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Richard M. Rosenbleeth W’54, L’57, former general counsel to MBIA MuniServices Company and a retired partner of Blank, Rome, Comisky & McCauley, LLP, has launched a mediation and arbitration practice located in Philadelphia. Rosenbleeth has also been active in advocating the use of ADR through his work with the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution and the American College of Trial Lawyers ADR Committee. He is a Distinguished Neutral on the CPR panel of Distinguished Neutrals for Pennsylvania.

The Honorable Allen G. Schwartz L’58 was awarded President’s Medal of Baruch College at the school’s 2001 commencement exercises “in recognition of [his] distinguished career in the field of law as a Federal Judge of the Southern District of New York and as public servant.” During his career, Judge Schwartz was Corporation Counsel of the City of New York, a senior partner of the firm of Proskauer Rose and, earlier, an Assistant District Attorney in New York County.

John J. Francis, Jr. L’59 of Drinker, Biddle & Shanley in Florham Park, New Jersey was appointed Vice Chair of the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Ad Hoc Committee on Bar Admissions. Francis is a litigator who concentrates his practice in intellectual property. He previously served as Chairman of the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Character.

David C. Auten C’60, L’63, a partner and international lawyer at Reed Smith, headed the local lawyer’s planning committee that advised a delegation of Russian lawyers who visited Philadelphia through a program run by the Center for Citizen Initiatives through the U.S. Department of State. This program was a collaborative effort between various law firms and legal organizations in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

Charles A. Heimbold Jr. L’60 Chairman of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, was nominated by President Bush to be U.S. Ambassador to Sweden. Heimbold was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the Law Alumni Society of the University of Pennsylvania Law School at an awards ceremony during Reunion Weekend in May. The award recognizes members of the Penn Law community who have distinguished themselves by their outstanding service to the Law School.

John F. Ledwith C’60, L’63, a shareholder of Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Colemen & Goggin in Philadelphia, presented “Practical Effects of Indemnity Clauses in Construction Litigation” at the annual meeting of the Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel in 2001. He concentrates his practice in construction litigation, defending construction companies against personal injury and property damage claims.

Gerald M. Levin L’63, Chief Executive Officer of AOL Time Warner, was honored with the Media Man of the Year Award at the Media Lions Award Ceremony in London. Levin, who oversees the company’s six businesses, was formerly Chairman and CEO of Time Warner Inc. and was the leading architect of the Time Inc and Warner Communications merger in 1990, as well as the Time Warner 1996 agreement to merge with Turner Broadcasting Systems. The award was given in recognition of Levin’s success in establishing AOL Time Warner as one of the world’s leading companies.

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