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Six Penn Law progeny came home during Reunion Weekend in May to receive honors for their achievements. One legendary professor was also honored posthumously as a paragon of pedagogy and scholarship.

Family of Louis B. Schwartz
Family of Louis B. Schwartz W’32 L’35
In a moment that resembled a Hall of Fall induction, Professor Emeritus Louis B. Schwartz’ daughter, Johanna, accepted the James Wilson Award, the Law School’s highest honor, on behalf of her late father.

Schwartz spent nearly forty years on the Penn Law faculty shaping the curriculum and molding the careers of a generation of students. Dean Michael A. Fitts praised Schwartz as a “ferocious intellect” and visionary who anticipated the importance of cross-disciplinary training for attorneys.

Lisa Scottoline
Lisa Scottoline L'81
A Schwartz acolyte and former student added words of tribute. Lisa Scottoline L’81, one of four people to receive an Alumni Award of Merit, recalled how the regal Schwartz turned to the blackboard in class one day and wrote in three-foot-high letters the word IMAGINATION. Scottoline said that recollection informs her work. “I think of him all the time (as I stare) at that blank (computer) screen,” said Scottoline, writer of nine mystery novels and winner of several national awards for fiction writing. Imagination is “the one thing you need … as a writer and as a human being.”

Scottoline joined a who’s who of alumni to receive an award. The Alumni Award of Merit was also presented to David L. Cohen L’81, former Chief of Staff to Philadelphia Mayor Ed Rendell and current Executive Vice President of AT&T Comcast Corp. and Senior Counsel to CEO Brian L. Roberts; Robert M. Potamkin L’ 70, a business entrepreneur with a far-flung empire of business interests that includes auto dealerships, real estate, radio stations, television stations and Office Depot stores in Poland and Hungary; and Richard E. Rosin L’68, a private practice attorney who has played an important role in bringing victims’ rights to public attention.
David Richman, David L. Cohen and Dean Fitts Robert M. Potamkin Richard E. Rosin
David Richman L’69, David L. Cohen L’81 and Michael A. Fitts, Penn Law Dean Robert M. Potamkin L’70 Richard E. Rosin L’68

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