A Message from the Dean
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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
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Alumni Briefs
In Memoriam
Case Closed
James O. Freedman, 70, Former Penn Law Dean & Dartmouth President
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But Freedman’s resolve to expand the boundaries of higher education first appeared in a less antagonistic setting, when he became a professor of Administrative and Family Law at Penn in 1964. According to long-time teaching partner Professor Richard Lonsdorf, Freedman encouraged his students to think in broader terms that often led them into other disciplines. “He believed that knowledge wasn’t anything you ought to parcel out, that all knowledge is useful,” said Lonsdorf. “He loved to play around with ideas and see where they would lead.”

That push for interdisciplinary studies continued as Freedman became an associate provost for the University, and later, dean of the Law School. Many credit him with creating the ties between law and business and law and medicine that are today a hallmark of Penn Law. “The whole notion of getting the Law School involved with Wharton and with the medical and nursing school…that was the kind of exploring that he facilitated,” said Lonsdorf. Freedman’s deanship saw the creation of the Small Business Clinic, now known as the Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic, as well as the Institute for Law & Economics.
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