September 16, 2016
ISSUE | ANIMAL CRUELTY Good move to ban circus elephants Kudos to N.J. Sen. Raymond J. Lesniak (D., Union) for sponsoring "Nosey's Law," named for a 34-year-old circus elephant ("Senate panel OKs ban on elephant acts," Wednesday). By banning circus elephants, this bill will protect animals and humans alike. Circus elephants are deprived of everything that is natural and important. While wild elephants can roam up to 30 miles daily, circus elephants spend endless hours - and even days - shackled.
August 28, 2016
By Jeffrey Rosen Yale University Press. 256 pp. $25. Reviewed by Chris Mondics Louis D. Brandeis was born and raised in Louisville, Ky., but the turning point in his life may have come in a German school. Because of the economic panic of 1873, his father, Adolph, saw his tobacco and textile business collapse, and he took the family back to Europe. (They had come to the United States 20 years earlier from Prague by way of Germany.) The family settled in Dresden. There, Louis was admitted to a realschule, essentially a trade school.
August 22, 2016 |
Richard H. Markowitz, 90, of Meadowbrook, a Philadelphia labor lawyer, died Sunday, Aug. 14, of renal failure at his home. Mr. Markowitz came from a family that immigrated to the United States from Austria-Hungary in the early 1880s. His father, Samuel H. Markowitz, who was born in Pottstown in 1892, became a Reform rabbi. Richard Markowitz grew up in Fort Wayne, Ind., and Elmira, N.Y. He graduated from the Elmira Free Academy in 1942. Although his college studies were interrupted by service in the Navy, he graduated from Yale University with a bachelor's degree in economics.
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.