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Paul George of Harvard Joins Penn

Paul M. George has been appointed Director of the Biddle Law Library beginning in Academic Year 2002-2003. An experienced law librarian who previously served as Associate Librarian for Research Services at Harvard Law School, Dean Fitts announced that “he offers excellent professional skills and an extraordinary service-oriented approach that will serve the Law School and the Law Library well over the coming years.” George succeeds Elizabeth S. Kelly who retired in 2001.

In March the Penn Law Christian Legal Society sponsored two talks on the theme “What Can the Law Do?” David A. Skeel, Jr. Professor of Law, presented “A Christian Perspective on Gambling and Speculation (with a Brief Application to Enron).” The second lecture was presented by William Stuntz, Professor of Law at Harvard, a criminal law scholar who addressed not only the tragedy of September 11th but the Bush v. Gore conundrum in “Loving the Law Too Much (and God Too Little).”


Since being named dean in 2000 Michael A. Fitts has recruited 13 additional scholars and teachers to the faculty. The expansion of the faculty now requires the school to create space to house them. This summer the third floor of Biddle Law Library in Nicole E. Tanenbaum Hall underwent minor renovations to create ten new offices. Tanenbaum, constructed in 1993 to house the expanding library and to provide new space for student groups, will temporarily accommodate faculty displaced from Roberts Hall, the 1963 wing on the north side of the Law School complex. Roberts Hall will undergo renovations throughout the academic year to make room for the growing faculty and to upgrade the existing space. After construction, the new spaces in Tanenbaum will be transformed into administrative offices, study space for students and, potentially, seminar rooms. Muscoe Martin of Susan Maxman and Partners, and David Ade, are the architects who drew up the plans. Jeffrey M. Brown Associates completed the construction in Tanenbaum Hall.

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