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Endowed Chairs for Law School Professors

A. Allen-Castellitto

Dr. Anita Allen-Castellitto has been appointed the Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy as of June 2004. Dr. Allen, who holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Michigan, is one of the country's leading and most recognized experts on privacy. She is the author of over 70 articles and essays, book chapters, major articles in scholarly reference books, book reviews, and three books. She has two new books underway: The New Ethics: A Tour of the 21st Century Ethical Landscape (2004) and After Privacy (2005). 

She has received numerous fellowships and awards, from the Ford Foundation, the American Association of University Women, the American Council of Learned Societies, and most recently a Fellowship in Princeton University's Program in Law and Public Affairs (2003-2004).

Dr. Allen is a frequently sought-after panelist and commentator, having appeared on 60 Minutes and Good Morning America in addition to in print media. She began her academic career in 1978 as an assistant professor of philosophy at Carnegie Mellon University, then was an assistant professor of law at University of Pittsburgh Law School, and became a professor and associate dean at Georgetown University Law Center before joining the Penn Law faculty in 1998 as professor of law and philosophy.

S. Kreimer

Seth F. Kreimer is the Kenneth W. Gemmill Professor of Law. He joined the Penn Law faculty in 1981 and has written extensively on a broad range of fundamental constitutional issues. Over the years, he has established a scholarly and professional reputation addressing the challenges posed to civil liberties in the U.S. by emerging social and technological trends.  

His scholarly work continues to provide analyses on a broad-range of constitutional issues including the emerging pattern of state abortion regulation, the constitutional status of assisted suicide, the status of gay marriage and the impact of the Internet on political protest. In his recent work, Too Close to the Rack and the Screw: Constitutional Constraints on Torture in the War on Terror (University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, 2003), he argues that torture is unconstitutional, and in another journal article, Double Helix, Double Bind: Factual Innocence and Post Conviction DNA Testing, with Professor David Rudovsky, he discusses the topic in depth.

Professor Kreimer has also received numerous teaching honors, including the Harvey Levin Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching at the Law School in 1997, and the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1998. Professor Kreimer also serves as Associate Dean. He holds a J.D. from Yale Law School.

B. Mann

Dr. Bruce H. Mann has been appointed the Leon Meltzer Professor of Law and Professor of History. Dr. Mann, who holds a J.D. and a Ph.D. in history, both from Yale, is widely recognized as one of the foremost legal historians in the country today. His first book, Neighbors and Strangers: Law and Community in Early Connecticut (1987) established him as a major figure in the field. 

His latest book, Republic of Debtors: Bankruptcy in the Age of American Independence (2002), has won the 2004 J. Willard Hurst Prize from the Law and Society Association; the 2003 SHEAR Book Prize (Society for Historians of the Early American Republic) and the 2003 Littleton-Griswold Prize of the American Historical Association, awarded to the best book on the history of American Law. Gordon S. Wood, in The New York Review of Books (6/2003), described his book as "a major contribution to the legal, social, political, and cultural history of early America."  Dr. Mann also co-edited, with Christopher Tomlins, The Many Legalities of Early America (2001) and was editor of Law & History Review from 1987-1993.

Other recent publications include, "Failure in the Land of the Free," American Bankruptcy Law Journal (2003) and "Law, Economy, and Society in Early New England," Yale Law Journal (2002).  Dr. Mann also gave the keynote address in May 2003 at the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys.

Dr. Mann has won the Law School's Harvey Levin Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching and  the A. Leo Levin Award for Excellence in an Introductory Law Course in 2003, as well as Penn's Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1999. Dr. Mann came to Penn Law in 1987, from Washington University in St. Louis, where he had been a professor of law and the recipient of their Outstanding Professor Award.



  Almanac, Vol. 50, No. 30, April 20, 2004