The Brief: Law School News and Events


JONATHAN VIPOND III, L’70, a shareholder with the law firm of Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney PC, has been appointed a co-head of its office in Harrisburg, Penna. He is a member of the healthcare section and the Non-Traditional Couples and Families Practice Group.

BARRY M. ABELSON, L’71, was named 2009 Corporate Lawyer of the Year in Philadelphia in the latest edition of Philadelphia’s Best Lawyers. A partner in the commercial department of Pepper Hamilton LLP , Barry concentrates his practice in securities, mergers and acquisitions, and private equity and venture capital transactions. He also serves on the boards of both the Children’s Crisis Treatment Center, which provides mental health services to the city’s needy children, and Operation Warm, which distributes coats to needy children across the country.

JUSTICE RANDY J. HOLLAND, L’72, was a featured panelist at the Qatar Law Forum in Doha, Qatar. The event, titled “Global Commitment to the Rule of Law,” was co-chaired by Lord Harry Woolf, the former chief justice of England and Sir William Blair. It featured a panel discussion with eight chief justices from around the world. Randy’s session was titled “From Delaware to Doha: The Legal Environments Necessary for Corporate Centers and Thriving Financial Markets.” While he was at the forum, he appeared with Lord Woolf on “The Doha Debates,” a thirty minute segment of the BBC World News program that was broadcast to an audience of 383 million people.

MICHAEL MUSTOKOFF, L’72, a partner in Duane Morris LLP ’s Trial Practice Group in Philadelphia, was nominated as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

ALLEN E. RENNETT, C’69, L’73, of counsel to the Neufeld Law Group in Los Angeles, has been elected chair of the Beverly Hills Architectural Commission.

SHERRIE RAIKEN SAVETT, CW’70, L’73, addressed securities litigation issues at a symposium of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society. More than 1,000 insurance executives and underwriters attended the February event. Sherrie is a managing principal and chair of the Securities Litigation department at Berger & Montague, P.C.

HENRY SCHLEIFF, C’70, L’73, has been appointed president and general manager of Investigation Discovery, a cable network which features fact-based investigative content about culture, history and the human condition. Prior to joining Discovery Communications, the parent of Investigation Discovery, Henry was president and chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors for Crown Media Holdings. Previously, Henry served as chairman and chief executive officer of Court TV, where he grew the service from 30 million subscribers to more than 85 million homes.

H. RONALD KLASKO, L’74, the founding partner of the immigration law firm Klasko, Rulon, Stock & Seltzer LLP, recently spoke to the Brooklyn Board of Realtors on a federal visa program which would enable foreign investors to live in property they own there.

David Pudlin , L’74, president and CEO of Hangley Aronchick Segal & Pudlin, won a gold medal at the 18th World Maccabiah Games held in Israel. David, who was undefeated in his matches, was a member of the U.S. Masters Men’s Squash Team. More than 7,000 athletes from 60 countries competed in different sports.

STUART E. WEISBERG, L’74, has written an authorized biography, Barney Frank — The Story of America’s Only Left- Handed, Gay, Jewish Congressman, which was published in September by the University of Massachusetts Press. Over the past five years he has juggled researching and writing the book with his full-time job handling labor relations for Montgomery County in Maryland.

Sandra Strokoff , CW’71, L’75, has been appointed legislative counsel of the U.S. House of Representatives. She is the first woman appointed to the position. Sandra had been an attorney on the legislative counsel staff since 1975. Her areas of expertise include patent, copyright, and trademark law; matters relating to the jurisdiction of the federal courts; lobbying and ethics issues; international trade law; and international relations issues. She is also a lecturer in law at George Washington University School of Law, where she teaches Legislative Analysis and Drafting. In addition, she has written the second edition of the Legislative Drafter’s Desk Reference, a comprehensive guide to all aspects of legislative and regulatory drafting.

GALEN D. KIRKLAND, L’76, has been appointed commissioner of the Division of Human Rights by New York Gov. David A. Patterson. Prior to joining the Division, Galen served as director of program development at the New York State Office of the Attorney General, where he also served as first deputy director of policy development.

MICHAEL P. MALLOY, L’76, writes that he “achieved a financial services hat trick” at the January meeting of the Association of American Law Schools. He presented a paper, “Coordination, Cooperation and Harmonization: Utility and International Regulation;” participated in a discussion on the resolution of failing institutions; and served as a commentator on a panel on the regulation of modern financial institutions. A distinguished professor and scholar at the McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific, Michael also taught a literature and law course last spring in which students presented a staged reading of Sophocles’ Antigone for the final exam. He has taught the course twice before with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy at McGeorge’s summer program in Salzburg, Australia.

Lee A. Rosengard LEE A. ROSENGARD, L’76, was appointed to the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution’s panel of distinguished neutrals. He will serve on the Philadelphia panel and the employment and franchise panels, and will provide alternative dispute resolution services to the CPR dispute resolution services group and the general public. As co-chair of Stradley Ronon’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Group, Lee is a court-annexed mediator for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and also serves as a member of the commercial panel and the large complex case panel for the American Arbitration Association.

KENNETH S. GALLANT, L’77, wrote The Principle of Legality in International and Comparative Criminal Law, published by Cambridge University Press. The book examines nonretroactivity positions in constitutions around the world since 1946. He was also re-elected as the representative of counsel on the advisory committee on legal texts of the International Criminal Court, for his second and final three-year term.

RICHARD J. GREEN, L’77, WG’78, was appointed by the Federal Reserve Board to its Thrift Institutions Advisory Council. The 12-member group meets with the board of governors to discuss developments relating to thrift institutions, the housing industry, mortgage finance and regulatory issues. He is the CEO of First Trust Bank in Conshohocken, Penna.

MARK H. SOBEL, L’78, received the 2009 Saul A. Tischler Award in May from the New Jersey State Bar Association’s family law section for his outstanding contributions to the practice of family law. He is co-managing partner of Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & David LLP . He has testified before the New Jersey Legislature on mandatory economic mediation, no-fault divorce and amendments to the domestic violence statute. He is also one of Court TV’s local experts on family law.

Alumni Groups Acquire Global Cast
With more than 90 LLMs graduating each year, interest in international Penn Law alumni clubs and outreach has flourished as well. In fact, eight of the current 25 Penn Law geographic and affinity alumni clubs are international groups: Brazil, China, France, Greece, Italy, Japan, South Korea and the United Kingdom, The Brazil Club recently hosted an event with Professor Donaldo Armelin, a former judge of the Săo Paulo Court of Appeals, who discussed the future of civil litigation. Also, this past summer Penn Law professors spoke to alumni in Asia: Charles Mooney met with alumni in Japan, and Ed Baker recently talked with alumni in Shanghai.
For many years, the Penn Law European Society (PL ES) has gathered in a European city for a June weekend of social events, panel discussions, and tours. Even though most of these alumni didn’t know each other when they were in Philadelphia and represent a wide range of graduation years, their friendship and ties have deepened over the 20 plus years of the PL ES conferences. This year’s weekend in Bologna attracted more than 75 alumni and their spouses. Next year…Vienna.
And in the summer of 2010, the Law School hopes to work with the Penn travel program to plan its first alumni trip to Europe. More on the trip as it develops.