Spring 2000

Fall 1999

A Message from the Dean

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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
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Chang also shows that native and immigrant workers tend not to compete for the same jobs, so that the adverse effect of immigrants on native workers is generally minimal.  He adds that a wholesale reduction of public benefits to immigrants, placed into law by Congress in 1996, further assures that immigrant workers will not become a drain on the economy. Together, he concludes, these factors point to the benefits of liberalizing immigration, rather than restricting it, as has been the trend in Congress in recent years. Chang advocates the liberalization or elimination of immigration quotas, as well as the liberalization of our “guest worker” policies.

In private Chang admits, “Most of my suggestions are not politically feasible at the present time. But as I see it, the role of scholarship is to try to bring about more enlightened views and ultimately change that which is politically feasible.”  In an ideal world, he says, he would oppose the restrictions introduced in 1996 that excluded immigrants from public benefits, but that, given political realities, “if we must choose between excluding immigrants from public benefits and excluding them from the United States entirely, then I prefer the less restrictive alternative.”

For Chang, teaching and scholarship intertwine nicely. “In all my courses I try to bring economic analysis to bear on the laws that we study. It’s also the common thread running through my writings, a lens for looking at issues that arise in different areas. I have rather eclectic interests.” He has written extensively on international trade regulation and on varied areas of law and economics.

This spring, Chang is teaching environmental law for the first time, although he has written about the subject as far back as his student days. Most recently, he co-authored his first article with his wife, an environmental economist, studying the effects of liability under the Superfund law on incentives to settle out of court. “Our relationship survived it,” says Chang, “so we hope to do more collaboration in the future.”

Their most meaningful collaboration, however, was Merrick Sigman Chang, a son born last July. The couple is delighted that Chang’s two sisters and his father, who live in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, can join in admiring the baby.  

Endowed with a mind that traverses many scholarly topics, Chang’s curiosity will not be disappointed at Penn Law.  The Law School delivers endless permutations of diversity in its student body, its faculty, and its program offerings.  Chang has the ability to cross bridges into many disciplines simply by walking over to the Penn campus.  Some might say that these days Chang just might have the best of all possible worlds.