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BUSINESS
June 24, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Listening to bankers - the local kind - Penn Law professor David Skeel , a historian of bankruptcy, "corporate shaming," and other questions of money and morals, hears two almost contradictory complaints: They feel "hammered" by tighter federal rules - while big nationwide banks, which have more resources to keep regulators at bay, are lending too much. "They are making no-document loans again, and lending to people who shouldn't be borrowing. " So says the author of The New Financial Deal (2010)
NEWS
April 19, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Alice Belew Lonsdorf, 89, of Gladwyne, a former assistant dean for alumni affairs at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a tireless civic leader, died Thursday, April 10, of pulmonary fibrosis at her home in Waverly Heights. "She was entertaining visitors and going to meetings until a week ago," said her son, George. "She was fierce about maintaining her activities until she couldn't. " A Fort Worth, Texas, native, Mrs. Lonsdorf graduated at age 19 from the University of Texas with a bachelor's degree in fine arts.
NEWS
February 14, 2014 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Michael Fitts was appointed dean of the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2000, legal education, like the profession itself, was at the beginning of a years-long boom. Hiring at firms exploded and pay at the most sought-after law firms reached stratospheric levels - starting salaries of $145,000 a year in Philadelphia, and higher in New York, Washington, and Los Angeles. Firms made fortunes charging out young, inexperienced lawyers at rates that fueled burgeoning profits.
BUSINESS
February 6, 2014 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
Michael A. Fitts, dean of the University of Pennsylvania law school since 2000, has been named president of Tulane University in New Orleans and will take over there July 1. Penn made the announcement late Tuesday afternoon, praising Fitts' leadership of the law school during a time of significant academic change. "Mike Fitts is an inspired choice to become the next president of Tulane University," Penn president Amy Gutmann said. "He is a skilled and strategic leader whose vision has propelled Penn Law to ever greater heights.
BUSINESS
October 8, 2013 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
April 25, 2013
CRAIG HETHERINGTON, a 44-year-old Bedford County trucker, held a sign reading, "Pat Toomey, You Are Fired. " Kay Hartman, a Mifflin County "tea-party patriot old enough to be wise," carried a large white flag featuring a black AK-47 over the words "Come and Take It. " Another woman held a sign: "Gun Control is False Hope; Jesus Christ is the True Hope. " And a bearded man wearing a "Don't Tread on Me" red vest held a sign: "We Come Unarmed (this time). " Welcome to the Pennsylvania gun club.
NEWS
January 25, 2013 | By Susan Snyder, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
BUSINESS
September 24, 2012 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
July 7, 2012 | By Chris Mondics and Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
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