Living Eulogies on the Senate Floor

Last Monday was a once-in-a-lifetime day for me. I spent the day in D.C., being honored on the Senate floor by Senator Bob Casey as part of a Black History Month tribute. It was an honor to be recognized by Senator Casey and by the presence of my Temple colleagues. In particular, President Theobald offered… Read more »


Why Achieving Diversity Remains a Challenge

I recently had the opportunity to gather with colleagues from across Temple University for a popular discussion series called “Can We Talk?”  I chose as my topic the question of why diversity is so difficult to accomplish, and what might make it easier.  Of course, neither question can be answered to anyone’s satisfaction in an… Read more »

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    Food For Thought

    Monday was a very special day at Temple Law School. Esteemed lawyer Floyd Abrams delivered the Arlin and Neysa Adams lecture in constitutional law. Our thanks first goes to Judge and Mrs. Adams for endowing this lecture series, which has brought many distinguished speakers to the law school. Floyd Abrams is a partner and member of… Read more »

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    First Introductions, Second Chances, and a City on the Move

    I was honored to be among the hundreds of people attending the Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Mayoral address. It’s not my usual venue. There were way more pure “business” types than lawyers, but there was a comforting presence of many Temple Law grads whose work makes this a worthwhile destination for them. David L. Cohen,… Read more »

  • Martin Luther King Breakfast with the Barristers’ Association

    What a joy it was to attend Monday’s Martin Luther King Breakfast, hosted by the Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia. It was an inspiring program, reminding us of the need for all of us to work towards Dr. King’s primary objective: equality for all. I was excited to see so many Temple Law School representatives not… Read more »

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    Chancellor’s Reception

    On Tuesday, I joined hundreds of others at the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Chancellor’s Reception, where the Philadelphia legal community celebrated Al Dandridge, a member of Temple Law’s class of 1978, the 88th Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association – the nation’s oldest bar association. The room was full of people with Temple Law connections. Way… Read more »

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    The Whitford Symposium

    One of the great joys of leading an institution like Temple’s Beasley School of Law is the marked variety of academic and professional gatherings that pepper the calendar each month. October, for example, brought us the Kohn and Kolsby Lectures, an IILPP Roundtable, the Whitford Symposium, and the 15th anniversary of our Rule of Law… Read more »

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    Advocacy and the Rule of Law

    As you know if you follow this blog, I have been in Beijing marking the 15th anniversary of the Beasley School of Law’s Rule of Law program in China. I’ve posted some thoughts about that event here, and even though the commencement exercises have concluded I find myself still thinking about some of the ideas… Read more »

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    Greetings from Beijing

    Greetings from Beijing, where it’s been my great privilege to attend commencement exercises marking the 15th anniversary of Temple Law School’s Rule of Law program in China.  I could not be more proud of what Temple has accomplished through this program. Since its founding in 1999, the Temple Rule of Law program has educated a… Read more »

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    October 2014 Highlights

    It is hard to believe that October is already upon us, but the cooler temperatures and earlier evenings are hard to dispute.  Here on the East Coast, October also brings the glory of fall foliage. I was reminded recently that Pennsylvania’s fall foliage is more varied and longer lasting than anywhere else in the world. … Read more »

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    The 2014 MacArthur Awards

    I happened to notice while scanning the list of MacArthur Award recipients that three of the 21 honorees were lawyers – Mary Bonauto, a civil rights lawyer credited with building the case against DOMA; Sarah Deer, a law professor working on legislation that empowers tribal nations to protect women from domestic and sexual violence; and… Read more »

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    I love this time of year.  For most of my professional life, it’s been a time of welcoming – welcoming new students to the school and the profession I love; welcoming returning students as well as friends and colleagues among the faculty; and welcoming a new academic year, full of potential for both challenge and… Read more »