December 2, 1993 |
Six months ago it looked as if "Loony Lani" Guinier, the "Quota Queen," was about to exit the national stage in disgrace. Her old pal Bill Clinton had decided her views on race and voting rights were just too controversial for his administration. On June 3, five weeks after nominating Guinier to be assistant attorney general for civil rights, he yanked her nomination. That was her cue to disappear quietly, the way Zoe Baird and Kimba Wood had done before her. But Lani Guinier hasn't disappeared.
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.
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.
May 19, 1989 |
Law students at the University of Pennsylvania will be required to perform at least 70 hours of unpaid public service under a plan approved yesterday by the Penn Law faculty. The new graduation requirement, which will take effect with the entering class this fall, is the first of its kind at a major law school, according to Penn officials. "With the new pro bono program, we hope to foster the habit of public service as part of the professional life and responsibility of the lawyer by building it into the students' law school experience," said Robert H. Mundheim, Penn Law dean.
May 4, 1989 |
The University of Pennsylvania yesterday named Colin S. Diver, dean of the Boston University School of Law, to head its 750-student law school, one of the oldest and most prestigious in the nation. Diver's family was one of three profiled in J. Anthony Lukas' award-winning 1985 book, Common Ground, a social history of Boston school desegregation. Diver said he expects to assume the dean's post at Penn by Sept. 1. "I know the school well and I realize it is poised to really make a dramatic move in legal education," said Diver, 45, who was a visiting law professor at Penn five years ago. "I just see this as a glittering opportunity.
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.
December 20, 1988 |
Robert H. Mundheim, dean of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, will leave the school's top administrative post to return to full-time teaching at the law school next year. In a Dec. 11 letter to Penn President Sheldon Hackney, Mundheim, who has been dean since 1982, said there were "strong personal reasons" for his decision not to seek another term as dean when his seven-year term expires in February. "More importantly," he added, "I think the time is ripe to find new leadership which will be able to consolidate and extend the significant strides the law school has made in reasserting a leadership role in legal education.
July 19, 1988 |
Paul W. Bruton, 84, a former professor of constitutional law at the University of Pennsylvania and the first chairman of the Philadelphia Tax Review Board, died Saturday at Abington Memorial Hospital. Mr. Bruton began his teaching career at Penn Law School in 1937 as a visiting associate professor, specializing in constitutional law and federal taxation. He was named a full professor in 1939 and served as the school's acting dean in 1951-52. By the time he retired in 1974, Mr. Bruton had held two endowed chairs - the Ferdinand Wakeman Hubell chair and the Algernon Sidney Biddle chair - and he was the author, with two other scholars, of a major textbook on constitutional law. John Honnold, a former colleague at Penn Law, recalled Mr. Bruton for his intelligence, judgment and, above all, his sense of fairness.
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...
March 21, 1988 |
More than half the students enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania Law School have signed a petition protesting a recent faculty vote denying tenure to a popular assistant professor who is regarded as a national expert in jurisprudence. The professor, Drucilla Cornell, who has been teaching at Penn since 1983, plans to file a suit accusing the university of sex discrimination, breach of contract and denial of academic freedom if the tenure vote is not overturned, said Alice Ballard, her attorney.