October 8, 2013 |
Most of the time, the usual order of business for members of the Supreme Court is that they are approached gingerly by supplicant lawyers arguing their cases. They - members of the court, that is - are the ones who get to ask the questions during oral argument. But for a few days last week, the order was reversed when Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy visited the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He taught a class on constitutional law, huddled with faculty, and engaged in an hour-long conversation with law school dean Michael A. Fitts before about 100 faculty, students, and lawyers.
April 24, 1988 |
The venerable University of Pennsylvania Law School has been thrust into controversy over its academic ranking, its loss of top-flight faculty members, its tenure practices and what some critics regard as its tilt toward commercial and corporate law. Almost everyone familiar with the school agrees that the institution, which traces its history to 1790, remains one of the nation's premier centers for the study of law. But many among Penn's status-conscious...
January 25, 2013 |
The dean of Pennsylvania State University's Dickinson School of Law has announced he will step down effective July 31 to take a position at Peking University, Penn State said Thursday. Philip J. McConnaughay, who also was founding dean of Penn State's School of International Affairs, will become dean of Peking's School of Transnational law in Shenzhen, China, beginning Aug. 1. McConnaughay has led the law school, now with locations at both University Park and Carlisle, since 2002.
February 4, 2011 |
During the hunt for U.S. communists after World War II, John O. Honnold Jr. was one of eight University of Pennsylvania law professors who signed a statement against the proposed Subversive Activities Control Act of 1948. During the Democratic National Convention in Chicago in 1968, Mr. Honnold was a Delaware County delegate who later accused the Chicago police of reacting violently to street demonstrations there. Yet Mr. Honnold was better known for something less eye-catching but more far-reaching.
April 3, 2009 |
Rutgers University yesterday named a University of Pennsylvania Law School professor the next chancellor of Rutgers University-Camden. Wendell E. Pritchett, 44, was Mayor Nutter's policy director and deputy chief of staff last year before returning to Penn, where he teaches property, land use, and urban policy. He also is president of the Philadelphia Housing Development Corp. and vice chairman of the Redevelopment Authority of Philadelphia. Pritchett will start at Rutgers on June 30. As chancellor, he will be chief executive officer of Rutgers-Camden, which has an annual budget of $50 million, according to the university.
March 13, 2004 |
Stephen B. Burbank's voice-mail greeting at the University of Pennsylvania last weekend informed callers that the law professor was on vacation, providing the number of a Southern California beach resort to call "in case of emergency. " Then came the emergency - the San Francisco 49ers traded Terrell Owens to the Baltimore Ravens instead of to the Eagles - and everyone called. On Monday, the NFL Players Association dusted off a seldom-used article in its labor contract with the league, requesting that an impartial "special master" review the Owens situation.
July 24, 1989 |
The assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in April 1968 was a turning point for Colin Diver, a young, idealistic student who was just finishing his final year at Harvard Law School. Ranked near the top of his class of 550, Diver had accepted a lucrative job offer from a prestigious Washington law firm. But in the aftermath of Dr. King's death, he decided to take a lower-paying job as an aide to Boston Mayor Kevin White, who would give him an opportunity to work on some of urban America's most pressing social problems.
November 12, 1993 |
Lani Guinier came here last night to set the record straight. The former Clinton Justice Department nominee, who was derided for several weeks in the spring as a "race-obsessed" radical, anti-democratic "Loony Lani" and the "Quota Queen," said she was none of those things. Instead, Guinier told a receptive audience on the Widener University campus, she was smeared and her ideas were vilified because she was doing something politically and socially unthinkable in America - talking frankly about race and justice and ways to empower minority voters.
February 10, 1989 |
The story you are reading will be carefully cut out by Raymond F. Trent. He will put it in a file, perhaps next to a bibliography of articles on Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall or an audio tape of musician Hugh Masakela or a dissertation on black lawyers in Chicago. Its inclusion will be carefully penned into a blue notebook, of which there are many. And there it will rest, with thousands of other items, either in his Lindenwold apartment or in cramped quarters at the University of Pennsylvania's Biddle Law Library.
February 23, 1995 |
Every once in a while, the University of Pennsylvania Law School's student newspaper, a stolid monthly tabloid, takes a stab at satire. Last week, it tried again, with a spoof aimed at a respected associate dean. Nobody laughed. Instead, the brief article - an off-color, fictionalized list of the "Top Ten Things Students Missed Seeing Associate Dean Heidi Hurd Do at the Faculty X-Mas Party" - sent the law school into high dudgeon. Nearly two dozen professors, including Dean Colin Diver, called on all 22 members of the paper's staff to either resign or publicly disavow the "insulting and sexist" piece.