September 19, 2014 |
In one of the largest gifts ever to a U.S. law school, Drexel University said Wednesday that Philadelphia trial lawyer Thomas R. Kline would give the eight-year-old school $50 million to bolster its effort to reach the top ranks of legal education. Drexel president John A. Fry said the money would be used to fund scholarships, add faculty, and expand the law school's trial-advocacy program, which provides training for lawyers who plan to focus on courtroom practice. Included in the gift is the former Beneficial Saving Fund Society building at 12th and Chestnut Streets, an imposing Classical Revival-style structure that has been vacant since 2001 and that will house the law school's Institute for Trial Advocacy.
April 28, 2014 |
CAMDEN When Phoebe Haddon decided her Temple law students needed a better understanding of the complex legal history of inequality, she set about creating her own course. "It came out of a conversation we'd been having for a while: That our students didn't have a strong sense of history in terms of race relations and inequality issues," said Theresa Glennon, a professor at Temple's Beasley School of Law who helped start "Seminar on Race and Ethnicity: Law, History, and Equality. " "We created all the materials ourselves, so it was really great to work with her on that," Glennon said.
April 3, 2014 |
District Attorney Seth Williams on Tuesday led the first of a series of forums to improve relations between law enforcement and the lesbian and gay community in Philadelphia. The focus of the forum, held at the District Attorney's Office, was safety and crime prevention, but it reflected a trend in law enforcement to better serve and be sensitive to the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community. The Police Department recently established a policy to be more respectful to people who are transgendered.
March 12, 2014 |
G. Bradley Rainer, 66, a respected Center City lawyer and a teacher at Temple University School of Law, died Wednesday, March 5, of cancer at his home in Philadelphia. Mr. Rainer was known as a man who was whip-smart and honest, but also genial and unassuming. Secretaries liked to field his calls, reporting that "G. Brad" was on the line. His specialty was estate and trust work, although he also practiced business law in the six years he was a partner with Reger Rizzo & Darnall L.L.P.
July 18, 2013 |
New Jersey educators are getting lessons in police interrogation techniques and how to tell whether someone is lying - even if they are only in elementary school - as the stakes have increased in the crackdown on bullying. More than 500 teachers, counselors, and administrators completed training sessions this spring with state and outside experts - including a state police sergeant - that included detailed investigation and "interview" techniques. (One suggestion: Never say interrogation .)
May 20, 2013 |
As a female student in the male-dominated law school culture of the early 1970s, Eve Biskind Klothen had such a terrible time that she figured she would leave, go into public-interest law, and never return to academia. She could not have expected that she would join Rutgers School of Law-Camden, she says, serving as assistant dean for pro bono and public-interest programs. Klothen, 62, will retire in June after 11 years overseeing a pro bono program that has expanded and become, colleagues say, an expected and important part of students' experience.
March 7, 2013
Can't rewrite voting rights history How dare Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia characterize the Voting Rights Act of 1965 as a racial entitlement? If voting, the most fundamental and central right in our democracy, can be described as an entitlement, then it's an American entitlement granted to all citizens ("Voting rights are still vulnerable," Feb. 28). The racial aspects of the Voting Rights Act arise entirely from the concerted efforts of states to deny that American entitlement solely on the basis of race - not on the wishes of the federal government to bestow extra rights upon minorities.
March 2, 2013 |
NEWARK, N.J. - Rutgers University is exploring a plan to merge its two law schools by 2014, president Robert L. Barchi announced Thursday at a board of governors meeting. The separately accredited schools in Newark and Camden would combine under one Rutgers banner, with a single faculty, student body, and admissions process. Faculties at both schools voted unanimously in late January to support the idea. "I strongly and heartily support to move forward with a concept that would bring the law schools at Rutgers together," Barchi told the board Thursday.
December 5, 2012 |
Kathleen Wilkinson has made a career litigating disputes over matters as varied as employment law and construction accidents. Now she is about to take over as chancellor of the 13,000-member Philadelphia Bar Association, a task that arguably is as demanding as representing a corporate client in a high-stakes lawsuit. But, given the complexity of Philadelphia's legal community, it is also a role that requires a measure of political skill. Wilkinson, who will give her inaugural address Tuesday at the bar association's annual meeting and luncheon, says fast-paced changes in the legal profession have imposed a changed agenda on the group.