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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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  • Thoughts on Joining the Order of the Coif

    Earlier this week, I received a letter from the Secretary of the Order of the Coif, confirming that Temple Law had been granted a charter and become a member school of the Order.  This is fantastic news for our students and well-deserved recognition of our faculty’s commitment to excellence, particularly in scholarship, and I could… Read more »

  • Remarks on Accepting the Philadelphia Bar Association’s 2014 Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award

    There is no success that comes to us through our efforts alone.  In various ways, our friends, colleagues and loved ones contribute – by encouraging us, supporting us and, in many instances, making us look good as a result of their efforts.  I had the pleasure of introducing a program at which three of my… Read more »

  • Thoughts from the ABA Deans’ Meeting

    At the end of last week, I attended the ABA Deans’ meeting. 127 of the 202 ABA accredited law schools were represented. The conference was entitled “Our Future: Changes and Challenges,” and that is what the programming and the conversations focused on. In other words, although there was a clear recognition of the changed circumstances… Read more »

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    Congratulations to the Temple Law Trial Team

    I was delighted to learn this weekend that Temple Law’s National Trial Team swept the Region III championship and will advance to the National round, held in Austin from March 26-30.  Click here for the details about their victory and what comes next. I was particularly excited to note that Temple Law was represented by… Read more »

  • Temple Law as Family

    At Friday’s Lunar New Year banquet, APALSA president Andrew Moon described the 7th annual Temple APALSA Lunar New Year Banquet as a family reunion.  I could not agree more.  The sold-out event brought together students, faculty (David Sonenshein, Tom Lin and adjunct professor John Myers), administrators (Louie Thompson and Farlistcity El), alumni and friends to… Read more »

  • Kids for Cash

    Last night I had the opportunity to attend the screening of Kids for Cash, a documentary about two judges in Luzerne County serving lengthy sentences for receipt of cash in connection with sentencing children to detention (though one of the judges continues to proclaim his innocence – you’ve really got to watch this film).  The… Read more »

  • On Cyberwarfare and Legal Education

    Yesterday, the law school hosted a presentation on the international legal implications of cyber warfare by Gary Brown, Deputy Legal Advisor for the International Committee for the Red Cross and formerly the first senior legal counsel for U.S. Cyber Command.  Mr. Brown discussed whether the law of armed conflict, which was developed to address traditional… Read more »

  • Innovation at Temple Law

    I’ve been thinking a lot lately about a variety of issues impacting the future of legal education, mostly in preparation for a gathering of law school deans next month that will address the many questions confronting us at this time.  I want to be very clear – I’m excited about this conversation, and about this… Read more »

  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at Temple Law

    It is always inspiring to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King. I was particularly excited to celebrate his birthday at this morning’s Barristers Association of Philadelphia Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Memorial Breakfast, where two members of the Temple Law School family were honored. Albert S Dandridge III, a partner at Schnader… Read more »

  • Welcome

    In our part of the world, January is almost universally perceived as a time for starting anew. For most people, this means starting a new diet; for me, this year, it means flirting with the idea of starting a diet, but committing to starting a blog. Chances are that two questions flow from that statement… Read more »