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Penn Law Honors Six Graduates with Alumni Achievement Awards

October 21, 2010
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Penn Law's 2010 Alumni Award Recipients gather with Dean Fitts and Law Alumni Society President Rick D'Avino: (from left) Damon Hewitt, Paul Haaga, Hon. Norma Shapiro, D'Avino, Perry Golkin, Dean Fitts, Janet Stotland, Gerald McHugh.

Six University of Pennsylvania Law School graduates – including a federal judge, one of the country’s preeminent plaintiffs attorneys, and leading investors – have been honored for their career achievements, pro bono work, service to the legal profession and service to the Law School.

They are:

• The Honorable Norma Shapiro L'51
• Paul Haaga WG'74, L'74
• Perry Golkin W'74, WG'74, L'78
• Janet Stotland CW'66, L'69
• Damon Hewitt L'00
• Gerald McHugh L'79

The awards were presented during an Oct. 26 ceremony and reception celebration at Penn Law.

The Honorable Norma Shapiro
The James Wilson Award, honoring service to the legal profession, was awarded to the Honorable Norma Shapiro L'51. Judge Shapiro was the first woman to sit on the Third Circuit when she was appointed to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in 1978. Prior to joining the court, she practiced law at the Dechert firm, where she was the firm’s first female partner. Among numerous positions in service to the profession, Judge Shapiro has been president of the District Judges’ Association and chaired the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Women’s Rights committee, was the first woman on the Association’s Board of Governors and its first female chairperson; and continues to be a leading member of the American and Pennsylvania Bar Associations. She previously received the Alumni Society’s Distinguished Service Award.

Paul Haaga

The Distinguished Service Award, honoring service to the Law School, was awarded to Paul Haaga WG'74, L'74. Haaga is chairman of the board of Capital Research and Management Company, the parent of the American Funds group, one of the largest mutual fund companies in the United States. He is also chairman of Capital International Fund, vice chairman of the fixed-income funds in the American Funds Group, and an officer or director of a number of other Capital-managed mutual funds. Prior to joining Capital in 1985, Haaga was a partner in the Dechert law firm and was a senior attorney for the Division of Investment Management of the SEC. A 2006 recipient of the Alumni of Merit Award, Haaga currently serves the Law School as chairman of the Board of Overseers.

Perry Golkin

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

Golkin is a senior executive of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., an investment firm he joined in 1986. He has been a director of publicly traded and private companies for over twenty years and currently serves as a director of Primedia, Inc. Golkin teaches an interdisciplinary course, Business Strategy and Corporate Law, at the Penn Law and Wharton Schools. He serves the University as a trustee and is also an overseer of the Law School and a trustee of Penn Medicine.
Janet Stotland

Stotland joined the Education Law Center in 1976 and currently serves as general counsel, focusing on education law areas that affect children with disabilities, children in foster care, and children who are homeless. Among numerous awards, she is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Public Interest section of the Philadelphia Bar Association. She serves the Law School as a member of the Toll Public Interest Center Advisory Board and the Board of Managers.

Damon Hewitt

The Young Alumni Award, honoring professional achievement of an alumnus/a who graduated within the past 10 years, was awarded to Damon Hewitt L'00. Hewitt is director of the Education Project at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, where he supervises a docket of class action cases and legislative and policy advocacy on racial and social justice issues. He is co-editor of the book, The School-to-Prison Pipeline: Structuring Legal Reform (NYU Press, 2010).

Gerald McHugh

The 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 throughout a private sector career, was awarded to Gerald McHugh L'79. A plaintiffs’ attorney who has been recognized as one of the “Best Lawyers in America,” McHugh is president of Pennsylvania Legal Assistance Network, the largest source of indigent legal services in the state. He previously served as chairman of the Pennsylvania Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts Program (IOLTA), generating funds to support civil legal services for the poor; and as president of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the bar. He co-founded Hospitality House of Philadelphia, a residential program for ex-offenders.



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