The Brief: Law School News and Events

Major Gifts

Ballard Spahr, LLP has made a significant gift to establish the Arthur Makadon Appellate Advocacy Program. The gift is a tribute to the firm's former chairman, Arthur Makadon L'67.
This program will help fund faculty who teach appellate advocacy as well as students who compete in national moot court competitions. The gift is a tribute to Arthur Makadon L'67, the firm's chairman from 2002 to 2011. He stepped down in July.
Makadon was instrumental in developing Ballard's premier litigation practice.

Alan L. Beller L'76 has made a generous gift to establish the Alan L. Beller Term Scholarship Fund and to Annual Giving.
Beller, a member of the Penn Law Board of Overseers, is a partner in the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, LLP. He advises senior officials of both U.S. and international entities on complex securities, corporate governance and corporate matters. He served as director of the Division of Corporation Finance of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and as senior counselor from January 2002 to February 2006.

John J. Gallagher L'76 has made a generous gift in support of Golkin Hall. In recognition, the Law School will name the bridge between Silverman Hall and Golkin Hall in his honor.
Gallagher is the founder of the Law Offices of John J. Gallagher, P.C. He specializes in international transactions with an emphasis on Eastern Europe and Asian business entities. Gallagher is also chairman of Meridican, Inc., a Washington, D.C., international strategic consulting firm.

Oluwagbemiga Oyebode GL'82 has made a substantial gift to the Golkin Hall project. In recognition, the Law School will name the Garden Walkway above The Goat space in his honor. Oyebode is managing partner of Aluko and Oyebode in Lagos, Nigeria. The firm provides a full range of corporate and commercial legal services, including banking and finance, dispute resolution, telecommunication, intellectual property, energy and natural resources, project finance, real property, taxation and privatization.