A Message from the Dean
Career Evolution
The Dark Side of James Wilson
A Shepherd to Troubled Youths
Doug Frenkel Steps Down as Clinic Director
The Brief
Faculty News & Publications
The Campaign for Penn Law
Alumni Briefs
In Memoriam
Case Closed
A Message from the Dean  

Michael A. Fitts  
MICHAEL A. FITTS
Dean and Bernard G. Segal Professor of Law
 
To the Penn Law Community:
One of the wonderful benefits of my job as dean is the opportunity it affords me to meet an incredible array of alumni all over the country and the world. In my travels, I discover time and again the intelligence, curiosity and sense of possibility that characterize the graduates of this law school. They include leaders in every sector of our society. They are also very nice people. I often say that you can do almost anything with a Penn Law education, which develops critical thinking skills and encourages discursive habits of thought.

And nothing illustrates my point more than the current issue, in which we bring you stories of a most interesting blend of alumni — some just starting out, others in mid-career or beyond, yet others continuing to contribute to the world after “retirement.” You will read about restaurateurs (Jeffrey Chodorow, W’72, L’75) and movie studio executives (Paul Schaeffer, L’71); diplomats (Charlie Heimbold, L’60) and environmentalists (Sam Pryor, L’53); CEOs (David King, L’82) and young lawyers and clerks (Melissa Iachan, L’06, Stephanie Hales, L’07, and Adam Pollock, L’06 — all of whom found something constructive and satisfying (and sometimes unexpected) to do with their lives.

Certainly, Paul Minorini, L’91, has found enormous satisfaction in his career choice. Paul, who is the subject of a separate feature story in this issue, is president and chief executive officer of Boys Hope Girls Hope. In that capacity, he does meaningful work: Against all odds, he takes troubled youth and turns their lives around. Paul’s organization houses and schools several hundred children, many of whom never forget what he did for them. Last year, Paul received an award from a group dedicated to alleviating poverty. It was an affirmation of his vital work. Finally, I must take the opportunity to offer my own affirmation of Doug Frenkel, W’68, L’72. Doug is stepping down at the end of June after 28 years as director of the Gittis Center for Clinical Legal Studies. I don’t even know where to begin. Doug has been a leader in clinical education, a great colleague, and a mentor to students. He’s built Penn Law’s clinical education program into one of the best in the country. And it’s all due to Doug’s unflagging energy and inexhaustible supply of ideas.

We are sorry to see him go, but he won’t be going too far: Doug will remain on the faculty, devoting his considerable knowledge to advancing the study and practice of mediation. In this issue, colleagues and students pay tribute to Doug. He is among the many reasons that Penn Law is such a great place to work and to study — or to launch an astounding number of fascinating careers.