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Alan L. Beller, L’76, made a significant gift to establish the Alan L. Beller Term Scholarship Fund and to support the Law Annual Giving Fund. Beller, a partner at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen and Hamilton, specializes in securities, corporate governance and corporate matters. He has also served as director of the Division of Corporation Finance of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and is a member of the Board of Overseers for Penn Law.

Stanley J. Bernstein, L’68, has made a generous gift to support the Stanley J. Bernstein Loan Assistance Fund. The fund will provide loans or grants each year to one or more graduating students or young alumni who are eligible for participation in the loan assistance program known as TollRAP. TollRAP supports people who wish to pursue public-service jobs by helping to relieve their debt. Bernstein is Chairman and CEO of the Biltrite Corp., a manufacturer of thermoplastic and elastomeric products founded by his family in 1908.

Patricia Maria Menendez-Cambo, L’89, made a generous gift to establish the Miami Regional Endowed Scholarship Fund, which will provide financial support to students from the Miami, Fla. area. The National Law Journal named Menendez- Cambo, chair of Greenberg Traurig’s Global Practice Group, as one of the 50 most influential women lawyers in 2007. She is a member of the Penn Law Board of Overseers.

Gilbert F. Casellas, L’77, made a significant contribution in support of the Latino Project Scholarship Fund, which was established in 1986. Casellas is vice president of Corporate Responsibility for Dell, Inc., where he oversees the company’s global diversity, sustainability and corporate philanthropy functions. Previously he was chairman of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, general counsel of the U.S. Department of the Air Force, and co-chairman of the U.S. Census Monitoring Board. He is a member Penn’s Board of Trustees.

Natalie Wexler, L’83, and James A. Feldman , C’72, have made a significant gift in honor of the late Myer “Mike” Feldman, W’35, L’38. The gift will be used to create the Myer “Mike” Feldman Endowed Scholarship Fund. In addition to providing financial support to Penn Law students, the gift will support the Myer “Mike” Feldman Endowed Teaching Fund, which will enable Penn Law faculty to teach in the arts and sciences. Myer “Mike” Feldman served in a number of prominent government positions during his career, including deputy special counsel to President John F. Kennedy and counsel to President Lyndon B. Johnson. He was special counsel and executive assistant to the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission and counsel to the Senate’s Banking and Currency Committee. Feldman was also counsel to the joint Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Armed Services Committee to investigate the firing of General MacArthur by President Truman. Additionally, Feldman had been involved with the Special Olympics since its inception in 1960, serving as a board member and chair of the executive committee. In 1965, Mr. Feldman became a founding partner of the Washington, D.C. law firm of Ginsburg & Feldman, which later became Ginsburg, Feldman and Bress. In honor of his mother, he established the Rebecca Feldman Scholarship Fund in 2004. He received the Alumni Award of Merit in 2005.

Robert L. Friedman, L’67, has made a major gift to establish the Institute for Law and Economics Scholars Program. The program will award at least one need-based scholarship to a student enrolled in the JD/MBA program. Friedman is senior managing director and chief legal officer of The Blackstone Group L.P. He served as chair of the Board of Advisors for ILE from 2001 to 2007.

Bernard J. Korman, W’52, L’55, made a substantial gift to establish the Bernard J. Korman Endowed Scholarship Fund. Korman is chairman of the board at Omega Healthcare Investors, Inc.

Seth P. Plattus, L’86, and Linda M. Plattus , W’85, have made a significant gift to establish the Seth and Linda Plattus Endowed Graduate Scholarship. The scholarships will provide financial support to law students based on merit or financial need. Mr. Plattus is senior managing director, chief administrative officer, and co-general counsel at Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. He is also a director and member of the Compensation Committee at Teleglobe International Holdings Ltd. He has served twice as chair of the Reunion Committee for the Class of 1986.

Morris M. Shuster, Esq., W’51, L’54, and Lorna T. Shuster have made a major gift to create the Shuster Practice Professorship. Mr. Shuster serves as of counsel at Chimicles & Tikellis LLP and teaches Trial Advocacy at Penn Law. He is also a member of the advisory committee for the Public Service Program at Penn Law.

David M. Silk, L’88, has made a generous gift to establish the David M. Silk Scholarship Fund. The fund will award scholarships to law students based on merit and financial need. Mr. Silk is a partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, where he focuses on mergers and acquisitions, and other corporate matters. He has lectured frequently on transnational topics and has served as an adjunct faculty member at Penn Law, teaching a course on mergers and acquisitions.