Berger Chair: Dean Burbank

The Law School's Acting Dean Stephen B. Burbank has been named to the new David Berger Chair of Law for the Administration of Justice, named for and endowed by the distinguished alumnus who chairs the firm of Berger & Montague that specializes in complex litigation.

Mr. Berger, the former City Solicitor of Philadelphia who was on the U.S. Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Evidence and was a pioneer in civil litigation in the area of class and group actions, established the chair to "further broad-based study of the legal system and research in procedural and substantive justice."

Professor Burbank, who is acting as dean during the sabbatical of Dean Colin Diver, has been with the University since 1975 and has been the Robert J. Fuller Jr. Professor of Law since 1991.

An alumnus of Harvard and its law school, Mr. Burbank was law clerk to Justice Robert Braucher of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts and, during the October 1974 term, to Chief Justice of the United States, Warren Burger. He joined Penn in 1975 as University General Counsel and lecturer in law, becoming a full-time member of the faculty in 1979. He was elected to the American Law Institute in 1977 and became an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/Aspen Institute of Humanistic Studies Fellow 1978-79.

In 1981, Professor Burbank was co-reporter for the Third Circuit of rules to implement federal legislation regarding complaints of misconduct or disability against federal judges or magistrates. In 1984 and 1987, he was reporter of amendments to those rules. From 1987-89, he served as reporter of a Third Circuit Task Force on sanctions for abuse of the litigation process, and in 1991 he was named by the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives to the National Commission on Judicial Discipline and Removal.

Professor Burbank is a member of the bars of Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and the Supreme Court of the United States. He has been appointed special master in federal litigation and serves regularly as a mediator or arbitrator, and is a consultant to the law firm of Dechert Price & Rhoads. He teaches civil procedure, complex litigation, and international civil litigation. A principal author of two books, he has also written numerous articles concerning court rule-making, judicial discipline, complex litigation and international civil procedure.


Tuesday, November 21, 1995
Volume 42 Number 13

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