Fall 1999

A Message from the Dean

A Discourse on Constitutional Law
The Journey of a Journal
On History and Heritage: John K. Castle
In Defense and Celebration of the First Amendment

Public Service at the Forefront
Lindback Adwardee: Bruce H. Mann
Snippets of History (1915 - 1951)
Celebrations: Alumni Reunion and Commencment

Faculty Notes
Alumni Briefs
In Memoriam

Penn Law

Bruce H. Mann, Professor of Law and History, was awarded the University of Pennsylvania's 1999 Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, Penn's highest recognition for teaching excellence. Only 8 Lindback Awards are given out each year among more than two thousand full-time University faculty.

Mann joined the Faculty of Law in 1987 from Washington University, St. Louis. At Penn Law, where he has excelled as a teacher of Legal History, Trusts and Estates, and Property, Professor Mann received the 1996 Harvey Levin Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching.

At Yale, he simultaneously earned a J.D. degree in law and a Ph.D. in history, focusing on early America - "anything later than 1787 is current events" he quips. In addition to numerous articles, reviews and comments written in the areas of history and wills, Mann is the author of "Neighbors and Strangers: Law and Community in Early Connecticut" (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1987), and is presenttly working on a book entitle "A Republic of Debtors: Failure in the Age of American Independence." He was co- editor of "The Many Legalities of Early America," which will be published by the University of North Carolina Press this fall.

Professor Mann began his teaching career at the University of Connecticut School of Law where he taught legal history, property, and trusts and estates. Soon, he accepted visiting professorships at the University of Houston, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Michigan, Princeton, and Harvard, endeavoring to coordinate his assignments with those of his wife, Elizabeth Warren. Warren is currently the Leo Gottlieb Professor of Law at Harvard, and - by her husband's account - "the country's leading academic expert on bankruptcy. She's a natural teacher, the finest Socratic teacher on the planet." Warren also won the Lindback and Levin awards while at Penn.

Today, as he commutes between his homes in Boston and Philadelphia, Professor Mann sees Penn as an exceptional place to teach: the students are able, and they come prepared to like law school - for Penn has the reputation of being a scholarly, humane place to study law. "The job of teaching," he comments, "is therefore not a job at all."

Another attraction for Mann is Penn Law's easy access to Philadelphias resources in early American history, which offer an unparalleled storehouse of riches in both history and law that "makes Penn the best place in the country to do what I do. For me, it's the academic equivalent of a gigantic toy store."

Perhaps Heidi Hurd, Professor of Law and Philosophy, put it best in her nomination of Mann for the Lindback: "The greatest gift that he has given to me and to many of my colleagues at the Penn Law School is the active philosophy that excellence in teaching is not a matter of being gifted; it can be accomplished by hard work, creative planning, and respect for the ideas and attitudes of students." One of this year's graduates commented that "if there was an Olympic Socratic teaching event, Mann would get a platinum medal." Penn Law is fortunate that Professor Mann considers the school his home, and the training ground for the Olympians of the 21" century.