University Mourns the Loss of Jonathan Lumpkin, Penn Law Class of 2020

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Dean Theodore Ruger, Law School
Dr. Valarie Swain-Cade McCoullum, Vice Provost for University Life
on behalf of President Amy Gutmann and Provost Wendell Pritchett

January 16, 2018

Dear members of the Penn Law community,

We write to share the sad and painful news that Jonathan Lumpkin L’20 died suddenly today in residence at Sansom Place East. Our hearts are heavy, and we extend our deepest sympathies to Jonathan’s family and friends.

We want members of the Law School community to know that Penn Law, and Penn, are here to support you at this very difficult time.

Jonathan, 25, was a 1L returning from a leave of absence. He began his law studies in the fall of 2015. He was from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Jonathan majored in history, political science, and philosophy at the University of New Orleans, graduating summa cum laude. His mother shared that he had long dreamed of becoming a lawyer.

A support session for the Law School community will take place tomorrow, January 17, at noon at the Law School, in S-147.

We know that grief can affect people in various ways. Now and always, Penn stands with you, and we want to comfort you. We urge you to use the resources below if you need support.



If you want to talk to someone:

Law School Student Affairs: 215-746-3889. (Dimitri Islam will be in the Law School Student Affairs office throughout tonight to talk with students, in addition to office hours during the week.)

Counseling and Psychological Services (215-898-7021; 3624 Market St., first floor) is available to all students. Any student can speak to a trained clinician immediately by walking into CAPS during business hours or calling 215-898-7021 any time. A CAPS clinician has office hours for Penn Law students Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., in the Biddle Law Library 410.

The University Chaplain's Office (215-898-8456; 240 Houston Hall) provides pastoral support, informal advising, and counseling to students in need of care and comfort, “to be a shoulder, to be an ear, to be a friend, to be a fellow sojourner, to be an advocate, and a faithful presence.” The Chaplain’s Office works with faith communities and campus ministers who also provide spiritual support. Students of all faiths are warmly welcomed.

The Division of Public Safety's HELP line (215-898-HELP/215-898-4357) is a 24/7 service that connects Penn students, staff, faculty, and families with appropriate resources.

Faculty or staff on campus whom you know and trust can offer support.

If you don't feel well:
Student Health Service (215-746-3535; 3535 Market St., first floor) offers comprehensive primary care, including services to help you eat well, sleep well, and reduce stress.

If you aren't sure where to go or you're concerned about a friend:
​​​​​​​Student Intervention Services (215-898-6081; 3611 Locust Walk) supports students in crises, helps students access resources, and responds to concerns about students' well-being.

The Division of Public Safety's HELP line (215-898-HELP/215-898-4357) is a 24/7 service that connects Penn students, staff, faculty, and families with appropriate resources.

Again, we urge you to reach out to any of the above resources or to us if you need support.