speaker is Jonathan Feinberg. His topic—Civil Rights Law, in Practice.

When friends and family want to talk about his work, Jonathan Feinberg knows he can expect questions on how he decides what cases to take in his civil rights practice. For us, he will share his answers, rooted in his understanding of the legal, economic, administrative, and political interests and constraints that steer civil litigators in their pursuit of timely and high-profile issues.

For the past 20 years, Jonathan Feinberg has worked with the nationally recognized Philadelphia law firm of Kairys, Rudovsky, Messing, Feinberg & Lin, focusing on civil rights and criminal defense practice. He specializes in cases involving wrongful convictions and prosecutions of innocent persons, denial of adequate medical and mental health care to incarcerated persons, and governmental abuse of persons in the US immigration system. He regularly serves as consultant and cocounsel for public-interest groups such as ACLU of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Innocence Project, and the Nationalities Service Center, and he is vice president of the National Police Accountability Project, a nonprofit founded by the National Lawyers Guild to promote the accountability of law enforcement officers and their employers for violations of laws and the Constitution. He is a frequent lecturer on civil rights law and criminal defense practice in continuing legal education courses and as an adjunct instructor at Penn’s Carey Law School, from which he graduated summa cum laude in 2001.

September 26, Monday Quarterback Luncheon – 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.
Palmer Hartl is our Quarteback. 

September 29, Thursday Luncheon Roundtable – 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.
Speaker is Charles McMahon. He will focus on Tom Stoppard’s Travesties (further information to come).