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Edward Scott Mead L'82 has made a significant gift to establish the Mead International Fellows Program. The program will provide funding for students to work on projects related to human rights and economic progress in the developing world. Mead is a former Goldman Sachs managing director in London. Since his retirement from Goldman in 2003, Mead has continued to serve as an active investor, investment banker, philanthropist and photographer.

Over time, the Mead Program will award an average of three fellowships per year to first-year students who will use the fellowship funding to support work overseas between their first and second years of law school. Fellowship winners can participate in direct legal service work, development programming aimed primarily at furthering rule of law and economic policy, or advocacy and policy work.

Successful applicants will participate in a briefing program designed to familiarize them with legal and operational issues that they may encounter in their work and to give them guidance on preparing to do human rights and rule of law work. Upon their return to the Law School, Fellows will be asked to submit a brief policy paper addressing an issue that they worked on during their placement. Fellows will present their policy papers and discuss their work experience at a presentation at the Law School and will participate in briefing sessions for other students.

Robert C. Heim W'64, L'72 made a substantial gift to establish the Robert C. Heim Endowed Scholarship Fund. His gift also supports the Annual Giving Fund. Heim, a partner at Dechert, is a nationally known trial lawyer who specializes in class action and complex commercial litigation. He is a past chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association and past president of the National Conference of Bar Presidents. Heim has received numerous awards, including the Law Alumni Award, the Philadelphia Bar Association Fidelity Award, and the Learned Hand Award for distinguished service to the profession and the community.

Kevin Baine L'74 is a partner Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C., where he has been engaged in First Amendment, media and commercial litigation for over 30 years. Baine has been counsel for many of the country's major media organizations in cases involving issues of freedom of speech and press, and for a variety of churches and educational institutions in cases involving freedom of religion. In one of his cases involving the Establishment Clause, Agostini v. Felton, the Supreme Court for the first time in its history overruled a prior decision it had rendered in the same case. Baine was a law clerk for Associate Justice Thurgood Marshall and for Judge Edward Weinfeld of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Stephen A. Cozen C'61, L'64, a member of the Penn Law Board of Overseers, is chairman of Cozen O'Connor. His firm donated $2 million to the Law School several years ago to establish a professorship in his name. It was the first law school to endow a chair in school history. Cozen is a leader in the Philadelphia community. He and his firm have represented businesses in high-profile transactions and high visibility, high stakes litigation. Cozen serves on numerous education and philanthropic boards and two public company boards. He is the recipient of many civic and professional honors and awards.

Davis-Villamil Family Foundation. Mark Davis and Yolanda Villamil-Davis. Mark Davis L'75, a member of the Penn Law Board of Overseers, is head of a group of companies in the real estate, gaming and investment businesses. A past gift established a scholarship fund for students in Puerto Rico. (with changes)

Marcy Engel L'83 and Stuart Cobert. Engel is chief operating officer and general counsel of Eton Park Capital Management. A member of the Penn Law Board of Overseers, she has also served on the board of the Journal for International Economic Law. In addition, she has been a class agent and reunion committee chair.

Joseph Frumkin L'85 is managing partner of Sullivan & Cromwell's Mergers & Acquisitions Group. He has also been an investment banker and an aide late U.S. Sen. John Heinz. Frumkin is a member of the Penn Law Board of Overseers and chairs Penn's Institute for Law and Economics.

Paul Haaga Jr. L'74, WG'74, chairman of the Penn Law Board of Overseers, is vice chairman of Capital Research and Management Co., which manages more than $1 trillion in investments. He is also vice chairman of the 12 fixed-income funds in the American Funds Group. From 2002 to 2004, he served as chairman of the Investment Company Institute, the national association of the U.S. mutual funds industry. He effectively steered the industry through a series of scandals in which several firms were accused of improper trading.

Osagie Imasogie GL'85 and Losenge Imasogie. Osagie Imasogie is a member of the Penn Law Board of Overseers and an adjunct professor at the Law School. He is a cofounder of Phoenix IP Ventures, and was a senior consultant to President George W. Bush's Emergency Plan for AIDS relief. A previous gift was made to establish the Osagie & Losenge Endowed Scholarship Fund, which supports students who grew up in Africa or are citizens of an African country.

Paul Levy L'72 and Karen Levy. In what is known as the Levy Challenge, Paul Levy has agreed to match all $50,000 gifts toward the new building. As a result, each contribution will total $100,000. All donors will have an opportunity to name a faculty office in the new building for $50,000. Traditionally, naming of a faculty office requires a gift of $100,000. Levy, senior managing director of investment firm JLL Partners, is chairman of the Bold Ambitions campaign for Penn Law School. He served as chairman of the Board of Overseers from 2001 to 2007. In addition, he is a trustee of Penn and Penn Medicine. He established the Levy Scholars Program which annually gives a group of students the resources to pursue specialized study in law-related areas such as business, medicine, engineering and communications.

Paul Shapiro C'64, L'67 and Carolyn Shapiro CW'64. Paul Shapiro, a member of the Penn Law Board of Overseers, is chairman of Q Capital Strategies. Along with Dan Promislo L'66, he was a co-founder and co-director of the Institute of Paralegal Training, the first paralegal school in the country.

Robert C. Sheehan L'69 and Elizabeth Sheehan. Sheehan is a member of the Penn Law Board of Overseers. He was executive partner of Skadden Arps from 1994 to April 2009, and is now a pro bono partner at the firm. Recently, firm partners made a substantial gift in honor of Mr. Sheehan. The gift supports the Penn Law Human Rights Project. Penn Law School will recruit a full-time professor to guide students as they work on asylum cases in partnership with local providers of legal services to immigrants. Sheehan received the Pro Bono Institute's Laurie D. Zelon Award from U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in recognition of his exemplary pro bono service. Elizabeth Sheehan is a retired teacher.

Shanin Specter L'84 and Thomas R. Kline. Tom Kline and Shanin Specter are the founding partners of the Philadelphia law firm of Kline & Specter, P.C. The firm represents people catastrophically injured through medical negligence and product liability throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as well as in other state and federal courts. Specter received the 2008 Michael A. Musmanno Award, the highest honor conferred by the Philadelphia Trial Lawyer's Association, and in 2007 received the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association's highest honor, the Milton D. Rosenberg Award. The National Law Journal selected Specter as one of the top ten litigators in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Specter is also on the adjunct faculty at Penn Law School. Kline is co-founder of Kline & Specter. Kline has received at least as many accolades as Specter, including his elected position as immediate past president of the Inner Circle of Advocates, described as "a select group of 100 of the nation's most celebrated trial lawyers."