The Brief: Law School News and Events

The Campaign for Penn Law
Major Gifts
Donors Paul Haaga L'74, WG'74 and wife Heather look on as the Penn Lions Chinese dance troupe perform a mesmerizing routine at the dedication of the new Haaga Lounge. The space serves as the expanded home of The Goat, a sculpture of an ancient Chinese animal endowed with supernatural powers. The ceremony, held on the first day of the Chinese New Year, featured a traditional meal of dim sum and fortune cookies. There were also Chinese yo yo paper streamers and red envelopes with secret gifts. All in all, a fitting day in honor of the Haagas, who are seated with Christopher Schmitt L'11 (far left), president of the Council of Student Representatives, and Penn Law Dean Michael A. Fitts.

Peter Detkin EE'82, L'85 has made a major gift to establish the Detkin Intellectual Property and Technology Legal Clinic. The clinic will give students practical, hands-on experience in the patent and licensing process and will build on University research to bring products to market. Detkin is founder and vice chairman of Intellectual Ventures, an invention investment firm. (For more information on the clinic, click here.)

Earl R. Franklin L'68 and wife Barbara Corwin Franklin OT'66 made a substantial gift to establish the Earl R. Franklin and Barbara Corwin Franklin Endowed Merit Scholarship Fund, which will support students who have demonstrated leadership and academic excellence. Mr. Franklin is the former senior vice president and secretary at the Eaton Corp., a global technology leader in diversified power management solutions.

Gerald McHugh , Jr., L'79 made a generous gift in support of a postgraduate fellowship for a member of the Class of 2011. The recipient must take a job in the public interest or legal services sector. The gift was made in honor of two mentors and role models: S. Gerald Litvin L'54, the dean of the Philadelphia trial bar, and Dennis Suplee L'67, former chairman of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP. McHugh, an attorney with Raynes McCarty Binder Ross Mundy, is considered one of the top and most influential trial lawyers in Pennsylvania.

Alan Miles Ruben C'53, G'56, L'56 and wife the Honorable Betty W. Ruben WG'57 made a major gift to establish the Alan Miles Ruben and Judge Betty Willis Ruben Endowed Scholarship. The fund will support the exchange of study abroad students between Penn Law and Chinese law schools, with preference to those from or travelling to FuDan University in China. Mr. Ruben is an emeritus professor of law at Cleveland State University.

Steven T. Shapiro C'89, L'92 and Deborah Shapiro L'92 have made a generous gift to establish the Shapiro Endowed Scholarship Fund. Their gift also supports Annual Giving. Steven Shapiro is a founding partner and portfolio manager, as well as a member of the executive committee, at Golden Tree Asset Management, which manages leveraged loans, high yield bonds, distressed assets and equities in hedge funds and structured funds.

The Penn Law Korean Alumni Club has made a major gift in support of the faculty office in Golkin Hall. This is the first gift from an alumni club.