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March 12, 2014
A look at the Penn Law Archives collection of the oldest continuously published law journal in the United States… read more!
February 26, 2014
A spotlight on the collection of papers from attorney, legal scholar, and Penn Law professor, William E. Mikell. read more!
December 23, 2013
Biddle Law Library wasn't always in Tanenbaum Hall... read more!
September 28, 2012
On May 8, 2012, the Penn Law community lost a great man, Judge Louis Heilprin Pollak. Pollak was a civil rights advocate, former Penn Law dean, U.S. District Court judge, and was regarded as one of the leading members of the judiciary in the country. 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 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!
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 11, 2011
Penn Law and the community at large lost one of the singular figures in American legal education with the passing of Professor Clyde Summers who died on October 30, 2010. Summers was widely regarded as one of his generation’s leading authorities... read more!
December 15, 2010
Indira Gandhi.  Sandra Day O'Connor. Leslie Nielsen.While one of these things is not like the other, over the years Penn Law School has hosted its fair share of luminaries that have a wide range of cultural associations.  In October 1999, the... read more!
December 1, 2010
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November 11, 2010
Written by Megan Good, Archives Intern. Bernard Segal was an accomplished Philadelphia lawyer devoted to civil rights advocacy. After graduating from Penn with both his undergraduate degree from Wharton in 1928 and his law degree in 1931, he became the... read more!
October 13, 2010
As part of an ongoing project to identify events and people depicted in the Archives’ photograph collection, I was recently reviewing back issues of the Law Alumni Journal when I came across an article written in 1973 entitled, “In... read more!
August 18, 2010
 In his book, The Voice of the Past, the sociologist Paul Thompson comments on the cultural importance of oral histories, saying:[oral history] can break down barriers between teachers and students, between generations, between educational institutions and the world outside ... it can give back... read more!
June 11, 2010
Jonathan Ellis received the Peter McCall prize at Penn Law's 2010 graduation.   This prize is awarded annually to the member of the graduating class who has received the highest grades during their three years at Penn Law.  You might wonder, who was Peter McCall,... read more!
May 12, 2010
  Written by Megan Good, Archives InternJohn Honnold was an expert in international commercial sales law and known as the Father of the Vienna Convention. After working in private practice for a few years after Harvard Law School, Honnold became Chief of the Court... read more!
April 14, 2010
April 11-17 is National Library Week, which recognizes and celebrates the contribution of libraries to society.  In an age when search engines and electronic databases are just a few keystrokes away, the library has evolved to become a service as much... read more!
March 24, 2010
 Philadelphia scion George Wharton Pepper was an accomplished figure in American legal history.  As a student at Penn, he helped found the Daily Pennsylvanian in 1888, the university's student-run newspaper.  After studying the law under prominent Philadelphia attorney George Biddle,... read more!
November 25, 2009
 In preparation for a researcher who was visiting the American Law Institute Archives, I was reviewing some Executive Director files when I came across the following letter, excerpted here:Who's it from?Archival collections can contain, literally, tens of thousands of items. ... read more!
September 1, 2009
 While playing housekeeper in the archives vault recently, I came across an unprocessed collection of essays written by former Penn Law students.  What I found particularly interesting about this collection is that most of the essays date back to the... read more!
June 2, 2009
The Archives recently received a series of photographs of Penn Law School and related activities in the 1960s.  One particular photograph that caught my eye shows the Law School as it looked from Chestnut Street over 40 years ago. What you're looking... 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!
December 30, 2008
These greeting cards were sent from Dr. Rokuichiro Nasujima to George Wharton Pepper-- Professor at Penn Law, Senator of Pennsylvania, and and former President of the American Law Institute.  (The Law School Archives maintains Pepper's personal papers as well as... read more!
October 17, 2008
I was excited to finish processing recently a small but very interesting collection: 12 notebooks filled with the research and lectures of former Penn Law Professor John Dickinson.Born in Maryland in 1894, Dickinson was born into a legal history pedigree:... read more!