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


A 1968 recipient of the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, Gorman says, “I love teaching and I love to think about teaching and I love to think about how to shape material in a way that is pedagogically sound and useful and stimulating — and fun.”  The love affair with Penn Law has been mutual with former students recalling him fondly. 

"He is the living embodiment of the humanity of Penn Law,” says Lawrence J. Fox C’65, L’68.  Students thirty years later agree: “Professor Gorman truly loves teaching – he came alive in front of the class,” remembers Martin Attea L’99. “In a time when it seems like professionals in all fields travel from place to place constantly searching for a new and ‘better’ opportunity, Professor Gorman has always remained devoted to Penn Law,” Brian Jacobs L’99 states.

No faculty member has contributed more to the School’s administration and educational direction than Gorman, who served as associate dean to Louis Pollak and James Freedman (1976-82) and to Colin Diver (1992-94). Pollak says of him, “Bob was an absolutely central figure, a marvelous teacher and scholar who accepted institutional responsibilities such as I’ve rarely seen.”

Several times chair of the faculty curriculum committee, he has pursued curricular reform with tenacity and zeal for over 30 years. Designated by the faculty a one-man educational task force in 1969, Gorman produced hundreds of pages of surveys, recommendations for a model curriculum, and specific proposals. A major innovation, begun in 1970, was the institution of a required first-year course in labor law, designed to expose students early on to statutory interpretation and admini-strative law. “I’m heartened when I hear that other major law schools are today considering bringing a statutory course into the first-year program.” he says. “I get a big smile on my face and say, ‘We did that 30 years ago’.”

Gorman lauds both family and faculty for providing inspiration. Two of his three sons, Mark and Andy, were Penn undergrads. Andy L’95 has followed his father’s legal leanings, working in corporate law at Klett Lieber Rooney & Schorling in Philadelphia.

Summing up, Gorman recalls, “I have been blessed to have had colleagues of wonderful ability and amiability and to have had students who are bright and who push you in class, who are friendly, for the most part eager to learn. A hearteningly good number of them are making a contribution to the public good — not that I had anything to do with that, but I may have touched them in a way while they were here.”

In recognition of a career incorporating virtually every aspect of faculty endeavor, Gorman will receive the Law Alumni Society’s Distinguished Service Award on May 19, 2000 during Alumni Weekend celebrations

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