The Brief: Law School News and Events


Robert FiebachH. Robert Fiebach, W’61, L’64, recently lectured on the “Tripartite Relationship between Lawyer and Insured” for the 2008 Legal Malpractice and Risk Conference. A member of Cozen O’Connor’s Philadelphia office, Robert concentrates on business litigation. He also serves on the board of directors for the Defender Association of Philadelphia and the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia.

Bruce Onorato, L’64, traveled to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where he was a keynote speaker on petroleum legislation at an UNDP-sponsored conference on “Fueling Poverty Reduction with Oil and Gas Revenues.” A retired legal adviser on energy for the World Bank, Bruce continues to consult on occasion and teaches an international petroleum legal-training course twice a year in London.

Paul HeintzPaul C. Heintz, L’65, was named a “Super Lawyer” by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers magazine. A partner with Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LL P, Paul has more than 30 years of experience in estate planning, estate and trust administration, Orphans’ Court litigation, and fiduciary and tax law.

Norman Pearlstine, L’67, was appointed chief content officer, a newly created position, at Bloomberg, LP. Norm will be responsible for locating growth opportunities for the company’s news service and television, radio, magazine and online products. Prior to joining Bloomberg, Norman was a senior adviser at Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest private- equity firms with more than $81.1 billion under management. Norman also served as editor in chief at Time magazine and as managing editor at The Wall Street Journal.

Dennis R. Suplee, L’67, is president-elect of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He was elected by the board of directors. The Academy promotes reforms in the law, improves the administration of justice and elevates the standards of integrity, honor and courtesy in the legal profession. Dennis served as chairman of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP from 1992 to 1998.

James Redeker, L’68, was named one of the “50 Most Powerful Employment Attorneys” in the nation in the March 2 issue of Human Resources Executive. A member of the executive committee at WolfBlock LLP, James is also chair of the firm’s Employment Services Practice Group.

Alumni Clubs: Beyond Meet and Greet

A year into the effort to energize alumni outreach, Penn Law now boasts 10 alumni clubs, with three more in the offing. But the newest feature is something dubbed the “traveling classroom.”

Under this initiative, faculty go on the road and give scholarly lectures to alumni. Some of the talks may qualify for CLE credits. Recently, Professor Stephen Burbank visited the South Florida Club to talk about judicial independence and accountability.

Terri Doud, L’97, senior staff attorney for Bacardi, U.S.A., praised the Burbank event. “So much of my practice today, for better or worse, is very business-oriented and even nuts and bolts from a legal perspective,” she said. “It was a wonderful opportunity to engage in a higher intellectual playing field and consider issues that I do not necessarily encounter in my regular day.”

This fall, there will be new clubs forming in Boston and Washington, D.C. and one for entrepreneurs, the latter signaling a new effort to organize clubs around specific interests.

Following Burbank’s lead, on Oct. 7 Professor Kermit Roosevelt will kick-off the Washington, D.C. club’s inaugural event with a presentation titled, “The Future of the Supreme Court: How Nov. 4 Will Determine Its Direction.”

On Nov. 11, the new Penn Law Entrepreneurship and Business Network will co-host a joint panel with the Wharton Entrepreneurship Network on legal and insurance issues in entrepreneurship.

There will also be alumni events this fall in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Wilmington, New York, and Hong Kong.

For more information about events or to establish a club in your area, please contact Nancy Rasmussen at