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Penn Law Names Five Faculty to Endowed Professorships
September 22, 2009, Volume 56, No. 04

University of Pennsylvania Law School Dean Michael A. Fitts has announced the appointment of five faculty to endowed professorships.

 “Appointment to a chaired professorship is a significant academic honor and a recognition of the recipient’s long-term commitment to the profession,” Dean Fitts said. “I want to congratulate each of these professors and our alumni, as well,” he added. “We now have 31 endowed professorships at Penn Law, a remarkable accomplishment that attests to the quality of our faculty and to the extraordinary financial support of our alumni and friends.”

The new professorships are:

Baker, Tom

Tom Baker, the William Maul Measey Professor of Law and Health Sciences. Professor Baker is a preeminent scholar in insurance law who explores insurance, risk, and responsibility using methods and perspectives drawn from economics, sociology and history. His book, The Medical Malpractice Myth, is receiving significant attention as the health care reform debate gathers steam. Professor Baker joined Penn Law in 2008 from the University of Connecticut, where he was the Connecticut Mutual Professor of Law and director of the Insurance Law Center.







Claire Finkelstein

Claire Oakes Finkelstein, the Algernon Biddle Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy. Professor Finkelstein is a leading scholar at the intersection of philosophy and law. One of her distinctive contributions is bringing philosophical rational choice theory to bear on legal theory. Professor Finkelstein joined Penn Law in 2001 from the law faculty at the University of California, Berkeley.








Jill E. Fisch, the Perry Golkin Professor of Law. Professor Fisch’s extensive and insightful work focuses on the intersection of business and law, including the role of regulation and litigation in addressing limitations in the disciplinary power of the capital markets. Professor Fisch joined Penn Law in 2008 from Fordham, where she was the T.J. Maloney Professor of Business Law and director of the Corporate Law Center.








Douglas N. Frenkel, the Morris Shuster Practice Professor of Law. Professor Frenkel is the architect of Penn Law’s nationally renowned clinical program. His multi-media book on mediation skills and ethics, The Practice of Mediation: A Video-Integrated Text (with James Stark), is the first work of its kind to integrate text and video. The Shuster Practice Professorship is the first chair at Penn Law which is specifically identified for a clinical faculty member. Professor Frenkel joined Penn Law in 1978 and served as clinical director from 1980 to 2009.








Chris W. Sanchirico, the Samuel A. Blank Professor of Law; Professor of Business and Public Policy. Professor Sanchirico’s extensive corpus spans several fields of legal scholarship, including evidence, civil procedure, and tax. In each case, his work is known for its unique creativity and technical rigor. He was a professor at the University of Virginia before joining Penn Law in 2003.

Almanac - September 22, 2009, Volume 56, No. 04