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A GROUP OF Penn Law alumni and friends have established a professorship in the name of Robert H. Mundheim, former dean of Penn Law School and internationally known expert in corporate law and securities regulation.
Among the contributors are Paul Haaga Jr., Lí74 and Charles "Casey" Cogut Lí73, both members of the board of overseers. Mundheim, who joined Penn Lawís faculty in 1965, served as Dean from 1982 to 1989. His tenure as Dean was marked by the launch of the campaign to build the Nicole E. Tanenbaum Library building and the beginning of the effort to create a significant endowment for the Law School. He led the Law School to establish the nationís first mandatory public service program at a major law school, helped develop the Center on Professionalism at the Law School, and furthered its interdisciplinary initiatives by vastly expanding the activities of the Institute for Law & Economics.
A graduate of Harvard Law School, Mundheim came to Penn Law after serving as Special Counsel to the Securities and Exchange Commission. He was appointed by President Jimmy Carter as General Counsel to the U.S. Treasury Department in 1977. He returned to the Law School in 1980 but was recalled in January 1981 to lead the Treasury team in Algiers in the successful negotiation to release the American hostages in Iran.
After leaving Penn Law in 1989, Mundheim served as co-chairman of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson and then became Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Salomon, Inc. and a Managing Director and member of the Executive Committee of Salomon Brothers. Today, he is of counsel to Shearman & Sterling, a global law firm.