A special message from Dean JoAnne A. Epps

After 35 years of faithful service to Temple Law School, Professor Tony Bocchino has completed his last semester of teaching as a member of the tenured law school faculty. Professor Bocchino's contributions to the law school community are too numerous to count, as are the students and graduates who have benefitted from his teaching, mentorship, and guidance. In lieu of a celebratory gathering, Professor Bocchino has asked that a virtual space be provided for those who are inclined to leave a note about his impact on their lives. I invite you to use this space to share a favorite memory, an anecdote about what Professor Bocchino has meant to you, or a few kind words for him as he embraces the next chapter of his life.

Much to my wife Lynn’s regret I have decided, after 36 wonderful years, to retire from the full-time faculty at the Temple University Beasley School of Law. My time here has been joyful, productive and filled with great memories. I was hired in 1979 by Peter Liacouras after having lunch with Charlie Rogovin and Judge Dolores Slovitor, which I was informed by Peter was my vetting for the faculty. I was charged with full control for creating the best trial advocacy program in the country and promised by Peter to have the resources to do so.

True to his word, every time there was a need the University responded, and under the leadership of various deans, we assembled a group of full-time tenured faculty including David Sonenshein, JoAnne Epps, Eddie Ohlbaum and Lou Natali, numerous graduate fellows and countless adjunct faculty, all of whom worked collaboratively to the goal of being the best. And given the support of the entire faculty we became a national center for scholarly materials on teaching litigation related skills. Again, true to Peter’s word, and with faculty support a model trial advocacy program replaced the previous hit and miss war-story seminars, and that model program remains, in the main, in place today. In 1989, the year of our first Gumpert Award, Bob Reinstein made the wise decision of putting Eddie Ohlbaum in place as the Advocacy Director. Under Eddie’s stewardship, our program grew and improved collaboratively, and maintains to this day its stature as an international center for advocacy training.

Perhaps most importantly, this perfect storm for advocacy training, was and is completed by our talented, fully engaged and demanding students, who challenged us to teach them, and then left to become judges, community leaders and the cream of the trial bar.

I leave all of this because I think it time, but I must confess to already speaking to Dean Epps of returning from time to time to teach a course. I have especially enjoyed and been challenged by the current second and first year classes and with the Dean’s permission hope to have the opportunity to teach them in my advanced seminars. But that is the future.

For now - for all of this I am eternally grateful to have been taken into your hearts and minds and embraced by the Temple community. So thanks to you all - students, alumni, colleagues; you have, honestly and frankly made my life complete.

Tony Bocchino

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