In March a group of 49 University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) law students had the privilege of touring Israel for one week, and conducted meetings with local business, government, and legal leaders, of which Greenberg Traurig was proud to be a part. The group of UPenn students included, 1-L, 2-L, and 3-L law students, as well as international LLMs. The participating students were chosen from dozens of applicants and consisted of student leaders pursuing careers in government, corporate law, litigation, and public interest. One of the components of the trip was to introduce students to local business leaders and expose them to Israel’s innovative business environment.

Being a group of law students, there was special excitement about meetings with legal leaders such as Israeli Supreme Court Justice Esther Hayut, as well as a meeting with both Israeli and Palestinian political negotiators and hearing about the different approaches taken on conflict resolution. Among the many legal and business meetings the students attended was a reception hosted by Greenberg Traurig, where the students had a chance to meet some of the firm’s attorneys and to hear from UPenn Law School alumnus and operating shareholder of the firm’s Tel Aviv office, Joey Shabot, who spoke about the legal environment in Israel, how an international firm operates in Israel, the firm’s international platform, and other related topics. Joey hosted a Q&A session in which the students asked about the different aspects of practicing law and professional life in Israel. The group also kicked off Purim festivities with the GT team with the help of Purim accessories and sweets (with maybe a little something to drink).