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February 12, 2014
Be sure to check out this database when doing American legal history research! read more!
November 22, 2013
An update to a previous post about the Scottsboro Boys. read more!
October 23, 2013
Check out the General Motors Bankruptcy Files in the Archives! read more!
May 22, 2013
Check out Biddle resources pertaining to the Scottsboro Boys. read more!
March 13, 2013
The second post on different Biddle Law Library resources pertaining to the law and fiction. read more!
January 9, 2013
On May 29, 2012, the National Bankruptcy Archives filmed an oral history panel entitled, An Early History of the United States Trustee Program: Three Pioneers Reflect." Developed and funded by the American College of Bankruptcy, for donation to the National Bankruptcy Archives at the University of Pennsylvania's Biddle Law Library, the panel discussed the challenges that faced the program during its inception, the mixed reception by the bench and the bar, and the ways in which the program dealt with its challenges. read more!
September 15, 2012
In recognition of National Constitution Day on September 17th, and especially in light of Penn law's September 17th exhibit featuring original documents from our country's Founders, including James Wilson, the Biddleblog is pleased to repost this August 31, 2010 blog entry! read more!
May 2, 2012
The collection, dating from 1768 to 1787, is from the courts of Bucks, Chester, and Montgomery counties in Pennsylvania, as well as the court of oyer and terminer. read more!
May 19, 2011
Written by Jessica Lydon, Archives Intern. A leading figure in the history of Penn Law, the Philadelphia legal community, and the law profession at large, A. Leo Levin served as the Leon Meltzer Professor of Law for forty years, eventually receiving... read more!
May 6, 2011
Written by Zev Fagin, Special Collections Assistant.A leading scholar of United States and comparative insolvency law, Samuel L. Bufford currently teaches as a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at The Dickinson School of Law at Penn State. He recently retired from the... read more!
May 2, 2011
Written by Megan Good, Archives Intern.Wharton Professor George W. Taylor was not only a notable teacher and scholar, but also a significant figure in the labor relations industry. The “Father of American Arbitration” graduated from Penn with his B.A. in... read more!
April 15, 2011
One of the leading figures in the development of the consumer bankruptcy field, Henry J. Sommer, has lectured at Penn Law and currently serves on the Toll Public Interest Center Advisory Board.  The Biddle Law Library Archives recently processed Sommer's papers and the... read more!
March 17, 2011
 In the wake of the economic hardship brought on by the Great Depression, the United States was compelled to revisit its system of debt relief.  Legislative efforts in the 1930s culminated in the passage of a new federal bankruptcy law,... read more!
March 2, 2011
The Penn Law community was saddened to learn of the recent passing of Professor John O. Honnold, Jr., a preeminent figure in international law who taught at the Law School from 1946 until his retirement in 1984.  Given Professor Honnold's stature in... read more!
January 28, 2011
In 1953, ALI-ABA, the continuing legal education program jointly run by the American Law Institute and the American Bar Association, set out to develop a periodical that would impart knowledge to temper the day-to-day challenges of practicing law.  Unlike legal treatises and... read more!
June 30, 2010
In an effort to expand the National Bankruptcy Archives' holdings in rare material predating the establishment of the nation's first major bankruptcy law in 1898, the Archives has begun to acquire a selection of 18th and 19th century pamphlet and... read more!
February 17, 2010
John Lettou introduced the printing press to London in 1480. Two years later, with the help of partner William de Machlinia, he produced the first law book typeset in England. Machlinia was succeeded by Richard Pynson who, by 1500, moved... read more!
January 27, 2010
 Have you ever wanted to read the actual appellant’s brief submitted by Thurgood Marshall in Brown v. Board of Education?   Maybe you are stuck conducting a cite checking assignment for the University of Pennsylvania Law Review and would like to... read more!
May 19, 2009
 Many of you in the Penn Law community might have taken a class from Professor Geoffrey C. Hazard on civil procedure.  Still others might know Professor Hazard as one of the foremost experts on legal ethics in the United States.  However, Professor... read more!
March 27, 2009
I recently helped a student use an item in our Rare Books Collection to verify a citation that a professor had recorded for a forthcoming law review article.  One of the references she wanted to check was the original publication date... read more!
March 11, 2009
 Thanks to a grant from the ACTEC Foundation, the Biddle Law Library Archives was able to process the papers of Richard V. Wellman, the primary architect of the Uniform Probate Code.  A finding aid for the processed collection can be... read more!
January 12, 2009
  Happy 2009! To ring in the new semester and the new year, the Biddle Law Library has a couple of new exhibits in our reference area and the Rare Book seminar room. Violet Oakley's Law Triumphant In our main... read more!
November 25, 2008
For a student of public policy and the law, Thanksgiving is one of our most fascinating holidays.  Originally intended, literally, to "give thanks" to God, Thanksgiving has evolved into a secular holiday, established by the government to be celebrated... read more!