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There is no greater measure of success in development and fundraising than the effective and generous leadership of volunteers who give of their philanthropic resources, their energy and expertise, and their time. Behind every gift to Penn Law, there are numerous relationships that impact our donors' motivation to give generously. We are proud and grateful to highlight some of our volunteers and the donors they inspired by their leadership.

Major Gifts

Richard D'Avino W'77, L'80 and Pamela J. Murphy L'79

In honor of his 20th Class Reunion, Richard D'Avino and fellow graduate and spouse, Pamela J. Murphy L'79, have made a substantial pledge to the Law Annual Giving fund. As a Vice President at the General Electric Company, D'Avino leads the tax group at GE Capital Services in Stamford, Connecticut. He joined GE in 1991 after four years as a partner in the Washington, DC office of King and Spalding. Following her graduation from the Law School, Murphy clerked in the trial court in West Chester, Pennsylvania, and taught at the Louisiana State University Law School. In Washington, DC, she practiced Family Law with the litigation firm Sachs, Greenbaum, and Tayler until 1986, when she "retired" to be a full-time mom. Rick and Pamela live in Riverside, Connecticut, with their 16 year-old son, Paul, and their 11 year-old son, Mark.

Howard Gittis W'55, L'58

Howard Gittis, Vice Chairman and Chief Administrative Officer of MacAndrews and Forbes Holdings Incorporated and the Revlon Group, has continued his long-time support of the University of Pennsylvania Law School's Clinical Program. His gift of $250,000 supports the Gittis Clinical Program, which is designed to provide students with practical legal experience by working with clients in a supervised setting. As a result of Gittis' generosity, today the Penn Law Clinical Program includes a Civil Litigation Clinic, a Legislative Clinic, a Mediation Clinic & a Small Business Clinic, and has seen a growing influence in Philadelphia and beyond.

Sylvia G. Greenwald NAW'33

The Law School has received a gift of $203,500 from Sylvia G. Greenwald, the widow of Henry Greenwald L'33, to establish two Charitable Remainder Unitrusts that will ultimately endow the Henry Greenwald Memorial Scholarship Fund. Mr. Greenwald of Kingston, Pennsylvania was a founding partner in the Wilkes-Barre law firm of Rosenn, Jenkins and Greenwald and a leader in local civic activities.