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Professors Anita Allen and Eric Feldman Named Deputy Deans

August 18, 2009

University of Pennsylvania Law School Dean Michael A. Fitts has named Professor Anita Allen as deputy dean for academic affairs and Professor Eric Feldman as deputy dean for international affairs.

Allen, the Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy, is “a preeminent scholar and expert on privacy and contemporary ethics.” Fitts said.  “The author of six books and countless articles, she epitomizes the interdisciplinary focus for which Penn Law is known.  Among the areas on which I have asked her to concentrate is our curriculum, which is undergoing substantial review in the coming year.”  An August 2007 external evaluation praised Penn Law for its distinctive emphasis on integrating knowledge with other disciplines through collaborations with other professional and graduate schools at Penn.   Allen succeeds Professor Charles W. Mooney, and she will be joined as deputy dean by Professor Cary Coglianese, who is serving the second year of his two-year term.   
Feldman is assuming the newly created role of deputy dean for international affairs and will oversee refinement and expansion of Penn Law’s international programs.  “Eric is a leading scholar of comparative law, with special expertise on Japan and the impact of its culture on legal rules,” Fitts said.  “He has also been deeply involved in the successful development of our joint efforts with Japan’s Waseda Law School, and he will explore ways for further expanding our international presence.”  Penn Law currently offers six formal study abroad programs (China, France, Germany, Israel, Japan and Spain), dozens of courses in international and comparative law and a three-year joint JD-master’s degree program with The Wharton School’s Lauder Institute.