A Message from the Dean
Mission Iraq
Dealmakers
A 1L Odyssey, Part 2
Isabelle Johnston Bids Farewell
Gloria Watts, Beloved Registrar, Gets Big Send-Off
The Brief
Graduation / Reunion
The Board of Overseers
Faculty News & Publications
Philanthropy
Alumni Briefs
In Memoriam
 
A Message From The Dean 1

To the Penn Law Community:
MICHAEL A. FITTS
Dean and Bernard G. Segal Professor of Law

A TRULY GREAT LAW SCHOOL has a distinguished faculty, smart and energetic students, and accomplished alumni. Penn Law has been, and continues to be, blessed by all three. This issue explores all parts of the Penn Law triad, with the cover story focusing on one of our alumni, John Groarke Lí88, who, through his willingness to take on a difficult assignment, has become a part of history.

With a Penn Law education, Groarke could have done just about anything he wanted. He decided to devote his career to foreign service, which, at the moment, puts him in a precarious position in Iraq, where he is risking his life to help make that country whole again. As legal advisor to the reconstruction, John faces considerable danger. He has been close enough to the action to feel rocket blasts and car bombs. It is not an enviable position, yet John soldiers on, driven by the call to service and commitment to his work. Our cover story documents John’s mission (which is to say, America’s mission) and the long, hard road that lies ahead to accomplish it.

Staying on Iraq, in this issue a panel of experts (composed of those distinguished faculty and smart students I referred to) describe the incredible challenges that await the Iraqi tribunal which will decide the fate of Sadaam Hussein. Questions of fairness and competence, they said, will shadow every move and action, as the eyes of the world watch the trial unfold.

Trials of a completely different sort face corporate dealmakers. As those of you in the game know, it is not easy to close a big deal. To structure a merger or acquisition that redounds to both parties’ benefit is an art. The alumni we write about and profile in this issue have mastered that skill.

Finally, I want to take a moment to thank two long-time members of our administrative staff, both profiled in this issue, for their years of selfless service, as they enter a well deserved retirement. As we all know, excellent staff are also a necessity for a great law school.

Isabelle Johnston has been the administrative assistant to the dean for over thirty years; and Gloria Watts has served the school for over forty years, the last decade as our Registrar. Penn Law is, without question, a better and warmer place because of Gloria and Isabelle, each of whom is responsible, in part, for the homey atmosphere for which the Law School has become known. Students come to Penn Law not only because we provide a legal education second to none, but because we create a supportive and challenging atmosphere for education that is also second to none. Isabelle and Gloria helped set that tone for the school, as do all of the administrative staff. We salute you.