June 9, 2016
The state of Delaware said Tuesday that it would phase in a new policy to treat all hepatitis C patients in its Medicaid program. States have been under pressure from the Obama Administration and lawsuits - in Delaware's case, Harvard Law School's Center for Health Law & Policy Innovation had threatened litigation - to abandon money-saving policies that limited treatment with effective but costly new medications to the sickest patients. More than three million Americans are estimated to be infected with hepatitis C, a bloodborne virus that may cause no symptoms for decades but is the leading cause of liver cancer and transplants.
December 22, 2015
Walter Leonard, 86, who designed an admissions process at Harvard University that led to more minority students, died this month. Mr. Leonard's wife, Betty Leonard, said he had complications from Alzheimer's disease. In 1971, Mr. Leonard was named as a special assistant to Harvard president Derek Bok. Mr. Leonard had already worked as an assistant dean at Harvard Law School, where he was credited with increasing the number of black, Latino, and female students. The admissions formula he created for the entire university included race or ethnicity as a plus, among other factors.
December 15, 2015 |
Mayor-elect Jim Kenney will formally announce the appointment of Sozi Pedro Tulante as Philadelphia's next city solicitor. An assistant U.S. Attorney since 2010, Tulante has been making the rounds at City Hall introducing himself as Kenney's intended pick for the position. Kenney will make his formal announcement at a City Hall news conference Monday. Tulante was born and spent most of his childhood in Zaire, now known as the Democratic Republic of Congo, before his family came to the United States as political refugees in 1983.
October 21, 2015 |
Joseph E. Irenas, 75, of Princeton, a senior U.S. judge for the district of New Jersey, died Friday, Oct. 16, at Cooper University Medical Center after a fall earlier in the week, the U.S. District Court for New Jersey has announced. A colleague, District Judge Robert B. Kugler, said in an interview that Judge Irenas "was absolutely dedicated to the District Court of New Jersey. " "He worked as hard as anybody," Kugler said. "He loved his job. He loved coming to court. " Kugler said he had known the judge for 23 years, going onto the bench shortly after Judge Irenas joined it 1992.
February 19, 2015 |
Theodore Ruger, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School since 2004, has been appointed dean of the law school, effective July 1. Ruger, 46, who teaches constitutional law and health-related law and regulation, succeeds Michael A. Fitts, who left in July to become president of Tulane University. Wendell Pritchett has been interim dean and will continue as a professor on the faculties of the law school and the Graduate School of Education. Pritchett, 50, taught at Penn Law from 2001 to 2009, when he left to become chancellor of Rutgers-Camden.
February 9, 2015 |
Crowded with Washington-bound commuters, the Track 5 platform beneath 30th Street Station was swept by a cold wind as Ron Levine stamped his feet and blew into his hands to stay warm. On this unusually icy November day last year, Levine, a prominent white-collar defense lawyer and a former prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia, and his colleague, Abe Rein, were on their way to the nation's capital. There, they would meet with other lawyers to fine-tune arguments in a Supreme Court case.
December 6, 2014 |
Jack C. Briscoe, 94, of Drexel Hill, a longtime Philadelphia lawyer and a professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania, died Monday, Dec. 1, of heart failure at the Sunrise of Granite Run senior living home in Media. Born in 1920 in Bradford, Pa., Mr. Briscoe was the son of an oil industry worker, Park H., and a homemaker, Gertrude. Mr. Briscoe graduated from Bradford High School in 1937 before attending the University of Pennsylvania. To help pay for the cost of tuition, Mr. Briscoe worked as a locomotive fireman on the Pennsylvania Railroad Seashore Line.
August 2, 2013 |
Former state Supreme Court Justice John E. Wallace Jr., who left the court after Gov. Christie refused to renominate him in 2010, has been chosen by Democratic legislative leaders to chair a committee that reviews ethics complaints against lawmakers. Wallace, a Gloucester County resident who was the only African American on the seven-member court, will replace Alan Rosenthal - a Rutgers University professor who died last month - as chairman of the Joint Legislative Committee on Ethical Standards.
July 2, 2012 |
David Maraniss reminds us that there is no substitute for primary-source reporting in his new book, Barack Obama: The Story. Last week, Maraniss told me that he spent nearly four years researching and writing the book, during which time he logged 50,000 miles, conducted close to 400 interviews, and searched libraries on three continents. The result is a biography of more than 600 pages that ends with Obama's acceptance to Harvard Law School. While Maraniss told me that his goal was not to vet the president's own memoir, many readers will be tempted to focus on the contradictions between The Story and Dreams From My Father.
May 20, 2012 |
In the earliest iteration of the Third Reich's Nuremberg Laws, people with three or four Jewish grandparents were classified as Jews and stripped of their livelihoods and property. Individuals with one or two Jewish grandparents were deemed to be "crossbreeds" who were entitled, under certain conditions, to less discriminatory treatment. Terrible? Of course. But recent events have demonstrated that America's academic community operates under an even more precise and exacting racial code.