A Message from the Dean
Confidential Sources on Trial
Shelter From the Storm
Harrison Report: Post-World War II Bombshell
A Case of Political Descent
Clinic Hits Thirty
The Brief
The Board of Overseers
Faculty News & Publications
Philanthropy
Alumni Briefs
In Memoriam
Case Closed
 
In This Training Ground, Students Find Experience is the Best Teacher
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In 1977, the clinic relocated from the Law School basement to more spacious, but still basic, quarters in the old dorms. It was a good run, lasting 13 years — to 1990. When Dean Robert Mundheim decided to raze the dorms and build Tanenbaum Hall, the clinical program had to move again, this time to the International House, several blocks from the Law School. Finally, in 1996, the clinic found a permanent home in the ground floor of Silverman Hall, thanks to Howard Gittis W’55 L’58, who supported the program with an operating endowment.

“I am enormously proud to have my name associated with this program,” says Gittis. “The job that Doug and the clinical faculty are doing is amazing. The expansion of the center has made it even more meaningful to students and I look forward to seeing it continue to grow and flourish.”

As Gittis notes, the program has matured. The clinic started as a workshop for litigation, but has gradually expanded. Notably, in 1981 Penn Law created one of the country’s first Small Business clinics, now known as the Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic — a name change which reflects a shift from advising primarily business and nonprofit start-ups to more complex transactional work.
 
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