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The scholarly explorations of social welfare issues have been broadened with the addition of Amy L. Wax Professor of Law to the faculty this year. Wax will teach social welfare law and policy, and plans to continue writing about welfare policy. Among her recent publications are “Rethinking Welfare Rights: Reciprocity Norms, Reactive Attitudes and the Political Economy of Welfare Reform” 63 Law & Contemporary Problems 257 Winter/Spring 2000; “Caring Enough: Sex Roles, Work, and Taxing Women” 44 Villanova Law Review 495 (1999), and “Technology Assessment and the Doctor-Patient Relationship, a Comment on Einer Elhauge’s ‘Regulating Medical Innovation,’” 82 Virginia Law Review 164 (1996). (See full profile in Faculty Notes & Publications, page 1)
In 2001 the 20th Edward V. Sparer Symposium was presented on the subject of “Social Movements and Legal Reform.” This year, in a collaboration between Public Service Program Director Susan Feathers and law professor Edward L. Rubin, the program was remodeled to provide an academic component to what has traditionally been an issues-oriented conference. Over two days, academics presented papers and practitioners in the field of public interest law provided commentary on them. The conference in April 2002 will take “Public Interest Litigation” as the focus of its examination.
Faculty and course offerings in this area include Edward L. Rubin (“Human Rights”), Regina Austin (“Cultural Conflict and Intentional Torts”), and Seth Kreimer (“Constitutional Litigation”).
Through the work of the Gittis Clinical Program and the Public Service Program, Penn Law students serve Philadelphia neighborhoods and communities in great numbers. They are ambassadors who embody the success of Penn Law School’s mission to educate thoughtful and practical lawyers for the future in which innovation and an adherence to the high standards of the legal profession go hand-in-hand.
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