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Honorary Fellows of Penn Law School Gather Together for the First Time in a Roundtable Discussion of Public Interest Lawyering

In honor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Schoolís Sesquicentennial Year, the school hosted the first reunion of its cadre of Honorary Fellows. Each year at graduation, Penn Law names a lawyer whose contributions to public interest law have been historic or exemplary to become an Honorary Fellow of the Law School.

This yearís gathering, held on the Thursday evening before the start of the Sparer Symposium, provided an occasion for these maverick lawyers to be nostalgic, jovial, impassioned, and hopeful about the future of lawyering in the public interest. David Rudovsky moderated the roundtable discussion that was video recorded for posterity along with individual oral history interviews with the participants. To begin the discussion, he asked the panel to describe some of their successes, their failures, and what they, as practitioners, can do to make changes to further the public interest law movement in 2001. Some of their responses appear on the facing page.

(Back row, left to right): Rhonda Copelon, Vice President-Center for Constitutional Rights; Andre L. Dennis, Partner-Stradley Ronon, Stevens and Young; Judith Bernstein Baker, Director-Hebrew Immigration Advocacy Services; David Rudovsky, Senior Fellow, University of Pennsylvania Law School and Partner, Kairys & Rudovsky; Robert M. Hayes, Founder-National Coalition for the Homeless; Carl (Tobey) Oxholm III, Partner-Fox Rothschild OíBrien & Frankel, LLP; Daniel Greenberg, Executive Director and Attorney in Chief-Legal Aid Society, NYC; Eli Rosenbaum, Acting Director of the Office of Special Investigations Criminal Division for the U.S. Department of Justice; Alexander Polikoff, Former Executive Director of Business and Professional People for the Public Interest (BPI); Manlin Chee, Sole Practitioner in Immigration Rights; Janet Stotland Lí69, Co-Director-Education Law Center; Bruce Terris, Partner-Terris, Pravlik & Millian LLP.

(Front row, left to right): Millard Farmer, Civil Rights Attorney & Founder-Team Defense Project; Margaret Burnham Lí69, Partner-Burnham Hines & Dilday; Hans Loeser, Partner-Foley, Hoag & Eliot; Cruz Reynoso, Former U.S. Delegate Presidential Appointee to the U.N. Commission on Human Rights; Jerome Shestack, Trial Attorney & Chair-International League for Human Rights & International Bar Association Standing Committee on Human Rights, and President of the American Bar Association; Ira Kurzban, Partner-Kurzban, Kurzban, Weinger & Tetzeli.

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