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

This issue of the Penn Law Journal commemorates a moment in the history of our institution and of the world around us. Only four months ago we bid farewell to the second millennium free of the glitches that had been so ominously forecast. This Spring, the Law School expresses a more personal farewell to our beloved colleague and teacher Bob Gorman (“Labors of Love, Love of Labor” p.34) on the occasion of his retirement and in celebration of his distinguished career as a scholar, academic leader, and teacher of generations of law students. At the same time we welcome recently arrived professor Howard Chang whose incisive scholarship in economics, immigration and environmental law is profiled on page 32.

Looking to our future, Penn Law’s diverse faculty will continue to produce cutting edge scholarship that captures the interprofessional and multidisciplinary thrust of our academic program. “Penn Law at the Horizon” showcases the complementary fields in which our faculty and alumni are engaged at this moment in history. We compare the endeavors of alumni in related areas with Ed Rubin’s research in law and politics; Jason Johnston’s work in environmental law; and Peter Huang’s scholarship in the burgeoning arena of technology and rights. My analysis of American presidential powers in this election year forms a troika with Jacques deLisle, who speculates about the future of China, and Kim Lane Scheppele, who assesses present-day Russia.

Beyond the Law School’s walls we admire how many of our alumni’s careers reflect changes in the profession more generally, moving from one rooted in more traditional firm practice to one more entrepreneurial and adventurous. The diversity of Penn Law’s student body today augurs well for the continuation of this trajectory as we attract students from around the world and from a rich variety of backgrounds, all possessed with boundless intellectual curiosity.

Standing at the horizon we can view both past and future. While we anticipate the 150th Anniversary celebration of our institution in the upcoming academic year, we embrace the future tangibly by introducing this issue of the Journal as our first available online. In spite of the shifts and changes in the present day, Penn Law School remains firmly grounded in the confidence of knowing who we are. Our Law School is a collegial community, academically engaged, and intimate in size. It is an institution that has been considered an intellectual home by scholars and students of the law for 150 years. In the coming months I expect to outline some of my thoughts and plans for our future, and hope I can rely on your advice and insight as part of this effort. 

It is my distinct honor to serve as Dean of this historic and storied school.

Michael A. Fitts, Dean