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Fall 2010
Class of 2013

Meet the Class of 2013

A former CIA analyst, professional basketball player, neuroscience PhD, Peace Corps member...

Students from around the world converged at Philadelphia's National Constitution Center in early September for Penn Law's new student orientation. Who are the 252 students in the Law School's Class of 2013? Associate Dean of Admissions Renee Post profiles the newest members of the Penn Law community.

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1Ls gather at the National Constitution Center

Campaign Corner

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Campaign Corner

Golkin Hall Groundbreaking: Alumni Leading the Way

Donna and Perry Golkin at the groundbreaking
Donna and Perry Golkin

On July 22, Penn Law publicly announced the name of the new law building currently under construction at a groundbreaking ceremony and reception held for alumni, faculty, staff and students.

Golkin Hall, which will house new faculty offices, seminar rooms, a 350 seat auditorium and state-of-the-art court room, is named in honor of Perry Golkin W'74, WG'74, L'78 and Donna O'Hara Golkin WG'77. The building will complete the renovation of the Penn Law campus and make it the finest urban law school campus in the nation.

A constant theme echoed by the major donors to the project was one of a commitment to the ideals of Penn Law and an appreciation for what the Law School has meant to them personally.

Board of Overseers Chair Paul G. Haaga, Jr. L'74, WG'74, summed it up perfectly, "Penn Law is so special because the people and the relationships are so special, and the new spaces and connections between buildings will provide a compelling environment for students, faculty and administration to simply enjoy interacting."

For photos, video and more on the Groundbreaking and Golkin Hall project, visit our newsroom and the Golkin Hall website.

Lectures & Symposia

September 23-24
Rule of Law Reform in Iraq and Afghanistan: Challenges for the Coming Decade
Rule of Law Conference
Visit the conference website for more details.

October 7 and 27
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

The Caroline Zelaznik Gruss and Joseph S. Gruss Lectures in Talmudic Civil Law
Professor Arye Edrei, speaker

The House of Israel Divided: Schisms of Language, Law and Legitimacy
Lecture I
October 7 Rabbinics and the Linguistic Division of the Post-Temple Jewish Diaspora
Lecture II
October 27 The Rabbinic Debate over Conversion, from Antiquity to Contemporary Israel

October 12
4:30 p.m.

The Irving R. Segal Lecture
in Trial Advocacy
Ken Feinberg
Kenneth Feinberg, speaker

Unconventional Responses to Unique Catastrophes: Tailoring the Law to Meet the Challenges

Drawing on recent examples – from the Federal September 11 Victim Compensation Fund, to TARP Executive Compensation, to the Gulf Coast Claims Facility arising out of the BP Gulf Oil spill – Mr. Feinberg will demonstrate how the law can be applied to provide unconventional responses to national tragedies. In doing so, he will describe how basic legal principles may be flexibly and creatively applied to achieve justice in some of the most complex and challenging circumstances.

For more information on the 2010 Segal Lecture, click here.

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Alumni Awards

Alumni Awards

Six alumni will be recognized for their outstanding service to the legal profession and Penn Law on Tuesday evening, October 26. The Law Alumni Society will honor the following graduates at the annual Awards Ceremony and Reception:

The Hon. Norma Shapiro L'51, James Wilson Award, honoring service to the legal profession

Paul Haaga L'74, WG'74, Distinguished Service Award, honoring service to the Law School

Perry Golkin W'74, WG'74, L'78
Janet Stotland CW'66, L'69
Alumni Award of Merit, honoring professional achievement and service to the Law School

Damon Hewitt L'00, Young Alumni Award, honoring professional achievement of an alumnus/a who graduated within the past 10 years

Gerald McHugh L'79, Howard Lesnick Pro Bono Award, honoring an alumnus/a who has embodied the spirit of the Public Service Program through a sustained commitment to pro bono and/or public service through a private sector career

You can find profiles and photos of the 2010 awardees here soon. For more information about the Ceremony and Reception, contact Nancy Rasmussen at We invite all alumni to join us for this very special event.

Alumni Clubs & Events

Alumni Clubs
Penn Law NYC Alumni Club Summer Happy Hour for Alumni, Summer Interns, and Admitted Students, 7/27/10

With over 30 Penn Law alumni clubs around the world and several fall alumni events in the works, check out what's going on where you live. We're adding clubs in northern New Jersey, Minnesota and possibly Germany in October and have planned alumni events here in Philly and in San Francisco, Chicago, Minneapolis, Washington D.C., Boston, northern New Jersey, LA, Dallas and Wilmington before the end of the year. The programs offer a range of opportunities: you can earn CLE credit, network with other Law School graduates, hear from our faculty or meet with the dean. For more information, please contact Nancy Rasmussen, associate director of alumni relations, at

LAS Board of Managers Summer Orientation

LAS Board of managers
Back Row:
Rick D'Avino L'80, Adam Hobson L'08, Julius Towers L'03, Andrea Patton L'99, Mike Saslaw L'82, Gerry Frim L'84, Chris Murray L'01
Front Row:
Cathy Miller-Wilson L'93, Lynn Marks L'79, Jennifer Bealer L'09, Sherrie Savett L'73, Wendy Beetlestone L'93, Lori Knauer L'89, Donyale Reavis L'99, Cindy Chen L'04, Janet Stotland L'69

New members of the Law Alumni Society Board of Managers attended a Summer Orientation at the Law School. Fifteen of the 21 new managers enjoyed lunch at the White Dog, learned about the Board from President Rick D'Avino L'80, and met with Dean Michael Fitts to hear the latest Penn Law developments and news.

The Music Bar

Four lawyers, four different approaches. Elizabeth Coleman L'74, Stephen Goodman L'65, Jon Houlon L'95 and El McMeen L'72 have found creative expression through music. For them, making music is not quite a profession, but is more than a sidelight. Read about them in the fall issue of the Penn Law Journal. Until then, you can listen to their music (click on the links above).

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Faculty in the News

Seth Kreimer writes on the so-called Ground Zero mosque. CBS News

Anita Allen speaks to Radio Times about the privacy implications of openness in adoptions. WHYY

David Rudovsky writes on the apparent double standard of witness intimidation. Philadelphia Inquirer

Edward Rock discusses GM's planned IPO. Wall Street Journal

Christopher S. Yoo discusses the Google-Verizon net neutrality proposal and the possibility of a tiered Internet. ABC News

Jill Fisch discusses the trend of judges taking a tougher line on bank settlements. New York Times

Tobias Barrington Wolff dissects a federal judge's ruling that held portions of DOMA unconstitutional. MSNBC

Theodore Ruger examines Judge Vaughn R. Walker's ruling to overturn California's same-sex marriage ban. WHYY

Stephen Morse discusses the emerging field of neurolaw – and whether genes and brain abnormalities create killers. NPR

New Faculty

William Bratton

William Jefferson Bratton, a leading scholar and writer on business law, joins Penn Law from Georgetown University Law Center. Bratton brings an interdisciplinary perspective to subjects that encompass corporate governance, corporate finance, accounting, corporate legal history, and comparative corporate law.

Tess Wilkinson-Ryan

Tess Wilkinson-Ryan L'05 joins the standing faculty after completing a Sharswood Fellowship at the Law School. Wilkinson-Ryan, who holds a PhD in psychology from Penn, uses behavioral research to shed light on how people interpret the law, how they conceive of their rights and obligations, and how social and moral norms interact with the applicable legal rules.

Public Interest Summer

From The Hague to the ACLU, students spent a productive summer doing public interest work abroad and in the U.S. Their employment included working for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, assisting pollution victims in China, preparing civil disobedience guides for the protest of anti-immigration legislation, and many other projects. Roughly 60 students held public interest jobs. Penn Law offers a number of fellowships to students who want to continue doing public interest work after graduation.

In Memoriam

Elizabeth Slusser Kelly
Elizabeth Slusser Kelly

Noyes Leech
Noyes Leech

Mr. Leech's daughters will hold a concert in memory of their father on Thursday, September 23, at 2pm in Philadelphia. For details contact Dori Pavel at