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Particularly, Sadler says, he is impressed with the energy and vision of Dean Michael A. Fitts — especially his idea to create an interdisciplinary Institute of Law and Health Sciences. He believes the dean is onto something very special and is taking full advantage of the Law School's proximity to Penn's School of Medicine and the University’s other highly regarded professional schools.

Sadler arrived at law school in 1962 virtually on one leg, as a result of breaking his left foot teaching tennis in Maine one week before classes began. He hobbled into the main hall on crutches. "Getting from class to class with those big heavy books was a bear," he recalled. Luckily, he lived in the dorms, which had just been built. Those dorms were a haven in the sense that they were the only part of the building that was air-conditioned, and that was a real help when studying for finals, recalled Sadler.

If Sadler pines for the days of the long-gone dorms, he doesn't let on, seeing how they were razed to make way for Tanenbaum Hall, which he considers, along with the changes in curriculum and intellectual environment, a big improvement over his era.

An era in which, he said, faculty were less available than they are today, class participation was discounted and grades depended wholly on one five-hour test at the end of the term.
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