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Penn Law Names Five Faculty to Endowed Professorships

August 13, 2009

University of Pennsylvania Law School Dean Michael A. Fitts has announced the appointment of five faculty to endowed professorships.

“Appointment to a chaired professorship is a significant academic honor and a recognition of the recipient’s long-term commitment to the profession,” Fitts said. “I want to congratulate each of these professors and our alumni, as well, ” he added.   “We now have 31 endowed professorships at Penn Law, a remarkable accomplishment that attests to the quality of our faculty and to the extraordinary financial support of our alumni and friends.”
The new professorships are:
Tom Baker, the William Maul Measey Professor of Law and Health Sciences.  Baker is a preeminent scholar in insurance law who explores insurance, risk, and responsibility using methods and perspectives drawn from economics, sociology and history. His book, The Medical Malpractice Myth, is receiving significant attention as the health care reform debate gathers steam. 
Claire Oakes Finkelstein, the Algernon Biddle Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy. Finkelstein is a leading scholar at the intersection of philosophy and law. One of her distinctive contributions is bringing philosophical rational choice theory to bear on legal theory.
Jill E. Fisch, the Perry Golkin Professor of Law.   Fisch’s extensive and insightful work focuses on the intersection of business and law, including the role of regulation and litigation in addressing limitations in the disciplinary power of the capital markets.
Douglas N. Frenkel, the Morris Shuster Practice Professor of Law.  Frenkel is the architect of Penn Law’s nationally renowned clinical program. His multi-media book on mediation skills and ethics, The Practice of Mediation: A Video-Integrated Text (with James Stark), is the first work of its kind to integrate text and video.  The Shuster Practice Professorship is the first Chair at Penn Law which is specifically identified for a clinical faculty member.
Chris W. Sanchirico, the Samuel A. Blank Professor of Law and Professor of Business and Public Policy.  Sanchirico’s extensive corpus spans several fields of legal scholarship, including evidence, civil procedure, and tax.   In each case, his work is known for its unique creativity and technical rigor.