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Morris M. Shuster

Throughout his career, Morris M. Shuster W’51 L’54 has displayed a deep commitment to serving the public interest by championing the rights of consumers. Through his relationship with the Public Service Program at Penn Law, he has displayed a similar commitment to enabling future generations of students interested in public service to become leaders in their field. Now, Shuster has created the Shuster Public Interest Scholars Fund, which will provide full tuition to incoming Public Interest Scholars.

These scholars can look to Shuster’s own career for an inspiring example of successful, influential leadership in both the public and private sectors. As a past president of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, he was a longtime advocate for the rights of victims of injuries. As a class action litigator with Chimicles & Tikellis LLP of Haverford, Pennsylvania, Shuster has successfully vindicated the rights of individuals in class actions against banks and insurance companies. As an officer of the court, he has accepted appointments from the Third Circuit and the Pennsylvania Eastern District to recommend candidates for the federal bench. He also served as chair of the Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention to evaluate candidates for the state and federal benches. And, as a member of the Advisory Committee for the Public Service Program at the Law School, Shuster was responsible for the development of a pro bono project which connects students with mentors from their fields of interest.

Shuster has been a frequent member of the adjunct faculty at the Law School since 1981; he was the Thomas A. O’Boyle Adjunct Professor of Law in 1995. As an educator, he has strived to raise the level of advocacy and professionalism for soon-to-be new lawyers through thoughtful analysis and self-evaluation. The 1994 recipient of the Law School’s Alumni Award of Merit, Shuster has also been an avid supporter of clinical education at Penn Law, helping the school establish the Shuster Moot Trial Courtroom.

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