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Winter 2011

Dean Mike Fitts

Three More Years for Dean

In late October Penn President Amy Gutmann announced a three-year extension of Mike Fitts' second term as dean. The extension means the dean will serve until June 30, 2015.

His first 10 years were filled with achievements. Under Mike's leadership, the Law School has established the best cross-disciplinary program of any law school in the country; has doubled applications; has increased the endowment by 250 percent and the faculty by more than 40 percent; and has raised the money for top to bottom improvements to the physical plant with Golkin Hall the exclamation point. And these are just a few examples.

So, what are the dean's goals in the next five years? We asked him that question and several others. More »

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Campaign Corner

Bold Ambitions Donations

Bold Ambitions, the Campaign for Penn Law

Wondering how well the Law School is doing toward meeting the Campaign goals? Take a look...

Student Aid
Raised To Date    Goal    Percentage
$47.2M $60M 79.0%
Faculty Support
Raised To Date    Goal    Percentage
$31.5M $36M 87.5%
Cross Disciplinary Initiatives
Raised To Date    Goal    Percentage
$6M $4M 150.0%
Unrestricted/Annual Giving
Raised To Date    Goal    Percentage
$24M $27.7M 86.6%
Renovations/Capital (Golkin Hall, Classroom upgrades)
Raised To Date    Goal    Percentage
$33.6M $38M 88.5%
Restricted Support (ILE, Biddle, Clinics, etc.)
Raised To Date    Goal    Percentage
$6.9M $9.3M 75.0%
Endowments TBD
Raised To Date    Goal    Percentage
$9.5M 0.0 0.0%
Raised To Date    Goal    Percentage
$159M $175M 91.0%

Even before we enter the final year of the Campaign, we're proud that we have created 17 new professorships and that we are already distributing much-needed student aid through 86 new scholarships. We've also just unveiled the renovated Haaga Lounge with a grand re-opening ceremony that was but a teaser to the many services and facilities that Golkin Hall will provide when it opens in 2012. But most of all, we are grateful for the support that we have received from our remarkable alumni. Thank you for investing in the future and promoting the Law School's Bold Ambitions.

Topping Off Ceremony for Golkin Hall

A drenching rain could not dampen the spirits of those alumni benefactors, faculty members and students who gathered to celebrate the Topping Off of Golkin Hall on November 4th.

Topping Off Ceremony

At dinner in a transformed Biddle Library, Penn President Amy Gutmann toasted the Law School on its astonishing success at raising the funds needed for the new building, slated to open in 2012. Guests watched via live video-simulcast as the steel beam, complete with the signatures of all who attended, was raised amid much fanfare and applause. Click here for more photos and the complete story.

Raising the Flag at the Topping Off


Alumni Weekend 2011

Classes ending in 1's and 6's will celebrate their Law School reunions on May 13th and 14th with two days of exciting events, tours, CLE panels and social activities. This year's theme, "Meet Me at the Goat," has special significance as the Law School will show off the beautifully renovated Haaga Lounge in Silverman Hall. On Friday night, individual classes will meet to reconnect at casual gatherings at the Law School and throughout Center City Philadelphia. All reunion classes are invited to a Saturday evening cocktail party featuring live music, dinner and dancing in the magnificent Great Hall of the Philadelphia Museum of Art on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Visit the Alumni Weekend pages of the Penn Law website for a complete schedule of events and to register online.

Alumni Weekend
Alumni Celebrating their Penn Law Reunion

Volunteer Alumni Network

Alumni are encouraged to be involved in the life of the Law School through a range of volunteer opportunities such as mentoring students for the Penn Law Center on Professionalism, serving as a supervising attorney or resource for a student pro bono project, working with other graduates to plan alumni events in your region, serving as a moot court judge, and more. Click here to learn more and to sign up via the simple form.

More on alumni »

Alumni Clubs/Events

Alumni Clubs

Professor David Skeel spoke to alumni at the Northern New Jersey Alumni Club’s inaugural event. Club leaders are (left to right): David Blank L’97, Adam Haberfield L’98, Gretchen Fritz L’98, Wendy Fromer Weinstein L’87.

Several alumni events, including a women's luncheon panel in DC, regional admitted student/alumni receptions, faculty receptions in NYC and an alumni dinner in New Delhi with Professor Eric Feldman, are planned by Penn Law and its clubs for winter and spring 2011; check them out at our Events page. In addition, the Penn Law Brazil Alumni Club has planned a full day of activities for Dean Michael Fitts' February visit to Sao Paulo.

Alumni Awards

Alumni Awards

2010 Alumni Awardees (left to right, first row): Damon Hewitt L’00; Paul Haaga WG’74, L’74; the Honorable Norma Shapiro L’51; Perry Golkin W’74, WG’74, L’78; Janet Stotland CW’66, L’69; Gerald McHugh L’79. Second row: LAS Board of Managers President Rick D’Avino L’80 and
Dean Michael A. Fitts

From the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund to Pennsylvania's Third Circuit Court to classrooms at the Law School, this year's six Law Alumni Society Alumni Awardees serve Penn Law and their communities in a variety of meaningful ways. Read more about these outstanding graduates here.

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Mock Cases, Real Lessons

Hon. Gene E. K. Pratter L'75 on the Penn Law Inn of Court
Don't let the somewhat stodgy name fool you. The American Inns of Court – an association of lawyers, judges, legal academics, and law students who share a passion for professional excellence – is one of the most successful legal mentoring organizations in the country. Here Judge Gene E.K. Pratter L '75 talks about her experience as a member of our chapter, the Penn Law Inn of Court.   More »

Faculty In the Media

Anita Allen says Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has a right to privacy. NPR Morning Edition

Jacques deLisle shares his take on U.S.-China currency tensions. The Atlantic

Michael Knoll discusses whether foreclosure suspensions will help or hurt the housing recovery. NPR

Stephen Morse discusses the insanity defense in the case of Arizona shooter Jared Loughner and whether political rhetoric can drive a mentally ill person to violence. New York Times | AOL News

David Rudovsky celebrates the release of his client after 45 years of imprisonment for a crime he says he did not commit. NewsWorks | Philadelphia Inquirer

David Skeel writes a widely circulated article followed by an op-ed advocating that states be allowed to file for bankruptcy. Wall Street Journal

Christopher Yoo joins Radio Times for a debate on network neutrality. WHYY

Faculty Q&A

Stephen Burbank on the tumultuous relationship between law and politics, the dangers of a legal system jammed with lawsuits, and his role as special master to the National Football League. Penn Gazette

Sarah Paoletti on her human rights advocacy and Penn Law's Transnational Legal Clinic. Penn Current

Tobias Barrington Wolff on the repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" and the legal and policy implications of the change. Penn Law Newsroom

In Memoriam

The Penn Law community mourns the loss of four professors this academic year. 

Professor John Honnold Professor Alan Lerner
John Honnold     Alan Lerner

Professor Ralph Spritzer Professor Clyde Summers
Ralph Spritzer   Clyde Summers