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A Message From The Dean 1

To the Penn Law Community:

MICHAEL A. FITTS
Dean and Bernard G. Segal Professor of Law

WHEN ALUMNI LOOK BACK on their years here, what do they remember most?

They reminisce about friends and fondly remember long-time administrators who put a friendly face on a trying experience. But overall, they recall favorite professors who challenged and inspired them and took an interest in their success, in school and after.

Good teaching leaves an imprint. Course materials may fade from memory but not the people who taught the courses. They remain indelible.

As Dean, I can never say enough about the quality of our faculty, past and present. It is one of my favorite topics. Penn Law has been fortunate through the years to have an extraordinary faculty. When you think about the people who called this Law School home, itís simply amazing. A. Leo Levin, Louis B. Schwartz, John Honnold and Robert Gorman, to name just a few, are legitimate legends and Hall of Fame professors. And I must say that todayís faculty are exceptional in their own right, and getting better all the time.

Now, if you think that a school devoted to recruiting and retaining the best possible faculty would put a premium on developing first-rate academics, you would be right. Scores of alumni, in effect, launched their academic careers at Penn Law, where a new seminar molds future academics. This issue contains a look at that program, as well as several profiles of alumni who chose to teach and contribute to our country’s intellectual stock.

Equally extraordinary is this year’s class. The 260 members of the Class of 2006 are a diverse and talented group, clearly as accomplished as we have ever seen. At this point they are nearing the end of their first year, having battled through the thickets of law like participants on Survivor. Being a 1L is not easy. It is, in fact, a signature experience; along with your favorite professor, you never forget it.

We try to rekindle those memories in our cover story, which documents the trials and travails of the first months of law school through the bleary eyes of one student. For older graduates, forget the part about the laptops. Otherwise I trust the piece will spur a ring of recognition.

As a last word, I want to mention the new look of the Penn Law Journal. We think the redesign makes it easier and more enjoyable to read. Let us know what you think. And please stop by anytime to see us. We promise not to call on you.