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Renovated spaces in Silverman Hall are named for Harold Cramer L’51 and his wife, Geraldine

November 21, 2012

The University of Pennsylvania Law School has named a newly renovated lecture hall and adjoining seminar room in honor of Harold Cramer L’51 and his wife, Geraldine, who have established a multimillion-dollar bequest intention to support the renovation of Silverman Hall and future projects.

Cramer Lecture Hall, a 45-seat teaching space, and the adjacent Cramer Seminar Room are located on the second floor of the Silverman building, whose renovation will complete a top-to-bottom overhaul and expansion of the Law School’s physical campus.

Dean Michael A. Fitts formally announced the Cramer Hall naming at the Law School’s Benefactors’ Dinner earlier this month.  “We’re enormously grateful to the Cramers for their gift,” Fitts said. “Harold is a Penn Law and Philadelphia icon. His footprint on his alma mater and on the legal profession in Philadelphia has been enormous.”

Cramer is a past president of the Law School’s Alumni Society. His wife, a past Board member of the National Museum of American Jewish History, has been involved in numerous philanthropic activities.

At Penn Law, Cramer co-founded the prestigious Roberts Lecture, which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year.  As a student, he was editor of the Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif.

A retired partner at Schnader, Cramer was a managing partner of Mesirov, where he practiced law as a partner from 1967 until assuming the full-time position of chairman and CEO of Graduate Health System, Inc. in 1989. He returned to Mesirov in 1996 as counsel to the firm and joined Schnader when the firms merged in 2000.

During his career as a litigator and as a counselor to businesses and healthcare providers, Cramer served as Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, President of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, and Chairman of the City Council Task Force on Health. He is president emeritus and treasurer of the Theodore F. Jenkins Law Library, where he served as president for more than 30 years.