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
Faculty Notes
Alumni Briefs
In Memoriam

Penn Law

 In spite of the diligence of King the five-week trial was replete with frustrations and egregious insensitivity that dismayed Rosin and deepened the wounds. In 1996, Rosin began to speak on behalf of Victim’s Rights and the co-victims of violence, the surviving families. Through a program called Impact of Crime, Rosin lectures at state prisons throughout Pennsylvania in an attempt to make human and real to the inmates the traumatic and lasting impact of violent crime on innocent people and society. As part of this Pennsylvania Department of Corrections program, Rosin also assists in the training of counselors who in turn set up Impact of Crime programs in their respective prisons.

He has told his story before the National Organization for Victim’s Assistance (NOVA) in Orlando, Florida; has presented workshops about the impact of sudden death for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD); was the keynote speaker at the Conemaugh Medical Center Trauma Symposium; and was featured on “60 Minutes.” The Rosin family designed and administered The Rebecca Rosin and Moez Alimohamed Memorial Fund at Penn Law School in 1998. In 1999, in a program envisioned by Rosin, five Penn Law students served ten-week internships with the Homicide and Juvenile Units of the Philadelphia DA’s office where they were exposed to the devastating impact of violence on innocent victims of crime. Lynne Abraham participates in the program and students also spend two weeks working in the Families of Murder Victims program. The program has been well received and interns speak of their professional and personal growth from exposure to an area of society that is in need of such enlightened programs. Jo-Ann Verrier, Assistant Dean of Career Planning and Placement, comments, “We feel that there is great educational value in having our students involved in the real life issues of fellow citizens, and this program is a model of that involvement.” The program will continue this summer.

In 1997, Rosin was appointed by Mayor Edward Rendell to co-chair the Mayor’s Investigatory Commission on Videotaping, which, after one year of work, resulted in the current videotaping of confessions in homicide cases by the Philadelphia Police Department. 

Additionally, in January, after 15 months of planning, Rosin, with Lynne Abraham, established a program at the DA’s office whereby senior lawyers in Philadelphia will serve as advocates and provide support and court accompaniment to elderly victims of crime.

Rosin maintains his law practice on a restricted part-time basis, as well as his leadership at Penn Law School; his advocacy for Victim’s Rights; his duties as Treasurer and Board Member of the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Philadelphia; participation on the Friends of Stiffel Senior Center Committee in South Philadelphia, where he has served as an advisor for over 15 years; his role as Chair of the city-wide JCC Senior Services Management Committee; and as a Board Member of the Greater Philadelphia Mentoring Partnership, an organization that utilizes mentoring as an intervention strategy for meeting the needs of at-risk youth.

Rosin’s wife Barbara is an artist, and their son, Dan L’97, a public interest lawyer in the Consumer Housing Unit at Philadelphia Legal Assistance. Dan’s wife, Anya, is an attorney in the Appellate Unit of the Philadelphia DA’s Office.

When asked why Rosin continues to tell his story, his answer was clear – “It is a story that has to be told. Although painful to tell, its importance can be found in the telling – it must be repeated again and again – our society must learn and understand that violence is unacceptable. This is often best communicated by the relating of a personal tragedy. But there is another aspect to this – there is nothing more devastating than losing control over a part of your life that is of critical importance – violent death, its aftermath, and its randomness is something that no one should ever experience. In reality, though, it does occur too frequently in our society. It is important for those so tragically afflicted to see that others can and do survive the loss of a loved one, and the inconceivable demoralizing results encountered in our judicial system, which only serve to compound the loss. The pain never fully vanishes, it is unreasonable to expect that it does, but you find a place to put it, you are aware that it is there, and you find other aspects of life to draw upon and to move ahead – it is important for people to hear this, again, and again, and again, until they, in turn, find the source of their own strength and peace.”