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THE HON. MAX ROSENN L’32 was on the cusp of 60 when legendary U.S. Senator Hugh Scott of Pennsylvania sponsored him for a federal judgeship. Although impressed with his qualifications, Scott was concerned that other members of the Senate might question how long Rosenn would be able to serve as a judge. He needn’t have worried. Now 94, Rosenn is among the oldest active judges in the country, and he is still going strong, still issuing thoughtful opinions.

And still inspiring allegiance from a cadre of Penn Law alumni who clerked for him. “Judge Rosenn was always very mindful of the great responsibility entailed in his position. He communicated that sense of obligation to his clerks,” recalls Joseph L. Seiler III L’80, a partner at Le Boeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae in New York.

Richard Allan Matasar C’74, L’77, Dean of New York Law School, calls Rosenn the “single best role model” he could have wished for after law school. Judge Rosenn, now a Senior Judge on the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals, displayed not only an extraordinary work ethic but treated everyone with respect – from the attorneys who came before him to his colleagues on the bench, says Matasar.

Adds James J. Sandman L’76, Managing Partner at Arnold & Porter in Washington: “Judge Rosenn taught me that human kindness and professional success need never be inconsistent, and that one can in promote the other. I’ve always hung his picture where I can see it easily from my desk, to remind me every day of what I aspire to be.”

As a jurist, Sandman says, Judge Rosenn treated every matter before him with due diligence, giving thoughtful deliberation to each case, mindful of his responsibility to uphold public confidence in the judiciary.

Judge Rosenn, Matasar remembers, marshaled facts and integrated nuance into “elegant and beautifully written” opinions. “The core of decisions coming out of Judge Rosenn’s chambers were impossible to define by ideology. He believed the law should be smart.”

 
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