X

Thank you for sharing!

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.
Longtime University of Pennsylvania Law School Professor A. Leo Levin was honored for excellence in judicial administration last week by the American Bar Association at its annual conference in Chicago. Levin, of Merion, Pa., was presented the award by a former student, U.S. District Judge Norma Shapiro. The award is given by the ABA in honor of dean emeritus Robert B. Yegge of the University of Denver Law School to an outstanding member and leader of the Lawyers Conference as well as a mentor to attorneys in judicial administration. FOUGHT AND TAUGHT The progression into law was a natural one for Levin, who had been exposed to Jewish Talmudic law from a very young age. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Yeshiva University in 1939 and his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1942, Levin served in World War II. When he returned from overseas, he immediately began teaching law upon the strong suggestion of his mentor at Penn Law, who “told me I belonged teaching the law.” “The demand was so great for teachers that anybody who was judged able to stand up for 50 minutes in front of a class was deemed able to teach, there was just such a tremendous shortage,” Levin said. “So, I have been standing in front of a class since 1947.” He credits his philosophy in the classroom to his upbringing and experience in the military. Levin described his style in the classroom as “rigorous, but at the same time humorous to ease the pressure.” In his long-time teaching career, Levin has taught primarily in three areas — evidence, civil procedure and judicial administration. He said he has seen the academics of law schools change since he began about 54 years ago. “When I started here, there was no LSAT, no standardized method of comparing students,” he said. “We were flunking out about one third of the students because there just weren’t the mechanisms of determining if someone could be really good at the law.” However, the work ethic he observes among his students has been relatively constant. “If they are any good, if they come to Penn, then they intend to work,” Levin said. A DISTINGUISHED PATH Levin began his teaching career at the University of Iowa in 1947, and soon moved to his current appointment at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law in 1949. After achieving full professor status in 1953, Levin was vice provost at Penn from 1965 to 1968, and vice president of academic affairs at Yeshiva University from 1969 to 1970. In 1970, he was named the Leon Meltzer Professor of Law at Penn. He became a professor emeritus in 1989. He has also taught as a visiting professor at Stanford, Northwestern, the University of Colorado, UCLA, NYU, Georgetown, American and Duke law schools. In addition to his academic appointments, Levin was the founding director of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy from 1971 to 1973 and the first non-judge director of the Federal Judicial Center from 1977 to 1987. He also held several other positions of distinction. Levin recalled his time at the Federal Judicial Center as exciting, with every single newly appointed federal judge in the United States coming through the office for orientation. The job also allowed him to travel around the country, attending annual circuit court conventions, an experience that he particularly enjoyed because he said it allowed him to see the regional characteristics of America. The author of six books and 35 articles or chapters for other books, Levin has carved out a niche for himself in the legal scholarly community as well. “He is a wise reformer, a superb teacher and a beloved figure in American jurisprudence,” said Shapiro. “He is a person of deep integrity, is very humble, and teaches by inspiring his students to do their best.”

This content has been archived. It is available exclusively through our partner LexisNexis®.

To view this content, please continue to Lexis Advance®.

Not a Lexis Advance® Subscriber? Subscribe Now

Why am I seeing this?

LexisNexis® is now the exclusive third party online distributor of the broad collection of current and archived versions of ALM's legal news publications. LexisNexis® customers will be able to access and use ALM's content by subscribing to the LexisNexis® services via Lexis Advance®. This includes content from the National Law Journal®, The American Lawyer®, Law Technology News®, The New York Law Journal® and Corporate Counsel®, as well as ALM's other newspapers, directories, legal treatises, published and unpublished court opinions, and other sources of legal information.

ALM's content plays a significant role in your work and research, and now through this alliance LexisNexis® will bring you access to an even more comprehensive collection of legal content.

For questions call 1-877-256-2472 or contact us at [email protected]

 
 

ALM Legal Publication Newsletters

Sign Up Today and Never Miss Another Story.

As part of your digital membership, you can sign up for an unlimited number of a wide range of complimentary newsletters. Visit your My Account page to make your selections. Get the timely legal news and critical analysis you cannot afford to miss. Tailored just for you. In your inbox. Every day.

Copyright © 2020 ALM Media Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved.