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

Symposium
Faculty Notes
Alumni Briefs
In Memoriam

Penn Law

We trace the origins of that relationship to James Wilson, signer of the Declaration of Independence, framer of the Constitution, and member of the first Supreme Court. At the Constitutional Convention of 1787, Wilson was the most active member of the Committee of Detail that produced the first draft. In 1790, following his appointment as an Associate Justice of the first Supreme Court, he was appointed as the first Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania, then housed at Fourth and Arch Streets, a scant three blocks from Independence Hall. Not surprisingly, his inaugural lectures on aw cuse heavily on the role that the newly ratified Constitution should play in the legal framework and social evolution of the new Republic.

True to its history, Penn Law School remains a vibrant center for the study and teaching of constitutionallaw. In this issue of the journal we profile some of the people who preserve and strengthen this unique legacy today - people like Professors Matthew Adler, Frank Goodman, Seth Kreimer, Kim Lane Scheppele, and Barbara Bennett Woodhouse, who bring the Constitution to life on a daily basis in their teaching and scholarship; people like Law School Overseer John K. Castle, whose generosity made possible the creation of our new offices for the journal on Constitutional Law, and alumna Elizabeth J. Coleman whose work tests the strength of our commitment to equality and freedom of expression. We also profile some of the programs that enhance the legacy of constitutional studies at Penn, including our new Constitutional Law journal, our growing relationship to Philadelphia's National Constitution Center, and the role of the Law School in supporting the University's unfolding initiative in American Democratic and Constitutional Studies.


In a world crying out for greater protection of human dignity and liberty, the study of constitutionalism must occupy a central place on the political and social agenda, as well as the academic agenda. At Penn Law School we are proud of our unique inheritance and committed to fulfilling its promise.

Though our founding is anchored in history, our future promises bold new dimensions that are unfolding before our eyes each day at the Law School, as pictured on the opposite page. I am thrilled to take over the reins as Interim Dean from Colin Diver at a pivotal moment such as this. I am confident that the Dean Search Committee will bring our search for a new dean to a successful conclusion as soon as possible. In the meantime, Penn Law School will continue to move forward on the many initiatives that are already in place. The renovation of Silverman Hall in preparation for its rededication in November 2000 will restore our one hundred-year old building to its original glory. In addition, the construction of the high-tech Levy Conference Center in the former quarters of Sharswood Hall will be a vital symbol of our transition into the 21st Century. We begin the academic year with new students and new faculty who will seamlessly integrate into the rich fabric of our institution. As we honor our origins, I invite you to join with us at Penn Law in our energizing focus on the future.




Charles W. Mooney Jr, Dean