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First-Introductions

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 »

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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, 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 cool to see so many… 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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  • 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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    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 »

  • Diversity

    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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    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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    Welcoming

    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 »

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    September at Temple Law

    We are just a few short weeks into the semester, and the Law School is a flurry of activity.  Last week, we dedicated the Trial Lawyers’ Hall of Fame, an interactive display featuring some of the nation’s most prominent and powerful advocates.  That the National Trial Lawyers Association selected Temple as the home of its… Read more »

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    Top Gun

    I was delighted to learn last week that Caroline Power, who graduated in May, had won Baylor Law’s prestigious Top Gun Mock Trial Competition.  It was a wonderful conclusion to Caroline’s amazing run as a trial advocacy student, and an even better beginning to her life as a trial lawyer.  We at her alma mater… Read more »

  • The Heart of the Matter

    Almost everyone who’s ever even thought about law school has heard that attending one will teach you, primarily, to “think like a lawyer.”  While that is universally recognized as an important element of any legal education, three events over the past week have led me to conclude that we cannot only be about teaching our… Read more »

  • The Intersection of Law & Public Policy: 2014 Update

    Last Friday afternoon, I had the pleasure of spending some time at a symposium featuring the work of 15 Temple Law & Public Policy Scholars.  For those of you unfamiliar with this program, the Scholars are Temple Law students who have completed an immersive summer experience in Washington D.C., led by Professor Nancy Knauer.  Professor… Read more »