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 Anuncia Donecia Songsong

Manglona Lab

for Gender and Economic Equity




What We Do



The Anuncia Donecia Songsong Manglona Lab for Gender and Economic Equity at Penn State Law creates opportunities for Penn State Law students to learn about the past and present of gender and economic equity in law. Students contribute to Manglona Lab's economic equity research initiatives, litigation matters, and externships. In the Lab's litigation clinic, the faculty and students of Manglona Lab represent primarily appellate plaintiffs seeking economic justice in the courts.  Manglona Lab externships match (and financially sponsor) PSL students working with organizations focused on gender equity legal work for course credit. If you are a Penn State Law student interested in spending a semester in a gender equity externship, please contact Prof. Bethany Schols. Manglona Lab litigation initiatives and a co-curricular clinical class will launch in January 2022.






Our History

The Manglona Lab at Penn State Law was founded in February 2021 with an endowed gift from hacker and entrepreneur Katie Moussouris, the daughter of Anuncia Donecia Songsong Manglona, through the Pay Equity Now Foundation to honor the memory of her late mother, Anuncia Donecia Songsong Manglona, who faced her own struggles with gender and racial discrimination during her career as a Chamorro scientist working on in vitro fertilization and stem cell research.



How You Can Help

The Manglona Lab is supported through donations of all sizes. If you would like to support our mission, please donateThe Manglona Lab hopes to expand its offerings to include entrepreneurship services. If you would like to make an endowed gift to support this expansion or to otherwise financially assist with a targeted expansion of the Lab's services, please contact the Manglona Lab's faculty director, Prof. Andrea Matwyshyn at


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                               Our Work

Manglona Lab's work is divided into three efforts: 

(1) The Manglona Lab clinic: The clinic is focused on gender equity litigation and offers experiential learning opportunities for students. If you are interested in learning more about working with the Manglona Lab on your appellate case, a potential client intake form will be available after November 1, 2021. 

(2) Research on gender equity in tech: The research component works in collaboration with the
Penn State PILOT lab to advance the state of the art of knowledge on economic drivers of technology entrepreneurship equity, and

(3) Community outreach/ public education/ policy development: The community outreach component includes
- the Manglona Fellows program, which supports externship opportunities for PSL students interested in working with organizations committed to gender equity and economic justice
- the Barbara Nachtrieb Armstrong Award, which supports faculty and students during periods of public service positions where their work impacts law and policy related to gender equity and technology 
- various initiatives aimed at enhancing business literacy among aspiring technology entrepreneurs.  




The Founding Faculty Director of Manglona Lab is Prof. Andrea Matwyshyn

The Managing Executive Director of Manglona Lab is
Prof. Bethany Schols.

Affiliated faculty:
Prof. Margaret Hu
Prof. Dara Purvis
Prof. Alexandra Staub 
Prof. Michele Vollmer

The Manglona Lab is a sister effort to the Penn State PILOT lab

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Professor Schols is the inaugural Executive Director of the Anuncia Donecia Songsong Manglona Lab for Gender and Economic Equity. Prior to her employment at the law school, Professor Schols was an accomplished litigator, practicing for over 20 years in Chicago, in trial and appellate complex commercial litigation, as well as federal employment discrimination and harassment matters. She was a partner at Dykema Gossett, and then in 2010, joined Hardt Stern & Kayne as a partner to lead their litigation team. Among other accomplishments, Professor Schols obtained a rare Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversal involving the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. She is active as a volunteer advocate for women’s rights and gender equity, and has, throughout her career, volunteered as a mock trial judge and moot court judge for various programs.



If you have questions about Manglona Lab, please contact Prof. Bethany Schols. 
To support our work through a gift, please access our
"Donate" page.