Spring 2000

Fall 1999

A Message from the Dean

Cities at the Horizon
Communities at the Horizon
Eastward from Our Horizon: U.S., China & Russia
Beyond the Horizon: Innovation and Technology

ILE Lecture: Charles A. Heimbold, Jr. L'60
Profile: Richard E. Rosin L'68
Profile: Pamela Daley L'79
Profile: Professor Jason Johnston
Profile: Howard Chang
Profile: Robert A. Gorman
Oral Legal History Project

Snippets of History
Symposium
Faculty Notes
Alumni Briefs
In Memoriam

Penn Law


In January, Richard E. Rosin L’68 addressed Professor Heidi Hurd’s first year class in Criminal Law, “I am here today to tell you a story – it is a story in which I participated, not by choice, I can assure you.”

Penn has been at the forefront of Rosin’s activities since his graduation. Today he is an active and visible president of the Law Alumni Society, having served on the Board of Managers since 1995, as an Ex-Officio member of the Law School’s Board of Overseers; the Chair of the Equal Justice Foundation and its highly successful annual auction for the fifth consecutive year; a classroom lecturer; a valued benefactor to Penn Law as a consistent Benjamin Franklin Society Fellow; and as a participant in the Penn Law European Society annual meetings. A lifetime resident of Philadelphia, Rosin graduated from Central High School in 1961 and from the Wharton School in 1965, earning a B.S. in Economics as a Finance major with a minor in Philosophy finishing second in his class in his senior year.

Following his graduation from Penn Law in 1968, Rosin started his career as a law clerk to the Hon. Joseph Sloane, President Judge of Philadelphia Common Pleas Court No.7. In 1969 Rosin joined the firm of what is presently Mesirov, Gelman, Jaffe, Cramer & Jamieson where he aided in setting up an Estate and Trust Department. Rosin recalls, “My mentors were among the finest lawyers I have ever known – Leon Mesirov L’34, Frank Gelman L’35, Paul Jaffe L’50, Harold Cramer L’51 and Jules Silk L’52. Their emphasis was not only upon the development of high legal ability but equally upon integrity, pride in one’s work product, courtesy and professionalism, and the importance of serving the community. The firm was like a family, and the values instilled have followed me to this day.” In 1977 Rosin departed the firm as a partner to establish his own practice as a sole practitioner. “The firm provided me with a solid foundation, but it was time to control my own destiny and at the same time be in a position to spend more time with my young family, which I did, in abundance."

By 1994 Rosin was semi-retired and seeking meaningful ways to return to the community some of what the practice of law had given him. He had just completed a year of teaching social studies one day a week to 120 eighth graders at the Turner Middle School in West Philadelphia. Rosin was part of a pilot program designed to put lawyers in the classrooms and he worked with former Penn Law Public Service Program Director Judith Bernstein-Baker to insure the success of the program.

It is ironic the effect that West Philadelphia has had on Richard Rosin. First the benefits of the Wharton School, followed by Penn Law School and 26 years later teaching at the Turner Middle School. As Rosin continues . . . “On August 29, 1994, the most gentle, kindly disposed young man I have ever known was brutally murdered across the street from where he peacefully resided. He was a fourth year Ph.D. candidate in Mathematics at the University of Pennsylvania. He was 27 years old. He was a brilliant scholar. He had wanted to devote his life to teaching young people. As a result of his unique academic achievements, Penn bestowed his Ph.D. posthumously, for the first time in its history. In the normal course of events, he would have married my daughter Rebecca and become my son-in-law. His name was Moez Alimohamed.

“He was murdered by a group of five who had walked over 20 blocks through West Philadelphia carrying a loaded rifle. Their stated goal was to find a victim. They succeeded. I have since lived with the aftermath of murder and violence. I have experienced the devastating effect it has on too many innocent people. It changes your life forever. No one is immune. We are all at risk.” Rosin has since become an advocate and activist for Victims’ Rights and for the families that have been irrevocably scarred by the epidemic of violence in our time.

Rosin worked with Philadelphia DA Roger King for seventeen months on the prosecution of the five defendants. “King is one of the finest prosecutors I have ever met, and a true crusader for justice. I came to see, first-hand, the inner workings of the DA’s office. It is a dedicated group of people, sensitive to the pain of the victim population it serves. I saw the high standards set and implemented by DA Lynne Abraham, a woman with the highest integrity and principles. I worked closely with Charles Gallagher and John Delaney, Chiefs of the Homicide and Juvenile Units, career prosecutors who are sterling role models for all who work with them.”

Next page