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An anonymous donor has stepped forward to contribute $1 million and match the $1 million gift from the BENJAMIN & MARY SIDDONS MEASEY FOUNDATION. The money will be used to establish the William Maul Measey Chair in Law and Health Sciences. The chairholder may have expertise in areas such as malpractice reform, bioethics, biotechnology, health care regulation, health care organization or comparative health law. The gift will strengthen the Law School’s connection to the School of Medicine, which offers a joint J.D./M.B. degree program with Penn Law in Law and Bioethics. This is the first time the Foundation has made a gift to a Law School.
The Benjamin and Mary Siddons Measey Foundation, established by William Maul Measey in 1958 in memory of his parents, supports medical education in the Philadelphia area. William Maul Measey, who graduated from the Law School in 1898, was a corporate attorney in Philadelphia. He practiced law for a number of years, some of the time in partnership with former classmate Owen J. Roberts C’1895, L’1898, who later became a Justice on the United States Supreme Court and Dean of the Law School.
PAUL E. SHAPIRO C’64, L’67 has continued his generous support of Penn Law. Previously, Shapiro helped establish the Shapiro Family Faculty Research Fund, which funds research in the area of law and mental health. A corporate lawyer and executive for the past 30 years, Shapiro currently serves as chairman of Q Capital Strategies, LLC, a life settlement business. Among his high-profile positions, Shapiro was senior vice president of MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings, Inc., executive vice president and chief administrative officer at Revlon Inc., executive vice president and general counsel of The Coleman Company Inc., and of Marvel Entertainment Group, Inc. He also was an executive vice president and chief administrative officer with Sunbeam Corporation. After leaving Wolf, Block Schorr and Solis, where he was a partner, Shapiro co-founded Shapiro & Bregman in 1985 in Palm Beach County, Florida. That firm later merged with Greenberg, Traurig LLP, where Shapiro served as manager shareholder of the Palm Beach County office. In the early 1970s, Shapiro was a co-founder of the Institute for Paralegal Training, which gave birth to the paralegal profession. Shapiro is a member of Toll Brothers’ board of directors, and chairman of the audit committee.
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