September 24, 2012 |
He was the ultimate lawyer role model, a valiant fighter for human rights who battled against steep odds. The fondest hope of many young lawyers a generation ago was to be like the dashing Gregory Peck as he played Atticus Finch in the film To Kill a Mockingbird . Such was the case for Michael Fitts, dean of the University of Pennsylvania law school, who saw Finch as the embodiment of lawyerly ideals. To Fitts, Finch was a lawyer of incomparable decency, courage, and sure-handedness, as fine a lawyer prototype as you might want.
July 7, 2012 |
When images of Chinese students occupying Tiananmen Square in Beijing and the ensuing government crackdown began flashing across television screens in 1989, Amy Gadsden was simply a curious teenager who wanted to know more. The following year, she went with her father on a business trip to China. He was there to complete the sale of a Pennsylvania steel mill to a factory an hour and a half outside Beijing. She soon was captivated by the Chinese. The energy and dynamism of Chinese society and the sense that the country was on the cusp of historic change eventually helped launch a career that has taken Gadsden from academia to the State Department to a prominent non-governmental organization seeking to promote democracy in China.
March 12, 2012
The University of Pennsylvania law school on Monday officially dedicated a new courtroom at Golkin Hall that was funded by Philadelphia plaintiffs lawyers Thomas Kline and Shanin Specter, on behalf of their law firm, Kline & Specter P.C. The courtroom will be used for student education and includes the latest in courtroom technology, the law firm said. Golkin Hall, a newly constructed 40,000 square foot addition to the law school campus, itself will be officially dedicated April 5 at an event to be attended by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
February 28, 2012 |
Capping a two-year construction project, the University of Pennsylvania Law School plans to open a 40,000-square-foot building with a ceremony on April 5 attended by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. The $33.5 million project includes a 350-seat auditorium and courtroom. The building - named Golkin Hall for its lead donors, Penn graduates Perry Golkin and his wife, Donna - faces Sansom Street on Penn's West Philadelphia campus, and more closely connects the other main buildings at the law school, including Silverman Hall, its 110-year-old Georgian-style building, the university said.
August 27, 2011 |
Bernard Wolfman, 87, the University of Pennsylvania Law School dean from 1970 to 1975, died of heart failure Saturday, Aug. 20, while visiting a relative in West Orange, N.J. He resided in Cambridge, Mass. Michael A. Fitts, current Penn Law dean, wrote in an appreciation on the Penn Law website: "For more than 60 years, Bernie was a highly distinguished tax academic and expert - as well as a very loyal Penn alumnus. He will be greatly missed. " Mr. Wolfman went on to be Fessenden Professor of Law at Harvard Law School from 1976 to 2007.
April 13, 2011 |
After setting the table for Sheryl Crow in 2009 and having to endure the ignominy of opening for the Goo Goo Dolls last year, Philadelphia and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon band the Roots will finally get to headline its hometown July 4 celebration! Mayor Nutter announced the bill Tuesday morn for the free concert on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at the Art Museum. Along with the Roots, the lineup includes classic R&Bers Earth Wind & Fire , singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles , blue-eyed Doobie Brother Michael McDonald , British hip-hop soul singer Estelle , and, on the wheels of steel, Philadelphia's DJ Jazzy Jeff . Aaron Neville , whose Joe Henry -produced gospel album I Know I've Been Changed was one of the overlooked treasures of last year, and Philadelphia bass man Gerald Veasley will play Penn's Landing during the Taste of Philadelphia festival, which runs June 24-26.
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.
January 5, 2011 |
Finished with a 30-year career in the Senate, Arlen Specter will take his talents to the University of Pennsylvania's law school, Penn announced Tuesday. As an adjunct faculty member, Specter will teach an upper-level course on the relationship between Congress and the Supreme Court, beginning in fall 2011, Penn officials said. "It's a subject matter which could use a lot more understanding. And it's a subject which warrants additional study. Penn Law is a good place to do it," Specter, 80, said in an interview.
August 22, 2010 |
Evan Kohlmann had just settled into his seat on his first day of law school at the University of Pennsylvania on Sept. 11, 2001, when he was overcome with a sense of foreboding. Law school was going to be boring. The course that day was civil procedure, an arcane body of law laying out rules for courts hearing civil lawsuits. Very important stuff in the legal world, to be sure, but the start of the class only confirmed Kohlmann's sense, building for weeks, that legal studies really didn't interest him and that he had made a terrible mistake.
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.