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Law School's First Law Firm Endowed Chair

Stephen Cozen

The Law School recently announced the first endowed professorship in its history from a law firm. Cozen O'Connor, one of the 100 largest law firms in America, will donate $2 million to endow the Stephen A. Cozen Professor of Law Chair, in honor of the firm's founder and chairman.

"I regard my Penn Law education as the foundation for my accomplishments. I am thrilled that Pat O'Connor and our Executive Committee decided to share a portion of Cozen O'Connor's success with the institution that launched my career, and the futures of so many of our firm's finest attorneys," said Mr. Cozen, C '61, L '64. He serves on the Law School's Board of Overseers and on the advisory board of the school's Institute for Law and Economics.

 "Steve Cozen is one of the nation's top litigators, a lawyer-entrepreneur who has built a law firm with a national reputation, and a distinguished alumnus of Penn Law School," said Dean Michael A. Fitts. "We are deeply honored that he chose to add to his legacy with a chair at Penn Law." 

A leader in Philadelphia's legal and civic arena, Mr. Cozen is a noted litigator, counselor and nationally recognized lecturer and author whose texts and articles are cited in numerous judicial opinions. A Fellow in the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers, he has been named by the National Law Journal as one of the country's 100 most influential attorneys.  

Mr. Cozen and his firm have represented businesses in high-profile transactions including Spectacor's purchase of the Philadelphia 76ers and its sale of the Philadelphia Flyers to Comcast--one of the largest deals in sports' history. Mr. Cozen has been called upon to chair and serve on numerous government commissions and boards; he served on the Insurance Department Transition Team for Governor Rendell in Pennsylvania and as chair of the U.S. Department of Energy Advisory Committee on Fire Safety.

In addition, Mr. Cozen serves on numerous education and philanthropic boards, including The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the Federation of Jewish Agencies, and the National Museum of American Jewish History. In 2002, he was elected to the Board of Directors for the Shoah Foundation; he was also awarded the Anti-Defamation League's highest honor--the 25th Annual Americanism Award.

"Our firm is honored to fund this prestigious faculty position at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Penn Law has fostered some of the world's top legal scholars and practitioners. Cozen O'Connor is proud that Steve's passion for the law, and his name, will be memorialized in this manner," said Patrick J. O'Connor, president and CEO of Cozen O'Connor.

Founded by Stephen Cozen in 1968, Cozen O'Connor has grown from six lawyers to a law firm with more than 470 lawyers practicing in the firm's 20 offices, 19 throughout the United States and an international office in London. Cozen O'Connor serves business, insurance and private clients. Known for its high-profile litigation and transaction work, Cozen O'Connor concentrates its practice in business and corporate matters; securities; bankruptcy; insolvency and restructuring; insurance; real estate; tax; public and project finance; health law; labor and employment matters; intellectual property; government relations; and trusts and estates.




  Almanac, Vol. 50, No. 12, November 11, 2003